The R&B/hip-hop producer, who molded his lane in the ‘90s as a member of Bad Boy Entertainment’s Hitmen squad has churned out some of hip-hop and R&B’s most beloved hits. His work on the Notorious B.I.G.’s seminal debut Ready To Die
(producing “Big Poppa” and “Me & My Bitch”), and Mary J. Blige’s My Life
have planted his status as a revered soundsmith. His work with Nas on “One Mic,” has garnered immense praise for its change up of pace and vibe according to the progression of the lyrics. Thanks to the critical acclaim it’s garnered, Thompson continuously worked with Nas on various occasions. “U Wanna Be Me” on the immensely popular 8 Mile
, “Dance,” the highly personal ode to Nas’ mother, and “No One Else In The Room,” a slightly awkward collaboration between Nas and Maxwell have all gone through Thompson’s boards. But “One Mic” is what sealed the deal for Nas and his celebrated comeback in the early aughts.
Album Appearances (1pt):
3 = 3pts
Officially Released Singles (2pts):
1 = 2pts
Grammy Nominations (3pts): 0 = 0pts
Top 40 Singles on Billboard Hot 100 (4pts):
0 = 0pts
Signature Track(s) (5pts):
“One Mic,” "Dance": 2 = 10pts
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