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Rick Was Here. The Dawn Of Def Jam

What more can be said about the man once known as DJ Double R?! Rick Rubin is the Quincy Jones of music your mother hates! He signed LL Cool J, discovered Public Enemy, DJ’d for the Beastie Boys, produced “It’s Yours” (with Jazzy Jay) for T La Rock and helmed production work for everyone from Jay-Z and Slayer to Mick Jagger and U2. Shit, this dude even portrayed a fictionalised version of himself in 1985’s Krush Groove, a movie loosely based around the beginnings of Def Jam Records.

Def Jam is (without a doubt in my mind) hip hop’s Motown and 2014 marked 30 years since it’s humble beginnings in Rick Rubin’s NYU dorm room. Rolling Stone tagged along as Rick revisits where it all began all those years ago, they also dig up some great archival footage in the process.

Salute to Def Jam Recording’s!

Money Can’t Buy You Flavor!

There’s a lot that can be said of the quintessential New Yorker and there’s just as much that can be said of Ricky Powell. New York to his core and self described as “the Oscar Madison of Hip Hop”, iconic photographer Ricky Powell has been involved in the culture and business of Hip Hop almost since it’s inception.

Sometimes referred to as the (unofficial) fourth Beastie Boy, Ricky Powell’s attitude and photography has seen his work appear everywhere from numerous album covers to The New York Times. Having been a fixture within Manhattan’s Lower East Side scene of the 1980’s Ricky would host his own public access televison show “Rappin With The Rickster” through the early to mid 90’s and go on to release his famed book Oh Snap in ’98.

The culture of New York City is one that fascinates me, as do the individuals that helped shape it’s many urban movements pre gentrification. Press play on the video above and peep the science of one such individual and always remember that “money can’t buy you flavor…”