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Def Jam: how a new British imprint of the iconic rap label poached Stormzy

1 month ago   |   By The Guardian

Only 6% of music industry execs are Black. That system fails artists, say the founders of 0207 Def Jam, whose uniquely diverse boardroom aims to change the culture - for good Rick Rubin's initial ambitions for Def Jam were modest. In 1984, it was simply a means for him to release music by his punk rock band, Hose. Its first office was his New York University dorm room. “We never had any aspirations other than playing in small clubs,” he says. “That was the ceiling for the hardcore punk scene at that time. It was really more about being a part of something: a community of outsiders making...
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