SOHH Whatcha Think: Dr. Dre Is Tightening His Rap Circle: Who Are The Best Rapper/Producer Combos In The Game [Click Here & Speak]
Tuesday, Oct 18, 2011 12:05AM
Nowadays, you grab an album from the most popular rappers, and it seems like its a song full of singles. Rarely do you get that true "album feel" that comes with a cohesive piece of work, primarily because the tracks are put together by a collection of the newest, "hottest" producers in the game. While this formula may keep the registers ringing, oftentimes, it gives LP's an unfocused feel.
[Editor's Note: The views expressed in this column do not necessarily reflect those of SOHH.]
Super-producer Dr. Dre recently announced his intention narrow down his musical pairings by focusing primarily on his up-and-coming acts, Kendrick Lamar and Slim The Mobster.
"I am never going to give music up," he said. "Music is like air to me, [music] is like oxygen, so I am always doing that. As soon as I get back to Los Angeles, I am back in the studio doing my thing. I have a couple of new artists that I am excited about, Kendrick Lamar and Slim The Mobster. These are the next two artists, and these are probably my final two artists that I am going to be working with at least for the next couple of years. I am going to devote all my attention to them and make sure their sh*t comes out the way it should be. I am just having fun with life right now!" (Global Grind)
While we're excited to see what comes of both their projects, its hard to imagine these unions having the same impact on Hip Hop culture that the Snoop and Dre combo had nearly two decades ago.
Let's take a look at three other powerful artist/producer combos that generated some powerful music:
Nas and DJ Premier
When Esco and Premo work together, magic happens. There's something about Nas spittin' over a beat by Preem that captures that unique NY sound perfectly. In fact, I doubt anyone would be mad if Nas decided to drop an entire album with Preemo on board.
Common and Kanye West
Common's last album suffered from a lack of production by Kanye. If you look back at Com's career, things really took off for him after the release of Be, which matched the soulful production of West with the street-smart lyrics of Common. Together these two Chi-Town residents are unstoppable. Let's hope Yeezy has the time to lay out more tracks for Com on the next go-round.
Snoop and Dr. Dre
As we mentioned earlier, Snoop and Dre helped define West Coast rap in the early 90's. The G-Funk era was a mix of street life, partying, and of course, funk. The pair had a brief split, but reunited only to recapture the spirit of what made albums like The Chronic and Doggstyle classics.
These are just a few combos that made great music together, but now we'd like to know, who do YOU think made the best rapper/producer combos in rap?
[Editor's Note: The views expressed in this column do not necessarily reflect those of SOHH]