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Eminem Unloads Groundhog Day The Same Weekend He Performs Rap God (Video)

In less than 24 hours, one of the biggest Rap release dates of 2013 takes place care of Eminem's Marshall Mathers LP 2 (aka #MMLP2). The follow-up to Em's 2000 classic includes a revived sound and style in the lyrics, with production inspired by the sample-heavy Rock/Rap synergy of the... Read more

Eminem Unveils The Marshall Mathers LP 2 On iTunes (Album Stream)

In a strange year for Hip-Hop, Eminem's 8th studio album The Marshall Mathers LP 2 has had a cycle less than 10 weeks from its MTV Video Music Awards announcement. #MMLP2 as it could seemingly also be known pairs Em with Rick Rubin, a Rap production pioneer who shaped the... Read more

Rick Rubin Explains the Making of Eminem’s Berzerk Record (Video)

During the video shoot for Eminem's Berzerk, Rick Rubin sat down to explain the concept behind the record and how it evolved into the final product. He talks about both he and Em wanted to do something that was a throwback to the early days of Hip-Hop. Check out the... Read more

Eminem – Berzerk (Video)

As if you expected any different, the visual to "Berzerk" lives up to its name. Slaughterhouse, Kendrick Lamar, Kid Rock, Rick Rubin, and what appears to be Paul Rosenberg and Alchemist all make cameos. Additionally, Em not only included some Billy Squier live archival footage, he deliberately paid homage to... Read more

Billy Squier – The Big Beat (Video)

In light of Eminem's "Berzerk," I keep referencing this song. The truth is, the record has an amazing time-piece video. While it might seem cheesy, or a callback to big hair, tight Lee's, and t-top Camaros, this is a break that stays in the arsenal of your favorite producer/DJ. The... Read more

Eminem – Berzerk (Prod. Rick Rubin)

After confirming he will be releasing a new album, The Marshall Mathers LP 2, in November, Eminem releases the first single. It's a return to Slim Shady mode over a heavy sample from Billy Squier's The Stroke. Check out Berzerk.... Read more

Eminem Announces “The Marshall Mathers LP 2” (Video)

While Justin Timberlake tore down the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards with his medley of hits, old and new, and reuniting that group we all pretended we didn't like (N*Sync), the biggest story may have happened between the breaks. Beats By Dre announced Eminem's upcoming album, in a very "All... Read more

Jay-Z Decodes His New Songs Oceans, Heaven & Jay Z Blue for Rick Rubin, Timbaland, Swizz Beatz & Pharrell (Video)

Here are videos of Jay-Z decoding the concepts behind Oceans featuring Frank Ocean, Heaven and Jay Z Blue (3 songs from Magna Carta Holy Grail) for Rick Rubin, Timbaland, Swizz Beatz and Pharrell. You can check out the videos and the full lyrics to Oceans below. Related: Swizz Beatz Speaks... Read more

Kanye West Plays Send It Up at His Yeezus Listening Session (Video)

So it turns out Rick Rubin executive produced Kanye West's Yeezus album. Here's a 7+ minute clip from Kanye's listening session last night that includes a song called Send It Up featuring King Louie, as well as Kanye thanking those who helped him with the album. Check out the video.... Read more

Was there ever any question that Def Jam Recordings would be the #1 most important hip-hop record label of all time??? Here’s a 30-song playlist of music from some of the legendary Def Jam artists: LL, Public Enemy, The Beastie Boys, Redman, Method Man and more.

Before record labels were considered “the enemy” their brands actually meant something. Artists dreamed of being on the same label as the MCs they grew up idolizing and some labels had such credibility fans would buy the record just because it was on that label. We decided to look at... Read more

Russell Simmons & Rick Rubin – Def Jam’s First 25 Years (Audio Interview)

Here's an interview of Russell Simmons and Rick Rubin on the founding and legacy of Def Jam.  The intro is a bit stiff (the interview is from NPR...) but it's very cool to hear the story of Def Jam from the voices of the founders, themselves.  Click here to hear... Read more

Here’s a cool video of Russell Simmons talking about what led him to Rick Rubin.

Check out the video below and click here to listen to our playlist of Rick Rubin hip-hop productions. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VPodlw6YdJw&feature=player_embedded... Read more

All the recent heat around The Beastie Boys has gotten me thinking about Def Jam of old. You can’t talk about the original Def Jam sound without mentioning Rick Rubin. He is the subject of our latest Producer Series playlist.

Rick Rubin was a purist. He liked BIG thumping 808 drums, hard snares, hard rhymes and not much else on his songs. At the time, when rap was still being recorded mostly over disco and R&B covers, his sound was revolutionary. He was among the first to capture the rawness... Read more