Top Ten Greatest Hip-hop Producers

The Top Ten

1 Dr. Dre Dr. Dre Andre Romelle Young, better known by his stage name Dr. Dre, is an American rapper, record producer, and entrepreneur. He is the founder and current CEO of Aftermath Entertainment and Beats Electronics.

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.

Dre is a complete mastermind when it comes to producing. His rap skills as well are truly mind blowing.

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2 DJ Premier

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!

Dre's beats will make you nod your head, but Premo's beats will blow your mind!

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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.
- TheJudge

Your thread isn't about RZA at all it's about why Dre shouldn't be number one. All I know if you look at the body of work and hits spanned over three decades and not just one Dre. is number 1. No classical albums. Almost one can't tell me that Chronic 2001 isn't a classic album. Try putting that album on from the first to the last and your head will be nodding the whole time..

PS. RZA is a genius.

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4 Kanye West Kanye West Kanye Omari West is an American rapper, songwriter, and fashion designer. He was born on June 8, 1977 in Atlanta, Georgia. After West's parents divorced, him and his single mother moved to Chicago, Illinois. At the age of 10, West temporarily moved to Nanjing, China, because his mother was teaching more.

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

Kanye West is a genius. Kanye west is a misunderstood genius. Kanye is also a great rapper. A misunderstood great rapper. Kanye west is the 2nd greatest producer in history, only behind Dr. Dre.

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5 Madlib

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

What he did in madvillainy and his quasimoto albums are awesome

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6 J Dilla

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

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.

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.

Dilla beats are alive. No one makes you feel like dilla

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7 Pete Rock

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.

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8 Havoc

Nearly every one of his beats for mobb are dope

The best producer ever

Gutter east coast

Should be number 6 - KrazzyMadd

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9 Eric B.

He deserves top 10, what he did with Rakim is amazing. - EMBIGNASPAC

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10 Eminem Eminem Eminem, born Marshall Bruce Mathers III, is an American rapper, actor and music producer born on October 17, 1972 in St. Joseph, Missouri. Eminem has sold over 300 million records making him the bestselling hip-hop artist of all time. In addition to his solo career, he is a member of D12 and (with Royce more.

Best producer-Best rapper-Best music artist- - fatihfurkanu00c7olakou011flu

I'm a fan of Eminem and I think he is one of the best rappers of all time but his beats are at best mediocre. - Rambles

Michael Jackson bought some beats from him at the time, 'enough said

HE is the best in everything he do

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The Contenders

11 DJ Quik

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... - Mcgillacuddy

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12 P. Diddy

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.

Should replace Mad Lib!

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

13 Rick Rubin Rick Rubin Frederick Jay "Rick" Rubin is an American record producer and former co-president of Columbia Records.

What he helped create hip hop

Voted for his beard

Cool ass beard

Father Stretch My Hands Pt. 1 & 2
Walk on Water
Love Game
99 Problems
So Far...
Baby Got Back - miguelmam

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14 Q-Tip

26 more like 1-5 what

Midnight marauders, low end theory, illmatic, we got it from here, etc. Only 0.6%? He's up there with primo Dre and Dillard.

Aiyo Phife you got fat! Yeah I know it looks pathetic Ali Shaheed Muhammad got me doing calistetics

15 Large Professor

Large professor is one of the best

16 9th Wonder

He is the best hip hop Producer today.

He contributed to the north carolina independent hip hop with jamla. Much respect.

17 El-P

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

Every single beat slaps hard

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18 Timbaland Timbaland Timothy Zachery "Tim" Mosley, known professionally as Timbaland, is an American record producer, singer, songwriter, rapper and DJ.

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.

Timbaland #2 if not 1 disrespect

He's Nice as well. have to give timbaland respect. -

What is timbo doing at number 12, should be in top 5

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19 No I.D.

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

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