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Executives Lyor Cohen and Kevin Liles Remember DMX & Reveal How He Helped Save Def Jam

This month, Ruff Ryders legend DMX passed away after experiencing a heart attack triggered by a drug overdose. He was 50. Before he morphed into a perennial powerhouse for East Coast rap in the late 1990s, X was a scrappy twenty-something rapper yearning for an opportunity to spar alongside the elites. He was already a proven brawler on the battle circuit after his matchup with a burgeoning MC in Jay-Z. Now X hoped to find a home for his unique skill set. Enter Def Jam Records.
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Lyor Cohen demands Rock & Roll Hall of Fame stop overlooking LL Cool J

The iconic LL Cool J has been on the ballot to be elected into The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame six times, but the “I’m Bad” creator has been constantly overlooked. LL Cool J’s longtime business associate and former Def Jam label executive Lyor Cohen wrote an open letter to Billboard explaining the travesty of the rap star continuously being omitted. Cohen has also been a member of the board of directors of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame for over 10 years, but revealed he only gets one vote.