Rick Rubin Returns to the Dorm Room Where Def Jam Was Founded for the First Time in 30 Years (Video)

In a year of tributes to Def Jam, celebrating its 30th Anniversary, this might just be the best. Rolling Stone followed Rick Rubin to the NYU dorm room where he started the legendary record label and had not returned to since. Rather than just interviewing Rubin, RS used the journey as an opportunity to create a short documentary about the early history of the label, getting interviews from Russell Simmons, Lyor Cohen, LL Cool J, and others including the dorm hall monitor at the time. There is also a plethora of vintage footage and photos from that early 80’s Hip-Hip era. This is a fantastic piece. Check out the video.

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