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By Sarah Rodman
Globe Staff / November 25, 2011
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LL Cool J, Public Enemy, Beastie Boys, Jay-Z, Kanye West, the Roots, Rihanna. The artists that have graced Def Jam’s roster read like a who’s who of hip-hop and urban pop. All of the above and more are captured in “Def Jam Recordings: The First 25 Years of the Last Great Record Label.’’ The hefty tome is part oral history, part photo collection and all engrossing as it tells the rags-to-riches tale of the groundbreaking imprint.

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