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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

This week’s playlist is the first in a series dedicated to the greatest producers in hip-hop. First up is the legendary DJ Premier.

Primo burst onto the national scene more than 23 years ago and has been a hip-hop staple ever since. He represents guaranteed credibility for any project he touches and has often been the go-to guy for the greatest rappers in the game. You know what to expect: Biggie, Nas, Jay-Z,... Read more

Black Thought, Fat Joe, Eve, The Game, Jermain Dupri and Diggy Simmons all on one song???

Yessir. And that's not even all. The song is Young Chris' Philly Sh*t and it also features Fred The Godson and Young Malc. Check it out. Click here to download.... Read more

Joell Ortiz and Fat Joe go IN on One Shot (Killed for Less). This joint is fire.

This is some East Coast gangsta sh*t. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MxBJGvKWotc Click here to download..... Read more

Meyhem Lauren is grimy on Got the Fever but he flows over a jazzy soulful track that sounds like it could have come from the "golden age" of the mid-nineties.

Meyhem Lauren - Got the Fever http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gg5cJu1Zcws&feature=player_embedded That grimy flow over smooth jazzy beats kinda reminds me of cats like these: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bLVD3uMTX7I http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q5nk_J-SQ_4&feature=channel.... Read more

DJ Premier is one of the greatest hip-hop producers of all time. Ambrosia for Heads contributor Omar Akil is a Primo scholar and fan. Check out the first installment in his weekly column dedicated to Premier.

PREEM-EAR A DJ Premier track = Rare chopped up sample + ill drum loop + vocal sample as hook (manipulated by turntables). While Preem has never deviated from this formula (in almost 22 years as a producer), his tracks always, always, always sound different and familiar at the same time. ... Read more

If it Ain't About Money – Fat Joe ft. Trey Songz

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7SZsYhMh1Pg Funkmaster Flex spun this joint with straight venom in his voice when he premiered it.  He was on a tear about some local DJs who were hating on his game (radio, clubs and cars).  The soundtrack was so sweet it didn’t matter what he was saying—Joey Crack spitting with... Read more

Let's Go!!! – Playlist

Old school hip-hop playlist guaranteed to get you hyped. Tracklist below. Click here to play. Notorious B.I.G. – Who Shot Ya? Jay-Z – Rock Star Lil Cease ft. Lil Kim and Puff Daddy – Play Around Big Pun – Glamour Life Mase ft. Puff Daddy – Can’t Nobody Hold Me... Read more