THE FANTASTIC FOUR

26 09 2007

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The Top Four Producers in the game reinvented as the World’s Greatest Superhero Team. Soon you’ll understand…

1. DR. DRE as THE THING- After the VMA’s I felt like Tim Roth aka Mr. Orange in Reservoir Dogs….”MotherFucker looks just like the Thing!” and thus this post was born. But just like Ben Grimm Dre is strong, mostly silent, and his resume is solid as a rock. Creating hits since the World Class Wrecking Crew days there isn’t much the good Doctor hasn’t done. Beginning with the debut of NWA, Dr. Dre is one of the main pioneers of  the early days of the west coast gangster rap revolution. Which Dre later broke and re molded the archetype for by releasing the undisputed classics The Chronic and Doggystyle. In 2000 he released 2001 the second in what is hopefully a trilogy of some of the best LP’s ever. All three of these albums have been listed on several of the top 100 or whatever releases of all time. Nuttin but a G Thang got Spin magazines award as single of the decade for the 90’s. Even Diddy had to give it up for the Dr. saying that with Ready to Die he was trying to emulate The Chronic.

2. DJ PREMIER as THE INVISIBLE GIRL Some may call this disrespectful but it actually speaks to two things, his character, which has always been a behind the scenes let his music speak for itself and his sudden resurgence on the scene manning the boards behind Christina Aguilera. With the release of No More Mr. Nice Guy with Gangstarr he set the world on notice that their was someone else taking the reigns of the East Coast Sound and with their second LP Step into the Arena he let it be known that aside from Pete Rock, if you wanted that NY sound  you had to go to Premier. Never one to talk much he even has the quote “Reputation is the cornerstone of success” tattooed on his arm. In the 90’s a Premier remix or track on your album was seen as a solidification of your credibility especially in the streets of NY. His remix for Shit is Real for Fat Joe made me actually listen to and appreciate Fat Joe, an emcee who I considered hot trash up until that point. His work on LPs for Biggie, Jay-Z, and Nas is legendary and probably helped make them into the seemingly holy trinity of New York emcees. It was telling that when Ms. Aguilera came to him she asked him for the Living Proof sound, the classic by Group Home that Premier produced from top to bottom. And if you haven’t heard his work on her album…stop sleeping.

3. TIMBALAND as MR. FANTASTIC I was gonna go with the Thing for Timbo since he resembles him too but Mr. Fantastic is more apt as he is able to stretch from one genre to the next with extraordinary ease. First hitting the scene with The Rain for Missy Elliot he has since crafted more hits than maybe anyone else on this list aside from the Neptunes. Timbaland also has changed the sound of more than just hip-hop, his early stutter step beats brought a much needed makeover to R&B and his work with Nas Jay and a host of other emcees has earned him many nicknames, the most appropiate being Timbo the King. Just look at the reaction Jay-Z gives in Fade to Black upon hearing just the first few seconds of the instrumental which eventually becomes Dirt Off Your Shoulder. Classic.

4. THE NEPTUNES as THE HUMAN TORCH Able to transform from mild mannered Chad Hugo into the flaming pause Pharell Williams the Human Torch is a pretty good description of this duo that has taken the Bling Bling Neptune sound into twelve years of dominance in the field. Their track record goes back even further with them helping write Rump Shaker. The first time I really heard them was Super Thug for NORE and my immediate reaction was WTF? But they just didn’t stop bringing those intergalactic beats to whoever wanted them and later whoever could afford them. Like Timbo they are not afraid to work in different genres, which sometimes causes them to be labeled pop or not hip-hop with those keyboard beats. As far as real straight up Hip-Hop, its going to be tough to find a better case than either of the Clipse two LP’s Lord Willin and Hell Hath No Fury.

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12 responses

26 09 2007
lurker aka maddhatter

neptunes? you lost.

26 09 2007
benhameen

neptunes? you lost.

please….Grinding? most of hell hath no fury? Just wanna love you? Beautiful? Frontin with the michael jackson loop? Allure? shiiiiiiit…..please haters wanna hate….

26 09 2007
benhameen

added you to the blogroll too lurker. dont know why its not showing up. But as a producer if you don’t appreciate the Neptunes and having a ten year or so run of hits in the fickle rap world then um….as well as the overall cleanness of their sound. I ain’t heard of that by Slim Thugga? Super Thug? Excuse me miss? There she goes for Babyface? come on….

26 09 2007
LL(not the rappa)

great post meen..I think the Neptunes deserves “5th” place…like u said, u cant deny the hits they helped create and continues to create…even starting with Nore”What What aka superthug” with that signature sound….jay-z”give it to me”+video..classic neptunes

26 09 2007
smackaniggajustforlivin'

Solid list; I maybe would’ve like to have seen somebody outside of the consensus starting lineup…like maybe a Madlib or a Dilla…this list is kinda like having a top rappers list with Big, Jay, Pac, and Nas- no controversy…..I really like the concept, what with the FF comparisions and all, but maybe you can expand this out, and apply Marvel character attributes to other unsung heroes in the game…

26 09 2007
benhameen

like maybe a Madlib or a Dilla…this list is kinda like having a top rappers list with Big, Jay, Pac, and Nas- no controversy
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you know i figured this list would cause controversy…everyone hates on timbaland and neptunes…but i see ima have to say some wild shit to get people to notice. Dilla maybe but his whole underground hero thing is ehh…madlib i mess with too but he needs to put in more work outside of his comfort zone. but dude is ill as shit no doubt. but thanks i will expand this one next time out.

26 09 2007
Rasheed Wallets aka landLORD

… Dilla … RZA … PeteRock … Premo …

… Neptunes, OK for 5th spot … Timbaland, HellNo …

26 09 2007
benhameen

… Dilla … RZA … PeteRock … Premo …

No DRE? come on Land……i based it on longevity and influence. while RZA is definitely influential to producers as is Dilla even RZA has been quoted as saying Dre is one of if not the best

26 09 2007
skimaskway

Mr. Wallets or Meen,can any of you recommend me some good RZA beats. Actually the best out his catalog. I’m familiar with Timbo’s old beats back in the day but to make a fair comparison I need to hear RZA’s work and I’m not that familiar with his work production wise. I keep seeing him on top 5/10 lists so I’ve been curious.

26 09 2007
benhameen

skimask I would say the wu tangs first two albums, Gzas first album, and raekwon and ghostface’s first albums, shit really any of the first solo albums method dirty…even deck. but the ones i mentioned first all are classic.

if tunes are fifth place who is fourth?

27 09 2007
Fuxy Gillespie

Yo Meen I got you on my links, I will try to stop by more often but I cant access Blogspot and WordPress from work anymore

27 09 2007
rage345

This is a good post…..I like this….

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