Top 10 Music Producers in US (2016)

Here are the Top 10 Music Producers in United State Of America for the year 2016

When nodding your head and taping your feet ad fingers to a Hip Hop track, or dancing in the club to a rock or party joint, one usually gives the musician all the credit for the song. Very few people take into consideration that a lot of work was invested in the studio before the song came out. In the studio, it’s the producers who call the shots. They’re the ones who make sure that every little detail of the song sounds perfect. They make changes and advice the artists accordingly for a high quality end product.

These are the professionals who can largely be acknowledged for the success of a song. Producers are bestowed the responsibility of shaping the raw and uncut diamond. They hone the artist’s skills so that expectations of critics, fans and the record label can all be met. Here is the top 10 list of music producers that are most probably responsible for the jam you may be bumping right now:

10. The Neptunes

This is a group composed of two gentlemen, known as Chad Hugo and Pharell Williams, who played an important role in shaping the urban contemporary scene. They have recorded many of the top artists in the US including Ol’ Dirty Bastard, Britney Spears, Snoop Dogg and Busta Rhymes. After making hits consistently, larger record labels started using The Neptunes to make their tracks. Apart from producing, Pharell Williams is also a musician and songwriter.

9. Butch Vig

Before venturing into production full time, Butch was a singer-cum-drummer. He even contributed to a soundtrack to the movieSlumber Party Massacre. With his recording studio, he was able to work with the biggest artists in the Indie region. These include: The Smashing Pumpkins, Nirvana, Garbage and The Foo Fighters. His name is synonymous to many hit grunge records.

8. Daniel Lanois

In the 80s, Daniel was a highly regarded figure in Rock music. He was behind the most successful records of that era ranging fromThe Unforgettable Fire by U2 and So by Peter Gabriel. His touch is generally smoky and silky making him one of the most sought after producers by urban rock bands. Critics agree that Daniel has the capability of making electronic instruments sound natural, an attribute that lead to exploration of creative ideas.

7. Barry Gordy

Gordy, like Sam, knew how to spot talent, refine it, brand it and sell it. The owner of Motown Records is one of the few producers who can boast of a wide collection of talent under his umbrella. He has worked with musicians like Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, The Temptations and The Jackson Five. Many more others are on the list. Gordy was successful at marketing African American music to appeal to all audiences worldwide.

6. George Martin

A revolutionary producer set to banish all common perspective towards rock music succeeded by ending up as the top producer in US. George signed The Beatles, in the 60s, in a bid to shape their talent. He was able to turn those great songs written by The Beatles into amazing classics that redefined rock music. He appreciated fresh ideas from artists which lead to experimentations during recording sessions.

5. Eminem

Marshall Bruce Mathers III (born October 17, 1972), known professionally as Eminem (often stylized as EMINƎM), is an American rapper, record producer, and actor. Eminem is the best-selling artist of the 2000s in the United States, his production are quite unique, all songs produced by the multi talented artist finds its way up to the bill board chat, its no doubt that he belongs to this category.

4. Dr. Dre

Starting as a local DJ in LA, Dr. Dre re-invented the Hip Hop sound which consequently made him an established producer. Initially, he used to produce for his group, NWA, a move that propelled them to the limelight. Dre has worked with top Hip Hop artists such as 2Pac, 50 Cent, Ice Cube, Kurupt, Xzibit and Snoop Dogg. Curtis Mayfield was one of his biggest role models. This encouraged Dre to avoid samples and thus making tracks using live instruments. His sound has a very big influence on Hip Hop music.

3. 2 Chainz

Tauheed Epps (born September 12, 1977), known professionally as 2 Chainz (formerly Tity Boi), is an American rapper fromCollege Park, Georgia. He initially gained recognition for being one-half of the Southern hip hop duo Playaz Circle, alongside his longtime friend and fellow rapper, Earl “Dolla Boy” Conyers. They are perhaps best known for being signed to fellow Georgia-based rapper Ludacris’ Disturbing tha Peace label, as well as their debut single “Duffle Bag Boy”.

In February 2012, Epps signed a solo record deal with Def Jam Records, an imprint of Universal Music Group. The following August, he released his debut studio album Based on a T.R.U. Story, to mixed reviews. The album spawned three successful singles: “No Lie,” “Birthday Song,” and “I’m Different”, all of which charted in the top 50 of the Billboard Hot 100 and were certified Gold or higher by the RIAA, along with the album being certified Gold. His second studio album B.O.A.T.S. II: Me Time was released on September 11, 2013. It was supported by the singles “Feds Watching” and “Used 2”.

2. JAY-Z

Shawn Corey Carter (born December 4, 1969), known professionally as Jay Z, is an American rapper, businessman, and investor. Formerly known as Jay-Z, he is one of the best-selling musicians of all time, having sold more than 100 million records, while receiving 21 Grammy Awards for his music. MTV ranked him the “Greatest MC of all time” in 2006. Rolling Stone ranked three of his albums—Reasonable Doubt (1996), The Blueprint (2001), and The Black Album (2003)—among the 500 greatest albums of all time. In 2014, Forbes estimated his net worth at nearly $520 million, making him one of the richest hip hop artists in the U.S.

Jay Z co-owns the New York 40/40 Club sports bar, and is the co-creator of the clothing line Rocawear. He is the former president of Def Jam Recordings, co-founder of Roc-A-Fella Records, and the founder of the entertainment company Roc Nation. He also founded the sports agency Roc Nation Sports and is a certified NBA and MLB sports agent. As an artist, he holds the record for most number one albums by a solo artist on the Billboard 200 with 13. He has also had four number ones on the Billboard Hot 100, one as lead artist. In 2009 he was ranked the tenth-most successful artist of the 2000s by Billboard as well as the fifth top solo male artist and fourth top rapper behind Eminem, Nelly, and 50 Cent. He was also ranked the 88th-greatest artist of all time by

1. Kanye West

Kanye Omari West is an American rapper, songwriter, record producer, fashion designer, and entrepreneur. Born in Atlanta and raised in Chicago, West first became known as a producer for Roc-A-Fella Records in the early 2000s, producing hit singles for artists such as Jay Z and Alicia Keys. Intent on pursuing a solo career as a rapper, West released his debut album The College Dropout in 2004 to widespread critical and commercial success, and founded the record label GOOD Music. He went on to pursue a variety of different styles on subsequent albums Late Registration (2005), Graduation (2007), and808s & Heartbreak (2008). In 2010, he released his fifth album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy to rave reviews from critics, and the following year he collaborated with Jay Z on the joint LP Watch the Throne (2011). West released his abrasive sixth album,Yeezus, to further critical praise in 2013. His seventh album, The Life of Pablo, was released in 2016 and recorded a huge success, its no doubt his holding the number 1 spot today


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