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Watch LL Cool J Remember His First Phone Call from Def Jam’s Rick Rubin

In an outtake from Rolling Stone’s documentary on the dawn of Def Jam, the bell-rocker recalls the rap group that never was

LL Cool J's talent was obvious even as a brash 16-year-old. But no amount of phone calls to the nascent Def Jam label — a.k.a. founder Rick Rubin's dorm room in 1984 — was making his hip-hop dreams a reality. Eventually, however, Ad-Rock from the Beastie Boys found his tape and made Rick finally check it out, rescuing one of hip-hop's greatest MCs from a pile of demos. 

In this outtake from our exclusive documentary Rick Was Here, Cool J remembers when he finally got a call back from Rick — or at least his grandmother did — and ponders the neighborhood rap group that could have been.

In This Article: LL Cool J, Rick Rubin

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