How Run-D.M.C. Changed the Rap Game

How Run-D.M.C. Changed the Rap Game
by Nelson George
Here's a piece by cultural critic Nelson George on the pages of Billboard. - Though rap had been selling records and denting the lower reaches of the Billboard charts since 1979, it can be argued that Run-D.M.C.'s self-titled debut -- which peaked at No. 53 on the Billboard 200 on June 23 -- was [...]

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The Birth Of Def Jam

The Birth Of Def Jam
with Rick Rubin
In this Rolling Stone interview, Def Jam founder and legendary producer Rick Rubin returns to the New York University dorm room where his career began in the early 1980s and reminisces about the birth of hip hop. Along with Russell Simmons, Rubin is the founder of Def Jam Records and also established American Recordings. With [...]

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