Years on Def Jam: 2006-Present
Signature Def Jam Song: "Daughters" (2012)
We ask all the stans to refrain from all the teeth gnashing about why he is not number one on this list. This list is about DEF JAM artists which means Escobar's Columbia work doesn't count. So ease back. And while his work on Def Jam has been uneven with moments of sparkling brilliance, it is on the strength of Life Is Good that Nasir finds himself in back in rap's good graces in a major way. Plus he's one of the greatest to ever touch the mic.