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Def Jam Recordings Complete Artist Roster

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Updated June 14, 2019 60k views 235 items

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?"

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112 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Def Jam Recordings Complete Artist Roster

Albums: 112, Pleasure & Pain, Room 112, Part III, Only You, + more

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
Genre: Hip hop music, Gangsta rap & Southern hip hop; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: B.O.A.T.S. II: Me Time, Beez in the Trap, T.R.U. REALigion, Codeine Cowboy (A 2 Chainz Collective), Based On a T.R.U. Story, + more

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

Albums: Derelicts of Dialect, The Cactus Album, Dust To Dust, The Cactus Revisited, Brooklyn‐Queens, + more

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

Albums: Gutta, Ace Won't Fold, Trials & Tribulations, Ruthless, Blood, + more

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
Genre: Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop & Rap rock; Nationality: United States of America
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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#115 of 170 The Greatest White Rappers of All Time #33 of 37 Rappers with the Best Vocabulary, Ranked #103 of 303 The Greatest Jewish Singers and Songwriters

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Adam Yauch is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Def Jam Recordings Complete Artist Roster
Genre: Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop & Rap rock; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Drum Machine

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
Genre: Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop & Neo soul; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Lady

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
Genre: Urban contemporary, Hip hop music & Pop music; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: ORIGINAL A.I., MIC-A-HOLIC A.I., FEAT A.I., 2004 A.I., DON'T STOP A.I., + more

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
Genre: Hip hop music, New Wave & Pop music; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Touch, Touch, All I Have, In Love & War, Because I Love It, + more

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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#123 of 218 The Greatest New Female Vocalists of the Past 10 Years #86 of 107 The Best Musical Artists From New Jersey #100 of 221 The Greatest R&B Artists of All Time

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Ashanti is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Def Jam Recordings Complete Artist Roster
Genre: Hip hop music, Pop music & Dance-pop; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Ashanti's Christmas, Chapter II, Ashanti, Concrete Rose, The Declaration, + more

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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The Best Songs Feat. Ashanti #75 of 218 The Greatest New Female Vocalists of the Past 10 Years #1,880 of 2,042 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time

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Asher Roth is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Def Jam Recordings Complete Artist Roster
Asher Roth Genre: Hip hop music and Alternative hip hop; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Asleep in the Bread Aisle, Last Man Standing, Pass That Dutch (Freestyle), I Love College, Believe the hype, + more

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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The Best Asher Roth Songs #126 of 1,062 The Worst Bands & Musicians of All Time #143 of 170 The Greatest White Rappers of All Time

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B.G. Knocc Out is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Def Jam Recordings Complete Artist Roster
Genre: Hip hop music, Gangsta rap & G-funk; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Real Brothas, Eazy-E's Protege

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 Genre: Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop & East Coast hip hop; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: The Reason, The B. Coming, The Truth, The Solution, This Time, + more

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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The Best Beanie Sigel Songs of All Time #230 of 255 The Greatest Rappers Of All Timelisted on The Complete List of Rappers Who've Been in Prison

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Beastie Boys is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Def Jam Recordings Complete Artist Roster

Albums: Paul's Boutique, Licensed to Ill, Check Your Head, Hot Sauce Committee Part Two, Hello Nasty, + more

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
Genre: Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop & Southern hip hop; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Sir Luscious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty, Got Purp? Vol. 2, Royal Flush, Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors, Gangsta Grillz X, + more

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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The Best Songs Feat. Big Boi #92 of 255 The Greatest Rappers Of All Time #59 of 206 The Best Rap Lyricists of All Time

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Big K.R.I.T. is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Def Jam Recordings Complete Artist Roster

Albums: 4eva N a Day, Return of 4Eva, King Remembered in Time, K.R.I.T. Wuz Here, King of the Queen, + more

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
Genre: Hip hop; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Finally Famous, Hall of Fame, Finally Famous Vol. 3: Big, Finally Famous-The Mixtape, U Know Big Sean–Finally Famous Vol. 2, + more

Sean Michael Leonard Anderson (born March 25, 1988), known professionally as Big Sean, is an American rapper, singer and songwriter. Sean signed with Kanye West's GOOD Music in 2007, Def Jam ...more

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The Best Songs Ft. Big Sean #1,302 of 2,042 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #16 of 145 The Best Young Rappers and New School Rappers

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Black Buddafly is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Def Jam Recordings Complete Artist Roster
Black Buddafly

Albums: Black Buddafly

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
Genre: Hip hop music; Nationality: United States of America
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
Genre: Hip hop music; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Book of Judges

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
Genre: Hip hop music, Gangsta rap & Southern hip hop; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: My Life: The True Testimony

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
Genre: Hip hop music, Dubstep & Electro hop; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Pain, Time & Glory, Revenge Is a Promise, Da Streets Mixtape, Volume 1, + more

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 Genre: Hip hop music, Contemporary R&B & Rhythm and blues; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Fly on the Wall, Special Occasion, Bobby Valentino, Dusk Till Dawn, The Rebirth, + more

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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#108 of 189 The Best Rappers From Atlanta #199 of 278 The Greatest R&B Artists and Bands of All Time #110 of 221 The Greatest R&B Artists of All Time

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Boss is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Def Jam Recordings Complete Artist Roster
Genre: Hip hop music, Gangsta rap & West Coast hip hop; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Born Gangstaz, Recipe of a Hoe

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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#48 of 294 The Greatest Women Rappers of All Time #59 of 96 The Best Detroit Rappers

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Bravehearts is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Def Jam Recordings Complete Artist Roster

Albums: Oochie Wally (feat. Nas & Bravehearts), Bravehearted, Bravehearted 2

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

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