def jam recordings

Jay-Z and Redman at a Def Jam Recordings party, held at B-Bar in New York’s East Village on September 5, 2001 - just six days before the September 11 attacks. The party featured the public reuniting of Rick Rubin with the label’s other co-founder, Russell Simmons, and Lyor Cohen. 

Russell Simmons wants to fight Islamophobia with his “Today, I Am A Muslim Too” rally

  • Russell Simmons left his mark on the hip-hop world when he co-founded Def Jam Records, but now the influencer and entrepreneur is leaving behind a legacy as a powerful organizer and activist.
  • On Sunday, Simmons will be on-the-ground in Times Square in New York City between noon and 4 p.m. for the “Today, I Am A Muslim Too” rally to protest President Donald Trump’s anti-Muslim policies
  • The rally is in partnership with Jamaica Muslim Center’s Imam Shamsi Ali, America Rabbi Marc Schneider and on behalf of the nonprofit organization Foundation for Ethnic Understanding
  • New York Mayor Bill de Blasio and Muslim activist Linda Sarsour are expected to attend. Read more. (2/18/17, 8:13 AM).

Jay-Z and Rihanna onstage at the 50th Annual Grammy Awards, accepting their award for “Best Rap/Sung Collaboration” for their collaboration “Umbrella” in 2008. Hov, of course, was the one who had signed her to Def Jam Recordings in 2005. It was his sixth gramophone.


Troi Irons may be new on our radar, but the Los Angeles based artist already has a debut EP out named Turbulence, and it’s out on Def Jam Recordings, too. Her new music video for EP single Today has captured our attention fully. Today’s slow burning dark pop and heavy brooding alt R&B is captivating, to say the least. There’s a vulnerability and a raw honesty to be found in Troi Irons’ raspy drawling voice on this exquisite tune. Today combusts with an inherent explosiveness. Troi Irons’ debut EP Turbulence can be found on iTunes, here.