10. Ski– produced Camp Loâ€™s soon to be classic 3rd LP, Black Hollywood, and gave â€œGirls Kiss Girlsâ€ enough pulsating techno pop to blast white rapper Pittsburgh Slim into the homes of spring breaking white girls nationwide
9. Scott Storch– produced the universally-loved Papoose single â€œBang It Out,â€ which was so hot that Pap had to leave the pop factory, Jive Records, for greener pastures; beefed, dissed, and ethered his former protege Timbaland, who then went on record in a Scratch Mag interview and said he still hangs out with the guy. Dear Mr. Piano Man, Iâ€™m your biggest fan, sincerely Mr. Tim-ber-land.
8. R Kelly– drops his album Double Up, which apparently every producer in the entire music industry worked on, then jacks everyone except like 2 people for their production credit because thatâ€™s just how The Rrrrrrr gets down. Didnâ€™t The Runners produce like every song on this fucking album?
7. 7 Aurelius/Channel 7 or whatever the hell he calls himself now, and Irv Gotti– you canâ€™t tell me that Ja Rule record, â€œBodyâ€ isnâ€™t the hottest career comeback record evar. It was so hot that more people watched Irv Gottiâ€™s VH1 show to hear him talk about the record than actually listened it.
6. Jermaine Dupri– gives Fabolous one the biggest fake hits of his career with â€œBaby Donâ€™t Goâ€ which he actually made back in something like 1994 for Whodini. Reselling beats and getting paid twice, thatâ€™s why Jermaine is the uber exec. What, you thought the music biz was about making music? Itâ€™s about checks. Cha-ching! Throw in that Paul Wall hit â€œIâ€™m Throwed,â€ and you see JD was on top of his game.
5. Three 6 Mafia- produced the #1 ringtone, â€œDonâ€™t Call Me No Moâ€ for Project Pat, as well as his whole album Walkin Bank Roll. Also dropped something like 15 incredible singles from their still unreleased new album Last 2 Walk and acted like great ambassadors for hip-hop culture in front of a national audience on their weekly MTV show Adventures In Hollyhood.
4. Soulja Boy– this kid is like 16 years old, obviously canâ€™t play a lick, but produced the most infectious single of the year. Now I know everyone here hates this kid more than Bin Laden, but is it because you really donâ€™t like his music, or because youâ€™re sitting in your bedroom trying to hard while heâ€™s getting rich off some bullsh*t?
3. The Neptunes– Admit it, that Twista single, â€œGive It Up,â€ was so hot that Twista got dropped from Atlantic Records because of it. Besides that, Skateboard P was busy opening up BBC stores in Soho and doing all sorts of cool shit producers do when theyâ€™re so rich they donâ€™t even need to give a fuck about music anymore.
2. Lil Jon– outside of doing some random production on Pitbullâ€™s new album, Jon spent the whole year working on Crunk Rock. Which is dope, because he spared us his repetitive 2-note beats being on the radio every 3 seconds. So he makes it to #2 just by not doing anything.
1. The RZA– Bob Digital hit his creative high point with Wu-Tang Clanâ€™s 8 Diagrams. Itâ€™s unfortunate, however, that his Wu-brethren didnâ€™t see things the same way and then went on to dis him damn near everywhere they could. Meanwhile, nobody in that crew outside of Ghostface can sell more than a thousand records on their own, so instead of bitching, they should have embraced their â€œInner Digiâ€ and rocked that Beatles shit harder than Paul McCartney.