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K-Def (full name Kevin Hansford) is an American, New Jersey based, hip hop producer/DJ who has been actively involved in the music industry since the early 1990s. He has recently produced music for artists such as Ghostface Killah and Puff Daddy. K-Def earned critical praise early in his career for his work with Marley Marl on the album Here Come the Lords by the hip hop group Lords of the Underground.[1] Among the songs from that album that benefited from K-Def's production work include the hits "Funky Child" and "Chief Rocka".


K-Def was also member of the duo Real Live, which released one album The Turnaround: A Long Awaited Drama on Big Beat/Atlantic Records in 1996. "Real Live Shit (Remix)" featured Cappadonna, Ghostface Killah, Killa Sin and Lord Tariq.[2] During the 1990s, K-Def co-produced some of Marley Marl's tracks.

K-Def is mostly known for his blues-soul sampling style. While the majority of his early-mid 1990s productions were produced using the Akai MPC sampler/sequencer, around 1997 he started incorporating computers into his work flow and now exclusively uses a software based setup.

In 2004 K-Def produced "Its Over" on the Ghostface Killah release The Pretty Toney Album (Def Jam/IDJMG/Universal). He then contributed tracks to another Ghostface project, Theodore Unit, and Ol' Dirty Bastard's The Osirus Mixtape. He was a contributor to Diddy's 2006 release Press Play, and, in 2007, he produced a track on UGK’s album Underground Kingz.

In 2006, K-Def released an instrumental album called Willie Boo Boo The Fool. The album was originally only available on CD and vinyl, but it was digitally re-released in 2008.

In 2008, K-Def released a collaborative EP with the rapper Dacapo under the name the Program, which was titled The Article.[3]



  • The Turnaround: A Long Awaited Drama (1996), (with Larry-O as Real Live)
  • Willie Boo Boo The Fool (2006)
  • The Article EP (2008), (with DaCapo as The Program)
  • Beats From The 90's Vol. 1 (2008)
  • Beats From The 90's Vol. 2 (2009)
  • Gangster Instrumentals (2010)
  • Night Shift (2011)
  • One Man Band (2013)
  • The Exhibit (2013)
  • The Meeting EP (2013)


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