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    Tue, 11 Nov 2014 16:54:50

    Rick Rubin Talks About Def Jam Influence on Hip-Hop Style - See what he said

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    Hip-hop style and fashions are unique and ever-changing. Def Jam co-founder Rick Rubin reminisced about the beginnings of the hip-hop style, and the label's influence on such, in the new ish of GQ.

    About Russell Simmons, Rubin said, "Russell's uniform in those days was like what a substitute teacher wears—like, a tweed jacket with arm patches. He wore penny-loafer shoes. I think, at the time, he wanted to give off the air of, uh, professionalism." Tweed jackets with arm patches? Nice. That was so college professor of R. Simmons.

    Rubin continued, talking about the Beastie Boys, saying, "Once I met Russell, he would take me to Disco Fever, Broadway International, different parties. When we started the Beasties, we would play in all these places in Queens and the Bronx. The Beasties had a youthful swagger about them, and they were always really stylish—each one of them had his own style, and they always had the coolest T-shirts and the coolest tennis shoes."

    Rubin says that Run-D.M.C. established "what we called the B-boy style, more like what the kids in the audience were wearing than what the people onstage were wearing. The people onstage wanted to look more like Eddie Murphy, who wanted to look more like Michael Jackson."

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    What is your fave thing about hip-hop style and culture?

    —Amy Sciarretto
    11.11.14



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