The Island Def Jam Music Group (IDJMG) was an American record label group formed in 1998 by combining the operations of over 14 record labels, including Island Records, Def Jam Recordings and Mercury Records. In 2011, Motown Records was spun off from The Universal / Motown Records Group and subsequently became a division of The Island Def Jam Music Group. On April 1, 2014, Universal Music announced that the operations of Island Def Jam would be split between three entities – Island Records , Motown Records and Def Jam Recordings.
In 1998, The Seagram Company acquired the PolyGram Group Distribution, Inc. family of labels and merged them with the Seagram-owned MCA Music Entertainment family of labels, forming what is now known as Universal Music.
Despite being a new organization, Island Def Jam quickly made a name for itself in the music industry. The label gained notoriety for its non-traditional and innovative approach to breaking new artists, creating joint ventures, acquisitions, internet marketing, etc. IDJ had a large A&R team that oversaw top charting talent such as Jay-Z, Bon Jovi, DMX, Elton John, and Ashanti (among others). These slick business moves are the reason IDJ thrived.
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Def Jam’s fighting games are considered iconic in the fighting game genre, as they combine a combination of exaggerated pro wrestling moves and the grit of hip-hop artists such as Snoop Dogg, DMX, Eminem and many more.
There are currently no plans to bring Def Jam Fight for NY to PS4. Sadly, the game isn’t even available as a PS2 Classic for Sony’s current-gen console, and sadly, it’s not even known to be coming in remastered form.
Sony’s PlayStation 5 will only feature backwards compatibility with PS4 games, which means PS3, PS2 and PS1 titles will be missing. This is due to the fact that it is “based in part on the PS4 architecture.” However, Sony has confirmed that over 4000 PS4 titles will be compatible with the new system.
Many assume that what they are alluding to will be a remaster or remake of the original Def Jam: Fight for NY for next-gen consoles rather than a new game. It seems unlikely that EA would ignore such a large fan outcry, but so far there is no word on what is happening with the future of Def Jam: Fight for NY.
A few days ago we posted that rapper Ice-T was saying that the Def Jam franchise needed a reboot Def Jam: Fight For New York for the next generation of consoles. Now, a few days later, Def Jam Recording claims to have a new Def Jam game in development.
The Def Jam series is known for its fighters, so the new character for Def Jam will be its biggest draw. Many artists have made a name for themselves since Fight For New York, and several of them have ties to Def Jam Records. Beyond that, it will be interesting to see if Def Jam Recordings sticks with EA as their publisher should they actually announce a new Def Jam game.
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Among the most outstanding characters of that edition were: Method Man, Redman, Fat Joe, Busta Rhymes, Sean Paul, Xzibit, Ludacris, Ice-T, Lil Kim, among others. The second edition of Def Jam: Icon was released in 2007, achieving good results but without reaching the impact of the first one.
Specialized videogame media predict that this publication would be the first announcement before officially announcing the third edition of the famous Def Jam videogame; it is expected that this bomb will be released along with the new Play Station and Xbox consoles. We will keep an eye on this!