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Product Description

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The Def Jam box tells a story of a sound, a movement, and a lifestyle. Filled with a veritable who's who of hip-hop (3rd Bass, LL Cool J, Public Enemy, Slick Rick, EPMD, Beastie Boys) and some sizzling R&B cuts, this four-CD set is both a greatest-hits package (of the Def Jam/Columbia era) and a shout out to the label that understood the culture--and, more important, knew how to make others get it, too. Perhaps the greatest praise one can give Def Jam is that the label still matters, years after this set was released (see late-1990s efforts by Method Man and Jay-Z, for example). If all your old 12-inches are worn to the groove, then this is a must; but be you old school or new, this collection should be in any hip-hop fan's collection. --Amy Linden

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 21, 1995)
  • Original Release Date: November 21, 1995
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Format: Box set
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Def Jam
  • ASIN: B0000024JJ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #73,059 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Rowen B. Bell on January 26, 2010
Format: Audio CD
I'm writing to make people aware of one very useful feature of this boxset: It contains the original mix of LL Cool J's "Jack The Ripper" as it appeared on the LP/cassette version of Walking With A Panther, rather than the (decidedly inferior, in my opinion) mix that appeared on LL's All World CD. (For instance, in the original mix the backbeat drops out at the end of the chorus when LL says "King Hercules", whereas in the All World mix the backbeat continues through those words.)

In my view, any LL Cool J fan should make a point of downloading the version of "Jack The Ripper" found on this boxset, as the only means I know of to obtain the original mix (since "Jack The Ripper" was omitted from the Walking With A Panther CD).
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Judson 1 on September 10, 2004
Format: Audio CD
This is the type of compilation albulm that has to be in your collection. Here is why.

1.) You got classics that are now hard enough to find, let alone on seperate cd's.

2.) When is the last time a cd came with a booklet that was just as interesting. This is great for understanding where hip hop/r&b came from (as far Def Jam) and where most music is at today.

3.) No cd of the four outshines another one. With such good songs and so many of them, it's hard to decide which cd you want to play.

They should think about doing for 1995 to 2005. They have a wider selection of artist to choose from. Though they all may not be classics like these, they are guaranteed to please the hip-hop/r&b lover in all of us.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ericka Hill on May 25, 2007
Format: Audio CD
I bought this compilation because I was looking for L.L.'s greatest hits and stumbled on this collection. It's all THAT and then some!!!!! I absolutely screamed when I saw Oran Juice Jones! We sung that to school everyone morning and threw back phrases from the song to the brothers that were whack! When I play it, my daughter just looks at me and shakes her head.

This generation don't know that "hip-hop" is a state of mind and it is not defined by "bling" or brand names. We were just into the music. (even though I did have some big square earrings M.C. Lyte was rocking in the "Paperthin" video!)

This is indeed a classic for ANY hip-hop fan!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By B. Parker on August 6, 2005
Format: Audio CD
This is an awesome box set. It does a great job of summing up Def Jam's first decade. This is all essential hip-hop. It comes from the days when it was less about the pose and more about the skills.

There are many forgotten gems to be found here. Onyx - truly a group of crazy gravel-throated mofos. 3rd Bass - forgotten pioneers in the realm of white hip-hop (I know Eminem has never mentioned them). Many of the greatest tracks by LL, the Beasties, PE, and Run-DMC are here. I think to really get Public Enemy though, you have to buy the invidual albums.

Another great thing- if you already own "The Hip-Hop Box", there are only a handful of tracks on this that overlap with that. Added bonus in my opinion.

So if you want to learn about the early DIY spirit of Def Jam and see thier astronomical influence on early hip-hop, I strongly recommend picking this one up.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By MAXIMILLIAN MUHAMMAD HALL OF FAME on January 26, 2000
Format: Audio CD
this Label is the Motown of Rap.a whose who of rap.Public Enemy,LL.Cool J,EPMD,Slick Rick etc..this is very esential to any collection it speaks of a time and era.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 17, 1999
Format: Audio CD
This CD box set will grab you by the collar of your shirt and pull you into the real world of hip hop. I hope you enjoy it cause man I sure did.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Ervin Griffin on June 18, 2004
Format: Audio CD
This is the best collection of rap ever assembled! And I agree with one reviewer, this is history in this one collection. From the mid-80's thru 1995, this is some of the greatest hip-hop tunes in the history of the genre! From legends like Public Enemy & LL Cool J to upstarts like The Beastie Boys & Nice And Smooth to one hit wonders like Nikki D. & Domino, this collection is the bomb!
Buy this collection and I might recommend Tommy Boy's Greatest Beats and The Hip Hop Box to go with it. Between those three, you'd have nearly every big hip-hop tune from the 80's until at least the mid 90's! Worth the money!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. Lynch on April 7, 2009
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I love this set. Just can't believe I waited this long to buy it. Everything arrived on time and is excellent quality.
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