News RnB 04/12/2009

Celebrate The 25th Anniversary Of Def Jam, Hip-Hop's Greatest Label, With the Two-CD Compilation DJ Bring That Back And DVD VJ Bring That Video Back

New York, NY (Top40 Charts/ Universal Music Enterprises) - Def Jam Recordings has defined rap and hip-hop since its founding in 1984. Now, celebrating the 25th anniversary of the greatest urban music label in history, the two-CD set Def Jam 25: DJ Bring That Back and the DVD Def Jam 25: VJ Bring That Video Back, now available through Def Jam/UMe, provide the essential overview in sound and on video of the label that broke new ground and set the trends that changed pop culture.

Def Jam 25: DJ Bring That Back brings together 25 classic tracks spanning the 25 years of Def Jam by presenting the tracks in reverse chronological order, from 2008's triple platinum No 1-charting "Disturbia" from Rihanna and The-Dream's Top 5 R&B/Hip-Hop "I Luv Your Girl" back to LL Cool J's debut, "I Need A Beat," issued on Def Jam 12" 001 in 1984. Also heard from the 2000s are Rick Ross with the Top 10 Rap "Hustlin'," Young Jeezy's "Go Crazy," Kanye West's gold No 2 R&B/No 3 Rap "Jesus Walks," Ludacris with the No 6 Pop/No 2 R&B/No 3 Rap "Splash Waterfalls," Ashanti's No 1 Pop/No 1 R&B/No 4 Rap "Foolish," Ja Rule featuring Vita with the No 8 Pop/No 2 R&B "Put It On Me" and Musiq with the Top 10 R&B/Hip-Hop "Just Friends (Sunny)."

From the '90s are DMX's "What's My Name" (Top 10 Rap), Jay-Z featuring Jermaine Dupri with "Money Ain't A Thang" (Top 10 R&B), Foxy Brown featuring Dru Hill with "Big Bad Mama" (No 5 R&B/No 9 Rap), Redman featuring Method Man with "Whateva Man" (No 3 Rap), Montell Jordan's platinum "This Is How We Do It" (No 1 Pop/No 1 R&B), Method Man's "Bring The Pain" (No 4 Rap), Onyx with the platinum "Slam" (No 4 Pop/No 1 Rap), Boss featuring Papa Juggy with "Deeper" (No 1 Rap), Nice & Smooth with "Hip Hop Junkies," Public Enemy's "911 Is A Joke" (No 1 Rap) and 3rd Bass with the gold "Pop Goes The Weasel" (No 1 Pop).

The '80s contributions are Slick Rick's "Children's Story" (No 5 R&B/No 2 Rap), Oran "Juice" Jones' gold "The Rain" (No 9 Pop) and LL Cool J's "I Can't Live Without My Radio" and "I Need Love" (No 1 R&B).

Def Jam 25: VJ Bring That Video Back collects 20 slammin' and soulful videos from 1986-2009. Among the biggest hits are Rihanna's triple platinum No 1 Pop "Umbrella" featuring Jay-Z, Ne-Yo's platinum No 1 Pop "So Sick," Dru Hill's platinum No 4 Pop/No 1 R&B "In My Bed," Redman & Method Man's gold Top 10 R&B/No 2 Rap "How High" and LL Cool J's gold "Goin' Back To Cali." LL is also seen with the No 4 Pop/No 1 R&B/No 2 Rap "Luv You Better."

Also representin' are Warren G (No 4 Rap "Smokin' Me Out" featuring Ronald Isley), Kelly Price & Friends ("Love Sets You Free"), Case (No 4 Pop/No 1 R&B "Missing You"), N.O.R.E. (No 10 Pop/No 3 Rap "Nothin'"), Ludacris (Top 10 R&B/No 5 Rap "Southern Hospitality" featuring Pharrell), Onyx ("Throw Ya Gunz") and Young Jeezy ("My President" featuring Nas). Shown too are videos for songs on DJ Bring That Back 2008-1984: "The Rain," "Children's Story," "This Is How We Do It," "Foolish" and "Jesus Walks." And finally, Chrisette Michele's "If I Have My Way" and Karina's "16 @ War" show the way to the future of Def Jam.

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