Thursday, November 1, 2007
3 producers not named Timbaland, Kanye, or Pharrell...
Ayyy whut up peoples out here in BlueInGreenLand, yeah I'm back already, yeah def got that second wind. So I usually check out Nah Right and HiphopDX(two fo the top hip hop music websites) on the daily, and I was on Nah this morning and noticed two things that got my attention, 1st the video of Madlib, one of my fav producers, on Rap City on BET; and 2nd the article about NO I.D., another classic and fav producer, doing production work on Jay-Z's new American Gangster album. That made me step back and think does anybody that isnt either big on hip hop, only listens to the radio and top 40 stations, watches MTV or BET, only know manybe a handful of producers. And if you ask any random hump to name off a hip hop producer than they would prob asnwer with one if not all of the three names that are stated in the title of this blog. That's not a bad thing to not know any of these 3 producers that will be stated below or any other producers, it just means myself and others like me (hip hop heads and music junkies) have to try even harder to teach adn let these geniuses of hip hop music be known and heard. So while I'm at my job I'm gonna do my other "job"--to inform...come read with me...
1. Madlib (LA)- One of my personal favorites, mostly cause he has such a wide and eclectic musical taste and he also eff's with some Jazz, and I love me some Jazz. He comes from a very musical family; his father Otis Jackson Sr was a well known & accomplished bandleader and session player, his mother Sinesca Jackson was a songwriter and third in a line of accomplished female folk and blues guitarists, his younger brother Michael Jackson aka Oh No is a rapper and producer that is signed also to Stones Throw, and his Uncle is jazz trumpeter Jon Faddis. He started his career in 1993 with his own group, The Lootpack, that were signed to the West Coast Independent powerhouse Stones Throw Records label. Then he started to become a sought after producer that worked with the likes of The Alkoholiks, Jay Dee(J Dilla), MF Doom, Talib Kweli, Planet Asia, and countless others. He is one of the only hip hop artists to get exclusively asked to do a remix/reinterpretation project, Shades of Blue, for Blue Note Records, one of the most sucessful and well known jazz record labels in the world. He has done collabo albums whith MF Doom and J Dilla, and has his own solo instrumental albums. He evenhas many ALiases that he records under that include Quasimoto, The Beat Konducta, and Yesterday's New Quintet. Songs to check out: One Beer, Accordian, ALL CAPS, The Show, Funny Money, Slim's Return, Funky Blue Note, Indian Hump, Piano Garden, Bitches Brew.
2. No I.D. (Chi)- aka the Godfather of Chicago Hip Hop, The Mentor (as stated by Kanye West), if you have ever heard of Common (Sense's) classic album Ressurection then you know who No I.D. is, and why he is that dude. As stated above he is the montor of Knaye West and prob one of the single handed reasons why Kanye is such a damn good producer himslef and why he has his signature "sound". No I.D. came into hip hop scene along with his friend Common Sense back in 1992 with Common's debut album Can I Borrow a Dollar?, and since then has been slighty and quiety producing (and ghost producing for Jermaine Dupri) some of the illest beats for Common, Beanie Sigel, Jay-Z, DMX, Ghostface and Meth, Bow Wow, Do or Die, Rhymefest and many others. He is one of the originators of the soul influenced Chicago hip hop sound. Also you can check him out stealing the show on Jay-Z's upcoming album, American Gangster with the two tracks he produced (it's claimed that he only co-produced them with JD, yeah rightttttt...), "Sucess" and "Fallin'". Songs to check out: Fallin', Sucess, Watermelon, Pineapple Juice, I Used to Love H.E.R., Retrospect for Life, D.O.D., Fever, Get Down, Another Again.
3. Just Blaze (NY/NJ)- now if any of the three, Just is prob the most known and popular. Armed with a mighty Lightsaber and Roland V-Drums, Just has become one of New Yorks most sought out producers for the past 7 years. Dude is dope with the drums and the synths, and he has his own orchestra to bang out any rhythms or strings he might need for a soul and rock filled track. He came into his own along with Kanye West on Jay's 2001 classic The Blueprint. When I heard Girls, Girls, Girls, and U Dont Know off that album I had to go through the linear notes to find out who this guy was, after that I always kept a eye (and ear) out for Mr. Blaze. Since then he has worked with many of Hip Hop's top and premier artists like Jay-Z, Joe Budden, Saigon, DMX, Kanye West, Busta Rhymes, T.I., The Game, Fabolous, and many many more. Songs to check out: Girls Girls Girls, U Dont Know, PSA, Oh My God, Church for Thugs, C'Mon Baby, Breathe, Touch the Sky, What We Do, Dear Summer.
all praise and respect to the legends Dilla and JMJ. RIP.
Until tommorow, peace peoples.
Let's see if the ultimate slacker blogger Tank can get 3 posts in one week!...Wowzers! (c) Inspector Gadget