Def Jam reissues albums by Kanye West, Public Enemy, Ludacris and more
Coming off its 30th anniversary showcase at SXSW, Def Jam continues to celebrate its milestone year by releasing four reissues this month: Kanye West’s “808s & Heartbreak”; Public Enemy’s “Icon”; Ludacris’ “Back For The First Time” and T La Rock/Jazzy Jay’s “It’s Yours.” Check out the details below.
Rick Rubin and Russell Simmons started Def Jam in a New York University dorm room and went on to release some of the most significant albums in hip-hop. The label’s current roster includes 2 Chainz, Frank Ocean, Big Sean and Jhene Aiko.
“We have seen this homegrown American music grow from a local underground scene to a worldwide phenomenon,” Rubin and Simmons said in a statement. “Today Def Jam remains the gold standard for taste, culture, and revolutionary thought. To quote the Chuck D line: 'Def Jam tells you who I am…'"
Here’s the complete list of Def Jam’s March reissues:
3/3/14 - T La Rock/Jazzy Jay, “It’s Yours” (12” reissue)
3/11/14 - Public Enemy, “Icon” (1CD version)
3/18/14 - Kanye West, “808s & Heartbreak” (2LP/CD collector’s set reissue)
3/25/14 - Ludacris, “Back For The First Time” (LP with lenticular treatment cover)