• Def Jam, Inc.

  • Russell Simmons, Rick Rubin, and the Extraordinary Story of the World's Most Influential Hip-Hop Label
  • By: Stacy Gueraseva
  • Narrated by: Kevin R. Free
  • Length: 10 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: Arts & Entertainment, Music
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (13 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

In the early '80s, the music industry wrote off hip-hop as a passing fad. Few could or would have predicted that the improvised raps and raw beats busting out of New York City's urban underclass would one day become a multimillion-dollar business and one of music's most lucrative genres.

Among those few were two visionaries: Russell Simmons, a young black man from Hollis, Queens, and Rick Rubin, a Jewish kid from Long Island.

©2005 Stacy Gueraseva (P)2006 Recorded Books

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Good stories of Def Jam artists

I enjoyed listening to this audio book. Good stories about the def jam artists. Narrator mispronounced the RZA. I got a laugh from that. If you have any interest in Def Jam I recommend listening to this audio book.

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The Greatest American Business Story

This was a great read about the origin and birth of the greatest music label of all time. This was a good and humorous read except for the occasional and annoying mispronunciations of some of the most important names in hip hop. Definitely worth checking out.

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Really Dope

Great book!! My only issue is the narrators mispronunciation of “ The RZA” and Rakim. I’m wondering how that went unnoticed..🤦🏾‍♂️