He’s the DJ, I’m The Rapper

Ok, so we’ve established that the era of super producers is pretty much done and buried. 15 producers contributing to an album in an effort to a create a hodge podge of different sounds is what may have contributed to hip-hop’s eminent demise, at least from a musical standpoint. And singles can come from anywhere.

So it’s back to one producer working with one rapper to make one incredible project. He’s the DJ, I’m the rapper. I substitute DJ for producer in this case. In some respects, this concept has never really been abandoned. There’s 9th Wonder and Murs, Cee Lo and Dangermouse and Kanye and Common

Thing is, this idea generally hits or misses. It’s either the producer comes to the table and supplies a whole bunch of incredible beats that allow the rapper to create one consistent theme, or they make a whole album of beats that you would never want to hear the artist on, and you’re praying for just one big swizz beats single to come on at some point. I guess you can’t have your cake and eat it too.

But what are some dope pairings that you’d like to see as far as rappers and producers go. Here’s 5 off the top of my head that, if they actually occur at some point during my lifetime, will put a smile on my face.

1) Young Jeezy/Don Cannon- “Go Crazy” and “Circulate.” Need I say more?

2) Nas/Polow Da Don- I know nobody will agree with me on this, cause well, nobody likes “Hero.” But I do. I think Polow can give Nas the new, more musical sound he needs, so that he sounds like a rapper from 2008 instead of 1998

3) Ludacris/DJ Premier- When you hear “MVP,” the Premier-produced track off Ludacris new LP, Theater of the Mind, you’ll understand (probably leaked already, who knows). A down south rapper who rhymes like a New Yorker? This is a no brainer.

4) Lil Wayne/Dr. Dre- really, nobody wants to hear Dre rap. But we do wanna hear his beats. Why not link with the best rapper alive until Eminem’s revived?

5) 50 Cent/DJ Toomp- 50′s needs a new sound, preferably one that can get him some radio pay outside of the tri-state area. I suggest calling up Toomp. If it can work for TI (who’s really just a southern version of 50), and Kanye, then it can work for him.

Who do you think should link and why?

  • http://xxlmag.com jmill1224

    Clipse and Just Blaze. Need I say more, just imagine if Breathe by Fab, or “Incredible” by Fat Joe had Pusha and Malice. Pharrell aint made a banger since Grindin. Just and Clipse!All they need is about 12 good tracks,and that’ll be some classic shit.

  • capcobra

    jay and timberland.

    • capcobra

      scratch that…..pete rock and cl smooth….for one last dance

  • TheCo!!inB

    1. Jeezy and Shawty Red
    2. Madlib and Ghostface
    3. Nottz and Clipse (sweet Jesus would that be crazy)
    4. Dilla and Outkast (now that’s a wet dream)
    5. Dre and Rae
    6. DJ Quik and Jay (i thought their first and only collab was dope)
    7. Dj Scratch and LL (probably shoulda been done in the 90′s though)
    8. Me and Murs (i got heat for that nigga)
    9. Doc and Kelis (you familiar with his work Gooch, he did work with Res and did one Joint for Kelis called “So Be It”…crazy)

    • capcobra

      let me get the 8th spot champ?….really!

  • http://kirk-francosmodernlife.blogspot.com/ kirk

    I want to hear a cd with me and the homie Dex. C’mon Dex let’s do it.

  • LEO

    DMX AND DR. DRE…I THINK THAT THE ONLY NIGGA THAT CAN BRING THE DOG BACK IS DRE…DARK GRYMEY RASPY HARDCORE RHYMES OVER DRE BEATS!!! WAAAAAAATTTTTTTT!!!!

    BACK IN THE DAY WHEN ITS DARK AND HELL IS HOT CAME OUT DAME GREASE WAS THE ONE THAT PRODUCED MOST OF THOSE JOINTS, AND THEN FLESH OF MY FLESH WAS MOSTLY PRODUCED BY SWIZZ…BOTH THEM RECORDS IS CRAZY!!! SO I THINK THAT ALL THESE RAPPERS SHOULD STICK TO THAT…BUT ALWAYS WITH AN IDEA ABOUT MOVING FOWARD WITH THE MUSIC…NOT GETTING REPETITIVE…IMAGINE AN X ALBUM WITH MOSTLY DRE PRODUCTION…

  • yoprince

    first off.. t.i. is NOT a southern version of 50.. please listen to Tip’s music past and present before making these ridiculous comments, nothing against 50, but tip gives way more of himself to the music than 50, Fif generally way more technical with his shit..

    Dre and 50.. that technical sound works for him

    Dre and Em.. same thing as 50 except with more bells and whistles, more complex

    9th and Lupe.. just a guess

    kanye and NAS.. stick to producing ‘ye! nas with the piano loop or strings with those ye drums.. no brainer

    toomp and TIP.. proven

    Pharrell and Jay.. proven, allows Jay to rap about nothin which is what he seems to prefer nowadays, while killin the flow

    zaytoven and Gucci.. that idiotic sound with the quirks and beeps and shit sounds perfect with Gucci talkin bout poppin pills and smokin kushy

    Alchemist and Prodigy.. proven, that laid back sound is perfect since P started rappin in that slow flow monotone

  • JAY STONE

    Nas/Premo
    The Game/dr dre
    Ice cube/the Bomb squad
    Ghostface Killa/Rza

    Producers rappers should stay away from:
    Timberland
    polo don
    Nitti

  • LEO

    I WAS SITTING ON THE TOILET JUST NOW…AND I THOUGHT ABOUT ANOTHER CRAZY COMBO…IMAGINE A WHOOOOLE JOE BUDDEN ALBUM PRODUCED BY KANYE WEST…SHITS CRAZY

    • http://www.myspace.com/thissathekid the-K.I.D

      INFINITE CO-SIGN!!!!

      that would be surely and without a doubt be the greatest, most soulful,most emo rap album evar.lets start a petition

  • OG Matt Herbz

    @ Jay Stone

    Even though you got no love for Herbz, I’m a have to agree with you on the Nas/Preemo joint. Didn’t XXL hype us all to that shit a few years ago? Where the fuck is it, because I’ve BEEN waiting. Hell, you could take throwaways from each of them, have some nigga in highschool mix and engineer that shit together, and it’d still be the hottest shit of the decade…

    Say I’m wrong.

    –OG Matt Herbz–

  • El Tico Loco

    Lil Jon and MOP
    call it “Old Yellers”

  • OG Bobby J

    NAS and Dre – Nas is coming…
    Jadakiss and Primo….
    50 and Kanye….
    Em and statik selektah

  • El Tico Loco

    seriously tho

    Alchemist and Nas
    Dr Dre and Crooked I
    Scram Jones and Rock
    9th wonder and Sean Price (a whole lp)
    the runners and jadakiss
    shawty red and Sheek Louch
    J Dilla and Taleb Kweli
    Pete Rock and 3stacks

  • http://governmentnames.blogspot.com GovernmentNames

    Styles P. & Alchemist
    T.I. & Danja
    Jadakiss & Just Blaze
    Fabolous & Polow Da Don

  • http://www.going.com/larrybrite Lancelot

    Crooked I & Danjahandz
    OutKast & Banglidesh
    Trick Daddy & Rick Rock
    The Federation & The Runners
    E40 & J.R. Rottem
    Young Buck & DJ Kalil (Not Kalid)

  • DV8

    Dr.Dre and Crooked I
    Nas and DJ Premier
    Jay-Z and Timbaland
    Twista and Timbaland
    Juvenile, BG, and even Wayne back with Manny Fresh
    Snoop and Dr.Dre
    Common and 9th Wonder
    Eminem and any producer who can get him back to his lyricism and str8 spittin days like back in 98-99.

  • http://xxlmag.com jmill1224

    Fab and Bangladesh
    Clipse and Just Blaze
    Joell Ortiz and Premier
    Royce and Toomp
    Three Stacks and Pete Rock(also)

  • Jerz!

    For real @ Leo

    Joe Budden / Kanye
    Or Joey and Just Blaze

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

    Good post, good idea. Ima say the most obvious, Dre and Snoop.

  • BIGSCREECH

    Kanye west and Ghostface
    The Beatnuts and AZ.

  • Neven

    Lupe and Dan the automator
    NaS and Alchemist
    Dilated peoples and DJ Muggs
    Gza and 9th wonder
    Royce 5’9′ and Dre

    check out Classified for some innovated ill production, he has that 90′s boom bap but still keeps it fresh

  • http://www.myspace.com/uptownempire Trouble

    Dr. Dre and Cory Gunz
    Mannie Fresh and B.G.
    Timbaland and Hell Rell
    Kanye West and Cam’Ron
    Zaytoven and Gucci Mane

    The Hell Rell and Cory Gunz choice Is because Ive heard them cats eat those producers beats up on mixtapes. Especially Hell Rell, hes a beast !!!

    And B.G. and Mannie Fresh is just such an obvious choice, they made classics fo’real.

  • http://yahoo.com Ellio

    Lil Wayne and Mannie Fresh (Tha Carter is still his best work)

    Jay-Z and Just Blaze (PSA anybody)

    T.I. and Toomp (need i say more)

    Ludacris and Triple 6 Mafia

  • CHUN

    My dick & Lil Kim’s lips

  • gkid12345

    Fat joe and Soulja boy LMAO
    Nah for real tho
    Lloyd banks and Eminem, almost every track they have done together is fire (example)
    on fire, till the end, hands up, new york new york, without my glock, death wish

  • gkid12345

    Papoose and dr dre

  • avon

    b.g. and toomp
    papoose and 9th wonder
    lupe and pete rock

  • avon

    b.g. and mannie fresh (checkmate is the best produced album cash money ever put out chopper city in the ghetto was fire 2 and yall niggas dont know bout that all on u 1 n 2)

  • jojo

    Chuck D/Premo – rather than put out an album with flav and paris every 3 or so years, might as well just put these 2 heavyweights together, although i dont know whether the whole “10 crack commandments” fallout still lingers

    Nas/Ski/Easy Mo Bee

    Jay-z/Pete Rock or Alchemist

  • HERM

    Cormega and DJ Premier
    Joe Budden and Eminem
    Lupe Fiasco and 9th Wonder (someone said that and I like)

  • DETROIT

    NAS AND PREMIER

  • http://bones_42@hotmail.com Doobie42

    Mannie Fresh is one of my favorite producers ever but he ain’t made a hot beat in a long god damn time.

    Diggin the Crooked I – Doc Dre
    and the Jadakiss – The Runners collabo.

    Also going to add
    Game or Nas – Hi Tek
    Jigga or the LOX- Timbo.

  • Vicious Seiger

    Why Not?

    Jay-Z & Cool & Dre
    T.I. & Timbaland
    Clipse & Alchemist
    Jean Grae & The Neptunes
    Talib Kweli & Polow
    Snoop & 9th Wonder
    50 Cent & Swizz

  • PH

    JAY-Z AND PRIMO

    ROYCE AND JAKE ONE

  • http://www.yahoo.com Dra$t-iQ Alkoholik

    dre& game(the best collabo the west can ever make since dre&snoop and dre&pac)
    em&banks
    nas&prem

  • oskamadison

    I say:
    1.Nas/Premier-It’s been a long time coming. Dudes teased us with that SCRATCH cover in ’06.
    2.Clipse/Don Cannon-Their bars. His tracks. Instant crime rate boost.
    3.Ghostface/J Dilla (Donuts era)-Dilla had 2 of the best joints on Fishscale and he sounded more like RZA than RZA does these days. Between Mrs. Yancey and Questlove, Starks should find plenty of those joints to give us Supreme Clientele 2.
    4.Scarface/DJ Toomp (with 1 or 2 Cannon joints mixed in)-I can’t honestly say I’m an authority on Southern Hip-Hop but Face is a legend and Toomp got the right joints for him.
    5.This is on some fantasy shit but…
    Rakim, Big Daddy Kane & Kool G Rap on some supergroup shit/Marley Marl (circa ’88)-The legends. The history. The egos. The banger of all bangers.

  • JamPo

    Scarface and Mr.DJ from Outkast or Erick Sermon

    Cormega and Havoc

    Bun B and Eightball w/ T-mixx(Suave House)

    Devin and Dr. Dre

    Killer Mike and The Bomb Squad

    TI,Jeezy, and Mannie Fresh

  • http://www.myspace.com/gwizzsucka G-WiZZ

    dude, your crazy. dre’s a beast rapper. you must not have heard 2001.

  • wyteboi8732

    1.Drake and the Runners
    2.Drake adn J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League
    3.Fabolous and J.U.S.T.I.C.E League
    4.T.I. and justice leaugue and shawty redd(seperate track)