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Def Jam 25th Anniversary Box Set [5 CD Box Set] Box set, Limited Edition

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Note: The included t-shirt size is XL

In Billboard magazine in November of 1984, a little story three-paragraphs long announced the creation of a new record label called Def Jam. "The purpose of this company," said a young artist manager named Russell Simmons, "is to educate people to the real value of real street music by putting out records nobody in the business would distribute but us."

Twenty-five years later, `the real value of real street music" can be measured not just in billions of dollars, but in the changed complexion of all of the following xpressions of creative endeavor: music, movies, television, language, dance, fine art, graphic art, fashion, advertising, automobiles, jewelry, video games, and politics...and not just in America, but globally. If any one entity can be said to have sparked these changes - and to have continued to stand for street music and the culture that birthed it, namely, hip-hop -- it is Def Jam Recordings.

The Def Jam 25th Anniversary set is a collection hits from the labels chart topping stars and cultural icons. Includes Jay-Z, Kanye West, Ludacris, Beastie Boys, LL Cool J, Public Enemy, DMX, Young Jeezy, Method Man, Redman and more!

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. I Need A Beat - LL Cool J
  2. It's The Beat - Hollis Crew
  3. Bring the Noise - Public Enemy
  4. Paul Revere - Beastie Boys
  5. The Rain - Oran "Juice" Jones
  6. Goin' Back To Cali - LL Cool J
  7. Brass Monkey - Beastie Boys
  8. It's Yours - T La Rock featuring Jazzy Jay
  9. I Need Love - LL Cool J
  10. Children's Story - Slick Rick
  11. The Gas Face (Remix) - 3rd Bass
  12. Fight The Power - Public Enemy

Disc: 2

  1. Mama Said Knock You Out - LL Cool J
  2. Gold Digger - EPMD
  3. Pop Goes The Weasel - 3rd Bass
  4. Daddy's Little Girl - Nikki D
  5. Room To Breathe - Downtown Science
  6. Time 4 Sum Aksion - Redman
  7. Slam - Onyx
  8. Deeper - Boss featuring Papa Juggy
  9. Crossover - EPMD
  10. Bring The Pain - Method Man
  11. Hip Hop Junkies - Nice & Smooth
  12. Regulate - Warren G featuring Nate Dogg

Disc: 3

  1. This Is How We Do It - Montell Jordan
  2. Stand Up - Ludacris featuring Shawnna
  3. Holla Holla - Ja Rule
  4. Touch Me Tease Me - Case featuring Foxy Brown
  5. I'll Be There For You/You're All I Need To Get By - Method Man featuring Mary J. Blige
  6. Get Me Home - Foxy Brown featuring Blackstreet
  7. Hard Knock Life (Ghetto Anthem) - JAY-Z
  8. Get At Me Dog - DMX featuring Sheek
  9. Doin' It - LL Cool J
  10. Da Rockwilder - Method Man & Redman
  11. Party Up (Up In Here) - DMX
  12. Tell 'Em - Erick Sermon

Disc: 4

  1. 99 Problems - JAY-Z
  2. Thong Song - Sisqo
  3. Just Friends (Sunny) - Musiq Soulchild
  4. Put It On Me - Ja Rule featuring Vita
  5. Is That Your Chick (The Lost Verses) - Memphis Bleek featuring JAY-Z, Twista & Missy Elliott
  6. Izzo (H.O.V.A.) - JAY-Z
  7. The Truth - Beanie Sigel
  8. Oh Boy - Cam'Ron featuring Juelz Santana
  9. Guess Who's Back - Scarface featuring JAY-Z & Beanie Sigel
  10. What We Do - Freeway featuring JAY-Z & Beanie Sigel
  11. Southern Hospitality - Ludacris featuring Pharrell
  12. Jesus Walks - Kanye West

Disc: 5

  1. Gold Digger - Kanye West featuring Jamie Foxx
  2. And Then What - Young Jeezy featuring Mannie Fresh
  3. There It Go (The Whistle Song) - Juelz Santana
  4. Hustlin' - Rick Ross
  5. Back Like That - Ghostface Killah featuring Ne-Yo
  6. So Sick - Ne-Yo
  7. Hip Hop Is Dead - Nas featuring will.i.am
  8. Don't Feel Right - The Roots featuring Maimouna Youssef
  9. Umbrella - Rihanna featuring JAY-Z
  10. Make Me Better - Fabolous featuring Ne-Yo
  11. Shawty Is Da Sh*! - The-Dream
  12. Put On - Young Jeezy featuring Kanye West

Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 6, 2009)
  • Parental Advisory ed. edition
  • Number of Discs: 5
  • Format: Box set, Limited Edition
  • 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: B002NJ8X7I
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #271,623 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

Format: Audio CD
Def Jam, in two words, are just that.

Times may have changed and the so-called 'music' tossed out there into our ears may taste worse than a Big Mac, but this collection, presented over 5 CDs and 60 songs, is an anthology of some of the greatest rap and hip-hop ever laid down on vinyl. The time line literally goes from 1985 to 2010 (well, 2009), and the highlights are fantastic.

The value of this box set is immeasurable - legendary rappers such as LL Cool J, The Beastie Boys, Public Enemy, Slick Rick, EPMD, Montell Jordan, Nikki D and many more of the original brothers (and sisters) of rap music are featured here, many of them originating even their sound on this one label.

Def Jam was even smart enough to venture into hard rock, releasing the band Slayer (one of the hardest metal bands to lay it down in the 80's and 90's).

We go from rap to hip-hop, and we go hard: Beanie Sigel and DMX to the likes of early Rhianna and Ja Rule, and don't forget Ludacris and Foxy Brown!

The tracks on the 5 CD's go like this:

CD1 (1984-1988):
01. LL Cool J - I Need A Beat [04:01]
02. Hollis Crew - It's The Beat [04:15]
03. Public Enemy - Bring The Noise [03:46]
04. Beastie Boys - Paul Revere [03:42]
05. Oran "Juice" Jones - The Rain [05:08]
06. LL Cool J - Goin' Back To Cali [04:10]
07. Beastie Boys - Brass Monkey [02:39]
08. T-La Rock - It's Yours (feat. Jazzy Jay) [04:21]
09. LL Cool J - I Need Love [05:23]
10. Slick Rick - Children's Story [03:59]
11. 3rd Bass - The Gas Face (Remix) [02:08]
12. Public Enemy - Fight The Power [04:37]

CD2 (1989-1993):
01. LL Cool J - Mama Said Knock You Out [04:49]
02. EPMD - Gold Digger [05:02]
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I bought this box set for my husband and he LOVES it. It has all of his old school favorites and then some new stuff that's good too! The shirt only comes in X-Large, he gave it to me for a sleep shirt....but it is a cool shirt for someone who likes to wear baggy tshirts! I personally don't listen to this type of music, but my husband said that this was the best gift I've ever given him...so if you like old and new school rap, this is the box set to buy!
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I loved having a box set of music from different artists. I'm glad I got this set. Planning to order more as gifts.
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By J. Ross on January 18, 2010
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I purchased this set for my 17year old son, for Christmas, and he loved it! Although many of these songs were made before he was born, he knows the music and thinks it's pretty cool and nestalgic! -JR
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