10 Reasons Why Producers Ruled 2007

2007 was the year when producers and songwriters collectively stepped up to bat and solidified their star power for all the right reasons. Here’s my top 10 reasons why I feel producers ruled 2007

10) Polow Da Don got more buzz off his guest appearances on two Rich Boy singles- “Throw Some D’s” and “Good Things”- than Rich Boy did. Fuck a 2nd LP, when’s the Polow album drop?

9) The Runners and Danjahandz give DJ Khaled two of the biggest hip-hop records of the year- “We Takin Over” and “I’m So Hood- making the rotund DJ more than just another annoying guy screaming on records.

8) Alchemist gives Prodigy all the blaxploitation backdrops he needs to make his Return of the Mac project successful, and in then process makes us forget about all the garbage Mobb Deep has put out since the Murda Muzik album. Havoc album, Kush? Not so successful.

7) Tired of just giving away beats with hooks on them, Swizz Beats rhymes on his own shit and “It’s Me Bitches” becomes a surprise hit. New York finally has something resembling a pulse on a mainstream level.

6) Little Brother drops The Getback in October, minus 9th Wonder, and hardly anyone pays attention, proving once and for all that the NC beatsmith is what people had been checking for all these years, a la Pete Rock and CL Smooth.

5) Will.I.Am drops his criminally slept-on solo album Songs About Girls, and while it doesn’t sell shit, it’s a creative high point for the Black Eyed Peas front man. Far from a traditional hip-hop project, I’m chalking its failure in the marketplace to A&M not knowing what the fuck they are doing, and Will.I.Am being too stuck in artist mode to want to promote it.

4) Wyclef allows TI to hang with the yardies by producing “You Know What It Is,” proving that the Southern rapper can do more than trap rap. Then he gets Lil Wayne and Akon on “The Sweetest Girl,” before dropping his ecleftic opus Carnival II, which even has Minister Farrakhan playing violin on it. What white tee-shirt rocking rapper you know who can pull that off?

3) JR Rotem produces singles for Plies, Freeway, Chamillionaire and countless hollywood poop, err, i mean pop tarts, all while impregnating then de-impregnating Britney Spears and sticking the great white hype in Lindsay Lohan. Oh, and his artist Sean “I don’t know if I’m a rappa or a sanga” Kingston had one of the biggest hits of the year, “Beautiful Girls,” which was hip-hop blasphemy sampling Ben E. King’s “Stand By Me,” but who really gives a fuck about that kinda shit anymore?

2) Timbaland releases Shock Value, and while initially written off by critics as a hot steaming shit sandwich, the project eventually spawns the single “The Way I Are,” and Timbaland officially becomes a certifiable pop star in his own right. “Ayo Technology” could have been a bigger hit WITHOUT 50 on it.

1) Kanye West outsells 50 Cent and in the process makes the Queens MC about as irrelevant as Ja Rule and Ray Benzino ever were. Wanna know why? He just makes better music and better records, period. He’s a musician, not just a rapper. 50 Cent is a rapper. He writes raps lyrics to pre-made rap beats. That shit is dead. Kanye is a guy that started out tapping on MPC pads and looping up samples on an ASR10. A producer who’s now arguably one of the biggest stars on the planet. The world mourned the death of his mother, Ms. Donda West, along with him. Can you count on two hands how many rappers, or even musicians period, that you would give 2 shits about if one of their family members died? I can’t.

  • bbatson

    Let me get my backpacker on and point out all that shit is garbage.

  • BK Cyph

    Dude you buggin that Little Brother CD was the shit. Illmind, Denaun Porter and Hi-Tek MURDERED IT!

    Maybe its cause I wasnt really diggin LB before that. I thought their first album was a Slum Village knock-off!

  • http://www.incilin.blogspot.com Incilin

    “Kanye West outsells 50 Cent and in the process makes the Queens MC about as irrelevant as Ja Rule and Ray Benzino ever were. Wanna know why? He just makes better music and better records, period. He’s a musician, not just a rapper. 50 Cent is a rapper. He writes raps lyrics to pre-made rap beats.”

    Funny thing is, you forget to mention Kayne aint much of a rapper. He writes rap lyrics with pre-made flows. Although you do have a point with this whole post, 50′s album remains weak due to awful bottom of the shelf production.

    • BK Cyph

      actually Ye doesnt write rhymes (Consequence, Really Doe) or make beats (Brian “All Day” Miller and Devo)

      oops.. did i say that. But damned if it aint true!

      • http://hiphoponmymind.blogspot.com/ DJ Daddy Mack

        liessssssss. lol.

        on a side note, diddy DOES NOT make beats. he just takes the credit.

  • http://www.myspace..com/joyjoy07 QuEen k0n9

    Only one I can agree on is the whole 50 comment. That dude is WACK!!

  • BIG O

    kanye west did prove that he is a better rapper than 50 also.and he does all his own music and doesnt really need anything from anyone.that is why he is so arrogant and gets away with it.good post though but litte brothers cd was solid.9th wonder gets redundant with the same soul sample and drum machine on every track

    • http://xxxcruxkc-rogue.blogspot.com/ D.A.C.R.U.X

      he author of this needed to do a little more research, and not just get his self-viewed opinions. This aritcle was Shit! get better writers.

  • http://www.myspace.com/canela_nyc CanelaNYC

    LMAO @ “impregnating then de-impregnating Britney Spears”

    I think you are dead on with the Will.I.Am analysis even if I’m not a fan of all his work (i.e. Fergie).

  • DaDoPeBoY

    I agree wit all that shit.

  • http://www.sp1200.net yoMAN

    6) Little Brother drops The Getback in October, minus 9th Wonder, and hardly anyone pays attention, proving once and for all that the NC beatsmith is what people had been checking for all these years, a la Pete Rock and CL Smooth.

    ^^^ co-sign
    but you forgot how 9th album bombed with out them…..

    http://www.sp1200.net

  • omega

    first of all i have t o say i like kanye west better than 50 cent…but both graduation and curtis sucked…the only reason that people even bought either of those albums is because of they were released on september 11th

    P.S. polow da don sucks as a producer and rapper!!!!

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  • B.A.N.T.O.N A.K.A D.M.X D.I.E H.A.R.D F.U.N./ G. U.N.I.G 4. L.I.F.E

    LOOK WHO IS TALKING? SAYING SOMEONES ALBUM IS WACK? DUDE YOU’RE ARE JUST A STUPIDO 4 SAYING THAT. DA FACT THAT YOU DON’T LIKE SOMEONES MUSIC DOESN’T MEAN IT’S WACK. U MOTHER FUCKER BITCH….LAUGH…QuEen K0n9..is a bitch A.K.A Pussy

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  • jgulls

    Funny how i think the new Knaye CD has 4 songs that completly suck on them…and Kanye produced ALL OF THEM

    its also funny how Kanye’s hit single, “Good Life” was produced by T-Pain

    With all that said, i thoguht the 50 and Kanye CDs were about the same…it just depends on what kind of music you like

    • dani

      that wasn’t produced by T-Pain it was produced by DJ Toomp and Timbaland

  • Trey Stone

    WORD on bill.i.am, Mr. Mos and ‘Ye.

    the beats on Songs About Girls are great. sure heads did the typical too cool thing with it but it really is a dope album.

  • hip hop police

    He’s a musician, not just a rapper. 50 Cent is a rapper. He writes raps lyrics to pre-made rap beats. That shit is dead……………..

    i agree to a certain extent niggas like kanye study rap an 50 lives it im not even a 50 fan but lets not get these producers big headed……rappers are still hip hop …..kanye make the beat an shut up….(it jus business)

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  • http://XXL B.Sug

    Whoever wrote this needs to find their biological parents….and slap the living sh!t outta them for not using a fukkin rubber….this is by far the worst sh!t i have ever read….I didn’t know having one of the top selling albums makes 50 irrelevant..but okay..

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  • balu

    stop hating 50 son give ye his props and move on fag scratch damn why all the hate 50 and ye the only ones to go plat on this list

  • http://MYSPACE.COM/RICHANDFILTHYUK RICH KID LDN

    POLO DA DON,KANYE WEST,TIMBALAND THEY DEFINATELY RULED 07 ALL THE BIGGEST TRACKS WAS THEIRS

  • gkid12345

    wow a lot of 50 hate. He sold more record than majority of the people on that list. When 50 leaves hiphop then ya going to regret everything ya saying. ASlso if he is irrelevant then how come he went platinum and double world wide to date? Anyone, Anyone?

  • http://profane70009@tmail.com profeezy

    Producers rule hip hop…real hip hop that itz. Give it up. 50 flopped jus like T.I. no matter how many records they sold. Curtis & T.I. Vs. T.I.P. had regular production & the same flows…and the worst part is 50 actually developed and wrote his. Polow is the Shit. Little Brother still made a dope album. J.R. is dope…but did not deserve 3rd. Nobody gives a fuck about Prodigy..he’s fuckin DEAD as far as good music…Swizz deserves a pat on the back…thats it…hes rich enough…and he really shoulda jus executive produced…even tho nobody would listen to him…but its all good. Im hating hip hop right now other than hearing what the top producers are doin

  • SED’

    you say 50 write lyrics to pre-made beats and i say kanye produce with pre-made beats (with all that sampling shit) get you facts right

  • D Loc

    What about young bucks album? All the productuion on that was hot fire. The clean up man tore them beats up like katrina did the SOUTH. Also Pimp C’s production was pimpalicious on the self titled UGK album.

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  • jerzz

    all u haters shut the hell up. none of u r in the studio with these people, so none of u can say wut they did or didnt do….all i kno is that kanye is fire lyrical wise and production wise.he’s one of the best RAPPERS in the game right now next to jay and weezy. the kids lyrics is crazy. all three of his albums wee amazing….50 u can deny that he sells records but he’s not the best lyricis in the world..still can can’t hate on that guy…all in all polo, ye, and timbaland killed it for the 07

  • jersey

    ye is that dude

  • B

    HOW DID U FORGET THE PRODUCERS OF AMERICAN GANGSTER?

  • NIG/REAL

    U GUYS 4GOT ABOUT (DJ TOOMP)…..HE PRODUCED KANYE WEST BIGGEST HITS ON GRADUATION…

  • http://www.myspace.com/roblove RL

    LB had a real solid album. I’m not surprised it didn’t get the notoriety it deserved. Solid production all around.

    Will I Am’s album was ass btw (and I’m a Will fan)

  • http://yahoo reno

    im tired of the producer/rapper shit come on now how the hell u go say 50 is garbadge kayne shit was trash keep it real im tired of t-pain/lil wayne they cool but hiphop need to bust the shit back open producers rapping is whats fucking the game up them niggas need to stick to making beats for real its time for rebuliding all these old rappers looking like larry holmes sit the fuck down or get some HGH. WE NEED CALI AND NEW YORK BAC FUCK THESE BUBBLE GUM RAPPERS!!!!!!!

  • http://xxl.com NOR CAL MOFUCKA

    WHO GIVES A SHIT ABOUT KANYES MOTHER? Do you really care? Did you know her? Did anyone that left comments on a message board after they heard the great news? No, I don’t think so. People die every fucking day. Who gives a shit if its some rappers/producers mother. How can someone care or even think of it as a loss besides the family and close friends.

    You know why she died? Because she was a very shallow person that went in to get unneeded cosmetic surgery and ended up with Gods foot up her ass.

  • NOR CAL MOFUCKA!!!

    WHO GIVES A SHIT ABOUT KANYES MOTHER? Do you really care? Did you know her? Did anyone that left comments on a message board after they heard the great news? No, I don’t think so. People die every fucking day. Who gives a shit if its some rappers/producers mother. How can someone care or even think of it as a loss besides the family and close friends.

    You know why she died? Because she was a very shallow person that went in to get unneeded cosmetic surgery and ended up with Gods foot up her ass.

  • ViLLy ViLLz

    the author of this needed to do a little more research, and not just get his self-viewed opinions. This aritcle was Shit! get better writers.

  • pepa

    are you serious about the little brother album? That album was great, they proved they didnt need 9th wonder to make good music. having an album without him lead to more variety and a different sounding album. if you listen to the dream merchant album(i am a fan) it all starts sounding similar after a while but it was still good. did 9th do better without LB?

  • http://www.tuneinmusiccity.com Mark Mays

    Songs About Girls is one of 2007′s worst records. I couldn’t even begin to think of how to express in a 500 word review how lame it is, so I just bagged it.