Despite lingering suspicions that Dr. Dre leans on ghost producers the same way he uses ghost writers for his lyrics, there’s no denying his influence as a hip-hop producer. Simply put, Dr. Dre is one of the most influential figures in hip-hop culture. Crank up your Beats By Dre cans, and let’s check out some of his best beats for this edition of the Friday Mixtape.
October 5, 2012 | Aaron Zorgel
FRIDAY MIXTAPE: The Best Of Kanye West (As A Producer) (Dead Prez, Jay-Z, Common, Lupe Fiasco, Kid Cudi)
September 28, 2012 | Aaron Zorgel
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.
September 7, 2012 | Aaron Zorgel
In a sentence that didn’t start with “I’mma let you finish,” Kanye West once called Swizz Beats “the best rap producer of all time.” From one heavyweight producer to another, that alone should be enough to secure Swizz Beatz’ seat in the hip-hop canon. Let’s check out some of his best beats for this edition of the Friday Mixtape.
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.
FRIDAY MIXTAPE: The Best of Pop Producer Greg Kurstin (Kylie Minogue, Lily Allen, Kelly Clarkson, and more)
August 24, 2012 | Aaron Zorgel
Greg Kurstin is probably best known for his work on Lily Allen’s It’s Not Me, It’s You
FRIDAY MIXTAPE: The Best Of Pop Producer Max Martin Pt. 2 (2001-2012: Kelly Clarkson, Katy Perry, Ke$ha, & more)
August 17, 2012 | Aaron Zorgel
Max Martin has thirteen #1 singles on the Billboard Hot 100. He just co-wrote and co-produced “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” by Taylor Swift, which stands a good chance at being her first #1 single on the charts (yes, her first), so it may not be long before he has fourteen. Let’s check out some of Max Martin’s best modern work, as we dial back his biggest hits from 2001-2012.
FRIDAY MIXTAPE: The Best Of Pop Producer Max Martin Pt. 1 (1994-2000: Ace of Base, Backstreet Boys, Robyn, Britney Spears, and more)
August 10, 2012 | Aaron Zorgel
Max Martin was the millennial torch-bearer to Sweden’s continual reign over saccharine, ridiculously catchy pop gems. For the first time on Friday Mixtape, we’re splitting the producer’s work into two parts, because Max Martin is one of the most prolific and successful pop producers for the last two decades. First, we’ll look at his look from 1994 through to 2000.
FRIDAY MIXTAPE: The Best Of Hip-Hop Producers The J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League (Rick Ross, Mary J. Blige, Young Jeezy & More)
August 3, 2012 | Aaron Zorgel
J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League stands for “Just undeniably some of the illest composers ever.” This might be a pretty boastful moniker, if they didn’t have the hits to back it up. The special thing about a J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League production is the undeniable musicianship involved. For this edition of the Friday Mixtape, let’s check out some of the best work from these three Tampa natives, including music by Rick Ross, Mary J. Blige, Young Jeezy, and more.
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 13, 2012 | Aaron Zorgel
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