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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.

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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 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 success in the late 1990s and early ...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 split up 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, 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 is signed to DJ Khaled's ...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, better known as Ad-Rock or King Ad-Rock, is an American musician, guitarist, rapper, producer, and actor. He is best known as a member of the hip hop group the Beastie Boys. ...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 was an American rapper, musician, film director, and human rights activist. He was best known as a founding member of the hip hop group Beastie Boys. He was frequently known ...more
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Questlove is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Def Jam Recordings Complete Artist Roster
Questlove Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Neo soul
Ahmir Khalib Thompson, known professionally as ?uestlove or Questlove, is an American drummer, DJ, music journalist, and record producer. He is best known as the drummer and joint frontman for ...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, known mononymously as Ai is a Japanese-American singer and songwriter. Born in Los Angeles in 1981, Ai spent her childhood in both Kagoshima, Japan and Los Angeles. She debuted ...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, known professionally as Ameriie, is an American recording artist, record producer, and actress. She debuted in 2002 with the album All I Have, primarily co-written and ...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 is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, dancer and actress. Ashanti is most famous for her eponymous debut album, which featured the hit song ...more
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Asher Roth is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Def Jam Recordings Complete Artist Roster
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop
Asher Paul Roth, is an American hip hop recording artist from Morrisville, Pennsylvania. He is perhaps best known for his debut single "I Love College". Roth released his debut studio ...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
Al Hassan Naqiyy, better known by his stage name B.G. Knocc Out, is an American rapper known for collaborating with Eazy-E on the 1993 single "Real Muthaphuckkin G's". He is also the ...more
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Beanie Sigel is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Def Jam Recordings Complete Artist Roster
Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop
Dwight E. Grant, better known by his stage name Beanie Sigel, is an American rapper from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He is a former member/artist of Dame Dash Music Group and Roc-A-Fella Records ...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
Beastie Boys were an American hip hop band from New York City, formed in 1981. For the majority of its career, the group consisted of Michael "Mike D" Diamond, Adam "MCA" ...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, better known by his stage name Big Boi, is an American rapper, songwriter, record producer and actor, best known for being a member of American hip hop duo OutKast ...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 Scott, better known by his stage name Big K.R.I.T., is an American rapper and record producer from Meridian, Mississippi. He is currently signed to Cinematic Music Group and Def Jam
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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, known professionally as Big Sean, is an American rapper from Detroit, Michigan. Big Sean signed with Kanye West's GOOD Music in 2007, Def Jam Recordings in 2008, ...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 an American 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, better known by his stage name Blood Raw, is an American rapper. He comes from Panama City, Florida. He was also part of the rap-group U.S.D.A., before he left Corporate Thugz ...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
Hip hop music, Contemporary R&B, Rhythm and blues
Robert "Bobby" Wilson, better known by his stage name Bobby V, is an American recording artist. He is now known as Bobby V due to a lawsuit involving a British singer, song writer and ...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 is an American Midwest female gangsta rapper who enjoyed brief popularity in 1993 with her debut album Born Gangstaz. Her name is sometimes stylized as Bo$$. Laws relocated to Los Angeles ...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 the Queensbridge housing projects in New York City. The group's roster originally included Jungle, Wiz, and Horse. Horse left the group in 2002, ...more