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Def American Recordings

1988-1993

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American Recordings was founded in 1988 by Rick Rubin (founder of Def Jam Recordings) as Def American Recordings.

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American Records

1993-present

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In 1993, Rick Rubin renamed Def American Recordings to just American Recordings and created a new logo of the US flag upside down after Rick Rubin looked up Def in the dictionary.

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