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The latest installment of our Producer Series features classic cuts produced by Large Professor. Click below to listen to the playlist.

Seeing vintage footage of Large Professor at Nas' SXSW show reminded us that we had not done an installment in our Producer Series in a while and, more importantly, we had not done one featuring the music of Large Professor, one of the all-time greats. Below is a playlist of... Read more

It’s been 17 years since No I.D. laced Common with the track for the classic I Used to Love H.E.R. Nearly 2 decades later, the Chicago legend that Kanye West cites as his mentor is still going strong. The latest installment of our Producer Series is dedicated to the music of No I.D. Click below to hear the mix.

Nearly 2 decades later, the Chicago legend that Kanye West cites as his mentor is still going strong.  The latest installment of our Producer Series is dedicated to the music of No I.D.  It's always interesting to listen to a producer's body of work over an extended period of time. ... Read more

Jay-Z has helped put on a LOT of producers. Very few can say they helped put him on. Ski Beatz is one of them…

The latest installment of our Producer Series is dedicated to the music of the legendary Ski Beatz. If you like Reasonable Doubt-era Jay-Z and Curren$y's Pilot Talk series, this one is for you. Ski Beatz was one of the primary sonic architects of all those projects. He also did one... Read more

Erick Sermon just dropped a new song and it inspired us to take a look back at his career. The latest Producer Series installment is dedicated to the Green Eyed Bandit.

When he first unleashed his sonic imprint in 1988 as part of EPMD, Erick Sermon was one of the first producers to bring P-Funk to hip-hop. Over the better part of the next 2 decades, he went on to give classic tracks to some of the most legendary names in... Read more

Just Blaze is known but he does not often get his props as being 1 of the all time great producers. He is the subject of the latest installment of our Producer Series playlists. You’ll hear Joe Budden, Beanie Sigel, Cam’ron, Freeway, Kanye, Jay Electronica, The Game, Nas, Scarface, Saigon and of course lots of Jay-Z.

Just Blaze's first producer credits were in 1999 but he really caught people's attention in 2000 when he laced Jay-Z with his classic Streets is Talking track. A year later, Just Blaze and another promising young producer named Kanye West combined to produce 9 out of the 15 tracks on... Read more

DJ Quik’s new album drops next week. To support and show love, he is the subject of the latest Producer Series playlist.

Hailing from Compton, DJ Quik is one of the best producers to ever do it--on any coast--period.  He's a DJ, a musician, a producer and a rapper.  Though his sound is rooted in the P-Funk, the vast majority of his music is original.  His range is such that he can... Read more

There is NO WAY I could let this day go by without a tribute to the late, great J. Dilla. Here’s a playlist with some of my favorite Dilla joints.

37 years ago today was his born day and, to the HUGE loss of the hip-hop community, the anniversary of his death is on 2/10/06. In the short time he was with us, he left an indelible sonic imprint on the hip-hip, R&B and general music landscape. Here's a playlist... Read more