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Def Jam at 25: The Yankees of Hip-Hop Labels, Reconsidered

Amy Linden, The Village Voice, 27 October 2009

WHAT IS IT about hip-hop that, inevitably, almost any conversation revolves around dates – around how far back in the day you can claim to go? Is there a culture as proudly obsessed with its past that still publicly and adamantly refuses to get caught up in a pissing match about nostalgia? Even though those pissing matches are inevitable?

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