Jay-Z has gone on to oversee his own label, the Roots are playing late-night TV with Jimmy Fallon, LL Cool J’s an actor, most recently on NCIS: Los Angeles. But back in the day they all recorded for Def Jam, along with a crowded house of other well know rap and R&B notables. All of which you can relive on the new boxed set, Def Jam Recordings 25th Anniversary, a five-disc recounting of the influential label founded by Rick Rubin and Russell Simmons. Other acts you can find on this collection: Nas, Rihanna, Public Enemy.
Do you love musicals? Masterworks has reissued original Broadway cast albums for a slew of great shows, including Chicago, Kiss Me Kate, Little Night Music, Camelot, Finian’s Rainbow, and Hair. Here’s a reissue in a completely different style: Joe Cocker Live at Woodstock, a complete (62-minute) recounting of his highly regarded set at Woodstock 40 years ago.
New releases this week include: American Ride from Toby Keith, Give up the Ghost from singer/songwriter Brandi Carlile, Devil’s Halo from Me’Shell Ndegéocello, and Anywhere But Here from Mayday Parade. Read more at Allmusic.com.