Neptunes earn kudos from actual music mag
Billboard named the Neptunes as Producers of the Decade. Is anyone really surprised by this? They’ve worked with, well, themselves (N.E.R.D.) to create one of the best hip hop albums hands down, ever (In Search Of…) as well as a slew of critically acclaimed albums for Clipse. When I think of Clipse, it is hard to also not think of the Neptunes; it’s like peanut butter and jelly! They’ve also worked with Hov, Britney Spears, Usher, Fabolous, T.I., Limp Bizkit (I’ll try to pretend that never happened), No Doubt, Luda, Nelly, Destiny’s Child, Justin Timberlake, LL Cool J, and those are only the highlights of 2001-2003!
Timbaland was ranked number two on the list, which makes sense, as he has produced for a ton of artists, including Aaliyah, Hov, Keri Hilson, and is responsible for one of my favorite songs that played all the time in the Italian clubs, you might recognize it, “Ayo Technology.” I’m not even going to say anything about how Timbo also produced albums for Lindsay Lohan, Ashlee Simpson, and Flo Rida.
Mr. Gay Fish himself (Kanye for those who do not watch South Park) ranked number three on the list, and I can support this ranking as he has his own wikipedia page “Kanye West Production Discography.” My favorite Kanye prodctuions, at first glance, include Hov’s “Already Home,” Game’s “Dreams,” and Common’s “Testify.”
Scott Storch was ranked number 4, which I can respect; I’m glad that his recent drug, tax, and bankruptcy problems did not influence his ranking. He has quite the repertoire, yet it is evident that drugs are involved: producing Brooke Hogan’s entire album and contributing heavily to Paris Hilton’s wreck (goes to show you that money really can buy anything). Although, I gotta give credit when credit is due, like for “Make it Rain,” R. Kelly’s “Playas Only,” 50 Cent’s (don’t judge me) “Candy Shop,” and Remy Ma’s “Conceited,” which, believe it or not, was my theme song for a while there. Up until, you know, Sasha Fierce’s “Diva” came out. I’m kind of being serious; I think “Bossy” by Kelis was my jam for a while, too.
The rest are really of no interest to me but can be viewed here.