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Def Jam was to the late ’80s what Motown was to the mid ’60s: the label that turned the cutting edge of black pop into the sound of young America. This box came out when Def Jam was 12 years old or so, its sequencing’s not quite chronological, and the Anthrax/Public Enemy remake of “Bring the Noise” is the only sign that Rick Rubin and Russell Simmons’s label ever reached out beyond hip-hop and R&B. And so what? For hip-hop heads, this stuff is holy writ, the document of an era when every rapper had a chance to reinvent the music with every single. For everyone else, it’s a four-hour party.