DJ Premier Names His Top 5 Producers Of All-Time

The mighty DJ Premier reveals his top 5 producers of all-time, it may surprise you

DJ Premier ruffled some feathers earlier this year when he listed his top 25 albums of 2010. He's made another list, this time for his favorite producers of all-time.

"Definitely [gotta name] James Brown," Premier told DJ Vlad. "Just the way he commanded his band and when I was a kid, it was called soul music. When James Brown came around, it was called funk. To create funk, not everybody could do funky stuff...Marley Marl is the ultimate hip-hop producer to me. He's the James Brown of hip-hop to me. No one did it like him. Mantronix. He always had the newest drum machines first and he always mastered how to work it."

"Rick Rubin, definitely," Premier added. "[He's there] just starting Def Jam to begin with. Number two, [he's] a white dude, Jewish dude, loving ghetto culture and making it bang...I gotta say Dr. Dre -- Dre reminds me of what I do. He does albums and albums and albums. And I know he has a bigger team now but -- Dr. Dre, he can do it, still, on his own."

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  • taylor beasley

    I'm a white 18 year old girl who likes to write her own raps and edit videos. Just trying to get my videos out there. Thank you. www.youtube.com/taylorbeasley

  • HipHopPurist

    No order... - RZA - DJ Premier - J Dilla - Questlove (of The Roots) - Stoupe the Enemy of Mankind (of JMT)

  • BIG KING KONG

    2PAC WORKED WITH DJ PREMIER ON THAT ONE NATION ALBUM THE TRACK IS STILL YET TO LEAK!!! DJ PREMIER A LIVING LEGEND NO QUESTION - DRE NOT EVEN ON HIS RADAR

  • ziploc

    Paul C birthed sample based hip hop period...You can play six degrees with just about any sample based beatmaker from the late eighties and early nineties..Paul C will come up..Large Pro,Ced Gee,Preemo, the list goes on.. Mantronix was techno before techno..his breaks where fucking amazing..his edits(deceased artform) were done by Chip Nunez)..sick..freestyle(the music)..Mantronix was on top of that..He was the Timberland of his day,hip hop,R&B,he was doing it(Joyce Simms, come into my life) Bomb Squad...early P.E. Ice Cube first solo album..Dr Dre copied their style for NWA's albums..go check it out..he got his name of Bomb Squad style production..these guys had as many as 50 samples in one song..can't be done anymore..classic.. Tony D(R.i.P.)..dude was an amazing crate digger..he did a lot of nineties stuff,Poor Righteous Teachers(Holy Intellect),YZ and some solo stuff..do your research grasshoppers.. Showbiz..his production on his own stuff(with AG)..timeless..Next Level(quiet storm remix) is one of the dopest records from that era..sound of the police..soul clap,DITC...one of the greats.. DJ Quik...go to youtube and get educated..nuff said.. Soopafly..my personal favourite..dude is 100% west coast with it but he could give Dre a run for his money..check House Shoe music Vol 1. by Western Union..he is a beast! Questlove..people keep sleeping on that dude for some reason...dunno why.. Teddy Riley started out as a hiphop producer..first record was My Phone by..Mc something or whatever..B Fats..the B fats(the song),Rap's new generation(name of the song)...old songs but funky as hell..dude was a monster in his time..youtube that shit.. I got like 20 more but I'll give it a rest with the history lessons..Imma true head though..so forgive me..

    • Andre

      Breh, what you NEED to do is start a blog documenting all the things that you know about hip hop.. The fan's perspective on how it evolved from ground zero is a pivotal testament to the expansion and growth of the culture.

  • look man 2

    We're talking Hip Hop, CORNBALL!

  • Pause4oneMin.

    Awww man I forgot the Beatminerz.

  • Pause4oneMin.

    How is Pete Rock not on anyone's list? (And when Premier is talking about Producers he's talking about beatmakers, genius!)

  • problemz/problema

    Diddy started off as a dancer for Heavy D then promoted for parties at Howard then got a gig as an intern at uptown where he made moves and made connects..thats grindin and hustlin' not producing.I don't know what reasons had for Pac not going to Preem but I'm sure the fact that Preem always laced BIG didn't help matters but I'm not gonna speculate.Every single artist you mentioned has worked with Preem from Nas to fiddy to Rakim on down.Dre is a part of the machine at Interscope.Dre is a Legend and he eating off Em..Em signed G-unit not Dre.If that were the case about producers fiddy would be getting laced by Dre still which he isn't.I get what you're saying.I 'm just saying I don't agree.Preem kept NY afloat with banger after banger and even though he is underground the man is the epitome of Hip Hop..A producers helps you define a sound.Diddy and the dudes you mentioned help artists define an image,Big difference fam..

    • VICE

      DURING THE RAP BEEF BETWEEN TUPAC AND EVERYBODY ELSE. TUPAC ACTUALLY DID A TRACK WITH WU, RZA! HE STATES NO BEEF WITH WU. WU AND THE RZA WAS THE ONES KEEPING NEW YORK AFLOAT. SUGE KNIGHT SAID IT "WHY YOU CALLING OUR SHIT GANGSTA AND NOT WU TANG?" DAMN HOLD ON STUPID ASS SUGE KNIGHT IS A BETTER PRODUCER OR WAS THAN PREMO. DEATH ROW WAS WORTH $250 MILLION - ALL DUE TO TUPAC AND SNOOP NO LESS. STRAIGHT OUT OF PRISON SUGE MADE DUDES INTO MILLIONAIRES! NOT ANY MORE THOUGH, PREMO ONLY HAS LONGEVITY.

    • VICE

      I THINK I CAN SEE YOUR PROSPECTIVE - SOME WHAT. BUT, PREEM AS YOU PUT IT HAD FIRST DIBS ON ALL THESE ARTIST AND NON OF THEM BLEW EXCEPT NAS. WHEN DRE TOUCHED THEM, 50, BUSTA, TO RAKIM THESE DUDES BLEW LIKE A TORNADO. THAT IS WHAT PUNCTUATES MY POINT! DRE IS A REAL TALENT OVER PREMO. ALL OF THE STARS LEFT PREMO AND WENT TO KANYE OR DRE UNLESS YOU'RE WU. THE POINT AGAIN IS ALL LEFT IN HIS LATEST WORKS. PREMO CAN ONLY ENLIST MEDIOCRE ARTIST NOWADAYZ! THE POINT THAT HIP HOP GREATEST ARE NOW LOOKING PAST PREMO LEAVES AN EMPHATIC COLD SENTIMENT. WITHOUT SAYING, THEY ARE SAYING NAH PREMO - NO THANKS. AND THEY MOVE ON LEX, SWIZZ, MATHEMATICS, EVEN FAB REPS FLEX FUNK MASTER, DJ MUGS, HAVOC GETS GRITTY WITH IT WITH GUNIT -- BUT NO PREMO.

  • VICE

    $$$ALTHOUGH NOT MY TASTE, DIDDY IS REALLY THE TOP PRODUCER IN RAP!$$$ ******PREMO IS NOT MAJOR OR A MEGA PRODUCER!**** GO BACK AND READ SOME RAP HISTORY BEFORE YOU FLAP YA GUMS! 1) DRE 20+ YEARS, 2)RZA 20 YEARS WITH GRAMMIES & SOUNDTRACKS. THE RZA DROP GENIUS FIRST ALBUM BEFORE WU-TANG DROPPED IN '92 3) TIMBALAND 20 YEARS. 4) DIDDY 20 YEARS. DROPPED OUT OF HOWARD AND STARTING PRODUCING IN'90.DIDDY WAS RUNNING THROUGH THE HOOD LOOKING FOR BIGGIE AND NAS. DIDDY TRIED TO SIGN NAS. INSTEAD, NAS JUST PARLAYED WITH HIM AND BIG! 5) KANYE IS THE ONLY ONE OUT OF MY TOP 5 THAT HASN'T BEEN OUT FOR 20 YEARS. BUT, HE ALREADY CAUGHT UP BECAUSE HE LITERALLY STOLED ALL OF PREMO'S TOP TALENTED ARTISTS(COMMON, NAS, JAYZ, MOS DEF, ETC.) AND HE'S A MEGA PRODUCER. PREMO IS NOT! ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF PREMO'S POOR PRODUCING IS AZ. AZ IS A LYRICAL GENIUS WHO STAYED FAITHFUL TO PREMO FOR 8 ALBUMS AND COMING - AND AZ HASN'T BROKE THE CEILING YET! PREMO IS NOT A GOOD PRODUCER JUST AN ILL BEAT MAKER/MIXER/ FLIPPER- YA HEARD! AND OF COURSE, PREMO DIDN'T DO THE ENTIRE ALBUM OF NAS'S ILLMATIC. LIKE WHO DOESN'T KNOW THAT - BUT, THE INDUSTRY CONSIDER'S PREMO AS NAS'S BENCHMARK FOR HIS STARDOM. SO, THE INDUSTRY HAS BEEN SUGGESTING FOR YEARS THAT NAS AND PREMO SHOULD DO AN ENTIRE ALBUM - BUT, NAS IS SMARTER THEN THAT AND BAILED OUT AND DID THE CRAZY GENIUS JOINT WITH JR GONG!

  • The Ice Cold Phenom

    And Timbaland as an honorable mention.

  • The Ice Cold Phenom

    It's really difficult to name the top 5 hip hop producers of all time because so many things must be considered. However, my "favorite" 5 of all time are (In no particular order) Dr. Dre Premier Rick Rubin Marley Marl Ali Shaheed Muhammad Honorable mentions (Kanye and Rza)

  • Cmdr. Rick Hunter

    My favorite producers are: Beats By the Pound(KLC) The Heatmakers Toomp Trakstar Dre DJ Quik Timbaland Switzbeats Kanye West Diddy Pollow tha Don

  • VICE

    ****A PRODUCER'S JOB IS TO CREATE STARS --PREMO HASN'T SINCE NAS '94!****** UNDERSTAND THE STATUS OF A STAR... YOU'VE MENTIONED ALL OF THE MEDIOCRE RAPPERS - THAT NEVER BROKE OUT WITH THE SO CALLED ILLEST PRODUCER PREMO. PRODUCER WISE PREMO IS ILL. BUT AGAIN, HE HASN'T MADE A STAR SINCE NAS '94. PREMO HAS DONE A PLETHORA OF SHIT FOR JAYZ, WHEN HE WAS ALREADY A MADE MAN. BUT, KANYE STOLED HIM AWAY! KANYE HAS STOLED ALL OF PREMO'S TOP TALENT IN THE GAME. WHETHER YOU AGREE TO DISAGREE, PREMO IS NOT "MAJOR"! UNDERGROUND IT IS THE PRODUCER PRODUCTION THAT SUPPOSE TO BREAK THE UNDERGROUND RAPPER INTO STARDOM! NAS IS THE ONLY DUDE ON SUCH A LEVEL THAT PREMO HAS BROKEN OUT! WHERE NOT TALKING LYRICS JUST ILL TALENT, PREMO HAS A BOXED TALENT THAT HASN'T EVOLVED - THAT'S WHY DUDE CAN'T BE MENTIONED IN THE SAME PAGE AS DR DRE, RZA, TIMBALAND, KANYE TO DIDDY. THESE DUDES ARE MEGA PRODUCERS, "MAJOR"! PEOPLE HATE ON DIDDY BUT HE'S THE CLOSET TO BILLIONS AS A BLACK PRODUCER! 1 ALBUM WITH DIDDY WILL GET YOU GUARANTEED COMMERCIAL FAME! A DOZEN GANG STAR ALBUMS WITH PREMO DIDN'T GET DUDE A SUN TAN - GOD REST HIS SOUL! PREMO ISN'T MAJOR! DIDDY CREATES A STAR YEARLY! PREMO HASN'T CREATED ANYBODY GROUND BREAKING SINCE NAS. THAT'S WHY THE INDUSTRY ONLY MENTIONS PREMO DOING AN ENTIRE ALBUM WITH NAS SOME DAY - BUT, NAS BAILED OUT AND CREATED SOME GENIUS SHIT WITH JR. GONG! A TOP PRODUCER CREATES YEARLY STARS! PERIOD! DRE, RZA WITH MOVIE SOUNDTRACKS, TIMBALAND, DIDDY TO KANYE! NO BODY ELSE IN THE RAP GAME IS CONSISTANT -- AND DEFINITELY NOY PREMO!

    • hiphopisazombie

      Vice you're pathetic you really wanna say that dre worked with more people than premo? preem worked with nearly everybody, except for pac and eminem. your statement that he didnt even work with half from his coast is such an ignorant statement... there is NO producer in this world than has such a big catalogue like premier. premo made beats for nonames and still does, back then like nas, jay-z, biggie, not to mention that he didnt demand that amount of money like he used to back in the days, cause he was not all about financial success, he wanted to make good music, help the new cats to be recognized and supported real talent. premo works all by himself, from producin to mixin, he does not have 20 people around him like dre or diddy, who btw is not an actual producer, just like dre ain't a real rapper. dre is a legend hands down, he contributed alot to hip hop, but just the fact that premo is all on his own and doesnt consider to work with a squad and still being relevant & considered one of the best of all time makes him a legend. and another thing: why do you relate skills, musical genius with sales, awards etc? just to quote immortal technique, if you go platinum its got nuthin to do with luck it just means that a million people are stupid as fuck.. mainstream success does NOT represent quality music... and yes premo got grammys too, so yall really should check your arguments before you state such ignorant ish...

    • VICE

      CAPS OFF! Hmm...So, you're saying that MTV, MTV2, VH1 to VH2 with SOURCE, XXL and FORTUNE 500 is all wrong - that Diddy is a Producer made millionaire. Huh? Diddy's first intro into the came he was a Promoter slash producer and DJ, he states it his self. Do you think he had the moola when he started off with biggie, dude was hustling. Now, Diddy is a Super-duper smilie face - Exec! Sadly all of Premo's Plaques can't touch a fraction of Diddy's estimated $800 million. I mean, Premo is not even worth $100 million! Plaques is not nothing you can cash in bro! Diddy is all that - no homo! AZ is one of the dudes I still listen to after all of these years. AZ is super megnatic - meaning, dude can get any producer if he wanted too! But, its like dudes on the corner hustle - they think keeping it real by staying and repping the block will get them bank or international love. Wrong. AZ is still underground because of lack of a REAL PRODUCER. A Producer's job is also show and teach you how to expand your horizons. Hints why Diddy is so big! And at last, Dre...Did you say that Premo has more hits and plaques than Dre? Do you know who Dre is? Do you know what group or music magic he was producing back in '85. Dude, Tupac is from Brookyn New York. Tupac went to Dre and not Premo, Everybody in the west coast homie - are you kidding! Not to mention everybody in G-Unit! Nas, JayZ, Rakim, Big L, Busta Rhymes, Flip Mode, some Wu affiliates -LMFAO! PREMO HASN'T WORKED WITH HALF THE DUDES ON HIS COAST AND YOU'RE SAYING THAT PREMO HAS MORE PLAQUES THAN DR DRE-- STOP PLEASE PUT DOWN THE PIPE!

    • problemz/problema

      1-Dre had Scott Storch,Melman,Denaun Porter,Em,Daz warren G Etc..He is an incredible engineer but ya man has a team 2-Rza stopped making Rza beats after the clan's debut..Did bobby digital go diamond and no one tell me?he is an executive now and a director and his gwap comes from being a brilliant businessman and getting that movie score bread 3-Timbaland was doing ghost beats supposedly in 03 but really he aint pop till missy and ya man has straight lifted whole compositions and been sued more times than i can count for lifting peoples shit outright. 4-Diddy is not a producer!!!what part of that don't you understand?He is a promoter/executive..He can't bang an mpc or play keys or an instrument so kill that nloise.. Kanye is an artist signed to a label who also produces..AZ does joints with Preeme because he has always been Independant..Quiet money..look it up..They didn't sign their lives away getting raped for their publishing and 360 deals like ya mans and them..All the dudes you mentioned are great businessmen and took advantage of the internet which popped after Preem became established..Actual skill,actual talent and you round up all the plaques that Preem has produced and none of the dudes on your list can say they match for producing actual HIP HOP records..not pop records..different animal..stop confusing executive with producer...two different things B...oh and turn off the caps..using them don't make you louder..

    • VICE

      ******PREMO IS NOT MAJOR OR A MEGA PRODUCER!**** GO BACK AND READ SOME RAP HISTORY BEFORE YOU FLAP YA GUMS! 1) DRE 20+ YEARS, 2)RZA 20 YEARS WITH GRAMMIES & SOUNDTRACKS. THE RZA DROP GENIUS FIRST ALBUM BEFORE WU-TANG DROPPED IN '92 3) TIMBALAND 20 YEARS. 4) DIDDY 20 YEARS. DROPPED OUT OF HOWARD AND STARTING PRODUCING IN'90.DIDDY WAS RUNNING THROUGH THE HOOD LOOKING FOR BIGGIE AND NAS. DIDDY TRIED TO SIGN NAS. INSTEAD, NAS JUST PARLAYED WITH HIM AND BIG! 5) KANYE IS THE ONLY ONE OUT OF MY TOP 5 THAT HASN'T BEEN OUT FOR 20 YEARS. BUT, HE ALREADY CAUGHT UP BECAUSE HE LITERALLY STOLED ALL OF PREMO'S TOP TALENTED ARTISTS(COMMON, NAS, JAYZ, MOS DEF, ETC.) AND HE'S A MEGA PRODUCER. PREMO IS NOT! ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF PREMO'S POOR PRODUCING IS AZ. AZ IS A LYRICAL GENIUS WHO STAYED FAITHFUL TO PREMO FOR 8 ALBUMS AND COMING - AND AZ HASN'T BROKE THE CEILING YET! PREMO IS NOT A GOOD PRODUCER JUST AN ILL BEAT MAKER/MIXER/ FLIPPER- YA HEARD! AND OF COURSE, PREMO DIDN'T DO THE ENTIRE ALBUM OF NAS'S ILLMATIC. LIKE WHO DOESN'T KNOW THAT - BUT, THE INDUSTRY CONSIDER'S PREMO AS NAS'S BENCHMARK FOR HIS STARDOM. SO, THE INDUSTRY HAS BEEN SUGGESTING FOR YEARS THAT NAS AND PREMO SHOULD DO AN ENTIRE ALBUM - BUT, NAS IS SMARTER THEN THAT AND BAILED OUT AND DID THE CRAZY GENIUS JOINT WITH JR GONG!

    • Cassy

      Premier is aiight but he can't stand up to Diddy! lmfao. Diddy is the daddy of the game. He has bank to Premier's saving deposits. I don't thick Premier is legendary because he doesn't appeal to the broad audience. And, yes...the point of a producer is to change a nobody into a star. P-Diddy has been able to do it for all of his artists' first albums. Premier is washed up homie...hahaha!

    • The Savage One

      Do your homework before blasting bullshit about Premier young buck. Premier didn't create Nas but only produced a few tracks for him. Diddy can't hold a candle to Premier. Majority of Diddy's beats were heavily sampled from songs made in the 80s. Those Gangstarr albums plus hits made for other rappers are legendary. Premier is certainly one of the top 5 to ever do it in hip hop

    • problems/problema

      You r whyling for the night with that post..Preem has made classics for Nas,Big,Jay z Big L,Krs one,and worked with everyone from Snoop to Christina Aguilera and eveyone in between.He doesn't have to make stars when established and in some cases legendary ones wait on him so they can work with him.Kanye waited on him for 2 tracks,The game copped 2 for the Red album and a bunch of others are on deck so he's good money..He doesn't make Nas a star he just made him better like he does with anyone who works with him..Name another producer 20 plus years in who has his Catalog..don't worry I'll wait..The fact you even mentioned puffy shows me you have no idea what u r talking about..Puffy is an executive not a producer...The hit-men,Chucky Thompson and Nashiem Myrick shaped his soung back in the days..as did every producer till then..Preem is a complete producer from engineering,mixing vocals on down..Go cop Group home's debut or Jeru and tell me he wasn't sonically advanced and ahead of his time...and we haven't mentioned his work with one of the greatest duo's ever in Gangstarr(RIP Guru)..you off the handle with your logic b...

    • I'm Anonymous

      Now Where talkin! A Producer's job isnt just make beats!! In Hip Hop its more beats but by talkin who's tha best producer's its not just a guy who made beats for tha big names

  • I'm Anonymous

    TIMBALAND J DILLA RZA DRE PRIMMO No musicain can even get close to thier level of work. remember that Timbaland is making music from 93 and isnt stoping making the dopest productions in the game from making Aaliyah Ginuwine MISSY Elliot(who has the most classic beats in tha game if ya just look back) Justin Timberlake Nelly Furtado Kerri Hilson Petey Pablo and more. I don wanna even talk bout his cross to R&B Techno and even Rock and Metal music. by the level of his music there is no1 who can deny he has the hottest Hip Hop beats ever.thats why Tim. J Dilla.... Heavens elevator music. RZA... ya know why! Dre... well this desition i really hate 2 make czz i don im not tha best fan of Dre's music. and hes just all the time on them same beats. got boring last years. lets not forget he has the biggest crew. Primmo. just because of the quality of Hip Hop hes delivering! non stop 100% Hip Hop HOT beats since he beggan. just delivering

  • dalhoum

    Organized Noise and Easy Moe Bee.... They surely deserve to be mentioned when discussing greatest producers...

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  • He who knows better

    J D I L L A

  • Heroin Sam

    no one calling on Stoupe of Jedi Mind Tricks. although Preemo, RZA and Dre will always be credited as the greatest, IMHO no one sonically builds landscapes quite like Stoupe the Enemy of Mankind

  • wportgoon

    dre rick rubin primo rza and tied for 5th...... rockwilder just blaze and swizz

  • Prekin Davies

    Yes, Dre surely has to be in that sh*t.. Nice loyalty

  • Evan Nielson

    DJ Quik - Most slept on producer in rap. Period.

  • Rico Wade

    Seeing a lot of great producers but no one is mentioning one of my favorites. I know its a group but Organized Noize. The first three Outkast albums are proof enough. Those dudes are definitely in my top five.

  • TheRealFree

    1.) DJ Premier 2.) Large Professor 3.) RZA 4.) Apollo Brown 5.) STatik Selektah/Marco Polo/Jake One/Kno

    • Tidomann

      wud add 9th Wonder, Alchemist, Scott Storch, Pharrel there on yo # 5...and definately Erick Sermon inbetween there.

  • P

    1.) Dre 2.) RZA 3.) Premier 4.) Marley Mal 5.) Easy-Mo Bee

  • Anonymous

    I like Dre's music as much as the next audiophile, but cmon the guy hasn't produced an album on his own for the past ten years. It's unfair to compare him to say Dilla who produced everything pretty much on his own and still managed to become highly regarded amongst Jazz/classically trained musicians,R&B /Hip-hop artist and Dre himself who sought him out to add some of that Dilla flavor to his music.

  • tyler

    j dilla mf doom dj premier jake one large pro

  • HA!

    It's just wow, Boi-1da??? WOW!!!

  • Jacob

    Missing The Bomb Squad as well.

  • Jacob

    How the fuck is this a hip hop site and only ONE FUCKING DUDE named Large Pro? Did anybody name Madlib? Diamond D? Lord Finesse? Showbiz? Exile? Just Blaze (for the newer cats), Eric B, Pete Rock, Buckwild?! This is why Hip-Hop sucks... most people don't know JACK SHIT about it.

    • Mysentimentsexactly

      If Pete is not on your list, either you weren't around in the 90s or you were deaf. Madlib has been continuously killing beats. His discography is is one of the longest I've seen. Can't forget q-tip either.

  • HA!

    DJ Premier Top 5 Producers of All-Time: - James Brown - Marley Marl - Mantronik - Rick Rubin - Dr. Dre Runner Up: Boi-1da, Kanye West, Pete Rock & Large Professor.

    • Chupps

      1da aint a runner up, neither is Kanye, he was just shouting them out as some of the newer talented producers who've been influencing shit. Pete Rock & Large pro were there though

    • Krookz

      boi1da can't b on anyones list yet, he has 20 yrs to go.

  • Joshua Williams

    oh and btw, just because they were hot i the 80s or 90s doesnt mean that they are the best ever do it. Jordan came after many greats, but Jordan is still the greatest!

  • Anonymous

    I can dig his list, but I would bump Dre ,Rick Rubin and Mantronix down out of the top 5 and add Dilla,Q-tip and Prince.

  • Joshua Williams

    Dr. Dre is the best to ever do it, hands fucking down. He is the reason why Eminem is Eminem, why 50 Cent is 50 Cent, why Jay Z had an incredible number of hits, why Tupac and Snoop was Tupac and is Snoop. C'mon now, Dr. Dre is absolutely the most iconic and instrumentally the best hip hop producer to ever live. He's had too many MEGASTARS under his belt... DJ PREMIER is 2nd. Given the history and the respect. Pay homage where homage is due. Kanye West can arguably take the #2 spot after Dre. Ye brought back Common and helped him sell records and garner grammies, Ye gave all of the Roc artists nothing but hits, including the illustrious Jay Z, not too mention Yay's work with John Legend and he making himself into a MEGASTAR. Aint nobody fucking with Ye. He is the Quincy Jones of hip hop. At all, I have never heard a single bad production with Yay on it. EVER! I'll give RZA #4 spot. He held it down in a number of ways and paved the way. Last spot would go to Timberland. Check the credits. From pop, to rock, to hip hop.. Tim is a beast. and his sound cannot be duplicated. ANYWHO, CHECK ME OUT. I PROMISE GREAT MUSIC. IT'S A PROMISE! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BdylMPXtisY

  • VICE

    CORRECTION! THE RZA GOT A FUCKING GRAMMY FOR KILL BILL! THE RZA IS THE MAN! HE MOSTLY DOES MOVIE SOUND TRACKS NOW BECAUSE YOU'RE TALL KING INSTANT MILLIONS$$$!

    • VICE

      NOPE! THAT'S WHAT MAKES THE RZA ONE OF THE BEST. BESIDES ORIGINALLY MAKING COVER TO COVER ALBUMS FOR THE FIRST ALBUMS ON EVERYBODY IN THE WU. THE RZA IS ONE A MUSICAL GENIUS! --DUDE RZA TRANSCENDED BEYOND HIP HOP!

    • Road Runner

      Hmm...the Rza huh? Hey book worm, Vice is there another rap DJ that does movie soundtracks?

  • Yeah I said it

    1. RZA 2. DJ Premier 3. Dr. Dre No one is on these guys' level if you look at only their best work.

  • davidfresh

    1-5, no particular order: Prince Paul Kno RZA Premier Madlib

  • random guy

    quik, quincy jones, rick rubin, neptunes, premier

    • random guy

      damn u must been born in the 90s

    • hmmmmmmmz

      The list is fine...but @Vice...you troll, what you tryin to say? Preemo is wack? Guess again homie and check ya'self...

    • dsafsdjgklsdfjgbdfj

      @Vice Ok Solar, enough with the comments

    • VICE

      IF WE'RE TALKING OUTSIDE HIP HOP, THE LIST IS FINE MINUS PREMO. PREMO HAS NOT, REPEAT HAS NOT CREATED A STAR SINCE NAS '94. NAME ANOTHER ONE PERSON THAT PREMO HAS BATTED OUT OF THE PARK! PREMO IS NOT CURRENT! A DJ AND OR PRODUCER MAKES STARS. PREMO ISN'T REALLY IN THE TOP 20. NAME A RAP STAR TODAY THAT THROWS PREMO'S NAME OUT LIKE KANYE, TIMBERLAND, RZA OR DR DRE...? A DECADE AGO YES --NOWADAYZ, HE BAITING TO EVEN BAGGING TO WORK WITH STARS TO REMAIN CURRENT, HINTS HIS TOP 20 ALBUMS OF 2010. AND, WORKING ON A TRACK IS NOT OWNERSHIP OF A STAR, I'M TALKING ENTIRE ALBUMS, COVER TO COVER CLASSICS LIKE DR DRE, RZA, TIBERLAND TO DIDDY AND KANYE.

  • lee anthony

    My Top 5 in this order: J Dilla DJ Premier Dr. Dre RZA Diamond D

  • VICE

    1.DR. DRE PROBABLY THE ONLY DJ WHO CAN HAVE AND AFFORD A 5-10 YR HIATUS AND COME BACK AND DROP ABSOLUTE FIRE! 2. RZA RZA WAS THE FIRST RAP PRODUCER TO INTERWINE ILL MOVIE SKITS INTO HIPHOP PRODUCTION. PLUS, THE RZA IS THE ONLY HIP HOP PRODUCER WHO GARNERED GENIUS REVIEWS AND AWARDS IN A MOVIE SCORE OR SOUND TRACK. THE RZA MURDERED THE MOVIE "KILL BILL" WORTHY OF AN OSCAR FOR SCORE! AND YES...SOUNDTRACKS CAN RECEIVE OSCARS. THE RZA HAS DONE OTHER MOVIE SOUND TRACKS AS WELL. BUT, THE KILL BILL SHIT PROVES THAT THE RZA IS ONE OF THE BEST OF ALL TIME! 3. TIMBERLAND TIMBERLAND DOES HIP HOP, R&B AND EVEN ROCK. HE MIGHT HAVE THE BIGGEST CROSS OVER SUCCESS NEXT TO DIDDY. EVERYBODY ELSE IS STILL TRYING TO REACH THEIR LEVEL. 4. DIDDY YOU MAY LAUGH - OR SAY WHAT THE FUCK? P-DIDDY'S NAME IS WRITTEN ON EVERY ALBUM AS THE PRODUCER TO DJ UNDER HIS CARE. THE GHOST DJ(S) IS OBVIOUSLY WELL PAID BECAUSE NO ONE HAS RATTED OUT DIDDY YET! DIDDY HAS A SLEW OF ARTISTS FROM FAITH, MARY J, SWV, BIGGIE, TOTAL, 112, USHER, MARIAH CAREY, BOYZ TO MEN, THE LOX, ETC, ETC, ETC. THE DIDDY'S HIT LIST GOES ON AND ON! HINTS THE REASON WHY DIDDY IS REACHING THE BILLION DOLLAR MARK. 5. KANYE WEST BEFORE KANYE OPENED UP HIS MOUTH TO THE ARROGANT SONOFBITCH YOU'VE GROWN TO LOVE, HE WAS ROCKERFELLERS BEST KEPT SECRET! -MAKING RIDICULOUS HIT AFTER HIT FOR BEANIE SEAGEL, MOS DEF, TALIB KWELI, COMMON, CAMRON, AND OF COURSE JAYZ, ETC TO THE R&B GREATS LIKE ALICIA KEYS. PREMO IS A GOOD DJ, BUT, HE HASN'T EVOLVED OR BATTED ANYBODY OUT OF THE PARK SINCE NAS! --AND, THAT WAS '94. NOW THAT'S REAL...

    • VICE

      UNDERSTAND THE STATUS OF A STAR... YOU'VE MENTIONED ALL OF THE MEDIOCRE RAPPERS - THAT NEVER BROKE OUT WITH THE SO CALLED ILLEST PRODUCER PREMO. PRODUCER WISE PREMO IS ILL. BUT AGAIN, HE HASN'T MADE A STAR SINCE NAS '94. PREMO HAS DONE A PLETHORA OF SHIT FOR JAYZ, WHEN HE WAS ALREADY A MADE MAN. BUT, KANYE STOLED HIM AWAY! KANYE HAS STOLED ALL OF PREMO'S TOP TALENT IN THE GAME. WHETHER YOU AGREE TO DISAGREE, PREMO IS NOT "MAJOR"! UNDERGROUND IT IS THE PRODUCER PRODUCTION THAT SUPPOSE TO BREAK THE UNDERGROUND RAPPER INTO STARDOM! NAS IS THE ONLY DUDE ON SUCH A LEVEL THAT PREMO HAS BROKEN OUT! WHERE NOT TALKING LYRICS JUST ILL TALENT, PREMO HAS A BOXED TALENT THAT HASN'T EVOLVED - THAT'S WHY DUDE CAN'T BE MENTIONED IN THE SAME PAGE AS DR DRE, RZA, TIMBALAND, KANYE TO DIDDY. THESE DUDES ARE MEGA PRODUCERS, "MAJOR"! PEOPLE HATE ON DIDDY BUT HE'S THE CLOSET TO BILLIONS AS A BLACK PRODUCER! 1 ALBUM WITH DIDDY WILL GET YOU GUARANTEED COMMERCIAL FAME! A DOZEN GANG STAR ALBUMS WITH PREMO DIDN'T GET DUDE A SUN TAN - GOD REST HIS SOUL! PREMO ISN'T MAJOR! DIDDY CREATES A STAR YEARLY! PREMO HASN'T CREATED ANYBODY GROUND BREAKING SINCE NAS. THAT'S WHY THE INDUSTRY ONLY MENTIONS PREMO DOING AN ENTIRE ALBUM WITH NAS SOME DAY - BUT, NAS BAILED OUT AND CREATED SOME GENIUS SHIT WITH JR. GONG! A TOP PRODUCER CREATES YEARLY STARS! PERIOD! DRE, RZA WITH MOVIE SOUNDTRACKS, TIMBALAND, DIDDY TO KANYE! NO BODY ELSE IN THE RAP GAME IS CONSISTANT -- AND DEFINITELY NOY PREMO!

    • Anonymous

      Totally Agree widya bout Timbaland - Diddy - RZA. no musicain can even get close to thier level of work. remember that Timbaland is making music from 93 and isnt stoping making the dopest productions in the game

    • C-O-C-O-C-I-T-Y

      First off Premo had Gang Starr! Secondly Premo gets credit for developing the following artists: Termanology, Royce Da 5'9", M.O.P., Blaq Poet, Jeru the Damaga, Krumb Snatcha, Pitch Black, Screwball, NYGZ. There isn't a single true lyricist in the game that doesn't want a Premo beat.

    • LP

      I really like Vice's assessment. It's spot on.

    • Anonymous

      trust me lee Anthony is talking sense and your not dude...no time to explain....

    • VICE

      AIN'T IT FUNNY HOW PEOPLE SAY SOMETHING WITH NO EVIDENCE "GOOGLE" IT FOR YOURSELF! I DO SOMETHING THAT VERY FEW DO, READ--STUPID!

    • lee anthony

      you dont know what ur talking about. :(

  • TheRapBox

    SuperGucciRap.. your list is either a troll or you are handicap. 1. Kno / Esoteric (Check out Linguistics instrumental (by Cunninlynguists) for Kno, and Spaz Out Instrumental (by AOTP) for Esoteric) 2. DJ Muggs 3. Snowgoons 4. Preimer 5. Celph Titled (For those who havent checked out his beats, he was a producer before MC, check out "A Million Eyes" Instrumental.

    • SuperGucciRap

      The only good producer you mentioned were Esoteric and Celph Titled. Although I only listen to ATOP because of Vinnie Paz, best underground rapper along with Hopsin, Canibus and ICP. The other underground rappers suck ass especially faggots like Atmosphere, Murs, and Immortal Techinque. It's Gucci Time!

  • Anonymous

    WELCOME TO MY CRACKHOUSE....PUT THIS IN YOUR CRACK PIPE AND SMOKE IT http://www.youtube.com/user/305ilovemia#p/a/u/0/pkYXTuFcdZI

  • SuperGucciRap

    all these niggaz are wack as fuck. Here are the top producers of all time. 1. Bangladesh 2. Lex Luger 3. Soulja Boy 4. Justin Bieber 5. Nick Jonas This is real Hip Hop. Swizz Beatz did create a great song in It's Gucci Time but DMX sucked ass. It's Gucci Time!

    • lee anthony

      your in denial..this dudes suck!!! :(

    • dklsgjsdklj

      hahaha Bangladesh is not that bad, his more recent material is not as good as his previous stuff. Ludacris' Whats yo Fantasy was a pretty cool beat. oh, yea, I forgot.... *sarcasm* "its Gucci time."

  • youzz

    Dj Premier Dj Quik J Dilla 9th wonder Dr. Dre...SIKE...overrated to the max.

  • DJJj

    Jay Dee -Pete Rock -DJ Premier -Large Professor -Marley Marl -RZA -Alchemist -Madlib

  • $$mike

    Hi im premo...my top 5 producers of all time? weeellllll me. me me

  • pop-i

    1. Dj Premier 2. The Rza 3. Prince Paul 4. J Dilla 5. Dr.Dre

  • urallstupid

    Your all retards... How are you going to put anyone besides Dj premier as #1? The constituency of this website is filled with idiots

  • Anonymous

    saluteee check this out http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X68IQy2dD7w

  • 2000 NOW

    A BUNCH OF OLD FUCKS!!!

  • bluerazor

    I can see why he put james Brown as number 1 Where would we be without James music and every aspect of it as a whole

  • Anonymous

    I think the OutKast camp deserves a mention somewhere

  • Anonymous

    Damn nobody mention anybody from the OutKast camp? 1. RZA 2. OutKast's team 3. Kanye 4. Primo 5. Dilla

  • Wu-Tang Forever

    1. RZA 2. Pete Rock 3. Madlib 4. DJ Premier 5. DJ Shadow

  • Wu-Tang Forever

    Hmm... Can't say any of those get even my top 10 haha (although Marley Marl comes close), but Premo comes from a different generation so it's no surprise to me that these were his choices.

  • Almar

    Uptight ass motherfuckers, why don't they just stop posting News and audio? Maybe that'll give you people something Legit to Fuckin Bitch about, Primo's List Is His own, Not anyone elses, and No one gives a fuck who your fav producers are, if they cared then HHDX would have put your fuck ass lists up there. TRY THE VEAL CHILD!!!

  • Anonymous

    I'm SMH at the fools in here who had time to think, knocking Primo for HIS list. Like he don't know what he's talking about. Fuck outta' here kids. If you were born in the 90's fall the fuck back.

    • Jesus

      maybe you should realize people have opinions. if you dont fuckin like it go back to africa and try blasting yours. i was born in the 90's and uhm Premo is the shit. i love Premo RZa all that. so fuck off with your "im a 80's crack baby" nonsense

  • IronMic

    Premo Pete Rock J Dilla Alchemist 9th Wonder

  • Anonymous

    THAT'S WHY I SAY WHERE IS THE MOTHERFUCKING FUNK THESE DAYS??? That's why I shit on the new Detox shit, NO FUNK!

  • HRH

    Large Pro Eric B Kanye Just Blaze Dr Dre's team

  • Obi Patrick

    Dr Dre Buckwild Pete Rock Easy Mo Bee RZA

  • Sensaye252

    This forum is a bunch of angry ass bitter immature clowns. What happened in here? Whats everybody so mad about all the fuckin' time?

  • premo

    Dj Premier RZA Dr. Dre Kanye West Pete Rock premo best beat d'evils or kick in the door RZA best beat triumph or shame on a nigga dr dre best beat lets get high or the watcher kanye west best beat gone (best switches up) pete rocks best beat t.r.o.y my opinion....

  • Brizz

    People acting like ten year olds in here, a list is a fucking list, we all got different lists and big props to preem for not giving a shit what people think and giving us his ones. I find it interesting to find out what he thinks. And i agree, Rza is on my list to but i respect Preem for not having him on HIS list. Pz.

  • starky love

    primo dre rza kanye havoc

  • dillaDOOM

    pretty good list from primo and he has been doing this for a long time hes 45 like he said he hasa much bigger view than me. for me its J Dilla Dr Dre Dj Premier Rick Rubin Rza there is pl;enty of great produceers liek kanye madlib el-p Muggs timbo storch ?uestlove but we all have opinions its good to see primo givin it thought any way

  • Atittude

    1 Timbaland 2 Dre 3 J Dilla 4 RZA 5 The Neptunes DJ Premiere can Sck My Dick! stupid fckin DJ! now here are some guyz who make real non stop music and keep there fckin Ego down. stop talkin like ya da king and work

    • Javier Martinez

      Attitude, please, just never share any of your opinions on Hip Hop, because you are a fucking retard. your list ain't bad (although Timbaland ain't top 5 material), but you can't just knock Preem. Preem's greatness is not an opinion - it is a fact, proven by every banger he's ever produced.

    • 905

      And wtf are you talking about do some work? He just dropped an album. And he never stopped doing beats for other peoples albums.

    • 905

      @Atittude, wtf are you talking about. Preemo doesn't make real hip-hop? You buggin' you were probably born in the 90s like that dude up there said.

    • Ama Hussla

      what's ur point? first of all, premo contributed more to hip hop than any other producer secondly, he doesn't think he's the king, he's one oft he most humble artists in the game, and he DOES work, all the time, from producin to tourin and djing get the fuck outta here with ur wack ass attitude

  • Simple like ABC, 123

    Worst 5 Producers: DJ Khaled Jermaine Dupri Soulja Boy Jazze Pha Lex Luger

    • Simple like ABC, 123

      @amon: DJ Khaled is a producer, not a "beatmaker" bitch. So who produce or create does songs about the same topic "hood"? DJ Khaled with someone beat. @anonymous: yeah, jupri is money, but his wack, we know that, & yeah Soulja Boy is a wannabe hip-hop producer, mc, dancin. youuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu

    • Anonymous

      Fuck outta' here clown. Dupri is money, he ain't the best but he IS funky. Soulja Boy best attribute IS his beats. What you think people we on his lyrical shit? Fake ass hip-hop wannabe.

    • anom

      dj khaled does not make beats, lmaooo

  • Anonymous

    HAHA you Fool! even No Timbaland! Nigga Fck You Ive heard of you and yr fckin opinions

  • imamazed

    Rob The Viking, straight up

  • ya mami

    top 5 producers (no order) dj premier rza pete rock dr dre alchemist runners up: araab muzik scram jones kanye me

  • ptone814

    PRIMO UR LAME.....NO RZA....AND HE BUGGIN....AND HIS BOY IS FUCKED UP NEXT TO HIM LOL LAME ASS NEIGGA

  • ptone814

    NO RZA??? LAME ASS NEIGGA

  • abcdef

    no RZA? i'm disappointed premo

  • insanemacbeth

    a lot of what PRIMO said here, made sense. but i would have put QUINCY JONES, like the post, below.

  • Anonymous

    No Quincy Jones? Premier recently did a list of the best albums of 2010. That was also a lot of old bollocks!

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