Finding The GOAT Producer: The Elite 8 Has Been Determined

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Last night (February 20), Round 2 voting closed for “Finding The GOAT Producer.” This competition, launched in early January, began with 32 producers (including two Wild Card inductees into the bracket). The 32 eventually became a pack of 16, and as of now, has reached its Elite 8 in this annual battle-themed tournament.

In Round 2, there were no tie-breakers needed. The tightest battle was between DJ Quik and Erick Sermon. Q-U-I-K defeated his “U Ain’t Fresh” and “Focus” collaborator by a margin of just less than 10%. On the other side of the spectrum, the largest margin of victory was Dr. Dre, who defeated Puff Daddy & The Hitmen by 91% to 9%.

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Here are the 8 producers advancing to Round 3, which begins tomorrow (February 22):

A Tribe Called Quest
DJ Quik
DJ Premier
Dr. Dre
J. Dilla
Kanye West
Pete Rock
RZA

Round 3 involves two Compton natives, two current G.O.O.D. Music acts, and two parts of The Ummah. On many classic Hip-Hop albums, liner note readers will see more than one of these names.

The entire “Finding The GOAT: Producers” series thus far.