This Day in Music History

27 Aug 1993

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Background

Producer and Def Jam Records co-founder Rick Rubin officially laid the term ‘Def’ to rest, after he felt that it had become overused in pop culture as a synonym for ‘cool’. Rubin, who started the hip-hop label in 1984 alongside Russell Simmons, even went so far as to hold a burial at Los Angeles’ legendary Hollywood Forever cemetery. The ceremony included a eulogy by Rev. Al Sharpton and the burial of a casket filled with records.

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