Def Jam Rapstar

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Def Jam Rapstar
Def Jam Rapstar Game Cover.jpg
Developer(s) 4mm Games
Publisher(s) Konami[1]
Distributor(s) Terminal Reality
Platform(s) Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii
Release PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
  • NA: October 5, 2010 [2]
  • EU: November 26, 2010
  • AU: February 10, 2011
  • NA: October 5, 2010
  • EU: November 26, 2010[3]
Genre(s) Music, Simulation, Rap
Mode(s) Single-player, Competitive multi-player, Cooperative modes

Def Jam Rapstar is a rapping game developed by 4mm Games.[4] The game was released on October 5, 2010 in the United States of America (U.S.), and released on November 26, 2010 in Europe.[5][6] An official launch event was held at New York's Hudson hotel on October 6, 2010 to celebrate the game's U.S. release.[7] 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.[8] The game uses radio versions of all its tracks to secure a T rating by the ESRB. Players are not penalized for cursing, but it is not a required part of the game.[8]

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.[9][10]

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


Career Mode[edit]

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"[11] Salt-N-Pepa Y Y
1 "Run's House"[12] Run-D.M.C. Y Y
1 "Turn My Swag On"[12] Soulja Boy Tell 'Em Y Y
1 "We Fly High" Jim Jones Y Y
2 "Best I Ever Had"[11] Drake Y Y
2 "Get Low"[12] Lil' Jon & the East Side Boyz Y Y
2 "Gin & Juice"[12] Snoop Dogg Y Y
2 "Hate Me Now"[12] Nas Y Y
2 "Just A Friend"[11] Biz Markie Y Y
2 "Stand Up"[12] Ludacris Y Y
3 "A Milli"[13] Lil Wayne Y Y
3 "Brass Monkey"[12] Beastie Boys Y Y
3 "Gold Digger"[6] Kanye West Y Y
3 "Juicy"[13] The Notorious B.I.G. Y Y
3 "Live Your Life"[6] T.I. Y Y
3 "Mama Said Knock You Out"[12] LL Cool J Y Y
3 "Nuthin' but a 'G' Thang"[6] Dr. Dre ft. Snoop Doggy Dogg Y Y
4 "I Get Around"[13] 2Pac Y Y
4 "I Get Money"[12] 50 Cent Y Y
4 "I'll Be There for You/You're All I Need to Get By"[12] Method Man Y Y
4 "It's All About the Benjamins"[12] Diddy Y Y
5 "C.R.E.A.M."[13] Wu Tang Clan Y Y
5 "Hot in Herre"[12] Nelly Y Y
5 "Scenario"[12] A Tribe Called Quest Y Y
5 "So Fresh, So Clean"[11] Outkast Y Y

US Edition[edit]

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"[12] Public Enemy Y Y
US "Children's Story"[6] Slick Rick Y Y
US "Crush on You"[12] Lil' Kim Y Y
US "Da Rockwilder"[11] Method Man & Redman Y Y
US "It Was a Good Day"[12] Ice Cube Y Y
US "It's Goin' Down"[12] Yung Joc Y Y
US "Put On"[6] Young Jeezy Y Y
US "Slow Jamz"[12] Twista Y Y
US "Still Not a Player"[12] Big Punisher Y Y
US "We Takin' Over"[12] DJ Khaled Y Y

Party Mode[edit]

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"[12] Ja Rule Y N/A
N/A "Ruff Ryders Anthem"[12] DMX Y N/A
N/A "Slam"[6] ONYX Y N/A
N/A "Stronger"[12] Kanye West Y N/A
N/A "They Reminisce Over You"[13] Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth Y N/A

New Song Challenges[edit]

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"[12] Public Enemy Y Y
2 "Big Poppa"[12] The Notorious B.I.G. Y Y
3 "Lean Back"[12] Terror Squad Y Y
4 "It Takes Two"[12] Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock Y Y
5 "Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Can See"[12] Busta Rhymes Y Y

UK Edition[edit]

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"[12] Dizzee Rascal
1 "Giant"[12] Devlin
1 "Number 1"[12] Tinchy Stryder
2 "I Need You"[12] N-Dubz
4 "Black Boys"[12] Bashy
4 "Pass Out"[12] Tinie Tempah
4 "Witness (1 Hope)"[12] Roots Manuva
5 "21 Seconds"[12] So Solid Crew
5 "50/50"[12] Wiley
5 "Chip Diddy Chip"[12] 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"
  • Das 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[edit]

The following tracks could be downloaded for the game at one time, but online content has been removed. Content could never be downloaded for the Wii version of the game.

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


Review scores
Publication Score
PS3 Wii Xbox 360
Eurogamer N/A N/A 7/10[14]
Game Informer 7.75/10[15] N/A N/A
Game Revolution B−[16] N/A B−[16]
GameSpot 7.5/10[17] 6.5/10[18] 7.5/10[17]
GameTrailers N/A N/A 7/10[19]
GameZone 8/10[20] N/A 8/10[20]
Giant Bomb 4/5 stars[21] N/A 4/5 stars[21]
IGN 7.5/10[22] N/A 7.5/10[22]
ONM N/A 63%[23] N/A
OXM (US) N/A N/A 7/10[24]
The Guardian N/A N/A 4/5 stars[25]
Aggregate scores
GameRankings 76%[26] 70%[27] 76%[28]
Metacritic 75/100[29] 65/100[30] 74/100[31]

The PlayStation 3 version received "generally favorable reviews", while the Xbox 360 and Wii versions received "mixed or average reviews" according to video game review aggregator Metacritic.[29][30][31]

The Guardian gave the X360 version four stars out of five and called it "an absolute must. If you've found yourself mouthing the words to A Milli on the tube, there's a huge amount of fun to be had here. And while it doesn't have the universal appeal of its more mainstream counterparts, the potential of its online feature means it could well become a huge sleeper success."[25]

See also[edit]


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  4. ^ Nardozzi, Dale (2009-06-03). "Def Jam Rapstar Hands-On Preview (Xbox 360)". Team Xbox. Archived from the original on 2009-06-11. Retrieved 2009-06-09. 
  5. ^ (2010-11-26) "MAKE THE WORLD YOUR STAGE WITH DEF JAM RAPSTAR", Gamasutra. Retrieved 2011-01-26.
  6. ^ a b c d e f g Hester, Larry (2010-02-22). "Official Def Jam Rapstar newsletter". 4mm Games. Archived from the original on 2010-02-11. Retrieved 2010-02-22. 
  7. ^ "Def Jam Rapstar Video Game Launch Event Photos! Celebrities and Tastemakers Celebrate in NYC!". 2010-10-07. 
  8. ^ a b Tolito, Stephen (June 19, 2010). "Curses Don't Count, But Courage Does In The Next Rap Game". Kotaku. Retrieved June 18, 2010. 
  9. ^ As quoted in Xav de Matos, "Overheard@E3: Get off that mic, Rapstar!," Joystiq (Jun 4th 2009).
  10. ^ Announced in the official Def Jam Rapstar newsletter "[1]"
  11. ^ a b c d e "Def Jam Rapstar Confirmed for October". BusinessWire. 2010-06-03. Retrieved 2010-06-03. 
  12. ^ 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. Archived from the original on 2010-10-16. Retrieved 2010-10-11. 
  13. ^ a b c d e "More Details Revealed on Def Jam Rapstar Video Game". XXL. 2010-04-12. Retrieved 2010-04-12. [permanent dead link]
  14. ^ Parkin, Simon (2010-11-24). "Def Jam Rapstar Review (Xbox 360)". Eurogamer. Retrieved 2014-02-25. 
  15. ^ Gonzalez, Annette (2010-10-14). "Def Jam Rapstar (PS3)". Game Informer. 
  16. ^ a b Morse, Blake (2010-11-11). "Def Jam Rapstar Review". Game Revolution. Retrieved 2014-02-26. 
  17. ^ a b Watters, Chris (2010-10-10). "Def Jam Rapstar Review". GameSpot. Retrieved 2014-02-25. 
  18. ^ Watters, Chris (2010-12-17). "Def Jam Rapstar Review (Wii)". GameSpot. Retrieved 2014-02-25. 
  19. ^ "Def Jam Rapstar Review (X360)". GameTrailers. October 20, 2010. Archived from the original on 2013-10-07. Retrieved 2016-03-30. 
  20. ^ a b Workman, Robert (2010-10-13). "Def Jam Rapstar review". GameZone. Retrieved 2014-02-26. 
  21. ^ a b Gerstmann, Jeff (2010-10-07). "Def Jam Rapstar Review". Giant Bomb. Retrieved 2014-02-25. 
  22. ^ a b DeVries, Jack (2010-10-07). "Def Jam Rapstar Review (PS3, X360)". IGN. Retrieved 2014-02-25. 
  23. ^ "Def Jam Rapstar". Official Nintendo Magazine. December 2010. 
  24. ^ "Def Jam Rapstar". Official Xbox Magazine. December 25, 2010. 
  25. ^ a b Arnott, Jack (2010-11-25). "Def Jam Rapstar - review". The Guardian. Retrieved 2014-02-26. 
  26. ^ "Def Jam Rapstar for PlayStation 3". GameRankings. Retrieved 2014-02-25. 
  27. ^ "Def Jam Rapstar for Wii". GameRankings. Retrieved 2014-02-25. 
  28. ^ "Def Jam Rapstar for Xbox 360". GameRankings. Retrieved 2014-02-25. 
  29. ^ a b "Def Jam Rapstar Critic Reviews for PlayStation 3". Metacritic. Retrieved 2014-02-25. 
  30. ^ a b "Def Jam Rapstar for Wii Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 2014-02-25. 
  31. ^ a b "Def Jam Rapstar Critic Reviews for Xbox 360". Metacritic. Retrieved 2014-02-25. 

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