T-Hanes
Feb 1, 2018

The Greatest Producers (BEATS)

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Edited: Apr 21, 2018

 

 

Good people, this will be short but sweet. Rap Music is amazing but one of the greatest things about Hip Hop is BEATS. I mean, beats can put you in a zone. There is nothing like an amazing beat. Over the years we have all debated and stated who our favorite beat makers and producers are. Tomorrow I will be on a Podcast called Apartment 5B (I'm a regular guest and member on the panel) and we will be discussing the greatest Producers. I will add a link when available. Man, beats are so vital to Rap Music. I'm currently listening to "LIFE" by J. Dilla. When I think of the RZA's run from 1993-1997 or Premo from 1992-1998, there aren't many who can compete. Remember, Q-Tip produced The Low End Theory and Midnight Marauders. What about the fact that J. Dilla could do any style. I remember 9th Wonder telling me that Nottz was the greatest beat maker breathing one day at a club in NC. The 80's were dominated by Marley Marl and The Bomb Squad. What about Rick Rubin? I often think bout how underrated Tracksmasters were and smooth sound of The Justice League. The list goes on and on but below are the 30 greatest beat makers/producers to me. These can always be debated. It's about preference. For younger fans, Drake primary Producers 40 & Boi-1da keep heat in the kitchen. My criteria is heat, longevity, versatility, replay value, and can the producer create full projects instead of beats here and there. So, below are my 30 Greatest off the Top of my head. Side note, they aren't really in order.

 

1. DJ Premier

2. Marley Marl

3. J. Dilla -

4. Pete Rock

5. Dr. Dre

6. RZA

7. The Bomb Squad

8. Organized Noise

9. Q-Tip

10. Large Professor

11. DJ Quick

12. Nottz

13. Just Blaze

14. Eric Sermon/Parrish Smith

15. Alchemist

16. Kanye West

17. Havoc

18. Hi Tek

19. Timberland

20. Pharrell

21. Madlib

22. Ski

23. Bink!

24. Rick Rubin

25. Diamond D

26. Buckwild

27. DJ Muggs

28. Madlib

29. NO.ID

30. 9th Wonder

 

Now, let me be clear that there are people that are technically better beat makers but some of these guys have been very consistent. Now, a dude like Khrysis is technically better than some of these dudes. You also can't forget about Prince Paul, Ant Banks, Da Beatminerz, Mannie Fresh, J. Swift, Pimp C, Showbiz, and DJ Toomp. I just don't know, its impossible. These are just some random thoughts. Who are your favorite producers?

 

Peace

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