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Best Producer on The M.I.C.?

Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017

When Diamond D said he was the best producer on the mic, we kinda agreed with him. Sometimes that self-proclamation just sells itself. When you hear “King of Pop” we all think of just one person. Over the years, many producers have taken a stab at rhyming. DJ Premier started as a rapper before he met Guru. The Alchemist and his buddy Scott Caan were The Whooliganz before ALC became a household name. Today, you have many multi-talented artists who do both very well. Black Milk is a perfect example. El-P another one. Roc Marciano and MF Doom handle most of their production too. This isn’t anything new in hip-hop, the God Rakim did many of his own beats. Legends like Large Professor, Erick Sermon, RZA, Lord Finesse or Havoc have always been equally talented on both ends.

But this poll is about picking just one. Who is the best producer on the mic? Now before you vote, understand, this list could have been as long as Schindler’s if I included everyone. The reality is, this comes down to maybe just a few guys when you truly think about it. And I’m willing to bet whoever you think should be added, isn’t better than the few guys I’m thinking about. It’s not that I don’t recognize many of the newer cats putting in work, but for this poll I went with guys who have been holding it down for decades, not just a few summers. These are guys with healthy track records, impressive catalogs and classics tracks under the belt. These aren’t artists who got a little too drunk one night and spit 16 bars. These are producers/rappers who truly have mastered the art of both. They are the Bo Jacksons of hip-hop.

Remember, you aren’t picking your FAVORITE producer or your FAVORITE rapper in this poll. You’re picking the extremely talented producer who you feel is the BEST rapper in this poll. Essentially, the best producer on the mic!

There can only be one, so who’s it gonna be?

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Which rapper would you like to grab a drink with?

Wednesday, February 18th, 2015

By drink, I mean coffee, beer, water, whatever. The point is to pick the one rapper you’d like to have a real conversation with. Please only select one from the list of 10 rappers. I mixed them up to make it somewhat challenging. Join the discussion here.

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    T.R.O.Y. Presents – Sounds Like The 90s Vol. 17

    Thursday, December 2nd, 2010

    The last volume before the new year. While it was a pretty good year in hip-hop, there wasn’t an overwhelming amount of throwback tracks, thus us delivering you just 5 volumes of Sounds Like The 90s in ’10.

    As many of you know, we do these compilations to capture an era that we all love. Some tracks do sound like the 90s, while others are artists from that era doing their thing. A few of these tracks have been out for awhile now, some even debuted on this site, but here is a tightly sequenced mix for the holidays. I wouldn’t normally put 3 tracks by one artist on a mix, but Kanye killed it this year (all 3 tracks not on the LP) and Q-Tip is responsible for 2 of those gems. There was no way I wasn’t putting these on for you guys.

    Thanks to all the people that have supported over the years. We’ll continue to do these and we’re always keeping an open mind, so if you got something, don’t hesitate to link us. Props to Dirt_Dog and Strategy for helping–as always. Shouts to the entire T.R.O.Y. squad and our readers. Download link and front cover are below, back cover and tracklist are after the jump. Happy Holidays! –Philaflava

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    Kanye West and Jay-Z “That’s My Bitch” prod. Q-Tip – The New Boom Bap?

    Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010

    Earlier this year Kanye swore that his next album would be the return of that of that ol’ boom bap. Well, My Beautiful Twisted Dark Fantasy has arrived and while it is the critically lauded, bombastic event of an album one might expect from Kanye, and there are some hard drums to be heard on it, it isn’t anything like a 2010 version of Enta Da Stage. That’s okay because the man’s work ethic surpasses even his egotism, and he’s already leaking that are supposed to appear on his upcoming collaborative album with Jay-z, Watch The Throne. “That’s My Bitch” slams. You haven’t heard a straight ahead rap song with the potential to be played on big market radio stations during peak hours slam like this lately, unless it was repackaged as an Amerie song. I like her legs but I like rapping, too. If Kanye succeeds in getting younger listeners familiarized with *that break* and others, how can you be mad at him? This song sounds almost too 1990 to be true, as if it was dropped out of an alternate dimension where A Tribe Called Quest opted out of embarking on a mission to revive mellow fusion jazz and instead went ahead to give hip-house a hardcore facelift and mollywop all the rap-lite dance music sub-genres desperately nipping at the ankles of the Bomb Squad sound but never getting it down correctly. It reminds me of a nanotech version of the Jungle Brothers “Doin Our Own Dang,” which features all the Native Tongue heavy hitters including a young and idealistic Q-Tip and of course, cutesy lil’ Monie Love, who Kanye alludes to in a really odd punchline that I might be too sober to comprehend. Enjoy. — Thun