Top Ten Greatest Hip-hop Producers
The Top Ten
As much as I love DJ Premier's production, Dre is the king of beats for me. The rappers he has produced and made famous is crazy, NWA, Snoop, Eminem, 50 Cent, Game, Kendrick Lamar etc. That takes some beating. Still DRE is my favourite beat of all time as well, Dre never fails.
Dre made a lot of rappers famous... And created a monster in slim shady... I gota say he's still running the game
Dr. Dre is the best rap producer in the whole game. He's also the best rapper in my opinion, even if he doesn't write his own lyrics.
Looking at comments on Premo is ridiculous. Doesn't mean he produced a lot for Jigga, Nas and Biggie meant that Premo is better. Look on Dre's production all from 80s to 2000s especially on N.W.A's stuff, Chronic 1992 & 2001, Relapse (Eminem) and Get Rich Or Die Tryin'. Those are damn perfect beats. Premo's productions are stuck in time. The old ones won't fit the new generation. Dre fits all!V 25 Comments
How in the world is Dr. Dre a better producer than Premo. Looking at the comments, it looks like those who voted for Dre voted for him because of his business ventures and money making. But, Premo is the quintessential hip hop producer, with the greatest discography of anyone in hip hop, and if any MC had to choose between Dre and Preem, I think we all know who they would choose
DJ Primo, way better than Dre, too bad Eric B ain't even in the top 10, he's a god damn legend!
Nas Is Like, Full Clip, Mass Appeal, N.Y. State Of Mind, The One And Only,...
Premo is the king!
Mobb deep, krs-one, big daddy kane, guru, nas, biggie, bone thugs and harmony, geto boys, jay z, mos def, big l, common, biz markie, snoop dogg, odb, slick rick, and even rakim. He has produced for countless artists. I love dre, RZA, j dilla, madlib, kanye, and eric b but premier is the bestV 17 Comments
Rza tops dre and primo overall -- I say that because rza has several classic ALBUMS to his name, not just hits, and each of those albums are still relevant to this day. Dre has no classic albums -- anyone who says straight outta compton, the chronic or snoops first, has poor taste in rap in my opinion -- those albums have hits, but with many similar sounding beats and boring content. Of his big hits like 'in the club, ' he didn't produce the entire album, just a few singles. On the production side, many of his beats sound similar and are irrelevant, period. Dre is overrated! His body of work artistically does not stack up to the likes of primo, dilla or pete rock... Much less RZA. Artistically speaking, the comparison is a joke.
This is a question that is largely based on taste and what you look for in a beat. A beat is not a huge factor for me when listening to a song, and I mostly am focused on the lyrics. However there is something about RZAs gloomy production that can make any rap good. Listen to his work on GZA's album Liquid Swords. GZA's lyrical prowess doesn't hurt, but RZA's dark and intense production makes ti a classic. - dude5600
The Razorsharp man himself, he put the Wu on the map. The Abbot was the backbone to the Wu Dynasty and countless other albums and songs.
2. DJ Premier
Dre is a great producer but he is the most well known that is why he is number 1.
I'm not a huge fan of Kanye. I think he's a jerk. He's whiny, bratty, is a diva and throws a fit whenever he loses an award. I really hate Taylor Swift's music but the way he treated her at that awards show as unacceptable.But there is absolutely no doubt in my mind that he is one of the greatest music producers of all time. I mean, he did a great job with Find Your Love, Drake was grateful I'm sure. Also, the interlude for All of the Lights is incredibly beautiful, something you wouldn't get from kanyes bad attitude. And the music for the actual track was great.He is a great producer, one of the reasons a lot of artists get as far as they are. - dragonfly99
I honestly think Kanye and Dre share the number one spot, and to see him at number four makes me cry. Kanye may be a complete ass but his earlier tracks are AMAZING. Listen to the instrumental version of a Kanye track, doesn't even need vocals.
Kanye's use of samples is just excellent and mixes with hip-hop rhythms perfectly. Regardless of his terrible attitude, Kanye still made himself a legendary rap music artist. - Mcgillacuddy
Best producer of all time. All timeV 14 Comments
No one gave their life to music as much as this guy, obviously made dope beats, you felt the soul in his beats. The guy made a whole instrumental album on his deathbed and got critical acclaim for it. Just listen to Common's "It's Your World" instrumental and just listen to it. You'll be taken away by that beat. R.I.P. james Dewitt Yancey
In my opinion, J Dilla was the best because he was more creative than Dre and Premier put together and yet he still made a sound that was conventional enough to draw such a large fan base.R.I.P. the best that ever did it.
So slept on. J Dilla took his creativity to another place. He made you listen, even if you didn't want to. And you'd be killing yourself to find out what samples he used. Dilla is the G.O.A.T.
Like I remember I listed all my favorite beats and when I searched up the producers most of the beats were by DillaV 17 Comments
A Genius just like his Friend J Dilla -
Madlib is the greatest producer alive. His sampling is the best around. His musical knowledge extends to the most obscure of genres.
Madlib is the best, he has lots of groups, a great variety of hip hop music (including jazz, bossanoba, reggae... ) maybe dre is more famous but he is not the best. And I don't know how RJD2, Pete Rock, oh no, guru, peanut butter wolf, and, many more aren't at top 10
Look what he did for DOOMV 5 Comments
A real Dilla fan respects Donuts wishes to never be compared or be said to be better than Pete Rock.
Pete Rock is the best beatmaker of all time.
Petestrumentals is the greatest beattape of all time. My biggest inspiration along with Dilla.
Nearly every one of his beats for mobb are dope
Classics like hell on earth and the infamous known for grimmy beats. enough saidV 2 Comments
He deserves top 10, what he did with Rakim is amazing. - EMBIGNASPACV 2 Comments
Best producer-Best rapper-Best music artist- - fatihfurkanu00c7olakou011flu
Michael Jackson bought some beats from him at the time, 'enough said
Best producer look what he has done
HE is the best in everything he doV 11 Comments
Way way too low. This cat should be in your top 3 without having to even give it much thought. A producer who can do it all and do it all by himself.
Amazing rapper and producer. His first album QUIK IS THE NAME is a classic. Go listen to 2PAC'S - HEARTZ OF MEN and you'll know what I mean.
Get Down, Trouble, Down Down Down, Black Mercedes, Fandango, Tonight, You'z A Ganxta... - McgillacuddyV 1 Comment
The Notorious B.I.G. he's the one who made his best beats.P. diddy (Puff Daddy)'s beats are sick. How is he not even in the top 10.
This guy's made numerous hits, he literally created B.I. G and many other artists. He should be at number 5 after Dre, RZA, Timbaland and Kanye.
Puff Daddy is THE hip hop producer:
The first one made hip hop commercial so... He�'s number 1
Large professor is one of the best
He is the best hip hop Producer today.
He contributed to the north carolina independent hip hop with jamla. Much respect.
What? He should be the second maybe even the first... Just take a listen to common's early songs like I used to love H.E. R and resurrection... God damn, I think he is the best producer ever
He's the best hands down godfather of Chicago music with many hits under his belt secretly does so much for hiphop and people go to him for advise on a beatand has a hit for almost everyone in rocknation remember (D.O.A) YES that's him
Better than Dre, Timbaland's beats are original, well put together and progressive. Arguably the best Hip-Hop producer of all time next to Kanye West. Dre is overrated in my opinion, his beats are simple and boring, Timbaland's beats are exciting to listen to.
He's Nice as well. have to give timbaland respect. -
Should be number 1... Disrespectful that he's not higher up this list...
His drums are insaneV 12 Comments
Run The Jewels is easily the best rap group still in the game thanks to the phenomenal producing job El-P does for the group.
El-P should at least be in top ten.
Really rich experimental production from El-P. Arguably the king of underground producers actually - Shwyg
He crafted a whole new sound that inspires lots of experimental musicians even to this day.V 4 Comments
His beats are a work of art on their own.
Incredible work! His beats are true art. Beautyful, dark, deep. It's impossible to do it better than Stoupe.
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