Def Jam Recordings: 25th Anniversary Box Set CD (2009)

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In Billboard magazine in November of 1984, a little story three-paragraphs long announced the creation of a new record label called Def Jam. "The purpose of this company," said a young artist manager named Russell Simmons, "is to educate people to the real value of real street music by putting out records nobody in the business would distribute but us."

Twenty-five years later, the real value of real street music" can be measured not just in billions of dollars, but in the changed complexion of all of the following expressions of creative endeavor: music, movies, television, language, dance, fine art, graphic art, fashion, advertising, automobiles, jewelry, video games, and politics...and not just in America, but globally. If any one entity can be said to have sparked these changes - and to have continued to stand for street music and the culture that birthed it, namely, hip-hop -- it is Def Jam Recordings.

The Def Jam 25th Anniversary set is a collection hits from the labels chart topping stars and cultural icons. Includes Jay-Z, Kanye West, Ludacris, Beastie Boys, LL Cool J, Public Enemy, DMX, Young Jeezy, Method Man, Redman and more!

Disc-1 Track Listing
1. I Need A Beat - LL Cool J
2. It's The Beat - Hollis Crew
3. Bring the Noise - Public Enemy
4. Paul Revere - Beastie Boys
5. The Rain - Oran "Juice" Jones
6. Goin' Back To Cali - LL Cool J
7. Brass Monkey - Beastie Boys
8. It's Yours - T La Rock Feat. Jazzy Jay
9. I Need Love - LL Cool J
10. Children's Story - Slick Rick
11. The Gas Face (Remix) - 3rd Bass
12. Fight The Power - Public Enemy

Disc-2 Track Listing
1. Mama Said Knock You Out - LL Cool J
2. Gold Digger - EPMD
3. Pop Goes The Weasel - 3rd Bass
4. Daddy's Little Girl - Nikki D
5. Room To Breathe - Downtown Science
6. Time 4 Sum Aksion - Redman
7. Slam - Onyx
8. Deeper - Boss Feat. Papa Juggy
9. Crossover - EPMD
10. Bring The Pain - Method Man
11. Hip Hop Junkies - Nice & Smooth
12. Regulate - Warren G featuring Nate Dogg

Disc-3 Track Listing
1. This Is How We Do It - Montell Jordan
2. Stand Up - Ludacris Feat. Shawnna
3. Holla Holla - Ja Rule
4. Touch Me Tease Me - Case Feat. Foxy Brown
5. I'll Be There For You/You're All I Need To Get By - Method Man Feat. Mary J. Blige
6. Get Me Home - Foxy Brown Feat. Blackstreet
7. Hard Knock Life (Ghetto Anthem) - JAY-Z
8. Get At Me Dog - DMX Feat. Sheek
9. Doin' It - LL Cool J
10. Da Rockwilder - Method Man & Redman
11. Party Up (Up In Here) - DMX
12. Tell 'Em - Erick Sermon

Disc-4 Track Listing
1. 99 Problems - JAY-Z
2. Thong Song - Sisqo
3. Just Friends (Sunny) - Musiq Soulchild
4. Put It On Me - Ja Rule Feat. Vita
5. Is That Your Chick (The Lost Verses) - Memphis Bleek Feat. JAY-Z, Twista & Missy Elliott
6. Izzo (H.O.V.A.) - JAY-Z
7. The Truth - Beanie Sigel
8. Oh Boy - Cam'Ron Feat. Juelz Santana
9. Guess Who's Back - Scarface Feat. JAY-Z & Beanie Sigel
10. What We Do - Freeway Feat. JAY-Z & Beanie Sigel
11. Southern Hospitality - Ludacris Feat. Pharrell
12. Jesus Walks - Kanye West

Disc-5 Track Listing
1. Gold Digger - Kanye West Feat. Jamie Foxx
2. And Then What - Young Jeezy Feat. Mannie Fresh
3. There It Go (The Whistle Song) - Juelz Santana
4. Hustlin' - Rick Ross
5. Back Like That - Ghostface Killah Feat. Ne-Yo
6. So Sick - Ne-Yo
7. Hip Hop Is Dead - Nas Feat. will.i.am
8. Don't Feel Right - The Roots Feat. Maimouna Youssef
9. Umbrella - Rihanna Feat. JAY-Z
10. Make Me Better - Fabolous Feat. Ne-Yo
11. Shawty Is Da Sh*! - The-Dream
12. Put On - Young Jeezy Feat. Kanye West

Specifications

Label Universal Music Group
SKU 212122041
UPC 602527175188
UPC 14 00602527175188
Format CD
Release Date 10/6/2009
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Author Various
Technical Info
CatalogID 2717518
Lable Name Def Jam (USA)
Released 03/22/2010
Original Release 2009
Number of Discs 5
SPARE Code n/a
Length 239m : 57s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
UPC 00602527175188
Musical Guests
Papa Juggy
Nate Dogg
Shawnna
Foxy Brown
Mary J. Blige
Blackstreet
Sheek
Missy Elliott
Twista
Juelz Santana
Beanie Sigel
Pharrell Williams
Jamie Foxx
Mannie Fresh
Will.I.Am
Maimouna Youssef
Kanye West
Album Notes and Credits
Liner Note Author: Bill Adler.
Photographers: Ricky Powell; Lionel Deluy; Clay Patrick McBride; Albert Watson ; Wayne Maser; Dean Karr; Jules Allen; James Hamilton; Danny Clinch.
When Def Jam, the premier hip-hop label founded by Rick Rubin and Russell Simmons, celebrated its tenth anniversary in 1995, it did so with a box set. It was a bold declaration from a label dedicated to a form of music once frequently dismissed as a fad. (Putting it in further perspective, the same year saw sets of similar weight documenting the Velvet Underground, John Coltrane, and Marvin Gaye.) Now 15 years later, Def Jam looks back on a catalog that is 25 years deep. The label's significance since the mid-'90s has only intensified, not just through its lasting classics, but also through its ceaseless ability to thrive commercially and (if less often) creatively. Ironically, Def Jam Recordings 25th Anniversary contains the same number of tracks as Def Jam Music Group Inc.: 10th Year Anniversary. It contains five discs instead of four, with only 12 songs on each disc, and each disc covers five years -- so, 1989-1993, an era of the label described in the liner notes as "ice cold" and "rudderless" by director of publicity Bill Adler, gets the same amount of attention as 1984-1988. The first box had 20 songs that are on this one as well -- big guns like "Paul Revere," "Bring the Noise," "Children's Story," "Going Back to Cali," and "This Is How We Do It," as well as moderate Yo! MTV Raps-era hits still deserving of attention (Nikki D's "Daddy's Little Girl," Boss' "Deeper," Nice & Smooth's "Hip Hop Junkies"). While it is debatable that the 1996-2009 material stacks up to earlier Def Jam, the cultural impact is undeniable, and there is no denying that the tracks from Jay-Z, the Roots, Scarface, Ghostface Killah, and Nas make perfect sense when considering the label's original aesthetic. For those who shake their heads at the soft latter-day pop-R&B (Ne-Yo's "So Sick," Rihanna's "Umbrella," the-Dream's "Shawty Is da Sh*!"), it is necessary to point out that Def Jam has had a foot in R&B since the '80s, when it was releasing singles by the likes of Oran "Juice" Jones (heard on disc one), Alyson Williams, and Tashan (whose 1986 2-step gem "Read My Mind" is missed here). Music obsessives can dream about what could have been, and how Def Jam blew a terrific opportunity to balance out the hits with the deeper but high-quality material. Regardless, this box is either a wake-up call or a reminder of just how immense the label has been for three decades. (A few mistakes: disc one, track one is LL Cool J's "Rock the Bells," not "I Need a Beat"; Public Enemy's "Fight the Power" and the remix of 3rd Bass' "The Gas Face," both released in 1989, are on the 1984-1988 disc.) ~ Andy Kellman
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (12/14/95, p.81) - 4 Stars - Excellent - "...a sound on the New York streets...the driving force behind the most musically influential--and financially succesful--new record label of the '80s....its initial breakthrough, its stormy maturation and, finally, its establishment as a major industry player..."
Spin (12/95, p.120) - 7 - Flawed Yet Worthy - "...the stable that introduced hip-hop's new-school generation...presenting brash artists with trademark personae, 'round the way allegiances, and prodigious enough rhyme skills to last an entire album....Get this to hear hip-hop's conquest of pop play out on your stereo..."
Q (1/96, p.157) - 5 Stars - Indispensable - "It's almost trite to say, but Def Jam is the most important black music label since Atlantic and Motown....The other astonishing thing about this wholly remarkable label is that it has continued to be vital and innovative throughout its 11-year history..."
Melody Maker (12/2/95, p.31) - Bloody Essential - "...you can crash in here at random and...hear something that pipes more feeling, open intelligence, wild imagination and a simple sonic appeal into a couple of minutes than the whole of this week's...charts....The only real recommendation is capital letters saying LISTEN..."
Musician (2/96, p.93) - "...Def Jam's courtship of major label music...helped create a pop-culture juggernaut, one that shredded conventions on television rather than on the indie circuit...not only captures the highlights of rap's premier label, but shows how hip-hop grew up before our eyes..."
Village Voice (2/20/96) - Tied for #7 on the Reissues list of Village Voice's 1995 Pazz & Jop Critics' Poll.
NME (Magazine) (12/23-30/95, p.23) - Ranked #2 on NME's `Compilations Of The Year' list for 1995.
NME (Magazine) (11/25/95, p.46) - 10 (out of 10) - "...Def Jam...is probably the only record label in history that can truly claim to have altered the musical landscape both dramatically and permanently....this awesome collection...[is] an absolute must-steal for anyone with an interest in uncompromising, insurrectionary music....This, in short, is the shit..."
Disc 1
1 I Need a Beat - LL Cool J,Mama Said Knock You Out - LL Cool J,This is How We do It - Montell Jordan,99 Problems,Gold Digger - Kanye West - (featuring Jamie Foxx)
2 It's the Beat,Gold Digger,Stand Up - Ludacris - (featuring Shawnna),Thong Song,And Then What - Young Jeezy - (featuring Mannie Fresh)
3 Bring the Noise - Public Enemy,Pop Goes the Weasel - 3rd Bass,Holla Holla - Ja Rule,Just Friends (Sunny) - Musiq (Soulchild),There it Go (The Whistle Song) - Juelz Santana
4 Paul Revere - Beastie Boys,Daddy's Little Girl - Nikki D,Touch Me Tease Me,Put it on Me - Ja Rule,Hustlin' - Rick Ross
5 Rain, The - Oran "Juice" Jones,Room to Breathe - Downtown Science,I'll be There for You/You're All I Need to Get By - Method Man - (featuring Mary J. Blige),Is That Your Chick (The Lost Verses) - Memphis Bleek - (featuring Missy Elliott/Twista),Back Like That - Ghostface Killah
6 Going Back to Cali - LL Cool J,Time 4 Sum Aksion - Redman,Get Me Home - (featuring Blackstreet),Izzo (H.O.V.A.),So Sick
7 Brass Monkey - Beastie Boys,Slam,Hard Knock Life (Ghetto Anthem),Truth, The - Beanie Sigel,Hip Hop is Dead - (featuring Will.I.Am)
8 It's Yours - T La Rock,Deeper - (featuring Papa Juggy),Get at Me Dog,Oh Boy - Cam'Ron - (featuring Juelz Santana),Don't Feel Right - (featuring Maimouna Youssef)
9 I Need Love - LL Cool J,Crossover,Doin' It - LL Cool J,Guess Who's Back - Scarface - (featuring Beanie Sigel),Umbrella - Rihanna
10 Children's Story - Slick Rick,Bring the Pain - Method Man,Da Rockwilder - Method Man/Redman,What We Do - Freeway - (featuring Beanie Sigel),Make Me etter - Fabolous
11 Gas Face, The - 3rd Bass (Remix, remix),Hip Hop Junkies - Nice & Smooth,Party Up (Up in Here),Southern Hospitality - Ludacris - (featuring Pharrell Williams),Shawty is Da Sh*! - The-Dream
12 Fight the Power - Public Enemy,Regulate - Warren G - (featuring Nate Dogg),Tell 'Em - Erick Sermon,Jesus Walks - Kanye West,Put On - Young Jeezy - (featuring Kanye West)
Disc 2
1 I Need a Beat - LL Cool J,Mama Said Knock You Out - LL Cool J,This is How We do It - Montell Jordan,99 Problems,Gold Digger - Kanye West - (featuring Jamie Foxx)
2 It's the Beat,Gold Digger,Stand Up - Ludacris - (featuring Shawnna),Thong Song,And Then What - Young Jeezy - (featuring Mannie Fresh)
3 Bring the Noise - Public Enemy,Pop Goes the Weasel - 3rd Bass,Holla Holla - Ja Rule,Just Friends (Sunny) - Musiq (Soulchild),There it Go (The Whistle Song) - Juelz Santana
4 Paul Revere - Beastie Boys,Daddy's Little Girl - Nikki D,Touch Me Tease Me,Put it on Me - Ja Rule,Hustlin' - Rick Ross
5 Rain, The - Oran "Juice" Jones,Room to Breathe - Downtown Science,I'll be There for You/You're All I Need to Get By - Method Man - (featuring Mary J. Blige),Is That Your Chick (The Lost Verses) - Memphis Bleek - (featuring Missy Elliott/Twista),Back Like That - Ghostface Killah
6 Going Back to Cali - LL Cool J,Time 4 Sum Aksion - Redman,Get Me Home - (featuring Blackstreet),Izzo (H.O.V.A.),So Sick
7 Brass Monkey - Beastie Boys,Slam,Hard Knock Life (Ghetto Anthem),Truth, The - Beanie Sigel,Hip Hop is Dead - (featuring Will.I.Am)
8 It's Yours - T La Rock,Deeper - (featuring Papa Juggy),Get at Me Dog,Oh Boy - Cam'Ron - (featuring Juelz Santana),Don't Feel Right - (featuring Maimouna Youssef)
9 I Need Love - LL Cool J,Crossover,Doin' It - LL Cool J,Guess Who's Back - Scarface - (featuring Beanie Sigel),Umbrella - Rihanna
10 Children's Story - Slick Rick,Bring the Pain - Method Man,Da Rockwilder - Method Man/Redman,What We Do - Freeway - (featuring Beanie Sigel),Make Me etter - Fabolous
11 Gas Face, The - 3rd Bass (Remix, remix),Hip Hop Junkies - Nice & Smooth,Party Up (Up in Here),Southern Hospitality - Ludacris - (featuring Pharrell Williams),Shawty is Da Sh*! - The-Dream
12 Fight the Power - Public Enemy,Regulate - Warren G - (featuring Nate Dogg),Tell 'Em - Erick Sermon,Jesus Walks - Kanye West,Put On - Young Jeezy - (featuring Kanye West)
Disc 3
1 I Need a Beat - LL Cool J,Mama Said Knock You Out - LL Cool J,This is How We do It - Montell Jordan,99 Problems,Gold Digger - Kanye West - (featuring Jamie Foxx)
2 It's the Beat,Gold Digger,Stand Up - Ludacris - (featuring Shawnna),Thong Song,And Then What - Young Jeezy - (featuring Mannie Fresh)
3 Bring the Noise - Public Enemy,Pop Goes the Weasel - 3rd Bass,Holla Holla - Ja Rule,Just Friends (Sunny) - Musiq (Soulchild),There it Go (The Whistle Song) - Juelz Santana
4 Paul Revere - Beastie Boys,Daddy's Little Girl - Nikki D,Touch Me Tease Me,Put it on Me - Ja Rule,Hustlin' - Rick Ross
5 Rain, The - Oran "Juice" Jones,Room to Breathe - Downtown Science,I'll be There for You/You're All I Need to Get By - Method Man - (featuring Mary J. Blige),Is That Your Chick (The Lost Verses) - Memphis Bleek - (featuring Missy Elliott/Twista),Back Like That - Ghostface Killah
6 Going Back to Cali - LL Cool J,Time 4 Sum Aksion - Redman,Get Me Home - (featuring Blackstreet),Izzo (H.O.V.A.),So Sick
7 Brass Monkey - Beastie Boys,Slam,Hard Knock Life (Ghetto Anthem),Truth, The - Beanie Sigel,Hip Hop is Dead - (featuring Will.I.Am)
8 It's Yours - T La Rock,Deeper - (featuring Papa Juggy),Get at Me Dog,Oh Boy - Cam'Ron - (featuring Juelz Santana),Don't Feel Right - (featuring Maimouna Youssef)
9 I Need Love - LL Cool J,Crossover,Doin' It - LL Cool J,Guess Who's Back - Scarface - (featuring Beanie Sigel),Umbrella - Rihanna
10 Children's Story - Slick Rick,Bring the Pain - Method Man,Da Rockwilder - Method Man/Redman,What We Do - Freeway - (featuring Beanie Sigel),Make Me etter - Fabolous
11 Gas Face, The - 3rd Bass (Remix, remix),Hip Hop Junkies - Nice & Smooth,Party Up (Up in Here),Southern Hospitality - Ludacris - (featuring Pharrell Williams),Shawty is Da Sh*! - The-Dream
12 Fight the Power - Public Enemy,Regulate - Warren G - (featuring Nate Dogg),Tell 'Em - Erick Sermon,Jesus Walks - Kanye West,Put On - Young Jeezy - (featuring Kanye West)
Disc 4
1 I Need a Beat - LL Cool J,Mama Said Knock You Out - LL Cool J,This is How We do It - Montell Jordan,99 Problems,Gold Digger - Kanye West - (featuring Jamie Foxx)
2 It's the Beat,Gold Digger,Stand Up - Ludacris - (featuring Shawnna),Thong Song,And Then What - Young Jeezy - (featuring Mannie Fresh)
3 Bring the Noise - Public Enemy,Pop Goes the Weasel - 3rd Bass,Holla Holla - Ja Rule,Just Friends (Sunny) - Musiq (Soulchild),There it Go (The Whistle Song) - Juelz Santana
4 Paul Revere - Beastie Boys,Daddy's Little Girl - Nikki D,Touch Me Tease Me,Put it on Me - Ja Rule,Hustlin' - Rick Ross
5 Rain, The - Oran "Juice" Jones,Room to Breathe - Downtown Science,I'll be There for You/You're All I Need to Get By - Method Man - (featuring Mary J. Blige),Is That Your Chick (The Lost Verses) - Memphis Bleek - (featuring Missy Elliott/Twista),Back Like That - Ghostface Killah
6 Going Back to Cali - LL Cool J,Time 4 Sum Aksion - Redman,Get Me Home - (featuring Blackstreet),Izzo (H.O.V.A.),So Sick
7 Brass Monkey - Beastie Boys,Slam,Hard Knock Life (Ghetto Anthem),Truth, The - Beanie Sigel,Hip Hop is Dead - (featuring Will.I.Am)
8 It's Yours - T La Rock,Deeper - (featuring Papa Juggy),Get at Me Dog,Oh Boy - Cam'Ron - (featuring Juelz Santana),Don't Feel Right - (featuring Maimouna Youssef)
9 I Need Love - LL Cool J,Crossover,Doin' It - LL Cool J,Guess Who's Back - Scarface - (featuring Beanie Sigel),Umbrella - Rihanna
10 Children's Story - Slick Rick,Bring the Pain - Method Man,Da Rockwilder - Method Man/Redman,What We Do - Freeway - (featuring Beanie Sigel),Make Me etter - Fabolous
11 Gas Face, The - 3rd Bass (Remix, remix),Hip Hop Junkies - Nice & Smooth,Party Up (Up in Here),Southern Hospitality - Ludacris - (featuring Pharrell Williams),Shawty is Da Sh*! - The-Dream
12 Fight the Power - Public Enemy,Regulate - Warren G - (featuring Nate Dogg),Tell 'Em - Erick Sermon,Jesus Walks - Kanye West,Put On - Young Jeezy - (featuring Kanye West)
Disc 5
1 I Need a Beat - LL Cool J,Mama Said Knock You Out - LL Cool J,This is How We do It - Montell Jordan,99 Problems,Gold Digger - Kanye West - (featuring Jamie Foxx)
2 It's the Beat,Gold Digger,Stand Up - Ludacris - (featuring Shawnna),Thong Song,And Then What - Young Jeezy - (featuring Mannie Fresh)
3 Bring the Noise - Public Enemy,Pop Goes the Weasel - 3rd Bass,Holla Holla - Ja Rule,Just Friends (Sunny) - Musiq (Soulchild),There it Go (The Whistle Song) - Juelz Santana
4 Paul Revere - Beastie Boys,Daddy's Little Girl - Nikki D,Touch Me Tease Me,Put it on Me - Ja Rule,Hustlin' - Rick Ross
5 Rain, The - Oran "Juice" Jones,Room to Breathe - Downtown Science,I'll be There for You/You're All I Need to Get By - Method Man - (featuring Mary J. Blige),Is That Your Chick (The Lost Verses) - Memphis Bleek - (featuring Missy Elliott/Twista),Back Like That - Ghostface Killah
6 Going Back to Cali - LL Cool J,Time 4 Sum Aksion - Redman,Get Me Home - (featuring Blackstreet),Izzo (H.O.V.A.),So Sick
7 Brass Monkey - Beastie Boys,Slam,Hard Knock Life (Ghetto Anthem),Truth, The - Beanie Sigel,Hip Hop is Dead - (featuring Will.I.Am)
8 It's Yours - T La Rock,Deeper - (featuring Papa Juggy),Get at Me Dog,Oh Boy - Cam'Ron - (featuring Juelz Santana),Don't Feel Right - (featuring Maimouna Youssef)
9 I Need Love - LL Cool J,Crossover,Doin' It - LL Cool J,Guess Who's Back - Scarface - (featuring Beanie Sigel),Umbrella - Rihanna
10 Children's Story - Slick Rick,Bring the Pain - Method Man,Da Rockwilder - Method Man/Redman,What We Do - Freeway - (featuring Beanie Sigel),Make Me etter - Fabolous
11 Gas Face, The - 3rd Bass (Remix, remix),Hip Hop Junkies - Nice & Smooth,Party Up (Up in Here),Southern Hospitality - Ludacris - (featuring Pharrell Williams),Shawty is Da Sh*! - The-Dream
12 Fight the Power - Public Enemy,Regulate - Warren G - (featuring Nate Dogg),Tell 'Em - Erick Sermon,Jesus Walks - Kanye West,Put On - Young Jeezy - (featuring Kanye West)
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