Most Slept On Hip-Hop Producers (Nominations)


Earlier today there was a conversion on twitter about who Crate Kings readers thought was the most slept-on producer. I have to be honest. I was surprised and reminded of a lot of people that had somehow slipped my mind. By the way, if you haven’t followed Crate Kings on twitter yet, do it now.

Here’s your chance to get in on the conversation. Add your nomination to the list of most slept-on hip-hop producers in the comments section. In a few days we’ll post a poll to make the selection official.

UPDATE: It’s clear that the list has spiraled out of control and a poll isn’t going to work for a number for reasons.  First, there’s been the question of the definition of “slept-on” and who actually qualifies.  Second, the list has become way too long.  The good thing is that this has turned out to be one of the most interesting conversations that we’ve had here in quite some time.  Please keep the comments coming.

Reader nominated producers:

  • Large Professor
  • Beatnuts
  • K-Def
  • Prince Paul
  • Dust Brothers.
  • DJ Quik
  • Madlib
  • Havoc
  • 45 king
  • Lord Finesse
  • J Swift
  • EZ Elpee
  • D.R. Period
  • Thes One
  • Ayatollah
  • K-Def
  • DJ Scratch
  • Vinyl Reanimators
  • Kool Moe D
  • Fizzy Womack
  • Paul C
  • Dj muggs
  • Prince Paul
  • Larry Smith
  • Shock G
  • Organized Noize
  • Pharoahe Monch
  • Bomb Squad
  • Bernard Edwards Jr.
  • Hollywood Impact
  • Ced-Gee
  • Dan The Automator
  • King Shameek
  • Dust Brothers
  • Kurtis Mantronik
  • Diamond D
  • No I.D.

154 thoughts on “Most Slept On Hip-Hop Producers (Nominations)”

  1. Thes One and The Bomb Squad mutherfuckerz. They have made many ALBUMS worth of amazing beats. That shit ain’t easy to do.

    • It’s hard to understand how the Bomb Squad is on this list. First of all the Bomb Squad is no longer a unit, plus when they were making heat,they were doing dope platinum tracks.

      • Because “slept on producers” means they’re not necessarily getting the credit they deserve. Admittedly, it’s probably because they haven’t done much of anything recently, younger kids don’t even know who they are/were. At this point they are criminally slept on for their contributions, while someone like Just Blaze is not. It may be just a relevancy thing, sure, but ask 9 out of 10 of these young producers who The Bomb Squad is/was and they’d have no idea. Those dudes created a whole new brand of energy that is still extremely relevant today but they’re not getting credit for it. I mean, they influenced the sound on “Straight Outta Compton”. Who knows what that would’ve sounded like otherwise…?

        Plus one for DJ Spinna too, btw

  2. Dj Spinna, Kut Masta Kurt, L.E.S., Buckwild, 88 Keys, Hi-Tek, Prince Paul, Thes One, Erick Sermon, Shawn J. Period, J-Rawls, Dug Infinite, Evidence, 45 King, Redman, A-plus & Domino (Hiero), etc.

    • Jay Dee is the LAST person that’s slept on. He’s always in discussion as one of, if not the greatest producer of all time. It’s just a shame that the masses didn’t take notice til after he passed.

  3. Blu, Exile, Black Milk, Lazerbeak (Doomtree), Paper Tiger (Doomtree), Ant (Atmosphere), Medium Zach (Big Quarters), Amp (Actual Proof), Double-O (Kidz In The Hall), Xaphoon Jones (Chiddy Bang), OH NO, Aesop Rock

    Prolly more, but we’ll start there…

  4. smh no beatminerz? no !llmind? no B!nk dog? Nasheem myrick? some one already said Focus from aftermath…
    what about battlecat? flying lotus? salaam remi? DJ Scratch? Eric Semon?
    chad “pimp c” butler…nigga cmon! lets talk about it!
    special K and teddy ted? MOSs? Rick ruben? we could do this all night lol

    FYI: u have k def up there twice…

  5. Battlekat comes instantly to mind because he’s so dope and like most west coast cats, he gets the short end of the stick. For the sake of debate however there are just too many muthafuckas to say who’s most slept on.


  6. 45 King no doubt!!! He’s actually my favorite and hardly anybody mentions him. The simplicity in his djing and production is classic!

  7. At the end of all these comments would the best producer who hasn’t been mentioned yet, by default, be the most slept on producer?

  8. I honestly think Don Cannon is kind of slept on as a producer – he gets a huge amount of credit as a mixtape DJ, but I’m impressed by his production – the dude can do anything from straight sampled-classic sounding beats to trap music – i dig the versatility as opposed to the more “purist” kind of guys like 9th.(9th is dope too). I like the Cool Kids mixtapes he did, and that collection of instrumentals he put out – the shit is sick! good sample chopping with more modern drums….

  9. so glad to see all the constructive input. all these producers getting named deserve all the accolades they get. and then it still wouldnt be enuff.
    basically it boils down to this. Every
    SAMPLE BASED producer is gonna be slept on besides the mt rushmore of producers. DRE, DILLA,PETEROCK, & PREEMO.

  10. I`m glad you stopped this. There will never be a solid list for this subject. There are many slept-on producers in this saturated market of Hip Hop. Everybody can`t get the credit they deserve. That`s how it is in life period. i can think of millions of people that don`t get credit for doing great things,this is no different.

  11. WTF. most of these cats are DEFINITELY NOT slept on… like…

    # Diamond D
    # No I.D.
    # Large ProfessorDJ Quik
    # Madlib
    # Havoc
    # 45 king
    # Lord Finesse
    DJ Scratch
    Dj muggs
    Prince Paul
    Dan The Automator

  12. Kenlo, from up here in Canada, u don’t even know what u are missing. I mean, y’all are here dropping big names like black milk or madlib being underrated, these guys are like hiphop stars to me, maybe they get slept-on by the mainstream, but not by the hiphop community.
    Try to get urself one of his 6 instrumental albums (name by color : bleue, orange, brun, etc…) shit is crazy.
    The Brown one maybe the easiest to find, but is also the most experimental and not really that easy to listen, but trust me, this guy knows.

  13. @Cliché i just checked out Kenlo’s bandcamp and his beats are amazing! thanks for the tip. also i’m thinkin Kev Brown, Dan the Automator and Prince Paul on this debate

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