LL Cool J ‘I Need A Beat’ was the first single on the Rick Rubin/Russell Simmons collaboration we now know as Def Jam. Rick actually released T La Rock ‘It’s Yours’ the first single to actually rock the Def Jam logo, months before joining Russell.
Hip-Hop History lesson aside, when you plan a Def Jam 30th Anniversary Concert without LL Cool J, your first artist, a hip-hop icon and a very important piece of the Def Jam legacy, it’s just disrespectful.
LL recently spoke over the phone with Mina SayWhat of Power99’s “Rise And Good Morning Show” and when she asked his reaction to not being on the bill, this is what he had to say:
They didn’t reach out to me. They know my phone number — it ain’t too late. We’ll see what happens. If they want to call me, I’m cool. If not, then it is what it is.
Equally disturbing I didn’t see Public Enemy, Slick Rick, The Beastie Boys on the flyer either. Sure the flyer says more to announced, but artists like LL, PE, Slick Rick and Beastie Boys are not some one hit wonders you add to line-up later, you start with them. Flyer says ‘Celebrating A Dynasty,’ there wouldn’t be a dynasty without these artists.
We will see what happens before the concert and who else is added to line up. But right now Def Jam gets the gas-face! Def Jam’s 30th Anniversary Concert will take place on Thursday October 16 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.