Russell Simmons and Rick Rubin Speak on Def Jam Beginnings

Two music pioneers square off in this special edition of Noisey’s Back & Forth series focused on the 30th Anniversary of the legendary Def Jam Recordings. Def Jam founders Russell Simmons and Rick Rubin, with the aid of the great Elliott Wilson, talk about the early days of the label, their first twelve-inch release, LL Cool J’s hit “Radio,” and LL Cool J’s involvement with Run-D.M.C. in this clip, available via Noisey for the first time.

Rocko (@Rocko4Real) – Luv

Rocko - Luv

Rocko is back with a brand new single called Luv and is produced by TM88. Rocko and  TM88 are forming a group called Carte Blanche and working on a joint project together.

Jermaine Dupri Discusses The Best Jordan Of All-Time

Atlanta’s own, Jermaine Dupri, stopped by our office with his boy Royce Rizzy to talk about a bunch of different topics, including his sneaker game. JD, who showed up rocking the classic ‘DMP’ 7s, let us know that although he is a true sneaker connoisseur, it’s strictly Js when it comes to his footwear.

Jermaine says he has been all-in on the Jordan Brand movement since the early 90s, and his OG collection of Jordans reflects that statement. He’s not above rocking retros, but he notes the quality is no where close to what it once was. Luckily, Jordan Brand is remastering their lineup for 2015.

We also asked JD what he would like to accomplish if he ever collaborated on a sneaker with JB, and he let us know that a ‘Blackout’ Air Jordan 11 complete with matte black finishes would be his first move.

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