Video: Russell Simmons Recalls Meeting Rick Rubin; LL Cool J Explains Hip-Hop Slang in Early Days
In a recent interview with Global Grind, Def Jam co-founder and Rush Communications CEO Russell Simmons sat down to talk about the first time he met Rick Rubin and the start of Def Jam:
“Rick Rubin, I seen him at Danceteria. He was a member of the Beastie Boys. He was DJ Double R. I met him at Danceteria because Jazzy Jay brought him to me. Jazzy Jay was on the record ‘It’s Yours’ by T La Rock. It was the best record on the radio. We talked at Danceteria and he played me his drum machine. He had so many beats. We started a record label. The record label put out LL’s first record. The record stores didn’t know what was in the box because it said Def Jam. It was a core community who went to that cool store that bought the cool records, and that record was next after ‘It’s Yours.’ Rick owned and created that label, Def Jam, that was him.”
And something related….
Throwback interview of a young LL Cool J explaining hip hop slang like “word,” “def,” and “stupid.” Funny stuff: