Def Jam Recordings Celebrates 30th Anniversary At Barclays Center Bash
October 17, 2014 at 11:24 AM (PT)
Iconic hip-hop label DEF JAM RECORDINGS marked its 30th anniversary at BROOIKLYN's BARCLAYS CENTER with a four-hour concert that didn't stop until DMX led the crowd in prayer after a show-stopping set, prowling the stage with RUFF RYDERS mastermind SWIZZ BEATZ, the soon-to-be daddy of ALICIA KEYS' baby.
Exactly one month to the day after the SEPTEMBER 16th release of the DEF JAM 30 limited edition, the DEF JAM RECORDINGS 30th ANNIVERSARY CONCERT raised the roof on ATLANTIC AVENUE. Three DEF JAM decades were celebrated by an all-star cast MC’d by DJ KID CAPRI. The extravaganza was kicked off by WARREN G, who kicked off tehnight with “Regulate,” and ONYX (1992’s “Throw Ya Gunz”). Then FOXY BROWN took the stage, just blocks away from where she grew up on ST. MARKS AVENUE. The BIG PUN medley nearly spun the house out of control, until KEITH MURRAY brought the focus back to 1994 with his career-defining “The Most Beautifullest Thing In This World.”
REDMAN and METHOD MAN were up next, and lived up to the hype as EPMID (with ERICK SERMON) was followed by a charming sing-along with JA RULE and ASHANTI, BIG SEAN, FABOLOUS, DMX, 2 CHAINZ, and closing headliner RICK ROSS, who brought out STALLEY and FRENCH MONTANA.