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Rick Rubin founded Def Jam Records in his NYU dorm room


In 1984, Rick Rubin founded Def Jam records in his University dorm room. The first record released was T La Rock and Jazzy Jay's It's Yours, which was produced by . Jazzy Jay introduced Rick Rubin to Russell Simmons, a manager and promoter at the time. Rick and Russell became partners and Def Jam released “I Need a Beat” by LL Cool J.

Early Def Jam imprints had Rick Rubin's college dorm “5 University Pl. #712” listed as the label's address. Def Jam Records launched the careers of the Beastie Boys, , and many more artists.

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In a mini-documentary with Rollin Stone, Rick Rubin visited #712 Weinstein at New York University, his dorm where Def Jam Records started. The documentary features Russell Simmons, LL Cool J, the ' Adam Horowitz, former Def Jam president Lyor Cohen and some of Rick Rubin's former roommates.

I can't believe it's 30 years, It's really trippy. It doesn't feel like that long. I'll say I don'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. Rick Rubin.

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