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Def Jam: License to Thrill

Frank Owen, Melody Maker, 20 December 1986

RICK RUBIN and RUSSELL SIMMONS are the creative mavericks behind the outrageous antics of THE BEASTIE BOYS and RUN DMC and a whole host of other DEF JAM artists.

In the first instalment of an epic chronicle on the rise and rise of America's hippest label, Frank Owen pays them a flying visit in New York

Total word count of piece: 2813

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