Rick Rubin revisits Def Jam’s origins

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Rick Rubin returns to the New York University dorm room where Def Jam Recordings was born.

The American record producer went back to his NYU dorm room where the hip hop’s most influential label was founded in 1984.

For the 30th anniversary of the legendary label its founder returned to Def Jam’s ‘office’ where it all started. As part of the Rolling Stone documentary ‘Rick Was Here’, Rubin revisited the hip hop label’s origins.

“I can’t believe it’s 30 years,” he says while sitting in the dorm room in the documentary. “It’s really trippy. It doesn’t feel like that long. I’ll say I don’t normally look back very much, but when I come here, I think of the crazy parties that we had, being threatened to be kicked out for noise complaints, the adventures”.

The recent Rolling Stone mini-documentary has interviews with LL Cool J, Adam Horovitz, co-founder Russel Simmons who helped Rubin establish their work as a real record company, and roommate Adam Dubin.

Rubin was influential in the career of many artists such as T LA Roche, Jazzy J, Run DMC, Beastie Boys, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Johnny Cash and Kanye West.

The documentary features an incredible trip back to Rubin and Def Jam’s beginnings, remembering the huge and crazy parties in the dorm room filled with vinyl and drum machines.

Just watch the documentary below directed by Josh Wade and presented by MaggieVision Productions: