Over the years, the hip-hop community has seen plenty of incredible talent on the lyrical end. However, the production end has just as much talent. We decided to name our 5 Greatest Hip-Hop Producers which was super hard considering all of the talent in the industry.
The production on a hip-hop track is a key. In some instances, production has made or broken a song. There are also plenty of artists who have a simplified flow and cadence. These artists need major production in order to create a catchy tune.
Of course, no artist would actually own up to this fact. However, if you’re a listener and hip-hop connoisseur, chances are you know for a fact that some songs wouldn’t be hot without a dope beat. Check out our list of the 5 Greatest Hip-Hop Producers below and let us know who you would put in your top 5.
5 Greatest Hip-Hop Producers
5. Kanye West
Kanye West is a creative genius who knows how to spin samples like no one’s business. West manages to transform classic songs with another layer that brings it into a new generation. He’s produced some incredible tracks for himself, as well as other artists like Jay Z.
4. DJ Premier
DJ Premier is an underground master who also jumps into main stream from time to time. Being that he is a veteran in the music business, he knows the ins and outs of beat making and mixing.
3. J Dilla
Detroits J Dilla was one of the greatest producers of all time. He had a little bit of everything in his arsenal and though he is no longer with us, his tracks and beats are still fan favorites to this day.
2. Pharrell Williams/The Neptunes
When Pharrell Williams and The Neptunes stepped on to the scene, they brought with them a love for instruments and arrangements. They were able to create some timeless music with other artists and under their own band. They have countless amounts of number 1 hits and that is for good reason.
Timbaland is another hip-hop veteran in the production game. He may have the most number ones on this list and has contributed to genres outside of hip-hop. His versatility but willingness to blend new sounds in his production is second-to-none. There is absolutely no denying how great of a talent he really is.