Flipmode Squad leader Busta Rhymes made sure to let producers around the world realize who his favorites are by placing Swizz Beatz, Timbaland, Pharrell Williams and more in his greatest of all time list.
Busta took to his Twitter to name more than 20 producers he believes hold iconic status.
Greatest producers of all time. @JDilla @REALDJPREMIER @QtipTheAbstract @chocboywunda @rockwilder09 @PLargePro @drdre @Dready10 @LetsGoSeige,” he tweeted August 1st.
“Greatest producers of all time @MarleyMarl @THEREALSWIZZZ @Timbaland007 @Pharrel_NERD @djscratch @NottzRaw @Boi1da @PrincePaul @blackmilk”
“@RZA @aFamFocus @BINKDOG @COOLANDDRE @EricVietnamSadler @ScottStorch 2 be continued…”
“OH SH*T I CAN’T 4GET @JustBlaze as 1 of the GREATEST PRODUCERS EVER!!!” (Busta Rhymes’ Twitter)
Last April, hip-hop pioneer Pete Rock named his favorite hip-hop beatmakers.
“Alchemist, for that LOX record, ‘We Gon’ Make It,'” Pete said in an interview. “He put the stamp down. DJ Premier, for all the classics. All the Biggie, all the Guru [records]. Nottz for that R. Kelly joint. ‘That’s That.’ That was really crazy. Dilla for [being] that new dude who came from Mars, landed on Earth and just blasted everybody with his talent and left us. Madlib for all of the underground illness that he does and what he incorporates, the excerpts and the funny stuff he does. It makes me gravitate toward him too. I have to throw [Dr.] Dre in there because Chronic changed my life. [laughs] So I gotta say Dr. Dre. Hopefully one day me and him can collaborate.” (Grind Music Radio)
In 2010, G-Unit’s Lloyd Banks named his Top 5 favorite producers.
“One of the first questions [XXL] asked me is my top five producers of all time,” Banks said in his video blog. “I definitely gotta start with Dr. Dre. His beats have been influential, you can’t even put an amount, probably one of the first vinyls I had [was from Dre] — so that was crazy. Just to be able to rap over all those [instrumentals]. I would carry that around because I loved the production so much — I definitely gotta say Swizz Beatz. I gotta put him up there, he’s done countless hits over and over again so definitely Swizz Beatz. I enjoy Kanye West, what he’s brought to the game, his production is crazy — Havoc from Mobb Deep is definitely one of my personal favorites. I just feel the sound he captures, ah man, it just brings me back to when I first got into rap…DJ Premier brings me back to that 1990’s feel so I definitely gotta put him in there and there’s a lot more producers, but I haven’t worked with y’all so y’all don’t get a shout-out ’til I do.” (XXL Mag)
After rapper Saigon named him one of his favorites, SOHH hit up producer Just Blaze for his reaction.
“I don’t really have too much of a comment on that,” Blaze modestly told SOHH about Sai’s co-sign. “I appreciate it and like I said online the other night, I’m not really into the ratings and comparisons. We all make good music and if I’m anybody’s favorite, I’m just honored to be their favorite. Beyond that, we’ve all got different things and we all do them well, so, I’m just happy and honored to be considered among other great names of those who I consider to be great.” (SOHH)
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