Top Rap Producers of the Last Decade [Part 2]
Although there are a ton of producers that pop up every day, there are only a few that withstand the test of time. These are the standouts that shift the culture forward with exciting & innovating ways. Read on for part 2 of the top rap producers of the last decade, in no particular order.
I caught wind of this duo during the days when Rick Ross released Deeper Than Rap. What I didn’t know was that they were shaking things up in the industry when they received a Grammy Award for the work they did on Mary J Blige’s album The Breakthrough. They have production credits with Young Jeezy, Juelz Santana, Young Buck, Fabolous, Ghostface Killah & many others. Whatever Rook & Colione does to make their music so cinematic is very much appreciated.
You couldn’t tell a soul in the world that Scott Storch wasn’t at the top of the world in 2005. With 3 hit singles within the Billboard Top 10 at the same time, Scott Storch became the go-to producer for artists chasing a successful record. Known most notably for his work with Terror Squad (Lean Back), He has also worked with Ja Rule (Clap Back) 50 Cent (Candy Shop) Jadakiss (U Make Me Wanna) & Lil Kim (Lighters Up).
When I think of 9th Wonder, I think of the kid that sits in the back of the class that you very rarely hear from but when you do, he or she showcases their amazing talents. 9th comes from the group Little Brother and has made a name for himself by working well-known artists such as Jay-Z (Threat) Ludacris (Do The Right Thing) Kendrick Lamar (Duckworth) & Royce Da 5’9 (On the Low) as well as lesser known one’s like Skyzoo (The Beatiful Decay) & Rapsody (Power).
Put some respek on Hi- Tek! (in my best Birdman impersonation). His stand out work comes from Brooklyn MC’s Talib Kweli & Mos Def. Since then, he has worked with G-Unit (Eye For An Eye) Styles P (Testify) & Cassidy (Cash Rulez) among others.
James Dewitt Yancey, or J. Dilla for short, is referred to some as one of the most influential hip-hop artists. He also was a part of the trio Slum Village. J. Dilla mastered the boom-bap style of production around the time that he worked with Common (The Light). Even after his untimely death in 2006, Dilla’s sound remained sought after by artists who appreciated his work such as Joey Bada$$ (Like Me), Raekwon (Ason Jones) & The Roots (Can’t Stop Us). Truly one of the pioneers for the culture. Rest in peace, J. Dilla.
Showtime! The Monster has so many accolades and has been responsible for so many major hits it’s not even funny. Swizz got his break as the in-house producer for Ruff Ryders and earned the name The Monster. Production credits include The LOX (Wild Out) Cassidy (Hotel) T.I. (Bring Em Out) Busta Rhymes (Touch It) & Remy (Whuteva). Swizz Beatz is one of the few producers who I can say dominated multiple eras of hip-hop.
The Alchemist is also another personable favorite & top 5 producers of all time. He is most notably known for his work with Mobb Deep. He may not have had many hits that charted but he most certainly has plethora of classics. Prodigy (Keep It Thoro) Jadakiss (We Gon Make It) Nas (Book of Rhymes) & State Property (Still In Effect). If you haven’t checked it out, go back and listen to Covert Coup by Curren$y.
Hip-Hop as a whole has truly been blessed with phenomenal beatsmiths since it’s inception. However, it wasn’t until the last decade that the gems have been more noteworthy. Do you feel that anyone has been left off of the list? Leave a comment