On April 5, 2010 Vibe.com launched their Greatest Hip-Hop Producer Of All Time tournament. Like their previous MC-based brackets, the list has already created a stir of positive and negative comments (as any list like this would.)
So it was only right that Nodfactor.com reached out to various producers (both competing in the contest and not) for their comments and feedback.
Given the fraternal nature of the hip-hop producer community, we don’t expect any Joe Budden-like outbursts. However, there have been dissenting thoughts about the list overall.
“When it comes down to it, it’s just someone’s opinion,” says Grind Music’s Sean C, who despite producing for Ghostface, Jay-Z and P. Diddy are curiously absent. “I do feel like there are some people left out, namely Buckwild. Buck made a huge impact in the 90s and is still making quality records. “Whoa” and “Story To Tell” alone hold more weight than the work done by some of the producers on that list.”
Indeed, Buckwild was one of the first to voice his opinion, but not solely in defense of himself. “I think even if Vibe put new guys up, where’s DJ Khalil…Mr. Porter?” he said via Twitter.
Though he is featured prominently in the bracket up against Hi-Tek in the first round, Just Blaze agrees. “F a list, DJ Khalil is the best. NOW,” he Tweeted. He also added that Sean C and LV of Grind Music have made beats that made him want to “jump out a window and set myself on fire.”
More so than a simple list, the bracketed nature of the contest fuels even more debate. For example, why is Pete Rock up against Cool & Dre in a soul sample category?
“What I didn’t understand was the structure,” adds Sean C. “If I’m not mistaken Rick Rubin is in the “Boom Bap” category, when he’s clearly the most diverse producer on the list. He’s produced records for hip hop legends and is still able to do entire albums for rock heavy weights like Johnny Cash and Red Hot Chilli Peppers to name a few. I don’t think anyone else in hip-hop has done that in their career.”
But the Wave King Dame Grease is fine with his first round slot against the godfather of sampling.
“The Boom Bap category is me all day and it’s an honor to be up against Marley Marl,” says Grease aka Blanket Jackson. “But it’s not like I’m gonna go cry in the corner if I don’t advance.”
However, many producers see more good than bad. Anything that sheds light on the underappreciated hip-hop producer community is a plus.
“To keep it 100 I didn’t even know who all of those people were myself,” adds Grease. “So this is a good thing. There are still people who don’t know me and think Swizz did all of DMX’s first album.”
Competing in the Soul Sample category, North Carolina’s 9th Wonder is equally appreciative. “I’m glad to have been mentioned in the top 64 producers in hip-hop HISTORY. Hat’s off to Vibe.”
However, he did have a word of caution for those voting, heaping high praise on the backbone of the Dungeon Family sound, Organized Noize. “ And anybody that picks me to win over Organized Noize doesn’t have a clue…thanks!”
“It evokes discussion,” Sean C concludes. ”And that’s always a good thing for hip-hop.”
As the contest goes on Nodfactor.com will continue to get feedback from producers both in the bracket and not, so keep checking back for the latest!