Filed under: 45 Kings,Features,Listicles,Non-Rapper Dudes,The Unkut Guide
Written by: Robbie Ettelson
Since I threw out the statement that “I respect Jay Dee but he doesn’t crack my top 25″ comment earlier, it’s only right that I back it up by providing the Unkut top 30 in no particular order. Send all hate mail to the usual address.
His work with King Tee, Threat and Ice Cube cemented his place is the history books.
The sound of the first three Cypress Hill albums reminded New York of something that had been lost for a minute.
Scientific drum programming that was five years ahead of his time.
His work with Special Ed, Real Roxanne and Chubb Rock was running shit on the dancefloors in his day.
Easy Moe Bee
Defined the sound of the times at his prime with Bad Boy.
Efil4Zaggin was the most state of the art release of it’s day, and The Chronic changed rap forever.
Made flipping dollar bin 80′s R&B records work in 1999 and reminded us what this shit is all about – making something out of nothing.
Brought the Spanish influence into the game and provided some of the best drinking music ever.
Their work on Da Shinin’ is flawless.
Took it back to the weird and obscure without sacrificing the thump.
Future shock sampling before samplers were even up to the task.
Took us back the dungeons of rap and made some of the dirtiest music major label rap ever.
Made Run-DMC and Whodini into the powerhouses of 80′s rap that they became.
Mastered the Linn drum like no one else before or after.
Technical wizard who took the drum machine to new hights with his work for Mantronix and T La Rock.
Pushed the SP-1200 to previously unimaginable levels with Mecca and the Soul Brother, while he built on the 45 King’s horn science and made it his own.
Defined the raw New York sound for most of the 90′s with a stripped-down, unorthadox approach.
He’s got so much soul, he don’t need no music.
Unfinished Business was the most sophisticated production of 1989, and that was only one of their four incredible achievements.
Took rap to it’s rawest form and conquered it with “P.S.K.” and “Gucci Time”, and evolved into the sampling era with equal aplomb.
Studied under Havoc from Mobb Deep and has since overshadowed his master by taking the essence of QB back to the west.
Proved that less is always more with “It’s Yours”, the first LL album and the Beastie Boys debut.
Kept Bambatta’s dream of experimentation alive.
Changed the sound of thug rap forever with soulful, desolate loops and masterful snare work.
The epitome of crate culture on record. “Sally Got A One Track Mind” cannot be touched.
The essence of The Bronx sound who made big band samples pop like no one had before.
On the strength of “Time’s Up” and “Woah” alone, Buck has the versatility that most lack.
So far ahead of his time that the world still hasn’t caught up, Ced took production into orbit with his advanced programming science.
The first producer to kill horns on hooks and loop the stuff you’d never think to flip.
Invented the concept of sampling drums from records instead of using drum machines, and therefroe the most important hip-hop producer of all-time by default. Not to mention he gave us “The Bridge”…
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