Bands/Musicians 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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Ahmir-Khalib Thompson 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, 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 Trotter is a rapper and film actor.

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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

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Burnham is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Def Jam Recordings Complete Artist Roster
Pop music Burnham is a Vermont - based American pop band made up of three brothers: Alex, Andre, and Forrest Burnham. They are signed to Island Records and EMI Music Publishing. They appeared as an ...more

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Cam'ron is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Def Jam Recordings Complete Artist Roster
Hip hop music, East Coast hip hop Cameron Ezike Giles, better known by his stage name Cam'ron, is an American rapper, actor & entrepreneur from Harlem, New York. He is the de facto leader of East Coast hip hop groups The ...more

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Capone-N-Noreaga is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Def Jam Recordings Complete Artist Roster
Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop Capone-N-Noreaga is an American hip hop duo formed in 1995, from Queens, New York City, New York. The duo is composed of East Coast rappers Capone and Noreaga.

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Case is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Def Jam Recordings Complete Artist Roster
Hip hop music, Downtempo, Rhythm and blues Case Woodard, known mononymously as Case, is a Grammy-nominated American R&B singer-songwriter.

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Chad I Ginsburg is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Def Jam Recordings Complete Artist Roster
Rock music, Experimental rock, Heavy metal Chad I Ginsburg is an American musician and music producer, best known for playing lead/rhythm guitar in the alternative metal band CKY.

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Chingy is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Def Jam Recordings Complete Artist Roster
Hip hop music, Gangsta rap, Dance-pop Howard Bailey, Jr., better known by his stage name Chingy, is an American rapper and actor. Chingy grew up in the Walnut Park section of St. Louis and began rapping in earnest in his late teens. ...more

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Chrisette Michele is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Def Jam Recordings Complete Artist Roster
Pop music, Neo soul, Contemporary R&B Chrisette Michele Payne, known professionally as Chrisette Michele, is an American Grammy Award-winning R&B and soul singer-songwriter. She was signed to the Motown Records but recently left ...more

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Christina Milian is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Def Jam Recordings Complete Artist Roster
Hip hop music, Pop music, Contemporary R&B Christine Flores, better known as Christina Milian, is an American actress and singer-songwriter. At the age of 19, Milian signed a contract with Def Jam. In 2001, Milian released her ...more

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Christion is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Def Jam Recordings Complete Artist Roster
Christion Christión was a male duo featuring brothers Kenni Ski and Allen Anthony, the first R&B act to be signed to Jay-Z's Roc-A-Fella Records. They released their single "Full of ...more

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Comp is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Def Jam Recordings Complete Artist Roster
Comp Jordan McElveen, better known by the stage name COMP, which stands for "Clever On Many Perspectives" is an American rapper who was signed to Def Jam in 2000-04. He didn't release his ...more

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Cormega is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Def Jam Recordings Complete Artist Roster
Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop, East Coast hip hop Cory McKay, better known by his stage name Cormega often abbreviated to Mega, is an American rapper from Queens, New York.

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Cory Gunz is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Def Jam Recordings Complete Artist Roster
Hip hop music, Pop music, East Coast hip hop Peter Cory Pankey, Jr., better known by his stage name Cory Gunz, is an American rapper from The Bronx, New York City, New York. He is the son of rapper Peter Gunz, from the duo Lord Tariq & ...more

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CRU is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Def Jam Recordings Complete Artist Roster
Hip hop music Cru was an American hip hop group formally signed to Def Jam Recordings composed of three members, Chadio, Mighty Ha and Yogi. The group's first appearance was the "We Got It Goin' On" ...more

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Curren$y is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Def Jam Recordings Complete Artist Roster
Hip hop music Shante Scott Franklin, better known by his stage name Curren$y is an American rapper from New Orleans, Louisiana.

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Cyhi the Prynce is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Def Jam Recordings Complete Artist Roster
Hip hop music, Southern hip hop Cydel Young, better known by his stage name CyHi the Prynce, is an American hip hop recording artist from Stone Mountain, Georgia. He is currently signed to Akon's Konvict Muzik, Bu Thiam's ...more

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Daddy Rich is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Def Jam Recordings Complete Artist Roster
Hip hop music DJ Richie Rich, is a former record producer and turntablist who was best known as a member of the New York-based rap trio 3rd Bass. He was also known as Daddy Rich. He was part of The ...more

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Dappy is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Def Jam Recordings Complete Artist Roster
Hip hop music, Rap music, Rhythm and blues Costadinos Contostavlos, better known by his stage name Dappy, is an English singer-songwriter, rapper, and actor. He is best known for being the lead singer of the Camden-based Grime/hip ...more

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David Reeves is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Def Jam Recordings Complete Artist Roster
Old-school hip hop, Electro Davy DMX is the stage name of David Reeves, a figure in hip-hop music. His career began in his hometown of Queens, New York as a DJ in the late 1970s. He is mostly known for his popular single ...more

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De La Ghetto is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Def Jam Recordings Complete Artist Roster
Urban contemporary, Rhythm and blues, Reggaeton Rafael Castillo, better known by his stage name De La Ghetto, is an American reggaeton singer-songwriter originally of the duo Arcángel & De La Ghetto.

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Def Squad is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Def Jam Recordings Complete Artist Roster
Hip hop music Def Squad is a rap supergroup consisting of Erick Sermon, Redman & Keith Murray. Mally G is considered an honorary member of the Def Squad. Before officially forming as a group to release an ...more

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Dice Raw is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Def Jam Recordings Complete Artist Roster
Dice Raw Hip Hop Karl Jenkins, better known as Dice Raw, is an American hip hop artist, from Philadelphia. He is associated with The Roots, and one of the founding members of the now defunct musical group ...more

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DJ Clue is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Def Jam Recordings Complete Artist Roster
Hip hop music, Rhythm and blues Ernesto Shaw better known as DJ Clue?, is an American DJ, record producer, and radio personality.

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DJ Enuff is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Def Jam Recordings Complete Artist Roster
Hip hop music, Contemporary R&B DJ Enuff is a DJ and radio personality from the United States. He mixes on-air for New York's number one Hip Hop radio station HOT 97 on weekdays from 3pm to 7pm. He is best known as The ...more

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DJ Envy is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Def Jam Recordings Complete Artist Roster
Hip hop music, Rhythm and blues Raashaun Casey, known by his professional name DJ Envy, is an American DJ. He is also one of the three hosts of the syndicated radio show The Breakfast Club with Angela Yee and Charlamagne Tha ...more

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DJ Green Lantern is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Def Jam Recordings Complete Artist Roster
Hip hop music, Rhythm and blues James D'Agostino, professionally known as DJ Green Lantern, is an American hip hop disc Jockey and music producer from Rochester, New York. In 2002, D'Agostino was signed by American rapper ...more