Top 50 Greatest Producers In Hip Hop and Rap

January 25, 2007

One of the foundations/elements of Hip Hop & Rap music is the debate. Because of this, I just can’t wait see what fisticuffs this latest list will spark. Here for your reading enjoyment is my personal list of the Top 50 Greatest Producers In Hip Hop. I already know that a few West Coast heads are going to have a few heated words for me, but that’s ok, the hostilities are welcomed. The first 10 producers are presented in order, with the remaining 40 there to round out the list.


1. DJ Premier
2. J Dilla
3. Pete Rock
4. RZA
5. Timbaland
6. Dr. Dre
7. Q-Tip
8. Large Professor
9. Havoc
10. Diamond
11. Showbiz
12. Beatnuts
13. The Neptunes
14. Ski
15. Buckwild
16. Prince Paul
17. Da Beatminers
18. The Alchemist
19. Eric Sermon
20. Madlib
21. Marley Marl
22. DJ Muggs
23. DJ Spinna
24. Eric B.
25. DJ Scratch
26. Minnesota
27. SD50’s (Stimulated Dummies)
28. Lee Stone
29. Kanye West
30. 9th Wonder
31. Hank Shocklee & The Bomb Squad
32. Organized Noize
33. Just Blaze
34. D.R. Period
35. Hi Tek
36. Lord Finesse
37. O Gee
38. NOID
39. E Swift
40. Herbie Luv Bug
41. Peanut Butter Wolf
42. EZ LP
43. Scott Storch
44. Dan the Automator
45. MF Doom
46. Easy Moe Bee
47. DJ Quick
48. DR Period
49. Salaam Remi
50. DJ Jazzy Jeff

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P.O.P.O July 25, 2011 at 5:39 pm

Timbaland 5?…nigga please! Dr. Dre 6??? Wtf is hip hop turnin into…and then there’s dj anthony¿¿¿ You are a plain dumb ass fool…true that…what’s next? 50 cent is the greatest “mc” hahaha…damn! Ya’ll oughta pay the legions to premier,dilla,9th,hi tek,madlib,doom,nicolay,p.rock,marly marl, babu, billy bob, jazzy, , dj cam


Douglas Dubose August 8, 2011 at 1:10 am

WOW!!!!!! The 50 GREATEST producers in Hip Hop/Rap?!!! Really??!!
No disrespect to ANYBODY but who is Lee Stone?! I checked his credentials and he doesn’t have 1 bonafide CLASSIC HIT record. O Gee?! Who is that?! Out of 50 producers in all of Hip Hop/Rap you make room for guys like Lee Stone and O Gee, but you don’t have room for Johnny J???!!! I’m not even a West Coast dude, I’m a East Coast dude, but name just 5 of your favorite ORIGINAL 2Pac songs and chances are Johnny J produced it. He was rockin’ with Pac since the THUGLIFE album and probably earlier all the way through All Eyez on Me. He’s made a SERIOUS contribution to Hip Hop


MuntuZar May 1, 2013 at 2:49 pm

Yo i feel u son, word to mom dukes they even left out Shock G


Richard Horace August 6, 2013 at 2:10 am

Are you kidding me! Lee Stone produced “Simon Says (Get the F@#K Up)” by Pharaohe Monch and “On My Block” by Scarface. Son should be higher on the list for just one of those alone! O Gee is from the legendary DITC!!


Jack S August 22, 2011 at 10:30 pm

Do any of you even lisen to music. Have you not heard of Jim Jonsin.


Dave August 24, 2011 at 11:24 pm

How about Sir Jinx, or QD3?


Jordan August 31, 2011 at 9:28 pm



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reaper September 22, 2011 at 10:49 pm

Take j dilla off dat fucking list niga..all u j dilla dickriders….rip but he is not on no hiphop classic album to date!!!!!…. And he fukked up tribe shit..boring ass producer.. so GTFOH!


D1 September 23, 2011 at 2:00 am

Reaper, you’re an idiot. You can’t name one of his albums as classic because they were ALL classic. You don’t understand why J Dilla is at the top because you listen to justin beiber. SMH. It’s a shame some people can’t appreciate Dilla because of their lack of knowledge or the fact they want to try and be different or something. Do your homework. Or just appreciate some real hip hop… Jay stay paid


oskamadison September 23, 2011 at 11:23 am

I didn’t read all the comments so maybe someone mentioned him already but just in case…where the hell is 45 KING??!!!!!!!!!!!!


4:20 October 5, 2012 at 12:54 am

and marley marl down at #21, list is full of fuckery.


Dan November 11, 2011 at 11:52 am

Nujabes should really be on this list. That guy deserves way more recognition than he gets.


J33ZY-M November 30, 2011 at 6:44 pm

What about lex luger,polow da don,manie fresh,kane beatz,swizz beatz?…This must be a vintage list


austin February 4, 2012 at 3:35 pm



DaBlackBuddha February 5, 2012 at 7:53 am

No Swizz Beats, DJ Scratch or LES? Salaam Remi took the game back 10 years alone with “Made you Look”? Why 49th?


GeorgeII March 14, 2012 at 7:52 am

Where are all the ladies at? Methinks it’s time for some female producers to climb that ladder. I make you a dare- in 20 years time this list will be one third females. If not you get an Icecream cone.

Love, peace & out


jay June 4, 2012 at 10:55 pm

No Beats by th e Pound> What producers has sold more than them and their
sound was the most copied. There aint no producers hotter than them. Im from the north and these n****s get the upmost respect. From 1996 – 1999 them n****s ruled the rap game, but no one on here mentioned them.


Sound Kits June 10, 2012 at 11:21 pm


Umm you can just get some producer sounds at

And as far as this list of music producers go, I think you should do some more research because it made me lol.


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ronaldg August 11, 2012 at 3:24 pm

it’s a respectable list,but i think Ayotollah should have at least made it


ronaldg August 11, 2012 at 3:26 pm

respectable list,but i feel Ayotolla should have made it


herudajedi September 26, 2012 at 10:07 am

good list but i think pete rock should be number two…….i actually think number 1 because his production style and beat complexity is way more harder to imitate……and T.R.O.Y……primo is nasty dont get me wrong but i here 2 many carbon copies …if your style is easily imitated then its kinda 2 easy……you should update this list with soon….you should put damu the fudgemunk and captain crook aka klaus layer


4:20 October 5, 2012 at 12:59 am

eric b? lol, you know he produced nothing (unless you enjoy rocking his one solo lp) don’t you? no 45 king, marley marl at 21 (should be top 10 if not top 3 easily), this list needs a serious revising.


dakillabeatz December 15, 2012 at 10:03 am

in my opinion rza #1 dre #2 dj premier #3. Rza beats are fuckin hard and without him the wu tang wouldn be here today his best work include the tracks camay,assasination day, duel of the iron mic, cold war, mr sandman, dirty dancin the list is endless all produced for the wu tangs solo albums and dre well hes just dre a livin legend bringing us snoop dogg, eminem,the game not to mention his reign durin de 90s wit his g funk had the whole hip hop world listen to his beatz releasing two off his own albums durin the 90s the chronic and dr dre presents the aftermath with many rememberin tracks such as shittin on the world, let me ride, dre day, lyrical gangbang and so on… in my opinion its Rza vs Dre East vs West but premo is a legend in his own way


DubTurbo March 7, 2013 at 10:25 pm

If you want to make beats online you could download software that would help you to do just that


MuntuZar May 1, 2013 at 2:42 pm

how can yol put Marley Marl way back like dat!? Hi Tek deserves top 15, yol must hav not listened to Mood Doom, NOid deserves top 15 he produces the greatest hiphop single of all time, & yol are sleeping on Jazzy too :'(


BlackKidWithTheGlasses September 1, 2013 at 10:01 pm

Exiles pretty good over them Blu beats. should check em out. Just because someone not on the list doesn’t mean their not good. gosh these are all opinions. So much people are so butt hurt about this >.<


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MuntuZar March 11, 2014 at 2:37 pm

Oh snap!! You defacated on him cuz! I’m from 3rd world Africa & the real shit reached to me, so whats he talk’n about ‘reaching the masses’, pshhh. Dj ‘anthony lovell’ What is he an R’n’B dj? Take that shit to st Elsewhere.


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This is a decent list and love the fact that primo is #1! You put a lot of thought into this and haters still hate! Probably don’t even know 50 producers.


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