Here it is, the last part of my final annual "50 Producers On MySpace That You Need To Hear Right Now" list. I know that it's been delayed a month due to forces beyond my control but you know what they say, better late than never. To make up for the lateness, this list will be well worth the wait so without further ado I present to you all part one of a four part series. Enjoy:
The Best Kept Secret (Tone P. & Craig B.)
Reps: Washington D.C.
These cats have made heat for local stars Tabi Bonney and Wale as well as Rhymefest and Young Chris for starters. With Wale's debut set to drop in 2009 on Interscope this production team will not be a secret for long. If you've ever heard this year's "Man In The Mirror" mixtape from Rhymefest or Wale's "Mixtape About Nothing" then you already should know who they are. If not, now you know...and knowing is half the battle.
Reps: Chicago, IL
After I did the first list way back in March, I got a MySpace message from J. Slikk asking me to check out his page. I was impressed with what I heard. Ever since then, J. Slikk has had nothing but heat on his MySpace as well as putting out ill beat tapes including his Summer Beat Tape, Separation Anxiety and his upcoming Emancipation Anxiety. He also collaborated with Cy Young on "Backpackers Anonymous presents Cyrano AKA Cy Yung: Still Lovin' It (A Mixtape Ode To McDonalds)" by producing the entire project. Don't sleep on his tracks.
The Lab Techs (14KT, Haircut, Vaughan T & Forekast)
Reps: Ann Arbor, MI
Unless you've been living under a rock since 2002 you should know who the Lab Techs are. This production team has been making classic material since then as part of the seven man crew Athletic Mic League. Once 2006 hit, they produced tracks for Wildchild's "Jack Of All Trades" and later on Buff1's classic "Pure" LP. This year they were everywhere, they had their hands in the following albums in 2008: Invincible's "Shapeshifters", Buff1's "There's Only One", Now On's "Tomorrow Already" and 14KT's "The Golden Hour", all Top 50 albums of 2008. If you're still unaware click the links.
Reps: London, UK
Rude Kid had a breakout year in 2008 by producing some of the horrest tracks in Grime, most notably the instrumental that became Ghetto's "Sing For Me". Rude Kid also released his highly anticipated "Are You Ready?" EP to both widespread critical acclaim and overwhelming fan response. It's only a matter of time before he's regarded as one of the best producers in all of the UK and not just the Grime scene.
Reps: San Diego/Los Angeles, CA
Freddie Joachim has a list a credits longer than you can imagine. The sound of his production ranges from soulful to jazzy and his remixees are the stuff of legend. His recent releases "In With Time", the instrumental projects "Tiger Beats" and "Cougar Beats" as well as "Remixes Vol. 4" are audio crack rock. Click those links if you've been sleeping.
Reps: Los Angeles, CA
I wouldn't dare try to explain Ras G's music or his style for people as I 'd prefer to let them listen for themselves. His new LP Ras G & The Afrikan Space Program "Ghetto Sci-Fi" is a must have for beat fanatics. Check his style out (no Blizzard):
Reps: Paris, France
The first project I ever heard from Onra was his 32 track instrumental LP "Chinoiseries" constructed entirely of samples from obscure Asian records. The next thing I heard was his collaboration with fellow producer Quetzal entitled "Tribute" where they flipped a bunch of old Soul records. After that was the incredibly funky "The Big Payback" collaboration project with keyboard genius Byron. He recently released the instrumental album "1.0.8" which was the final straw that ultimately landed him on this list. See what you've been missing out on.
Next up: Aeon, Has-Lo, Bullion, Muhsinah, Cookin' Soul and Terrace Martin