Remember when Eminem said, “Where’s my snare? I have no snare in my headphones” on The Eminem Show‘s “Cleaning Out My Closet?” Who knew Shady had an ear for production, much less an aspiration for it as well.
The rapper has produced various songs such as, Jay-Z‘s “Renegade,” and “Moment of Clarity,” Jadakiss‘s “Welcome to D-Block”, the Tupac and Biggie Smalls “Runnin’ (Dying To Live),” including some of his own material. But Em is just one of several rappers who have wanted to be the individual behind the sound, and not just the words.
As for the producers of the game, they haven’t quit their day jobs or collected unemployment checks just because emcees have familiarized themselves with Pro Tools, and other nuances of beat-making. In fact, producers like Kanye West who is perhaps as synonymous for his production as he is for his rapping skills, and most recently Hit-Boy with the song “Jay-Z Interview,” have gone from wrapping up beats to rapping on beats.
GlobalGrind has decided to compile a list of the 10 best producers turned rappers, and we have the music videos to prove it.
So where’s the snare? Down here!
Check them out below, and let us know what you think.
Hit-Boy “Jay-Z Interview”
Kanye West “Through The Wire”
(Pharrell) & Snoop Dogg “Drop It Like It’s Hot”
Swizz Beatz “It’s Me Snitches”
(Alchemist), Progidy, Nina Sky & Illa Ghee “Hold You Down”
Mannie Fresh “Real Big”
(Jermaine Dupri) & Jay-Z “Money Ain’t A Thang”
RZA as Bobby Digital “You Can’t Stop Me Now”
(Timbaland), Magoo & Missy Elliot “Cop That S**t”
(Dr. Dre) & Eminem “Forgot About Dre”