1. Kanye West
Kanye West has been cementing his legacy as arguably the most prolific MC of his time since bursting onto the scene with his 2004 debut, The College Dropout, but it’s his super production—most notably on Jay-Z projects—that laid the foundation for West to become one of music’s brightest stars. Along with Just Blaze and Bink, Yeezy shares the distinction of being one of the architects of the sped up soul sample sound that was ubiquitous in the early 2000s. Using Hov’s The Blueprint as a launching pad in 2001, ‘Ye became one of the game’s most sought after producers and remains one of Jigga Man’s go-to boardsmen 10 years later. He even co-executive produced 2009’s The Blueprint 3. Mr. West’s avant-guard approach to producing makes him a perfect fit for Jigga, who has done a masterful job of keeping with the times throughout his illustrious 15-year career. Yeezy may have evolved into Hov’s peer on the mic, but the Louis Vuitton Don has no equal as Jay’s best go-to producer.—XXL Staff

Released Tracks: 20
Album Appearances (1pt): 6 = 6pts
Officially Released Singles (2pts): 4 = 8pts
Grammy Nominations (3pts): 4 = 12 pts
Top 40 Singles on Billboard Hot 100 (4pts): 4 = 16pts
Signature Track (s) (5pts): “This Can’t Be Life,” “Takeover,” “Izzo (H.O.V.A.),” “Heart of the City,” “Encore,” “Lucifer,”  “Run This Town” 7 = 35pts
Total: 77pts