LL Cool J Re-Signs With Def Jam

Veteran rapper LL Cool J has re-signed with Def

Jam Records, it was announced today by Def Jam Founder Russell Simmons and Chairman

Lyor Cohen.

LL, who has been with the label since it was

founded by Rick Rubin and Simmons in the early 80's, had been shopping other

deals asking for a purported $20 million dollars.

"When LL Cool J put out his first single

on the independent record label Def Jam, the whole hip-hop movement was viewed

as a passing trend that many said would sell a few records, but would never

succeed in the long run, Simmons said.

"LL Cool J is a shining example of the longevity

and power of hiphop In fact, he is the embodiment of hiphop He is one of the

architects of the Def Jam culture. I am privileged to work with a man who is

both a pioneer and a legend."

LL, who has sold over 20 million records for

Def Jam, said that he was proud to re-sign with the label.

"We paved the way for an entire Hip Hop

community and I am blessed to continue to call Def Jam my home."

"The entire Island Def Jam family is thrilled

to have the opportunity to continue working with such a visionary and charismatic

talent as LL Cool J," Cohen added. "There simply would be no Def in

Def Jam without him."