From the dorms of New York University to center stage at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center: Def Jam Recordings is celebrating their 30th birthday with a massive box set and an all-star concert. The Def Jam 30 limited edition box set features two collections of music: One with old school tracks curated by co-founder Rick Rubin (Selections From the Roots of Def Jam) and the other highlighting two volumes worth of the influential label’s best tracks (Def Jam Recordings’ Greatest Hits). The box set, available in both LP and CD, will also include a Def Jam 30 T-shirt.
On October 16th, the Def Jam Recordings 30th Anniversary Concert will invade Brooklyn’s Barclays Center with a huge slate of hip-hop’s finest. Rick Ross, 2 Chainz, Method Man, Redman, Foxy Brown and more have all been confirmed, with tickets on sale August 22nd. (Pre-ordering Def Jam 30 will give fans an access code to a special pre-sale on August 20th.)
“It’s very exciting to be able to be part of such a special announcement that solidifies and continues forward the enduring mark the brand has made on pop culture,” Steve Bartels, CEO of Def Jam Recordings, said in a statement.
The all-star event will honor the history and impact Rick Rubin and Russell Simmons’ legendary label has had on the rap game, from Beastie Boys, Public Enemy and LL Cool J to Kanye West, Nas and Iggy Azalea. Also on board for the one-night-only concert are OGs like Onyx, Warren G and EPMD alongside Fabolous, DMX, Ja Rule, Ashanti, Jhene Aiko and Jeremih. The show curiously omits any artists from the label’s first five years, though more acts are set to be announced at a later date.