Production is undoubtedly one of biggest aspects of a a Hip-Hop song and it has the ability to make or break a record. Since we are so technologically advanced in 2015, producers have the ability to produce almost anything imaginable. Below, we have compiled a list of our top 5 Hip Hop producers of all time:
1. Kanye West
Just speaking on production style alone, Kanye has influenced and shaped hip-hop’s sound more times than any other producer in history. No-one has been able to do what Kanye has done in that short amount of time – not RZA, not Dre, not Just Blaze, not The Neptunes, not Timbaland, no-one.
2. Just Blaze
At least 80% of the people in Hip-Hop use pseudonyms. But Justin Smith is one of the few whose handle makes perfect sense. After all, there’s pretty much only one thing Smith does, one setting that he’s got. His beats just blaze. Banger after banger, fire flame follows scorching heat. Not only do you know what you’re going to get when you see the name Just Blaze on the production credits but you also know exactly how excited you’re going to be to hear that song.
3. No ID
No I.D. is the rare producer who evolved past his niche and kept going. He began as a disciple of the jazz-inflected East Coast sound, producing Common’s first three records with a heavy boom bap slant. No I.D. soon branched out with freelance work for G-Unit, Jay-Z and Ghostface and began co-producing pop singles like Alicia Keys’ “My Boo” with Jermaine Dupri. He not only mentored Kanye but began co-produced with him, from 808s and Heartbreaks onward, becoming an integral part of Mr. West’s sound in recent years
4. Dr Dre
No man, woman or child has done more for popular American music since the 1980s than Dr. Dre. There are few artists who have as deep as discography as Dre and a few who can claim they innovated a new style or technique but Dr. Dre on no less than three occasions radically changed the course of hip hop forever.
5. Pete Rock
Pete Rock is one of the most prolific and masterful producers in the entire history of Hip Hop. His sample driven, melodic breaks and cuts is synonymous with the classic New York sound, influencing almost all production that’s come after including a young, precocious Kanye West.