DEF JAM’s 25th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION ROCKS 2009! 5-CD SET, VH1 SPECIAL, XXL COMMEMORATIVE ISSUE ON DECK!

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DEF JAM’s 25th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION ROCKS 2009!!

October 6th: DEF JAM 25 ANNIVERSARY COLLECTION released – deluxe 5-CD crate, 60 tracks spanning 1984 (LL Cool J’s “I Need a Beat”) to 2008 (Young Jeezy’s “Put On”)

October 13th (9:00 p.m. ET/PT): 6th annual “VH1 Hip Hop Honors” to commemorate 25th anniversary, with appearances by Mary J. Blige, Eminem, Fabolous, Jimmy Fallon, Gym Class Heroes, Ludacris, Method Man, Public Enemy, Redman, Chris Rock, Kid Rock, the Roots, Rick Ross – and MANY MORE!!

October 27: The November issue of XXL Magazine celebrates Def Jam 25 with a special commemorative cover

DEF JAM 25 ANNIVERSARY COLLECTION box set contains 59-page full-color book with 8,000-word historic essay and track-by-track annotation written by Bill Adler

(Oct. 2, 2009 – New York, NY) 25 years later, the independent spirit of adventure that began in an NYU college dorm room is still the guiding principle of Def Jam Recordings, home of the greatest names in the history of hip-hop, rap and R&B – from LL Cool J and Slick Rick to Rihanna and Kanye West, from Public Enemy and 3rd Bass to Ludacris, Redman and Rick Ross, from Jay-Z to Young Jeezy, Ne-Yo, the Roots, and dozens more.

Def Jam’s 25th anniversary celebration year moves into high gear next week with the October 6th release of DEF JAM 25 ANNIVERSARY COLLECTION. The deluxe 5-CD crate that traces the label’s history over the course of 60 tracks on five chronological discs – from the opening track of CD One, LL Cool J’s “I Need a Beat” (the first record with a Def Jam catalog number, in 1984) to the final track of CD Five, Young Jeezy’s #1 single of 2008, “Put On.” (Please see complete track listings below.)

One week later on October 13th, the 6th annual “VH1 Hip Hop Honors” show will commemorate Def Jam’s 25th anniversary, as artists from every genre join the celebration. Those scheduled to attend (as of this writing) include: Mary J. Blige, DMX, Eminem, Fabolous, Jimmy Fallon, Warren G, Gym Class Heroes, Ja Rule, Ludacris, Method Man, ONYX, Public Enemy, Brett Ratner, Redman, Chris Rock, Kid Rock, the Roots, Rick Ross, Scarface, and Trey Songz.

Presenters and performers will honor Def Jam’s history and legacy through never-seen-before interviews, archival footage and special musical performances of some of Def Jam’s greatest hits. Hosted by 30 Rock’s Tracy Morgan for the third consecutive year, “VH1 Hip Hop Honors 2009” will be videotaped at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) Howard Gilman Opera House in Brooklyn, New York. The broadcast will premiere Tuesday, October 13th at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT.

The following week, XXL Magazine’s November issue will hit stands with an exclusive cover featuring a select group of Def Jam’s past and present stars by legendary hip-hop photographer Jonathan Mannion.

The DEF JAM 25 ANNIVERSARY COLLECTION marks the first major multi-CD box set devoted to the label in a decade and a half, since the 1995 release of Def Jam Music Group Inc.: 10th Year Anniversary, a 4-CD non-chronological collection that concentrated on the company’s ’80s output. The new package contains a 59-page full-color book that features an historic 8,000-word liner notes essay and in-depth track-by-track annotations written by Bill Adler, who served as Publicity Director for Rush Artist Management/Def Jam Recordings from 1984 to 1990, and is the author of the best-selling Tougher Than Leather (1987, reissued 2002), the definitive biography of Run-DMC.

DEF JAM 25 ANNIVERSARY COLLECTION

CD One, 1984-1989 – Selections: 1. “I Need a Beat” – LL Cool J (1984) * 2. “It’s the Beat” – The Hollis Crew (1985) * 3. “Paul Revere” – Beastie Boys (1986) * 4. “The Rain” – Oran “Juice” Jones (1986) * 5. “Sardines” – The Junkyard Band (1986) * 6. “Brass Monkey” – Beastie Boys (1987) * 7. “It’s Yours” – T. LaRock and Jazzy Jay (1984) * 8. “I Need Love” – LL Cool J (1987) * 9. “Children’s Story” – Slick Rick (1989) * 10. “The Gas Face” – 3rd Bass (1989) * 11. “Fight the Power” – Public Enemy (1989).

CD Two, 1990-1994 – Selections: 1. “Mama Said Knock You Out” – LL Cool J (1991) * 2. “Golddigger” – EPMD (1990) * 3. “Pop Goes the Weasel”- 3rd Bass (1991) * 4. “Daddy’s Little Girl” – Nikki D (1991) * 5. “Room to Breathe” – Downtown Science (1991) * 6. “Time 4 Sum Aksion” – Redman (1992) * 7. “Slam” – Onyx (1993) * 8. “Deeper” – Boss (1993) * 9. “Getto Jam” – Domino (1993) * 10. “Bring the Pain” – Method Man (1994) * 11. “Hip Hop Junkies” – Nice & Smooth (1991) * 12. “Regulate” – Warren G (1994).

CD Three, 1995-2000 – Selections: 1. “This is How We Do It” – Montell Jordan (1995) * 2. “Stand Up” – Ludacris (1999) * 3. “Holla Holla” – Ja Rule (1999) * 4. “Touch Me, Tease Me” – Case (1996) * 5. “I’ll Be There For You/You’re All I Need To Get By (Puff Daddy Mixx)” – Method Man featuring Mary J. Blige (1995) * 6. “Get Me Home” – Foxy (1997) * 7. “Hard Knock Life (Ghetto Anthem)” – Jay-Z (1998) * 8. “Get At Me Dog” – DMX featuring Sheek Louch (1998) * 9. “Doin’ It” – LL Cool J (1996) * 10. “Da Rockwilder” – Method Man & Redman (2000) * 11. “Party Up (Up In Here)” – DMX (1999) * 12. “Tell ‘em” – Erick Sermon featuring Keith Murray and Rosalyn (1995).

CD Four, 2000-2004 – Selections: 1. “99 Problems” – Jay-Z (2004) * 2. “Thong Song” – Sisqo (2000) * 3. “Just Friends (Sunny)” – Musiq Soulchild (2000) * 4. “Put It On Me” – Ja Rule featuring Vita (2001) * 5. “Is That Your Chick (The Lost Verses)” – Memphis Bleek (2000) * 6. “Izzo (H.O.V.A.)” – Jay-Z (2001) * 7. “The Truth” – Beanie Sigel (2000) * 8. “Oh Boy” – Cam’ron featuring Juelz Santana (2002) * 9. “Guess Who’s Back” – Scarface featuring Jay-Z and Beanie Sigel (2002) * 10. “What We Do” – Freeway featuring Jay-Z and Beanie Sigel (2003) * 11. “Southern Hospitality” – Ludacris featuring Pharrell Williams (2000) * 12. “Jesus Walks” – Kanye West (2004).

CD Five, 2005-2008 – Selections: 1. “Gold Digger” – Kanye West (2005) * 2. “And Then What” – Young Jeezy featuring Mannie Fresh (2005) * 3. “There It Go (Whistle Song)” – Juelz Santana (2005) * 4. “Hustlin’” – Rick Ross (2006) * 5. “Back Like That” – Ghostface featuring Ne-Yo (2006) * 6. “So Sick” – Ne-Yo (2006) * 7. “Hip-Hop is Dead” – Nas (2006) * 8. “Don’t Feel Right” – The Roots (2006) * 9. “Umbrella” – Rihanna featuring Jay-Z (2007) * 10. “Make Me Better” – Fabolous featuring Ne-Yo (2007) * 11. “Shawty Is A Ten” – The- Dream featuring Fabolous (2007) * 12. “Put On” – Young Jeezy (2008).

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