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Slick Rick Shares A 30-Year-Old Song That Missed His Great Adventure (Audio)

This week, Slick Rick is celebrating the 30th-anniversary of his landmark debut album, The Great Adventures Of Slick Rick. On Def Jam/Columbia Records, the nimble storyteller offered a collection of shorts about crime, sex, stick-ups, and messages to the youth. The moment was pivotal for Hip-Hop as Rick enhanced Rap... Read more

PMD Discusses Yo! MTV Raps’ Ed Lover Being One Of The Best Freestylers On The Planet (Audio)

From its inception in 1988 to its final episode in 1995, Yo! MTV Raps was a top springboard for Hip-Hop artists. It was an opportunity to showcase skills and unique styles on one of the largest platforms available to the genre. In an interview with HipHopDX, Parrish "PMD" Smith spoke... Read more

Special Ed Shows He’s Still Got It Made Nearly 30 Years Later (Video)

Last night (July 7), a litany of stars gathered at Harlem's Apollo Theater to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the release of Eric B. & Rakim's debut album, Paid In Full. The list of those who came to pay tribute tallied more than 20 artists, ranging from Slick Rick to... Read more

Ja Rule Details Why His Super Group With DMX & Jay Z Fell Apart (Video)

Ja Rule performed during the Def Jam 30th Anniversary celebration at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn last week. After, he took time to speak with MTV about what the moment meant to him. He also spoke with candor about what prevented Murder Inc. the group (Ja, Jay Z & DMX)... Read more

Russell Simmons & Rick Rubin Speak on Why Slick Rick is One of a Kind (Video)

From his flawless storytelling to his impeccable style, Slick Rick is truly one of a kind. In the final part of their Back & Forth conversation for Noisey, Def Jam co-founders Rick Rubin and Russell Simmons speak on the many attributes that make Rick the Ruler so unique. Check out... Read more

Def Jam is Celebrating Its 30th Anniversary with a Mega Concert of Artists Old and New

2014 marks the 30th anniversary of Def Jam Recordings, the record company many would argue was the most important in cementing Hip-Hop's legacy. Def Jam has been celebrating the landmark milestone throughout the year with re-releases, box sets and more. Today, they've announced they will be throwing a mega concert... Read more

Prince’s 1999 celebrates its 30th Anniversary

Today marks the 30th anniversary of the release of Prince's landmark 1999 album. Take a listen to the super-funked out 12" version of 1999 below and reflect on the brilliance of one of the greatest artists of our time. Related: D’Angelo performs She Came Into the Bathroom Window with The... Read more