MTV Presents Def Jam: Let the People Speak

One of hip-hop's most storied labels, Def Jam has been the home to some of rap's most famous and influential artists since its inception in 1984. Some of the MCs who the Rick Rubin/Russell Simmons-founded company have brought to success are included here on the compilation MTV Presents Def Jam: Let the People Speak. LL Cool J, Redman, DMX, and Slick Rick all have at least one track on the album, as do groups like Public Enemy and the Beastie Boys. It's part old-school, part party rap, and part contemporary stuff (released pre-2002, however), and though it is missing material from artists like Jay-Z and EPMD, it's still a pretty fun collection, and a good overview of all that Def Jam has done for the genre. ~ Marisa Brown

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