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The Urban Buzz Top Ten Music Producers of All-Time

Our personal choices of the Top Ten R&B Music Producers of our era:

Jermaine DuPri

#10 Jermaine “JD” Dupri

#10 Jermaine Dupri. Responsible for producing hits for
Xscape, Kris Kross, Jagged Edge, Janet Jackson, Usher, Nelly, Mariah Carey… Started So So Def Recordings and helped create the Altanta sound.

Rodney Jerkins

# 9 Rodney “Dark Child” Jerkins

#9 Rodney Jerkins. Responsible for producing hits for Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Monica, Mary J. Blige, Toni Braxton, Brandy, Kirk Franklin, Ciara, Deborah Cox, Britney Spears, Jennifer Lopez, Alicia Keys, Mary Mary, Justin Bieber…


#8 Teddy “TR” Riley

#8 Teddy Riley. Responsible for producing hits for Michael Jackson, Guy, Blackstreet, Mary J Blige, MC Hammer, Keith Sweat, Mike Posner, Bobby Brown, SWV, Heavy D & the Boyz, The Winans, Hi Five… Created the New Jack Swing sound.


#7 Tim “Timbaland” Mosley

#7 Timbaland. Responsible for producing hits for Justin Timberlake, Jodeci, Aaliyah, Missy Elliott, Ginuwine, Nelly Furtado, Jay-Z, Beyonce, Nas, Destiny’s Child, Juicy J, Game, Chris Brown, Mariah Carey, Demi Lovato, Keyshia Cole, Black Eyed Peas, Keri Hilson, Katy Perry, Drake, Madonna, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony One Republic …


# 6 Pharrell Williams (The Neptunes)

#6 Pharrell Williams/The Neptunes. Responsible for producing hits for N.E.R.D, Beyonce, Mary J. Blige, Common, Jay-Z, Mac Miller, Mariah Carey, Mystikal,  Kelis, Swizz Beatz, Missy Elliott, Britney Spears, Fall Out Boy, Twista, Pusha T, Big Sean, Snoop Dogg, T.I., Daft Punk, Robin Thicke, Ludacris, Toni Braxton, Michael Jackson, LL Cool J, CeeLo Green, Gucci Mane, Pit Bull, Earl Sweatshirt…

gamble and huff

#5 Kenny Gamble & Leon Huff

#5 Gamble & Huff. Responsible for producing hits for The O’Jays, Billy Paul, MSFB, Harold Melvin & the Bluenotes, Archie Bell & the Drells, Lou Rawls, Teddy Pendergrass, Patti LaBelle, The Jacksons, The Jones Girls… Created the “Philly Sound”. Started Philadelphia International Records

#4 Antonio “LA” Reid & Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds

#4 LA & Babyface. Responsible for producing hits for TLC, Toni Braxton, OutKast, Pink, Usher, Goodie Mob and Donell Jones, Bobby Brown, Whitney Houston, Whispers, Pebbles, Karyn White, Paula Abdul, After 7, Johnny Gill, Boyz II Men, New Edition, Babyface… Started LaFace Records helped develop the Atlanta Sound.


#3 Andre “Dr. Dre” Young

Responsible for producing hits for N.W.A, World Class Wreckin’ Cru, 2Pac, 50 Cent, Above the Law, Eminem, Game, Kendrick Lamar, Ice Cube, Nate Dogg, Snoop Dogg, Tha Dogg Pound, The D.O.C., Xzibit, Mary J. Blige, The Firm, Eve… Started Gangsta Rap, Death Row Records and Aftermath Records


#2 James “Jimmy Jam” Harris & Terry Lewis

#2 Jam & Lewis. Responsible for producing hits for The Time, Prince, Janet Jackson, Michael Jackson, The SOS Band, Cherrelle, Usher, Morris Day, Trey Songz, TLC, Boyz II Men, Yolanda Adams, George Michael, Solo, Alexander O’Neal, Mariah Carey, Mary J. Blige, Johnny Gill, Barry White, Mint Condition, Sounds of Blackness, Luther Vandross, Change, Chaka Khan, New Edition, Captain Rapp, Karyn White, Patti Labelle, Gladys Knight, Jon Secada, Herb Alpert, Ruben Studdard, Spice Girls, Patti Austin, The Human League, Chante Moore, Blu Cantrell, Heather Headley, Ann Nesby, Vanessa Williams… Started Flyte Tyme Productions, Perspective Records, helped build Tabu Records and helped develop the Minneapolis Sound.


#1 Quincy Jones

#1 Quincy Jones. Responsible for producing hits for Lionel Hampton, Ray Charles, Dizzy Gillespie, Toots Thielemans, Sarah Vaughn, George Benson, Aaliyah, Michael Jackson, Rod Temperton, The Brothers Johnson, Frank Sinatra, Aretha Franklin, Eddie Van Halen, Dinah Washington, Dean Martin, 2Pac, Patti Austin, Tevin Campbell, Tamia, Chaka Khan, Rufus, Take 6, James Ingram, USA For Africa, Barry White, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, Will Smith, Trey Songz, Lesley Gore… Started Qwest Records.

Honorable Mention:

Berry Gordy, James Brown, Prince, Kanye West, R. Kelly, Sean “Puffy” Combs, Issac Hayes, Dallas Austin, Organized Noize, Stargate, Just Blaze, Mannie Fresh, Tricky Stewart, Trackmasters, Swizz Beats, The Bomb Squad, DJ Quick, DJ Premier, Raphael Saadiq, Cool-N-Dre, Arif Mardin, Nile Rodgers, Bernard Edwards, Leon Ware, George Duke, Maurice White, Skip Scarborough,  James Carmichael, Rick James.
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