Def Jam: Vendetta

In Def Jam: Vendetta you fight your way through the underground street fighting world to earn money and respect.


Def Jam Vendetta is a fighting/wrestling video game published by Electronic Arts. It features a wide range of characters from the world of hip-hop, and is named for the Def Jam record label, of which almost all of the artists in the game were signed on at the time of release. It was released for the PS2 and Gamecube. It uses the AKI engine made famous with the pro wrestling games on the N64.


It's rough in the underground street fighting world.
It's rough in the underground street fighting world.

In Def Jam: Vendetta, you first choose one of four characters (Briggs, Proof, Tank or Spider) to play as in the story mode. You are an up-and-coming underground street fighter ready to make it big. As you fight your way to the top, the owner of the clubs in which you fight, D-Mob, takes a notice to your abilities and ambition. A violent world of shady business unfolds itself as a result. Eventually you are no longer fighting for the money and the women, but you are fighting to survive.


The game features a wide variety of characters from the hip-hop world such as Method Man, Redman and Ludacris. Included in the game are also a handful of created characters that serve as allies, enemies, girlfriends and opponents throughout story mode.

Featured Artists/Celebrities (Playable in Exhibition matches)

Playable Story Mode Characters

  • Briggs
  • Proof
  • Tank
  • Spider
  • Conker

Girlfriends (Playable in Exhibition/Cat Fight Story mode Matches)

  • Carla
  • Deja
  • Penny
  • T'ai Monique

Playable Exhibition Characters

  • Arii
  • Chukklez
  • Cruz
  • Dan G
  • Deebo
  • Drake
  • Headache
  • House
  • Iceberg
  • Manny
  • Masa
  • Moses
  • Nyne
  • Omar
  • Opal
  • Peewee
  • Pockets
  • Razor
  • Ruffneck
  • Sketch
  • Snowman
  • Zaheer

Soundtrack List

1. DMX - Intro

2. Dabo - It's My Turn (Fight!)

3. DMX - Party Up

4. Keith Murray - Yeah Yeah You Know It

5. C-N-N feat. M.O.P. - Stompdash

6. N.O.R.E. - Nothin

7. WC feat. Snoop Dogg - The Streets

8. Comp - Do Sumptin

9. Ludacris - Saturday

10. Scarface - in Cold Blood

11. Christina Milian Feat. Ja Rule - Get Away

12. Method Man - Uh Huh!

13. Keith Murray - Oh My Goodness

14. Redman - Smash Sumthin

15. Comp - Stick Em

16. Joe Budden - Focus

17. Method Man - Bring the Pain

18. Onyx - Throw Ya Gunz

19. Public Enemy - Fight the Power

20. DMX - X Gon' Give It to Ya

21. Def Jam - Outro


The success of the original Def Jam: Vendetta resulted in the sequels Def Jam: Fight For New York and Def Jam: Icon. A Def Jam game was also released for PSP entitled Def Jam Fight For New York: The Takeover.