36 Years Ago The Story Of Def Jam Was Told!


On this date in 1985, Russell Simmons gave us the story of Def Jam in the Warner Brothers movie Krush Groove.

This cinematic, musical was told, with almost all of the artists playing themselves. The Fat Boys, Run-D.M.C., Kurtis Blow, Jeckyl and Hyde, the Beastie Boys and Sheila E. all starred, while Russell was played by Blair Underwood and a young Rick Rubin before they became icons. Everyone got a quick peek into how Def Jam’s first solo artist L.L. Cool J was recruited in Def Jam’s NYU dorm “office”.

The movie’s soundtrack hit, with The Fat Boys’ “All You Can Eat”. LL’s “I Can’t Live Without My Radio”, the original “If I Ruled The World” by Kurtis Blow, which was remixed by Nas and Lauryn Hill. It all gets rounded out by the title track by The Krush Groove All Stars.


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