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Format: CD
Sku: 212122041
UPC: 602527175188
UPC 14: 00602527175188
Release Date: 10/6/2009
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. I Need a Beat - LL Cool J ~ Various Artists
2. It's the Beat ~ Various Artists
3. Bring the Noise - Public Enemy ~ Various Artists
4. Paul Revere - Beastie Boys ~ Various Artists
5. Rain, The - Oran "Juice" Jones ~ Various Artists
6. Going Back to Cali - LL Cool J ~ Various Artists
7. Brass Monkey - Beastie Boys ~ Various Artists
8. It's Yours - T La Rock ~ Various Artists
9. I Need Love - LL Cool J ~ Various Artists
10. Children's Story - Slick Rick ~ Various Artists
11. Gas Face, The - 3rd Bass (Remix, remix) ~ Various Artists
12. Fight the Power - Public Enemy ~ Various Artists
Disc 2
Song Title
1. Mama Said Knock You Out - LL Cool J ~ Various Artists
2. Gold Digger ~ Various Artists
3. Pop Goes the Weasel - 3rd Bass ~ Various Artists
4. Daddy's Little Girl - Nikki D ~ Various Artists
5. Room to Breathe - Downtown Science ~ Various Artists
6. Time 4 Sum Aksion - Redman ~ Various Artists
7. Slam ~ Various Artists
8. Deeper - (featuring Papa Juggy) ~ Various Artists
9. Crossover ~ Various Artists
10. Bring the Pain - Method Man ~ Various Artists
11. Hip Hop Junkies - Nice & Smooth ~ Various Artists
12. Regulate - Warren G - (featuring Nate Dogg) ~ Various Artists
Disc 3
Song Title
1. This is How We do It - Montell Jordan ~ Various Artists
2. Stand Up - Ludacris - (featuring Shawnna) ~ Various Artists
3. Holla Holla - Ja Rule ~ Various Artists
4. Touch Me Tease Me ~ Various Artists
5. I'll be There for You/You're All I Need to Get By - Method Man - (featuring Mary J. Blige) ~ Various Artists
6. Get Me Home - (featuring Blackstreet) ~ Various Artists
7. Hard Knock Life (Ghetto Anthem) ~ Various Artists
8. Get at Me Dog ~ Various Artists
9. Doin' It - LL Cool J ~ Various Artists
10. Da Rockwilder - Method Man/Redman ~ Various Artists
11. Party Up (Up in Here) ~ Various Artists
12. Tell 'Em - Erick Sermon ~ Various Artists
Disc 4
Song Title
1. 99 Problems ~ Various Artists
2. Thong Song ~ Various Artists
3. Just Friends (Sunny) - Musiq (Soulchild) ~ Various Artists
4. Put it on Me - Ja Rule ~ Various Artists
5. Is That Your Chick (The Lost Verses) - Memphis Bleek - (featuring Missy Elliott/Twista) ~ Various Artists
6. Izzo (H.O.V.A.) ~ Various Artists
7. Truth, The - Beanie Sigel ~ Various Artists
8. Oh Boy - Cam'Ron - (featuring Juelz Santana) ~ Various Artists
9. Guess Who's Back - Scarface - (featuring Beanie Sigel) ~ Various Artists
10. What We Do - Freeway - (featuring Beanie Sigel) ~ Various Artists
11. Southern Hospitality - Ludacris - (featuring Pharrell Williams) ~ Various Artists
12. Jesus Walks - Kanye West ~ Various Artists
Disc 5
Song Title
1. Gold Digger - Kanye West - (featuring Jamie Foxx) ~ Various Artists
2. And Then What - Young Jeezy - (featuring Mannie Fresh) ~ Various Artists
3. There it Go (The Whistle Song) - Juelz Santana ~ Various Artists
4. Hustlin' - Rick Ross ~ Various Artists
5. Back Like That - Ghostface Killah ~ Various Artists
6. So Sick ~ Various Artists
7. Hip Hop is Dead - (featuring Will.I.Am) ~ Various Artists
8. Don't Feel Right - (featuring Maimouna Youssef) ~ Various Artists
9. Umbrella - Rihanna ~ Various Artists
10. Make Me etter - Fabolous ~ Various Artists
11. Shawty is Da Sh*! - The-Dream ~ Various Artists
12. Put On - Young Jeezy - (featuring Kanye West) ~ Various Artists
 
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

Album Notes and Credits


Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Liner Note Author: Bill Adler.
Muze PNote Photographers: Ricky Powell; Lionel Deluy; Clay Patrick McBride; Albert Watson ; Wayne Maser; Dean Karr; Jules Allen; James Hamilton; Danny Clinch.
Muze PNote 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

Musical Guests
Muze Guest Artist Papa Juggy
Muze Guest Artist Nate Dogg
Muze Guest Artist Shawnna
Muze Guest Artist Foxy Brown
Muze Guest Artist Mary J. Blige
Muze Guest Artist Blackstreet
Muze Guest Artist Sheek
Muze Guest Artist Missy Elliott
Muze Guest Artist Twista
Muze Guest Artist Juelz Santana
Muze Guest Artist Beanie Sigel
Muze Guest Artist Pharrell Williams
Muze Guest Artist Jamie Foxx
Muze Guest Artist Mannie Fresh
Muze Guest Artist Will.I.Am
Muze Guest Artist Maimouna Youssef
Muze Guest Artist Kanye West

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 03/22/2010
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2009
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 2717518
Music Label Name Label : Def Jam (USA)
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 5
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00602527175188

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..."

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