In anticipation of Def Jam Recordings‘ 30th anniversary, the label’s founder Rick Rubin recently visited his old NYU dorm where he started the company nearly 3 decades ago.
“I can’t believe it’s been 30 years,” he says while sitting in the dorm room in the new Rolling Stone documentary. “It’s really trippy. It doesn’t feel like that long. I’ll say I don’t normally look back very much, but when I come here, I think of the crazy parties that we had, being threatened to be kicked out for noise complaints, the adventures.”
The documentary also highlights the day Rubin met Russell Simmons and how their partnership helped legitimize Def Jam as a “real record company”.