Top Ten Hip Hop Producers Of 2011
10. ID Labs
Pittsburgh production duo, ID Labscomprised of E. Dan and Big Jerm will be closing 2011 with a couple notches under their belts. Crafting tracks such as Mac Millers Knock Knock, Wiz Khalifas Rolling Papers tracks When Im Gone and The Race.
9. Drumma Boy
Drumma on the track was a familiar phrase this year as the ATLien made his presence felt on a slew of popular hits including Dramas summer smash Oh My, Jeezys street salvo Flexin, Wiz Khalifas brooding Cabin Fever highlight Phone Numbers and more.
Hands down, Hit-Boy has one of the years best songs in the Thrones blustering Niggas In Paris. Also responsible for Pusha Ts irrefutable My God expect a big year for the burgeoning G.O.O.D producer in 2012.
7. Jahlil Beats
Lets face it, Roc Nations latest recruit crafted one of the years most anthemic jams in Meek Mills Ima Boss. With his hypnotic party smash House Party tearing up the airwaves and clubs, itll be quite interesting to see what the young producer has in store for 2012.
6. Lex Luger
Just when many counted him out after having a big year in 2010 with Ross B.M.F. (Blowin Money Fast), Smoked Out Luger delivered once again in 2011. Despite getting criticism for sounding repetitive and the underwhelming H.A.M earlier in the year, Luger recovered on Wales tantalizing That Way, Ace Hoods block smash Hustle Hard, and Ross iPhone jingle, 9 Piece.
5. Just Blaze
Its somewhat hard not to give Just the top spot after having a hand in an array of projects this year. Besides crafting the bulk of Saigons oft-delayed The Greatest Story Never Told and spots on Joell Ortizs Free Agent (Battle Cry), as well as Mac Millers Best Day Ever (All Around the World), Justs true highlights came when he upped the ante on records like the clattering Self Made, Vol. 1 opener, Self Made, Ross I Luv My bi*ches, and Drakes Lord Knows. Justin Blaze was back on his circa Dynasty era bullsh*t. With more heat in the works, 2012 is shaping up to be one interesting year.
4. Noah “40” Shebib
40 is very selective with his production credits and theres absolutely nothing wrong with that. The OVO producer played a crucial role in the cohesiveness in Drakes Take Care. By creating the hater anthem, Marvins Room as well as adding his touch to DJ Khaleds Im On One alone, 40 had a great year.
3. Kanye West
Its extremely difficult to overlook the grandeur that was Watch the Throne this year. One of the pivotal reasons it was such an impactful project was the sound architect, Kanye West. Despite not having an array of production credits outside of the collaborative effort, ‘Ye managed to craft himself one of the best and most important albums in recent memory. Now, hows that for getting high on your own supply.
With all the singles that came out this year, T-Minus was on one hell of a run. The Toronto producer captured mainstream attention with successful hits such as Nicki Minaj’s “Moment 4 Life,” the irresistible Im On One, the strip club denizens anthem She Will, and also playing a major role on Drakes Take Care producing five of the 19 tracks, including current singles Make Me Proud and The Motto.
1. No I.D.
Dion’s been a problem, but he finally earned recognition for his beats this year. Not only did the Chi-town O.G. help shape up Big Seans Finally Famous debutwhich garnered success with the certified gold single, My Last hes also had a hand in Watching the Throne (Primetime), worked on J. Coles Cole World (Never Told) as well as crafting Commons The Dreamer/The Believer.