def-jam1The greatest names in the history of hip-hop, rap and R&B – from LL Cool J and Slick Rick to Rihanna and Kanye West, from Public Enemy and 3rd Bass to Ludacris, Redman and Rick Ross, from Jay-Z to Young Jeezy and dozens more – have made Def Jam Recordings the destination for Urban artists over the past quarter century.  Now Island Def Jam Music Group is set to turn up the heat in honor of Def Jam’s 25th anniversary in 2009, starting with the launch of DEF JAM 25.  

To help with the celebration of Record Store Day, Def Jam will release what I consider a Def Jam Greatest Hits.

DEF JAM 25 Vol. 1: DJ Bring That Back (2008-1997) – Selections:

1. Disturbia – Rihanna (2008) *

2. I Luv Your Girl – The-Dream (2007) *

 3. Hustlin’ – Rick Ross (2006) *

4. Go Crazy – Young Jeezy (2005) *

5. Jesus Walks – Kanye West (2004) *

6. Splash Waterfalls – Ludacris (2003) *

7. Foolish – Ashanti (2002) *

8. Put It On Me – Ja Rule featuring Vita (2001) *

9. Just Friends (Sunny) – Musiq Soulchild (2000) *

10. What’s My Name – DMX (1999) *

11. Money Ain’t A Thang – Jay-Z featuring Jermaine Dupri (1998) *

12. Big Bad Mama – Foxy Brown featuring Dru Hill  (1997).

DEF JAM 25 Vol. 2: DJ Bring That Back (1996-1984) – Selections:

1. Whateva Man – Redman (1996) *

2. This Is How We Do It – Montell Jordan (1995) *

3. Bring The Pain – Method Man (1994) *

4. Slam – Onyx (1993) *

5. Deeper – Boss (1992) *

6. Hip Hop Junkies – Nice & Smooth (1991) *

7. 911 Is a Joke – Public Enemy (1990) *

8. Pop Goes The Weasel – 3rd Bass (1989) *

9. Children’s Story – Slick Rick (1988) *

10. I Need Love – LL Cool J (1987) *

11. The Rain – Oran Juice Jones (1986) *

12. My Radio – LL Cool J (1985) *

13. It’s Yours – T la Rock featuring Jazzy Jay (1984).

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