News: "If I'm In A Barbershop Debating Who's The Best Producer/Rapper, Nobody Says Eminem"

Thursday, Apr 5, 2012 2:00PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Slaughterhouse's Crooked I recently vouched for the production skills of Shady Records boss Eminem, suggesting the platinum-selling rapper should be given equal respect for his beat-making prowess.

According to Crooked, Em is deserving of getting accolades for his production talent.

Crooked I, in particular, is excited to see Eminem behind the boards; he feels the MC has not gotten his proper due as a producer. "He doesn't get his credit and his props for songs he's been involved with and songs that he's produced entirely," the rapper says. "If I'm in a barbershop debating who's the best producer-slash-rapper, nobody says Eminem. To me, it's almost like a robbery." (Rolling Stone)

Recently, G-Unit's 50 Cent said he would not entertain the idea of being a rapper-turned-producer.

Recently, Fif talked about the album being his best work to date and the tremendous amount of his heart and soul going into the creation of his "comeback" project. But he did hold back in one area of the album's recording process. 50 told VIBE he wouldn't try his hand at producing like many of today's new rap stars, such as J. Cole and Big K.R.I.T. "No, I don't want to get producer's ears," 50 told VIBE. "What I mean by that is [when] the producer hears his snare, his kick, and what he think his keys should be on the actual records and sometimes they can't hear something that's hot, that someone else [did.]" He added, "A hit is a marriage between the production and the actual lyrics and tone." (VIBE)

A few years ago, Em talked about producing rap star Jay-Z's "Moment of Clarity" off The Black Album.

"I actually met with him in New York and I played him basically what I had, what I had been working on. He picked that one. We ended up going back to Detroit, he sent it to me. I wasn't there while he recorded it but he sent it to me pretty much that same week. I don't know if I was really feeling that beat until he put words to it. Then all of a sudden it became this... Jay-Z has that ability to take things that, you don't think the beat is good if you just hear the beat. But once he puts words to it it becomes this whole other... It made me feel exactly what he was saying. There was a couple lines that I even went in the booth and did ad libs on because I felt like the lines were so powerful." (Shade 45)

He also previously discussed making 50 Cent's "Patiently Waiting" instrumental.

"I had sent 50 just the basic [beat].... I don't think Fif understood exactly how I produced the beats. And this was from just watching Dre. Dre would have the jist of the beat and then he would add most of the shit after somebody laid the verse. And that's kind of how I worked. I was trying to explain to him it was a skeleton beat." (Shade 45)

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