Large Professor aka Large Pro aka Extra P
Large P is one of the founders of praised underground hip hop groups Main Source. From the very beginning, his production on their first album, Breaking Atoms, was recognized by both his peers and wider audience. It is considered as one of the most influential hip hop albums from the beginnings of 1990s. As an established producer, he made some beats for Eric and Rakim and was Nas’ acknowledged collaborator and mentor, not to mention the work done with Bormega, A Tribe Called Quest, Cormega, Common, AZ and Big Daddy Kane.
J Dilla aka Jey Dee
James Dewitt Yancey, aka J Dilla, comes from the underground hip hop scene existing in the areas of Detroit and Michigan during 1990s. His career started with 1stDown, and continued with 5 Elementz, Slum Village. Whole community appraised his contribution on the album Fan-Tas-Tic he did with 5 Elementz. Before he started what should latter be proven to be his brilliant solo career, he also used to collaborate with such names as: Q-Tps, A Tribe Called Quest, Busta Rhymes and many more.
Tragically, J Dilla passed away in 2006 at the young age of 32, of a deadly blood disease called thrombotic thromboctopenic purpura.
He is on most top 50 lists of best producers as well as best MC’s of all times. He received the most credit for his part in the creation of first three albums of A Tribe Called Quest. He was inspiration for some of the best producers of our time, like J Dilla, Pharell Williams and Kanye West. He produced for Nas, Apache, Mobb Deep, Janet Jackson, Mariah Cary, and Whitney Huston, along with his co-production or collaboration on albums and tracks of Mary J. Blige, Asher, Rza, Busta Rhymes, Jay-Y and many, many more.
Eric Sermon is probably best known for his work in the creation of seven successful albums of EPMD. This duo made great impact on hip hop scene with their fresh new sound.But this is just part of his brilliant career as a producer for names such as Redman, K-Solo, Keith Murray, LL Cool J, J-Z, Method Man. Eminem, 50 Cent, Ludacris…. The list goes on and on and on.
Kanye West has done it all. He has experimented with so many different music styles, and has done it successfully. His work with Jay-Z on The Blueprint and singles with Janet Jackson, Ludacris and Alicia Keys influenced modern hip hop music in ways that are yet to be fully appreciated, although he doesn’t miss appreciation already. He is one of the most popular and the bestselling artists in the industry. His songs are always on top of lists all over the world. It would require much more space to name all groups and artists he worked with. Let’s name just few: Michael Jackson, Elton john, Daft Punk, Nas, and many more.
It was Marley Marl who first sampled a breakbeat. First, he discovered how to sample a snare drum, then individual drum kicks, hats and snares. It changed the way beats are made in hip hop music, and other musical styles. He is celebrated as an innovator and key figure of hip hop’s Golden age. He collaborated with LL Cool J, TLC, Rakim, Da Yangstas, Lords Of The Underground, Fat Joe and many others.
Pete Rock is probably the most productive producer of all times. Creative genius found an expression through him inspiring them enough to play with jazz elements, creating what’s known today as jazz rap. He worked with CL Sooth, Public Enemy, EPDM, Gang Starr, House of Pain, Jeru The Damaja, and Naughty By Nature. Many producers were inspired by his work, such as: Kanye West, 9th Wonder, and J Dilla.
DJ Premier aka Preem aka Premoana Primo
Both a DJ and producer, DJ Premier was appraised by Rolling Stone as Hip Hop’s greatest producer of all time. Apart from producing all of Gang Starr’s songs, he produced for many hip hop stars, such as: Kanye West, Jay-Y, Fat Joe, Big Daddy Keane, AY, Apathy, Big L, The Notorious B.I.G., Rakim, M.O.P., Joey Bada$$, MosDef, not even close to the end of the list.
Being a leading producer for Wu-Tang Clan gives you enough credit to consider yourself one of the best producers in the world. And RZA did much, much more. He released solo albums, produced music for films, collaborated with hip hop legends as Kanye West and Jay-Y, and founded his own record label.
Imagine someone whose career started as being the main producer for N.W.A., continued as a producer for The D.O.C., Eminem, and 50 Cent, inter played with mentoring and production for The Game, Snoop Dogg, Kendrik Lamar, and Xzibit, continued with solo albums and was eventually crowned with ownership of record companies. Yes, that is plural. What more is there to say. Best of all, Dr. Dre is not done yet.