6 MCs DJ Muggs Needs to Collaborate With ASAP

There’s something undeniably pure about a one-rapper/one-producer album. Flash back to the days of Gang Starr and Pete Rock & CL Smooth, when cohesion was preferred over the grab-bag approach and LPs knocked with a unified sound. Fortunately, it’s far from a lost practice. North Carolina instrumentalist (and guest vlogger this week) 9th Wonder knows the deal, having constructed memorable records of this vein with Buckshot and Murs; his latest entry with David Banner, Death of a Pop Star, is right around the corner, as well, with a November 9 release date. That’ll be a month after underground production veteran Illmind unveils of his Live from the Tape Deck collaboration with Brooklyn lyricist Skyzoo on October 5.

Out on the West Coast, DJ Muggs has also adhered this one-on-one blueprint. In 2005, he teamed up with Wu-Tang’s GZA/Genius for the dynamite Grandmasters, followed by 2007’s Legend of the Mask and the Assassin with Sick Jacken and 2008’s Planet Asia-starring Pain Language. Today, Muggs is back at it alongside NYC’s Ill Bill on Kill Devil Hills, a dark journey into a world full of gunplay and nightmarish conspiracy theories. For lovers of hardcore hip-hop, it’ll leave you wanting more from Muggs, which has our brains scrambling.

XXL combed through the Soul Assassin’s list of past collaborators to pick the six MCs most worthy of an all-Muggs-produced album, giving an example of each pairing’s chemistry for argument’s sake. You guys like arguing, right?

The Dogg Pound spitter is no stranger to working with just one producer. For starters, the majority of his DPG albums are scored by groupmate Daz, but there’s also last year’s Blaqkout, which found Young Gotti rocking over all DJ Quik beats—the result was one of 2009’s most slept-on discs. Kurupt is a beast when placed above rugged tracks, so locking him in a studio with Muggs seems about as foolproof as dream rap-teams can get. Just see the Cali rapper’s two contributions to Muggs’s 2000 compilation Soul Assassins II, “Armageddon (Interlude)” and “When the Pain Inflict.”

DJ Muggs feat. Kurupt  “Armageddon (Interlude)” [from Soul Assassins II, 2000]

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  • yop

    Immortal technique – bring the heat

    Sean P, Xzibit would be good

    Kool G rap would be legendary

    basically muggs should never stop

  • El Tico Loco

    They all would be great. Rock would be nice too (he actually needs a solo album period). I also picture Ghostface, Raekwon, Doom, Crooked I, Fashawn hell Nas would be dope.

  • BeerGangsta

    DJS make the world go around. Kool G Rap will get MVP out of the click. Xyzibt will be second. MC Eith will be third. Kyrupt will be fourth. Sean Price will be fifth. Goodie is last. Trade Goodie Mob for Outkast. Smart move DJ Mug.

  • Sha

    It’s a toss-up. Kurupt killed it. I’m partial to X. But Sean P. did his thing.

    I would love to see DJ Muggs fuck with Jay Electronica next!!!

  • ruffi mane

    the DJ Muggs/Sick Jacken collabo has been the best so far, Muggs should collab with one of Jacken’s homies Conejo. C-0-N’s the hardest rapper out, easily

  • Face Phoenix

    I wasn’t feeling this list at first but the last three were worthy of the print. Xzibit could use a resurrection, Sean Price would make a solid project and Kool G. Rap as well but I still would prefer to see a Xzibit/Muggs Album or EP.

  • Q461

    Muggs is def an ill producer…i’m sure his shit will sound crazy with Ill Bill…All these niggaz are dope artists who would sound dope on a gang load of Mugg’s tracks….X to the Z, Kurupt, Kool G Rap, Goodie Mob, MC Eiht…been waitin on new shit from alot of these niggaz

  • ridda

    Xzibit and MC Eiht would do Muggs justice the best if you ask me

  • A.R. Marks


    This guy is a grossly underrated spitter and he’s appeared on at least a couple of Muggs Vs. albums so far. I keep waiting on a joint album but alas….

  • A.R. Marks

    Also both Kurupt and Goodie have spit over Muggs tracks more than you’ve mentioned: for the former, he was on a couple of the Cypress Hill albums (late ’90′s/early ’00′s) and the latter appeared on his Soul Assassins II (Somethin’ to Ride to) and Muggs co-produced the Still Standing track “Inshallah” with Organized Noize (!!)

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  • davtez

    *muggs did 2 tracks with Goodie Mob, “Inshallah” off the Still Standing album.

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  • hazi

    SEAN P!!!!!!!!!!!!
    is the ILLEST