It’s been one of those weeks where I’ve practically spent 90% of the time here at work. I just knocked some major pain-in-the-ass projects out the way so I’m good – for now. I’m just BS-ing over here listening to music, reluctant to check my inbox coz I’m sure I’ll have a few nasty surprises in there which will mean I’ll have to work this weekend - AGAIN. Oh well, it’ll mean more cheddar so it’s all good.
And speaking of music, I got to thinking about who the best hip-hop producer might be. I’m sure there are real music buffs reading this including Msanii, Makanga & Magaidi, so help a brother out. I’ve listed my favorite 16 producers, the ones I know about anyway, below, in no particular order:
This little dude is off the chain. Dude’s got hits from way back when, from the Kriss Kross & Funkdafied days. He brought Mariah back, made Usher multi-platinum & makes hits right & left. And he’s getting even better.
What can I even say about this dude? He made all those hits for Jay Z, Aaliyah, [RIP] Missy & EVERYBODY else, literally. He’s slowed down on the producing thing lately but still pops up from time to time. I love his rich & sometimes unorthodox beats; dude always has a gazillion instruments in his beats. Think Missy’s ‘Get Your Freak On.’
Think of this cat as the Godfather of hip-hop beats. His talent is undeniable, his beats perpetual chart-toppers. Made cats like Snoop, Eminem & 50 household names. Definitely a living legend.
I’d say this dude is one of the most brilliant producers out there. His versatility is legendary, and makes chart-topping hip-hop AND R&B beats; few others can do that.
Swizzie is dope too, always squeezing in those signature trumpets in his beats. Makes good club-bangers & made DMX’s career. Made Busta’s ‘Touch It,’ one of the dopest beats ever.
Jazze Phizzle is off the chain, ladies & gentlemen. His beats are always perfect – no sloppiness here. Works with everyone now; I’m glad.
Brought the South up in a major way. His Durrty South beats are always crunk. Likes to 808 all his beats. Those with bump in their trunks know what I’m talking about; a Lil’ Jon beat will give you an inadvertent massage and make your vision blur in the whip.
Skateboard P is one of the best, no doubt. He’s easily one of the most sought-after producers today. His beats are unconventional and often sound unrefined, though I think that’s entirely deliberate. He likes to keep his beats simple, a perfect example of how less can be more. Think ‘Grinding’ and ‘Drop It Like It’s Hot.’ He’s not incapable of feature-rich beats though, like ‘Excuse Me Miss.’
Cool & Dre
This Latino producer duo from
He’s a household name in the NY music scene. Makes classic
This white boy is sick. Worked with the Roots & Dr. Dre in the early days and is now a self-sufficient mainstream producer. Made most of Chris Brown’s beats & works consistently with Terror Squad – Fat Joe, Remy Ma, Tony Sunshine etc., making such hits as ‘Get It Poppin’ & Chamillionaire’s ‘Turn It Up.’ I absolutely love his new beat for Fat Joe’s ‘Make It Rain.’ That joint is pure fire.
This dude’s versatility is only rivaled by JD’s & possibly DarkChild’s. He made such beats as Ying Yang’s ‘Wait’ & Bubba Sparxxx’s ‘Booty.’ Cool dude.
The Cash Money Boyz wouldn’t have gotten anywhere without Mannie making the beats and that’s the truth, especially since the only ones who could rap were Lil’ Wayne & Juvenile. Probably one of the most underestimated producers in the game but now that he’s free from Cash Money Records, I’m curious to see what he’ll do next besides those few cuts for BG earlier this year.
He may think he’s God’s gift for the rest of us, but he really might be. Only a few producers can rap convincingly and Kanye does it without breaking a sweat. Can’t be mad.
Say what you will about the self-proclaimed Pied Piper but he’s brilliant. It’s a shame he has a weakness for underage tenderonis but his musical genius is irrefutable. He’s been consistent since Aaliyah’s ‘Back & Forth’ & frankly, I’m looking forward to his next album[s].
Kenny Edmonds, though he’s slowed down quite a bit, is a musical force to be reckoned with. He sings, writes & produces – the complete package. His accomplishments, like JD’s or Dre’s, are too numerous to break down. [Kenny, look out for Tracie. You should’ve signed that pre-nupt!]
Well, there you have it, my favorite hip-hop & R&B producers. I’ll have to say tho that JD is my favorite one.