19 October,2014:Â Def Jam Recordings, which recently celebrated its 30th anniversary, was founded in a small New York University dorm room by Rick Rubin.
Rubin, whoâ€™s worked with an array of artists, from LL Cool J and Kanye West to Johnny Cashand Red Hot Chili Peppers, recently went back to where it all started as part of the Rolling Stonedocumentary, â€œRick Was Here.â€
â€œI canâ€™t believe itâ€™s 30 years,â€ he says while sitting in the dorm room in the documentary. â€œItâ€™s really trippy. It doesnâ€™t feel like that long. Iâ€™ll say I donâ€™t normally look back very much, but when I come here, I think of the crazy parties that we had, being threatened to be kicked out for noise complaints, the adventures.â€
Those adventures helped create a foundation for a label that would eventually help define a genre and a culture as Def Jam would be home to several iconic Rap figures, including T La Rock, Jazzy Jay, Beastie Boys, Run DMC and Jay Z, among others.
The documentary, of course, also outlines Rubinâ€™s partnership with Russell Simmons, who provided credibility in business while helping Def Jam become a â€œa real record company,â€ in Rubinâ€™s eyes.