Who You Wit: Timbaland Ranks No.3 As Jay-Z’s Best Go-To Producer

Dr. Dre Ranks No.10 As Jay-Z’s Best Go-To Producer.
Trackmasters Rank No.9 As Jay-Z’s Go-To Producers.

DJ Premier Ranks No.8 As Jay-Z’s Best Go-To Producer.

Swizz Beatz Ranks No.7 As Jay-Z’s Go-To Producer.

Diddy and The Hitmen Rank No.6 As Jay-Z’s Best Go-To Producers.

Ski Beatz Ranks No.5 As Jay-Z’s Best Go-To Producer.

The Neptunes Rank No.4 As Jay-Z’s Best Go-To Producers.

3. Timbaland
The history of Hov and Timbo dates back to their smash “Nigga What, Nigga Who (Originator 99)” off Vol. 2… Hard Knock Life. Since then the two have carved as many hits as MLB star, Juan Pierre on the field. Known for his often-eccentric unexpected niche-genre sounds that most producers would dare to mesh—jungle, trance, techno and more— Timbaland remains consistent in delivering smash records that’s guaranteed to make its way into the party scene. From “Big Pimpin” to “Is That Yo Bitch,” and the heavy-hitter “Dirt Off Your Shoulder,” the list of universal party records between Tim and Hov are somewhat endless. Looking at album cuts like “The Bounce” or the tantalizing “What They Gonna Do” say what you want about the VA native, but he surely knows how to transcend barriers between hip-hop and pop. A record like “Venus vs. Mars” or “Hola Hovito” are far from pop but, are more likely to receive radio play than any other quintessential “hip-hop” record. Making his way onto an outstanding seven Jay projects to date, as well as cracking the Top 40 here and there, Timbo the King reigns supreme.

Released Tracks: 15
Album Appearances (1pt): 7 = 7pts
Officially Released Singles (2pts): 4 = 8pts
Grammy Nominations (3pts): 1 = 3pts
Top 40 Singles on Billboard Hot 100 (4pts): 2 = 8pts
Signature Track (s) (5pts):
“Nigga What, Nigga Who,” “Is That Yo Bitch,”  “Big Pimpin,” “Dirt Off Your Shoulder” = 20pts
Total: 46pts

Tune in tomorrow as XXL reveals Jay-Z’s Top 2 go-to producers…

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  • Ryde or Die

    My guess. #2 Just Blaze #1 Kanye

  • Justin

    Truth be told, Their relationship dates back to “Lobster & Schrimp” record on ’98 Tim’s Bio: Live from the Bassment album. My guess since they are not mentioned yet, Blaze & Ye are the #2-1 go-to producers for Jay.

  • Tha Truth

    really…xxl serious??? whose Gay-z best producer..yall need to get of his nuts,..THink RED.//august 23..new school hiphop, lets evolve, jay been in the game since 96, get lost camel face

    • G3

      gay-z.. you really went all out with that diss. hes got a track record longer then your fucking baby dick so shut your mouth, all rappers are good in their own respect faggot, why do you think hes lasted this long?

  • truth

    exile best producer

  • Sean Izzle

    Timbaland basically started out with Jay-Z and them wayback on Vol. 2… Hard Knock Life in the old days of 1998

    Ill most def agree with this one, Swizz Beatz or Bink couldve also been on the no. 3 spot but its whatever really

    Good lookin out

  • Sean Izzle

    Yeah now its the final two top spots. Everyone knows it’s Just Blaze and Kanye West. No Bink though? Not anywhere in this Top 10 list? Crazy may I say!

    Still all good, its a cool list shout out to The Neptunes they coming back to take over the music in 2011. I recognize they on the grind

    • oskamadison

      True, Bink is that forgotten cat. Dude may not have had any singles with Jay but he was right there next to Just and ‘Ye on the Blueprint, truth be told before then on the Dynasty joint.

      • Ny

        Both Just and Ye were on the Dynasty album too. Actually Just produced the most songs on there.

        The reason why Bink is typically outshined by the two of them is because he’s never crafted a hit record to really have recognition outside from producing “soulful beats on The Blueprint”. And him and Jay haven’t work since then too so that’s also why Just and Ye outshine him.

  • http://hotmail.com wza

    Wow, I thought Timbo would be #1. I have to change it to Kanye now.

  • Los Angeles Angelz

    It has to be Kanye, there is no coincidence that this list comes out during the release of “Throne”- Kanye All Day..Err Day….