Def Jam Rapstar

Def Jam Rapstar
Def Jam Rapstar
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Developer(s) Terminal Reality, Def Jam Interactive
Publisher(s) Konami[1]
Producer(s) 4mm Games
Series Def Jam (spin-off)
Platform(s) Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii
Release date(s)
  • NA October 5, 2010 [2]
  • PAL November 26, 2010
  • AUS November 4, 2010
Genre(s) Music, Simulation, Rap
Mode(s) Single-player, Competitive multi-player, Cooperative modes
Media/distribution DVD-DL, Wii Optical Disc, Blu-ray Disc

Def Jam Rapstar is a rapping game produced by 4mm Games and developed by Terminal Reality.[3] The game was released on October 5, 2010 in the United States of America (U.S.), and released on November 26, 2010 in Europe.[4][5] An official launch event was held at New York's Hudson hotel on October 6, 2010 to celebrate the game's U.S. release.[6] As of October 5, 2011, the community site has been shut down with no official word on when or if it will be reopened, causing major features of the game to be inaccessible.



Rapstar is essentially a rap themed karaoke game.[7] The game uses radio versions of all its tracks to secure a T rating by the ESRB. Players are not be penalized for cursing, but it is not a required part of the game.[7]

There are two modes, either Career or Party modes. The Career mode is in five stages. Each stage has eight tracks for the player to master, including a New Song Challenge which is unlocked as the player progresses through the stage. The Party mode allows players to simply pick an individual song and perform it.

The Xbox 360 version is compatible with the Kinect sensor if you live in North America, specifically with the sensor being used as an alternative to the Xbox Live Vision camera.

The PS3 version is compatible with the Playstation Eye Camera.


Executive Vice President Paul Coyne of 4mm Games, said, "Internally, we used [Get On Da Mic] as the architectural model of how not to do" Def Jam Rapstar.[8][9]

This game is available for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Wii with the possibility of more features and sound tracks.

See also


Career Mode

The following videos are included with the game. (Note, "Brass Monkey" is audio only.) All tracks are also playable in Party Mode.

Stage Song title Artist PS3/360 Wii
1 "Push It"[10] Salt-N-Pepa Y Y
1 "Run's House"[11] Run-D.M.C. Y Y
1 "Turn My Swag On"[11] Soulja Boy Tell 'Em Y Y
1 "We Fly High" Jim Jones Y Y
2 "Best I Ever Had"[10] Drake Y Y
2 "Get Low"[11] Lil' Jon & the East Side Boyz Y Y
2 "Gin & Juice"[11] Snoop Dogg Y Y
2 "Hate Me Now"[11] Nas Y Y
2 "Just A Friend"[10] Biz Markie Y Y
2 "Stand Up"[11] Ludacris Y Y
3 "A Milli"[12] Lil Wayne Y Y
3 "Brass Monkey"[11] Beastie Boys Y Y
3 "Gold Digger"[5] Kanye West Y Y
3 "Juicy"[12] The Notorious B.I.G. Y Y
3 "Live Your Life"[5] T.I. Y Y
3 "Mama Said Knock You Out"[11] LL Cool J Y Y
3 "Nuthin' but a 'G' Thang"[5] Dr. Dre ft. Snoop Doggy Dogg Y Y
4 "I Get Around"[12] 2Pac Y Y
4 "I Get Money"[11] 50 Cent Y Y
4 "I'll Be There for You/You're All I Need to Get By"[11] Method Man Y Y
4 "It's All About the Benjamins"[11] Diddy Y Y
5 "C.R.E.A.M."[12] Wu Tang Clan Y Y
5 "Hot in Herre"[11] Nelly Y Y
5 "Scenario"[11] A Tribe Called Quest Y Y
5 "So Fresh, So Clean"[10] Outkast Y Y

US Edition

The US Edition also features the following tracks, in Career Mode (which can also be played in Party Mode.) See below, for the regional variations on the game.

Stage Song title Artist PS3/360 Wii
US "Can't Truss It"[11] Public Enemy Y Y
US "Children's Story"[5] Slick Rick Y Y
US "Crush on You"[11] Lil' Kim Y Y
US "Da Rockwilder"[10] Method Man & Redman Y Y
US "It Was a Good Day"[11] Ice Cube Y Y
US "It's Goin' Down"[11] Yung Joc Y Y
US "Put On"[5] Young Jeezy Y Y
US "Slow Jamz"[11] Twista Y Y
US "Still Not a Player"[11] Big Punisher Y Y
US "We Takin' Over"[11] DJ Khaled Y Y

Party Mode

There are five videos exclusive to the Party Mode on PS3 and XBox 360. Note, these videos are not included on the Wii version.

Stage Song title Artist PS3/360 Wii
N/A "Always On Time"[11] Ja Rule Y N/A
N/A "Ruff Ryders Anthem"[11] DMX Y N/A
N/A "Slam"[5] ONYX Y N/A
N/A "Stronger"[11] Kanye West Y N/A
N/A "They Reminisce Over You"[12] Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth Y N/A

New Song Challenges

The following tracks are unlocked at the end of each stage in Career Mode.

Stage Song title Artist PS3/360 Wii
1 "Fight the Power"[11] Public Enemy Y Y
2 "Big Poppa"[11] The Notorious B.I.G. Y Y
3 "Lean Back"[11] Terror Squad Y Y
4 "It Takes Two"[11] Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock Y Y
5 "Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Can See"[11] Busta Rhymes Y Y

UK Edition

The UK version of the game replaces the videos Can't Truss It, Children's Story, Crush on You, Da Rockwilder, It Was A Good Day, It's Goin' Down, Put On, Slow Jamz, Still Not A Player & We Takin' Over with UK exclusive videos by UK grime artists.

Stage Song title Artist
1 "Fix Up, Look Sharp"[11] Dizzee Rascal
1 "Giant"[11] Devlin
1 "Number 1"[11] Tinchy Stryder
2 "I Need You"[11] N-Dubz
4 "Black Boys"[11] Bashy
4 "Pass Out"[11] Tinie Tempah
4 "Witness (1 Hope)"[11] Roots Manuva
5 "21 Seconds"[11] So Solid Crew
5 "50/50"[11] Wiley
5 "Chip Diddy Chip"[11] Chipmunk

There are also regional variations of the tracklist in France and Germany.

The German version replaces some tracks with:

  • Absolute Beginner - "Hammerhart"
  • Azad - "Prison Break Anthem"
  • Curse - "Und Was Ist Jetzt"
  • D-Bo - "Türlich Türlich"
  • Deichkind - "Bon Voyage"
  • Kool Savas - "Futurama"
  • Peter Fox - "Schwarz Zu Blau"

The French edition contains:

  • Disiz la Peste - "Jpete Les Plombs"
  • Kery James - "Banlieusards"
  • Ness Beal - "Rap de Tess"
  • NTM featuring Lord Ko - "Ma Benz"
  • Oxmo Puccino - "Mama Love"
  • Psy 4 De La Rime - "Le Monde Est Stone"
  • Sefyu - "Molotov 4"

Downloadable Content

The following tracks can be downloaded for the game, it is unknown whether they are videos or audio only.

Song title Artist Date Added
"Over"[11] Drake 11/02/2010
"Right Round"[11] Flo Rida 11/02/2010
"Get Me Home"[11] Foxy Brown 11/02/2010
"Hustlin'"[11] Rick Ross 11/02/2010
"Playmaker (Freestyle)"[11] Nitti Beatz 10/26/2010
"Stadium Status (Freestyle)"[11] Danja 11/02/2010
"The 15th (Freestyle)"[11] DJ Khalil 11/02/2010
"Wyld Money (Freestyle)"[11] Danja 10/26/2010
"Mind Playing Tricks on Me"[11] Geto Boys 10/26/2010
"My Humps"[11] The Black Eyed Peas 10/26/2010
"Ridin'"[11] Chamillionaire 10/05/2010
"Grindin"[11] Clipse 10/05/2010
"Bad Boy for Life"[11] Diddy 10/05/2010
"I'm So Hood (Remix)"[11] DJ Khaled 10/05/2010
"All I Do Is Win"[11] DJ Khaled 12/14/2010
"Party Up"[11] DMX 10/05/2010
"Ice Cream Paint Job"[11] Dorrough 10/12/2010
"Paid in Full"[11] Eric B. & Rakim 10/05/2010
"Make Me Better" Fabolous 10/12/2010
"Low"[11] Flo Rida 10/05/2010
"Wasted"[11] Gucci Mane 10/26/2010
"Got Money" Lil' Wayne 10/12/2010
"Around The Way Girl"[11] LL Cool J 10/26/2010
"I Got 5 On It"[11] Luniz 10/05/2010
"Can't Tell Me Nothing"[11] Kanye West 10/26/2010
"Lavish (Freestyle)"[11] Cool & Dre 10/26/2010
"Tango Cash (Freestyle)"[11] Bangladesh 10/26/2010
"All the Above"[11] Maino 10/05/2010
"This Is Why I'm Hot"[11] MIMS 10/05/2010
"You're a Jerk"[11] New Boyz 10/05/2010
"Throw Some D's"[11] Rich Boy 10/12/2010
"Dey Know" Shawty Lo 10/12/2010
"Crank That"[11] Soulja Boy Tell 'Em 10/26/2010
"Say Something"[11] Timbaland 10/26/2010
"Passin' Me By" The Pharcyde 10/05/2010
"Rapper's Delight"[11] The Sugarhill Gang 10/05/2010
"Regulate"[11] Warren G 10/26/2010
"Shoulder Lean"[11] Young Dro 10/12/2010
"The Choice is Yours"[11] Black Sheep 11/16/2010
"Who's That Girl?"[11] Eve 11/16/2010
"Cape Kingz Anthem (Freestyle)"[11] Just Blaze 11/16/2010
"Cherchez LaGhost"[11] Ghostface Killah (feat. U-God) 11/09/2010
"Jesus Walks"[11] Kanye West 11/16/2010
"How High (remix)"[11] Method Man & Redman 11/09/2010
"Ice Cream"[11] Raekwon (feat. Method Man, Ghostface Killah and Cappadonna) 11/09/2010
"Protect Ya Neck"[11] Wu Tang Clan 11/09/2010
"Every Girl"[11] Young Money 11/16/2010
"We Run This (Freestyle)"[11] The Runners 12/14/2010
"IWW (Freestyle)"[11] 9th Wonder 11/09/2010
"Robbin Cru (Freestyle)"[11] Nitti Beatz 11/16/2010
"Dots (Freestyle)"[11] DJ Premier 11/09/2010
"Go Hard"[11] DJ Khaled 12/14/2010
"Pass the Courvoisier, Part II"[11] Busta Rhymes 01/11/2011
"Get Ur Freak On"[11] Missy Elliott 01/11/2011
"Money To Blow"[11] Birdman 01/11/2011
"Laffy Taffy"[11] D4L 01/11/2011
"Luv U Better"[11] LL Cool J 01/18/2011
"Beamer, Benz or Bentley"[11] Lloyd Banks 01/18/2011
"Papa Can U Hear Me"[11] N-Dubz 01/18/2011
"Shawty"[11] Plies 01/18/2011
"Shut This Down (Freestyle)"[11] Ill Blu 01/27/2011
"The Humpty Dance"[11] Digital Underground 02/08/2011
"Swag Surfin'"[11] F.L.Y. 02/08/2011
"Like A G6"[11] Far East Movement 02/08/2011
"Whatever You Like"[11] T.I. 02/08/2011
"The Light"[11] Common 02/15/2011
"Ms. Fat Booty"[11] Mos Def 02/15/2011
"Get By"[11] Talib Kweli 02/15/2011
"Bad Mood"[11] Track Dilla 02/15/2011
"Understanding"[11] Crada 02/15/2011
"Limit"[11] Deichkind 02/15/2011
"Pression"[11] Koudjo 02/15/2011
"Fire"[11] Shuko 02/15/2011


Aggregate scores
Aggregator Score
Metacritic 74(Xbox 360)[13]

75(Playstation 3)[14]

Review scores
Publication Score
Eurogamer 7/10[15]
Game Informer 7.75/10[16]
GameSpot 7.5/10[17]
GameTrailers 7/10[18]
IGN 7.5/10[19]
Giant Bomb 4/5 stars[20]
Gaming Nexus 3/5 stars[21]

The title received lukewarm reviews. The Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 versions have a score of 74 & 75 on Metacritic. IGN scored the title a 7.5 out of 10 rating. They really praised the party aspect of the title as well as online features, but criticized the censorship of swear words. Gamespot gave the title a 7.5 out of 10 rating. They praised the songs, video editing tools, intriguing community web site and the creativity of the freestyle mode but criticized phrase-mapping issues and the uselessness of the bouncing ball. Eurogamer awarded the title with a 7 out of 10 rating. Stating that it isn't a game for everyone but those who find interest should find enjoyment. Gametrailers gave the title a 7 out of 10 rating. Calling it a solid singing game. Gameinformer scored the title a 7.75 out of 10 rating. Stating that it offers enough to be different from other karaoke games on the market. Giantbomb gave the title a 4 out of 5 star rating. They praised the freestyle mode and all that comes within it. They also stated that hip-hop fans would really enjoy this title.


Def Jam's James Waller has said, "we're already talking about Def Jam Rapstar 2. It will be a totally improved game, not simply us putting more songs on a disc with the same features. There are a lot of things we had in this first game that would have been amazing to have, but we couldn't perfect it in time. So we held it back. For Def Jam Rapstar 2 we will definitely have those in."[22]Since then no other word has been put out concerning Def Jam Rapstar 2, leaving many fans wondering if the lack of commercial success and community support made 4mm Games and Def Jam reconsider their position.


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  3. ^ Nardozzi, Dale (2009-06-03). "Def Jam Rapstar Hands-On Preview (Xbox 360)". Team Xbox. Retrieved 2009-06-09. 
  4. ^ (2010-11-26) "MAKE THE WORLD YOUR STAGE WITH DEF JAM RAPSTAR", Gamasutra. Retrieved 2011-01-26.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g Hester, Larry (2010-02-22). "Official Def Jam Rapstar newsletter". 4mm Games. Retrieved 2010-02-22. 
  6. ^ "Def Jam Rapstar Video Game Launch Event Photos! Celebrities and Tastemakers Celebrate in NYC!". 2010-10-07. 
  7. ^ a b Tolito, Stephen (June 19, 2010). "Curses Don't Count, But Courage Does In The Next Rap Game". Kotaku. Retrieved June 18, 2010. 
  8. ^ As quoted in Xav de Matos, "Overheard@E3: Get off that mic, Rapstar!," Joystiq (Jun 4th 2009).
  9. ^ Announced in the official Def Jam Rapstar newsletter "[1]"
  10. ^ a b c d e "Def Jam Rapstar Confirmed for October". BusinessWire. 2010-06-03. Retrieved 2010-06-03. 
  11. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae af ag ah ai aj ak al am an ao ap aq ar as at au av aw ax ay az ba bb bc bd be bf bg bh bi bj bk bl bm bn bo bp bq br bs bt bu bv bw bx by bz ca cb cc cd ce cf cg ch ci cj ck cl cm cn co cp cq cr cs ct cu cv cw cx cy cz da db dc "Official Tracklist". Def Jam. 2010-10-05. Retrieved 2010-10-11. 
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