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The Motown music-maker Apollo Brown has dropped it - his 19-track album, "Grandeur." Featuring the likes of Freddie Gibbs, Sean Price, Evidence, Oddisee, M.O.P., Rapper Big Pooh, Ras Kass, Your Old Droog, you can stream for FREE and cop via the link below.
APOLLO BROWN - GRANDEUR (ALBUM STREAM)
Grandeur by Apollo Brown
|Tue, September 29, 2015 at 5:02 PM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
No matter what you think of his ego, we can all agree that Kanye West is one of the greatest hip-hop producers of all time. One of his best qualities is his ability to reinvent his style and find new forms of expression. Although Ye's production style of production has evolved from album to album, he's most famous for changing the game with soul samples. If you like that aspect of his aesthetics, then you're going to like the producers on this list.
J. Dilla -
1. J Dilla
Rakim influenced Nas (lyrically that is), just as J Dilla influenced Kanye West. Before he died from lupus-related complications on February 10, 2006, Dilla was well known as the man who pioneered the soul-hip-hop fusion that Kanye West and others later adopted. In the tradition of Pete Rock, Dilla tweaked, turned and transformed soul, funk, and blues samples into a realm that few producers could visualize.
Choice Cut: The Pharcyde - "Runnin'"
Essential Album: Donuts More Â»
2. J. Cole
J. Cole will be the first to admit that he gets his soulful style of production from Mr. West. You can see Ye's fingerprints all over the atmospheric sound of Cole World and Born Sinner.
Choice Cut: "Hi-Power" (Kendrick Lamar)
Choice Album: Born Sinner More Â»
When Oddisee joined Halftooth Records as a producer/MC, one of his first tasks was to breathe some soul into labelmate Wordsworth's already poignant album, Mirror Music. Oddisee's version of the album yielded a superb ten-track CD, forcing Halftooth to re-package Mirror Music as a 2-disc album. Production-wise, he's probably the closest to Kanye West on this list.
Choice Cut: Wordsworth - "Gotta Pay"
Choice Album: The Good Fight
Hip-hop has always been universal, transcending time and space with minimal restraints by the day, and Dutch producer Nicolay is a testament to this. Mainly recognized for his internet-stanchioned collaboration with Phonte (of Little Brother), Connected, Nic often employs plush piano loops and booming basslines to create melodious soundtracks.
Choice Cut: Foreign Exchange - "Sincere"
Choice Album: Connected
Producer/DJ RjD2 is one of the most effective at amalgamating soul, funk, and rock 'n' roll into one sound template. The Ohio native raised eyebrows with his stellar debut, 2002's Deadringer, before following it up with the solid Since We Last Spoke two years later. The alt-rap beat maestro recently teamed up with his Soul Position partner, emcee Blueprint, for their sophomore LP, Things Go Better With Rj and Al.
Choice Cut: RjD2 - "Smoke & Mirrors"
Choice Album: Deadringer
6. 9th Wonder
Even if you've never heard of Little Brother producer 9th Wonder, you've probably heard his boardwork on Destiny Child's "Girl" and Jay-Z's "Threat." 9th has a signature sample-infested and bass-laden production style that has garnered him collaborations with the likes of Pete Rock, M.O.P., Buckshot, Murs, Memphis Bleek, and even Kanye West.
Choice Cut: "Still Lives Through"
Choice Album: The Minstrel Show
7. MF Doom
Metal Fingers Doom is another soul-jacking predecessor of Kanye West's. His beat-making style ranges from dark and nostalgic to stouthearted and gritty. Like Kanye, Doom works the mic as effectively as the boards, but his lyrics may come appear esoteric to new fans. Doom, hip-hop's favorite multiple personality disorder patient, has also dropped gems as Zev Luv X, King Geedorah, Viktor Vaughn, and DangerDoom
|Tue, September 15, 2015 at 8:23 AM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
Photo credit: Terrence Jennings
The role of the music producer has evolved: they've come from behind the console front and center, actively pushing for innovation, new expressions and styles that drive and transform culture. This summer, Re´my Martin celebrated the relationship between producers, music, culture and innovation by giving up-and-coming producers the ultimate access to the world's top producers-and a chance at being "Next"-in the season's premiere producer competition: Re´my Martin Presents "The Producers Series."
The Re´my Martin Presents "The Producers Series" featured some of the hottest producers in the game. Legends and current trend setters-Mike Will Made-It, Pete Rock, Just Blaze, Salaam Remi, and AraabMuzik-were interviewed by Re´my Martin Brand Ambassador and Power 105.1 "The Breakfast Club" Charlamagne Tha God. In intimate conversations, all shared their stories, how they got into the game, what it takes to be hit makers, and critiqued the series' competitor entries.
Over the nearly three month competition, thousands of up-and-coming producers battled their way to this past Saturday's finale competition at New York City's Stage 48, featuring a live performance by producer AraabMuzik. During the event's battle-style finale, the Re´my Martin Presents "The Producers Series" winner was revealed. Judged by AaraabMuzik, Charlamagne and industry vets Rap (Universal Republic), Jay Claxton (DTLR Radio/WERQ), Chris Green (Capitol Records), Theo Brown (Atlantic Records), Shadow Stokes, and Steve Raze (AllHipHop.com), amateur producer Keith Edwards a.k.a SoulTronik (@IamSoulTronik) was named the winner of the first-ever Re´my Martin Presents "The Producers Series."
SoulTronik, beating out 19 semi-finalists from the New York area, emerged from the four finalists, walking away with a prize package that included studio time at Converse Rubber Tracks Studio, and items from AKOO, Levi's, Fanny Pack Me and Guitar Center. From Hempstead, N.Y., SoulTronik has been producing since 2003 and touts being influenced by the likes of Pete Rock, DJ Premier, Showbiz, !llmind, Statik Selektah and Boi-1da.
Runner up in Re´my Martin Presents "The Producers Series" competition was Swing America (@swingamerica); the other two finalists were Buda & Grandz (@BudaDaFuture) and Calvin Charles (@saintbeliev3).
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