When certain producers team up with certain artists, magic ensues. These combinations of producers and singers (or rappers) have shown that there is a winning formula that can translate into record sales and utter success. Some producers stick with their favorite artist like Noah “40” Shebib does with Drake and some separate then reunite like Jermaine Dupri and Usher; either way, these duos have created classics!
10. Polow Da Don & Lloyd
Polow Da Don produced Lloyd’s 2011 album “King Of Hearts” featuring hit song “Lay It Down” and upcoming release “Be The One” with Trey Songz. “King Of Hearts” has already received rave reviews including praise for it’s original beats and creative lyrics.
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9. Noah “40” Shebib & Drake
40 and Drake are a match-made in heaven! Drake’s primary producer has created the beats for “Marvin’s Room,” “Successful,” “Fireworks [Ft. Alicia Keys]” and plenty more. The Toronto producer has also worked with Lil Wayne and Alicia Keys but sticks with Drake!
8. Lex Luger & Waka Flocka
“Hard In The Paint” was one of Waka Flocka’s biggest hits to date. The Lex Luger original had the signature aggressive drums and hard baseline Waka fans look to the dread-head rapper for. Along with “Hard In The Paint,” Lex Luger has also produced songs for Lil Wayne, Rick Ross and Ace Hood including the summer anthem “Hustle Hard.”
7. The Neptunes & The Clipse
The Neptunes, one-half Pharell, one half Chad Hugo, introduced The Clipse to the rap world in 2001 on “Grindin'” one of The Neptunes most notable beats ever. A Neptunes track can be identified anywhere. Their electo-funk and hard hitting percussion sounds are one of a kind.
6. Swizz Beats & DMX
DMX’s gritty rhyming style and Swizz Beats hard hitting trumpets make for magic in the studio. Swizz’ relationship with DMX helped him gain notoriety in the rap world. Swizz Beats produced his first beat the “Ruff Ryders Anthem,” when he was 17 and later, DMX’s club banger “Get It On The Floor.”
5. Kanye West & Jay-Z
Jay-Z and Kanye West may together just be an unstoppable duo. Having formed the super group “The Throne” critics and fans have already taken an even higher interest to the two. Kanye has produced nine of 12 tracks on the highly anticipated “Watch The Throne” album. Kanye was a very prominent producer on Jay’s classic album The Blueprint having produced “The Takeover,” “H To The Izzo” and “Girls, Girls, Girls (remix).”
4. Usher & Jermaine Dupri
When Usher’s 2004 album Confessions dropped it was an instance success thanks to Ushers vocals and Jermaine Dupri’s production. The two reunited after being separated for Usher’s previous album 8701. Confessions sold over 1.1 million copies in it’s first week. It is no doubt that Usher and JD are a lethal combination. Confessions has sold over 10 million copies to date. Jermaine Dupri also produced “Nice & Slow.”
3. Timbaland & Missy Elliott
Missy and Timberland revolutionized and revitalized Hip Hop with unique raps and innovative beats. Timbaland and Missy first teamed up on “Supa Dupa Fly” where he produced 15 of Missy’s tracks. Timberland and Missy are the unstoppable duo having together produced songs “Get Your Freak On,” “One Minute Man,” “Hot Boyz” and more.
2. Dr Dre. & Snoop Dogg
When Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg collaborated on “Nothing But A G Thing” in 1992 the rap world was introduced to a new style of rap. Snoop’s laid back flow and lyrical content matched Dre’s West Coast beats perfectly. Since then, Dr. Dre is one of the most respected producers of all time!
1. Quincy Jones & Michael Jackson
Quincy Jones agreed to work with Michael Jackson during the production of “The Wiz.” Quincy immediately began producing tracks for Michael’s solo album Off The Wall which went on to sell 20 million copies, solidifying Jones as the most prominent producer. Jones and Jackson continued to work together on Thriller, Michael Jackson’s biggest body of work to date. It has sold 110 million copies and is the highest selling album of all time.
The magic didn’t stop there. MJ and Quincy teamed up again on Bad which sold 32 million copies. Quincy said this after Michael left the world on June 25, 2009 “I am absolutely devastated at this tragic and unexpected news. For Michael to be taken away from us so suddenly at such a young age, I just don’t have the words. Divinity brought our souls together on The Wiz and allowed us to do what we were able to throughout the ’80s. To this day, the music we created together on Off The Wall, Thriller and Bad is played in every corner of the world and the reason for that is because he had it all…talent, grace, professionalism and dedication. He was the consummate entertainer and his contributions and legacy will be felt upon the world forever. I’ve lost my little brother today, and part of my soul has gone with him.” -NPR