Def Jef (born Jeffrey Fortson, September 27, 1966, in Harlem, New York) is an American alternative hip hop artist and rapper of the late 1980s and early 1990s.
His debut album was 1989's Just a Poet With a Soul, which won critical acclaim for sociopolitical lyrics and original beats. Additionally, he was a member of the West Coast Rap All-Stars, a collaboration of West Coast-based hip hop artists who released the anti-violence single We're All in the Same Gang in 1990.
After his second album Soul Food was released,Def Jef moved into production fulltime. Over the last 2 decades Def Jef has Produced, written, arranged and remixed artists such as Nas, Snoop Doggy Dogg, Mary J Blige, Kimberley Locke, Maxwell, Avant, and Tupac Shakur,Shaquille O'Neal among others, as well as appearing in films like Deep Cover in 1992. He was featured on He produced the theme song for the Disney Sitcom "That's So Raven" in 2002.
Def Jef has worked with Krayzie Bone and Thugline Records.
Just a Poet With a Soul is the debut alternative hip hop album by Def Jef, released in 1989, released on Delicious Vinyl. The album was highly praised upon its first release, with critics enjoying the sociopolitical lyrics that have led some to Def Jef along with De La Soul and other members of the Native Tongues Posse, though he was never a part of the crew. Many have called the album a lost classic of hip hop.
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