Birth name

Kevin Hansford


New Jersey, United States


Hip hop


Record producer

Years active



Ghetto Man Beats, Redefinition

Associated acts

A.D.O.R., De' 1, DJ Mark the 45 King, Lords of the Underground, Marley Marl, Raw Poetic, Real Live, Sah-B, World Renown

Kevin Hansford, better known by his stage name K-Def, is an American record producer from New Jersey. He first rose to prominence as a protégé of Marley Marl, and co-produced songs for Lords of the Underground and Intelligent Hoodlum. In the mid-1990s, K-Def produced the majority of three shelved albums: Day One by De' 1Some 'Ol Sah-B Shit by Sah-B, and the self-titled album by World Renown. In 1996, he released the album The Turnaround: The Long Awaited Drama as a member of duo Real Live

After providing production work for artists such as Mic Geronimo, Jayo Felony, A.D.O.R., Ol' Dirty Bastard and Ghostface Killah in the late 1990s and early 2000s, K-Def released the instrumental album K-Def Presents Willie Boo Boo "The Fool" in 2006, followed by a slew of similar instrumental releases in the 2000s and 2010s. 

K-Def is known for his blues/soul sampling style, which is similar to that of fellow Marley Marl protégé Pete Rock. While the majority of his early to mid 1990s productions were made using the Akai MPC sampler, K-Def began using a computer in 1997 and now exclusively uses a software based set-up.


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