When you see him on Keeping Up With The Kardashians, or Kanye-ing Taylor Swift on the VMAs, it’s easy to forget that Kanye West is one of the most legendary hip-hop producers of all time (OF ALL TIME). For that reason, the best way to properly evaluate his contributions as a producer is to divorce his producing from his personal life, and his solo career. Today, we’re looking at some of the best producing Kanye has done on songs for artists other than himself.
FRIDAY MIXTAPE: The Best Of Kanye West (As A Producer) (Dead Prez, Jay-Z, Common, Lupe Fiasco, Kid Cudi)
September 28, 2012 | Aaron Zorgel
FRIDAY MIXTAPE: The Best of Hip-Hop Producer Mike WiLL Made It (Ludacris, Rick Ross, 2 Chainz, Juicy J)
August 31, 2012 | Aaron Zorgel
When Georgia-native Mike Will chose “Mike WiLL Made It” as his producer tag, he was only 17 years old; it was just so people could identify the newcomer’s productions. After impressing the likes of Gucci Mane, Rick Ross, and Ludacris over the next few years, it was clear that “Mike WiLL Made It” would take on another meaning. Let’s check out some of his best beats for this edition of the Friday Mixtape.
August 23, 2012 | Aaron Zorgel
When we found out that Odd Future debuted a special edition beer at their pop-up shop in Paris, we thought it would be a good time to list off some of the weirdest musician-owned or musician-endorsed alcohol brands we could find. Cheers!
July 27, 2012 | Aaron Zorgel
Andrew “Dru Brett” Harr and Jermaine “Mayne Zayne” Jackson first met when they were both in kindergarten in Vero Beach, Florida. Flash forward by roughly twenty years, and a rap anthem about the drug trade would put these producers on the map. For The Runners, a chopped up three-word vocal loop changed everything for them: “Everyday I’m hustlin’ / Everyday I’m hustlin / Everyday I’m hustlin’.”
July 20, 2012 | Aaron Zorgel
When Ajax, Ontario-born Tyler “T-Minus” Williams was only 18-years-old, a working relationship with fellow-producer Mathew “Boi-1da” Samuels led to him prodcing one of Drake’s breakout mixtape singles, “Replacement Girl” featuring Trey Songz. Drake became the first unsigned Canadian rapper to have a music video featured on BET, and in turn, it jump-started a career south of the border for all three of these GTA talents.
June 22, 2012 | Dave Hodgson
Skits have been a presence on hip-hop albums for about as long as the game itself. De La Soul originated the format on its 1989 album 3 Feet High and Rising, and since then, listeners have been subjected to the comedy stylings of everyone from DMX to TLC. The ones we’re about to highlight aren’t just boring or trite. They’re the ones that can’t be skipped fast enough. They’re hip-hop’s worst skits!
May 28, 2012 | Aaron Zorgel
Over the weekend, a brand new track from Believe leaked to the web. Though it’s not getting an official single release in the near future, the club anthem “All Around The World” featuring Ludacris is the opening song on the record.
May 22, 2012 | Aaron Zorgel
This Sunday, Lady Gaga joined the likes of Tony Bennett, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, *NSYNC, and the Baha Men through being immortalized on The Simpsons. She even performs a song specially written for this episode called “You Are All My Little Monsters.” To celebrate the long-standing tradition of celebrity cameos on The Simpsons, here are a few of our other favourites.
May 18, 2012 | Aaron Zorgel
The Neptunes are one of, if not the most ubiquitous hip-hop producers of the last 15 years, and trying to sum up their prolific career with just a few short paragraphs and some mp3s is a daunting task, but let’s do our best at sampling the best of the Neptunes’ stripped-down synthesized funk for this edition of the Friday Mixtape.
May 11, 2012 | Aaron Zorgel
When Tricky Stewart heard Rihanna record the “Ella, Ella, Ella, Eh, Eh, Eh,” section of the soon-to-be hit “Umbrella,” he knew that life was about to change for everyone involved. It launched Rihanna to a new level of fame, allowed The-Dream to release his own solo record Love Hate, and madeTricky Stewart one of the most sought after producers and songwriters in modern hip-hop, pop, and R&B.