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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?"

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  • 1121


    Hip hop music, Pop music

    Albums112, Pleasure & Pain, Room 112, Part III, Only You

    112 (pronounced "one-twelve") is an American R&B quartet from Atlanta, Georgia. Formerly...  more
  • 2 Chainz2

    2 Chainz

    Hip hop music, Gangsta rap

    AlbumsB.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

    Tauheed Epps (born September 12, 1977), known professionally as 2 Chainz (formerly Tity Boi),...  more

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  • 3rd Bass3

    3rd Bass

    Hip hop music

    AlbumsDerelicts of Dialect, The Cactus Album, Dust To Dust, The Cactus Revisited, Brooklyn‐Queens

    3rd Bass was an American hip-hop group that rose to fame in the late 1980s and early 1990s,...  more

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  • Ace Hood4

    Ace Hood

    Hip hop music, Rap music

    AlbumsGutta, Ace Won't Fold, Trials & Tribulations, Ruthless, Blood

    Antoine McColister (born May 11, 1988), better known by his stage name Ace Hood, is an...  more

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  • Adam Horovitz5

    Adam Horovitz

    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop
    Adam Keefe Horovitz (born October 31, 1966), better known as Ad-Rock or King Ad-Rock, is an...  more

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    #31 of 37 Rappers with the Best Vocabulary, Ranked#278 of 303 The Greatest Jewish Singers and Songwriters

  • Adam Yauch6

    Adam Yauch

    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop

    AlbumsDrum Machine

    Adam Nathaniel Yauch (pronounced ; August 5, 1964 – May 4, 2012) was an American rapper and...  more

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  • Questlove7


    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop


    Ahmir Khalib Thompson (born January 20, 1971), known professionally as Questlove (stylized as...  more

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    #340 of 532 The Best Drummers Of All Time#9 of 25 The 25 Most Popular & Influential Black Drummers

  • AI8


    Urban contemporary, Hip hop music

    AlbumsORIGINAL A.I., MIC-A-HOLIC A.I., FEAT A.I., 2004 A.I., DON'T STOP A.I.

    Ai Carina Uemura (植村 愛 カリーナ, Uemura Ai Karīna, born November 2, 1981), known mononymously as...  more
  • Amerie9


    Hip hop music, New Wave

    AlbumsTouch, Touch, All I Have, In Love & War, Because I Love It

    Amerie Mi Marie Rogers (born January 12, 1980), is an American recording artist, author and...  more

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  • Ashanti10


    Hip hop music, Pop music

    AlbumsAshanti's Christmas, Chapter II, Ashanti, Concrete Rose, The Declaration

    Ashanti Shequoiya Douglas (born October 13, 1980) is an American singer, songwriter, record...  more

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  • Asher Roth11

    Asher Roth

    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop

    AlbumsAsleep in the Bread Aisle, Last Man Standing, Pass That Dutch (Freestyle), I Love College, Believe the hype

    Asher Paul Roth (born August 11, 1985) is an American rapper. He is perhaps best known for his...  more


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  • B.G. Knocc Out12

    B.G. Knocc Out

    Hip hop music, Gangsta rap

    AlbumsReal Brothas, Eazy-E's Protege

    B.G. Knocc Out is an American rapper who collaborated with Eazy-E on the 1993 single "Real...  more

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    #63 of 188 The Best Rappers From Los Angeles#15 of 34 The Best Rappers from Compton

  • Beanie Sigel13

    Beanie Sigel

    Hip hop music, Hardcore hip hop

    AlbumsThe Reason, The B. Coming, The Truth, The Solution, This Time

    Dwight Equan Grant (born March 6, 1974), better known by his stage name Beanie Sigel, is an...  more


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  • Beastie Boys14

    Beastie Boys

    Hip hop music, Pop punk

    AlbumsPaul's Boutique, Licensed to Ill, Check Your Head, Hot Sauce Committee Part Two, Hello Nasty

    The Beastie Boys were an American hip hop group from New York City formed in 1981. The group...  more

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  • Big Boi15

    Big Boi

    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop

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

    Antwan André Patton (born February 1, 1975), better known by his stage name Big Boi, is an...  more

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  • Big K.R.I.T.16

    Big K.R.I.T.

    Hip hop music, Southern hip hop

    Albums4eva N a Day, Return of 4Eva, King Remembered in Time, K.R.I.T. Wuz Here, King of the Queen

    Justin Lewis Scott (born August 26, 1986), better known by his stage name Big K.R.I.T. (a...  more

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  • Big Sean17

    Big Sean

    Hip hop,

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

    Sean Michael Leonard Anderson (born March 25, 1988), known professionally as Big Sean, is an...  more

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  • Black Buddafly18

    Black Buddafly

    Pop music, Contemporary R&B

    AlbumsBlack Buddafly

    Black Buddafly is a German R&B duo composed of the twin sisters Aminata "Amina" and Safietou...  more
  • 19

    Black Child

    Hip hop music
    Black Child is an actor....  more
  • Black Thought20

    Black Thought

    Hip hop music

    AlbumsBook of Judges

    Tariq Luqmaan Trotter (born October 3, 1971), better known as Black Thought, is an American...  more

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    #117 of 136 The Dopest Rappers of the '90s#26 of 200 The Best Underground Rappers

  • Blood Raw21

    Blood Raw

    Hip hop music, Gangsta rap

    AlbumsMy Life: The True Testimony

    Bruce Falson (born April 17, 1975), better known by his stage name Blood Raw, is an American...  more
  • Capone22


    Hip hop music, Dubstep

    AlbumsPain, Time & Glory, Revenge Is a Promise, Da Streets Mixtape, Volume 1

    Kiam Akasi Holley, better known by his stage name Capone, is an American hip hop recording...  more

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  • Bobby V23

    Bobby V

    Hip hop music, Contemporary R&B

    AlbumsFly on the Wall, Special Occasion, Bobby Valentino, Dusk Till Dawn, The Rebirth

    Bobby Wilson (born February 27, 1980) better known by his stage name Bobby V (formerly Bobby...  more


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  • Boss24


    Hip hop music, Gangsta rap

    AlbumsBorn Gangstaz, Recipe of a Hoe

    Boss (born Lichelle Laws, August 14, 1969) is an American gangsta rapper from Detroit,...  more

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  • Bravehearts25


    Hip hop music

    AlbumsOochie Wally (feat. Nas & Bravehearts), Bravehearted, Bravehearted 2

    Bravehearts are an East Coast hip hop group from New York, New York. The group's roster...  more