In many circles, hip-hop wouldn't be the same without Def Jam.
Data analyst Matt Daniels has been combing through the numbers, and agrees with that notion. According to Daniels' analysis, Def Jam is the most successful rap label of all time.
Since the inception of Def Jam the label has blessed us with 152 charting tracks—nearly 50 more than its closest competitor, Jive.
Impressively, Young Money is in second place after Def Jam, followed by three other classic rap institutions: Roc-A-Fella, Jive, and Bad Boy.
Over the past two decades Def Jam has bought us countless A-list artists and opened the doors for artists to start their indie labels through the company as well.