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Def Jam Recordings Complete Artist Roster

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List of Def Jam Recordings artists, listed alphabetically with photos when available. This Def Jam Recordings roster includes both past and present artists. Popular Def Jam Recordings bands and artists are all listed here with information such as what genre the bands fall under and what albums they're known for. If you're looking for any of these Def Jam Recordings band's full discographies then click on their name and you can find them here on Ranker. The artists and bands on this list might be pop, rap, rock, electronic or any other genre, but what they all have in common is that they were signed by Def Jam Recordings.

Artists include everything from Jennifer Lopez to Rihanna.

This page can help answer questions like, "Who are the best Def Jam Recordings bands?" and "Which artists are signed by Def Jam Recordings?"

If any musical artists are missing from this Def Jam Recordings artists list, you can add them at the bottom of the list. (236 items)
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112 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Def Jam Recordings Complete Artist Roster
Hip hop music, Pop music, Contemporary R&B
112 (pronounced "one-twelve") is an American R&B quartet from Atlanta, Georgia. Formerly artists on Bad Boy Records, the group signed to the Def Soul roster in 2002. They had great ...more
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2 Chainz is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Def Jam Recordings Complete Artist Roster
Hip hop music, Gangsta rap, Southern hip hop
Tauheed Epps (born September 12, 1977), known professionally as 2 Chainz (formerly Tity Boi), is an American rapper. Born and raised in College Park, Georgia, he initially gained recognition for ...more
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3rd Bass is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Def Jam Recordings Complete Artist Roster
Hip hop music
3rd Bass was an American hip-hop group that rose to fame in the late 1980s and early 1990s, and was notable for being one of the first successful interracial hip-hop groups. They dissolved in ...more
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Ace Hood is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Def Jam Recordings Complete Artist Roster
Hip hop music, Rap music, Contemporary R&B
Antoine McColister (born May 11, 1988), better known by his stage name Ace Hood, is an American rapper. He was born in Port St. Lucie, Florida and raised in Deerfield Beach, Florida. He was ...more
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Adam Horovitz is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Def Jam Recordings Complete Artist Roster
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Rap rock
Adam Keefe Horovitz (born October 31, 1966), better known as Ad-Rock or King Ad-Rock, is an American rapper, guitarist and actor. He is best known as a member of the hip hop group the Beastie ...more
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Adam Yauch is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Def Jam Recordings Complete Artist Roster
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Rap rock
Adam Nathaniel Yauch (pronounced ; August 5, 1964 – May 4, 2012) was an American rapper and filmmaker who was a founding member of the hip hop group Beastie Boys. He used the stage name MCA. ...more
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Questlove is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Def Jam Recordings Complete Artist Roster
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Neo soul
Ahmir Khalib Thompson (born January 20, 1971), known professionally as Questlove (stylized as ?uestlove), is an American musician and music journalist. He is the drummer and joint frontman (with ...more
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AI is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Def Jam Recordings Complete Artist Roster
Urban contemporary, Hip hop music, Pop music
Ai Carina Uemura (植村 愛 カリーナ, Uemura Ai Karīna, born November 2, 1981), known mononymously as Ai (Japanese pronunciation: [ai], stylized as AI or A.I. ) is a Japanese-American singer and ...more
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Amerie is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Def Jam Recordings Complete Artist Roster
Hip hop music, New Wave, Pop music
Amerie Mi Marie Rogers (born January 12, 1980), is an American recording artist, author and actress. Born in Fitchburg, Massachusetts and raised in the Washington metropolitan area, Amerie ...more
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Ashanti is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Def Jam Recordings Complete Artist Roster
Hip hop music, Pop music, Dance-pop
Ashanti Shequoiya Douglas (born October 13, 1980) is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, dancer, and actress. She was first discovered as a teenager and later signed to Murder Inc. ...more
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Asher Roth is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Def Jam Recordings Complete Artist Roster
Asher Roth Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop
Asher Paul Roth (born August 11, 1985) is an American rapper. He is perhaps best known for his debut single "I Love College". Roth released his debut studio album Asleep in the Bread ...more
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B.G. Knocc Out is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Def Jam Recordings Complete Artist Roster
Hip hop music, Gangsta rap, G-funk
B.G. Knocc Out is an American rapper who collaborated with Eazy-E on the 1993 single "Real Muthaphuckkin G's". He is also the younger brother of rapper Dresta.After his work on ...more
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Beanie Sigel is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Def Jam Recordings Complete Artist Roster
Beanie Sigel Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop
Dwight Equan Grant (born March 6, 1974), better known by his stage name Beanie Sigel, is an American rapper and actor from South Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He first became known for his ...more
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Beastie Boys is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Def Jam Recordings Complete Artist Roster
Hip hop music, Pop punk, Alternative hip hop
The Beastie Boys were an American hip hop group from New York City formed in 1981. The group comprised Michael "Mike D" Diamond (vocals, drums), Adam "MCA" Yauch (vocals, ...more
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Big Boi is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Def Jam Recordings Complete Artist Roster
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Southern hip hop
Antwan André Patton (born February 1, 1975), better known by his stage name Big Boi, is an American rapper, songwriter, actor and record producer, best known for being a member of ...more
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Big K.R.I.T. is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Def Jam Recordings Complete Artist Roster
Hip hop music, Southern hip hop
Justin Lewis Scott (born August 26, 1986), better known by his stage name Big K.R.I.T. (a backronym for King Remembered in Time), is an American rapper and record producer. Born in Meridian, ...more
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Big Sean is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Def Jam Recordings Complete Artist Roster
Hip hop music
Sean Michael Leonard Anderson (born March 25, 1988), known professionally as Big Sean, (stylized as BIG SEAN), is an American rapper, singer and songwriter. Sean signed with Kanye West's GOOD ...more
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Black Buddafly is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Def Jam Recordings Complete Artist Roster
Black Buddafly Pop music, Contemporary R&B, Rhythm and blues
Black Buddafly is a German R&B duo composed of the twin sisters Aminata "Amina" and Safietou "Jazz" Schmahl who are of Senegalese and German descent.
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Black Child is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Def Jam Recordings Complete Artist Roster
Hip hop music
Black Child is an actor.
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Black Thought is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Def Jam Recordings Complete Artist Roster
Hip hop music
Tariq Luqmaan Trotter (born October 3, 1971), better known as Black Thought, is an American rapper and the lead MC of the Philadelphia-based hip hop group The Roots, as well as an occasional ...more
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Blood Raw is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Def Jam Recordings Complete Artist Roster
Hip hop music, Gangsta rap, Southern hip hop
Bruce Falson (born April 17, 1975), better known by his stage name Blood Raw, is an American rapper. He comes from Panama City, Florida. Blood Raw's current location is Dillon, South Carolina ...more
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Capone is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Def Jam Recordings Complete Artist Roster
Hip hop music, Dubstep, Electro hop
Kiam Akasi Holley, better known by his stage name Capone, is an American hip hop recording artist from Queens, New York City. He is best known as one half of the East Coast hip hop duo ...more
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Bobby V is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Def Jam Recordings Complete Artist Roster
Bobby V Hip hop music, Contemporary R&B, Rhythm and blues
Bobby Wilson (born February 27, 1980) better known by his stage name Bobby V (formerly Bobby Valentino) is an American singer, songwriter and actor. He has charted three No. 1 albums on ...more
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Boss is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Def Jam Recordings Complete Artist Roster
Hip hop music, Gangsta rap, West Coast hip hop
Boss (born Lichelle Laws, August 14, 1969) is an American gangsta rapper from Detroit, Michigan. Her debut album, Born Gangstaz, reached number three on Billboard's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums ...more
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Bravehearts is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Def Jam Recordings Complete Artist Roster
Hip hop music
Bravehearts are an East Coast hip hop group from New York, New York. The group's roster originally included Jungle (born Jabari Jones, son of jazz trumpeter Olu Dara, and younger brother of hip ...more