Top 10 Music Producers In The Motorcity
Written By: Sid Jones
Detroit music has given us some of the best rappers around the world. From King Gordy to Eminem. Insane Clown Posse to Kovax. The entire organism of music, thrives in the Motorcity.
One of the most overlooked contributors are in fact, the producers. While record labels and artists are celebrated, these unsung heroes are rarely celebrated. That’s why we’re here!
We asked you on our social media for top ten ideas for this week! You asked for it and we’re delivering it. These are the top ten greatest Detroit music producers.
We thank you for participating. Without you, there probably wouldn’t have been a list this week. Each and every one of you are the reason why we’re here. This is proof of that.
Let’s get started!
One of the all time greatest. Nick Speedy has worked with 50 Cent, Mopreme Shakur, Lloyd Banks, and many others. He is also a disc jockey.
Don’t let the number one spot think anything less of this man. He has once said, “You have to understand that Detroit is unimpressed by everything.”
So putting him at the ten spot is a nod to that notorious quote. Salute!
Founder and CEO of Planet-E, a world renowned record label. Carl Craig brought his artists on a world tour. His first track released in 1989.
Now, almost thirty years later, he has shocked the world with his electronic sound. Techno has been his trademark and always will be.
If you enjoy techno and electronic beats, this may be the guy to call. He landed at the number nine spot because he no longer lives in Detroit. Still counted it, moving on.
Berry Gordy Jr.
Another famous and former Detroit resident! No list of top 10 greatest producers would be complete, without the mention of this living legend.
Founder of the Motown record label, he had signed many great artists including Stevie Wonder and the Jackson 5. Even though he left the Motorcity and moved to Los Angeles, in my eyes that counts.
His legacy began in the city of the Detroit. Argue amongst yourselves, after you finish reading the list.
Mike E Clark
If you haven’t seen this man’s laser shows, you’ve truly missed out on an experience. A jack of all trades and a master at working with Detroit legends. Fun fact, he produced demos for Kid Rock in 1988. Before he was signed to Jive.
One of the reasons I had to put him on this list, was the remix of Boondox’s They Pray With Snakes. Not too often does a remake or a revisit to a film, or song outshines the original.
He has muscled through a lot in his career, including a life threatening illness. After three months in Mt Clemens Hospital, Mike reunited with the hip-hop duo, Insane Clown Posse.
A catalog of his own, a legacy and self made career. We thank you Mike for all you’ve done and continue to do. Detroit wouldn’t be the same without your contributions.
DubMuzik aka Dub The Alien
Dub The Alien has provided us with some newer music. A producer, quickly gaining notoriety and publicity. He’s one of the ones to be keeping an eye on.
Detroit is known for two things; Legends and legends in the making. Dub has worked with D12 and others. So far, his career holds a lot of promise and expectation.
After producing the Last American Rock Stars debut mixtape Foul World, Foul Mouth became a well known name. His 90’s beats and various skills gave him the reputation he has now.
Nothing short of amazing work. From the hits with LARS, to his contribution in setting the world record for longest freestyle. He’s accomplished a lot and deserves to be in the top 5 of this list of producers.
Another up and coming legend from Detroit. There’s a lot to look forward to in the future. His music and contributions are only some of them. He has worked on the Underground Hustlin’ 66, and worked with various artists around the country.
He’s gained a fan base of his own and rightfully so. An underground producer that offers variety and range. Stir Crazy will continue to amazing things and give the Detroit music scene a complete 360.
This was one of my all time favorite producers, and still is. His contributions to the album Van Dyke and Harper Music from King Gordy was truly remarkable.
After being taken under Kid Rock’s wing, Paradime reigned supreme in hip-hop. From song-writing to his solo music. Another one of Detroit’s most beloved producers and music contributors.
A paradigm in music!
Detroit, I love you. I really do. You have given us so many musical successes. Mr. Porter is certainly one of them. He produced for Eminem, D12, Snoop Dogg, Busta Rhymes, and Royce Da 5’9.
Now, he is a producer and Eminem’s hype man. He even returned to feature on the 2015 Devil’s Night Mixtape. No matter what you may think, he has been a shining example of the brightest and greatest.
We may have one of the worst teams in the NFL, but when it comes to music we have the greatest.
You’ve heard about him in one of our previous articles. Now, you’re being given a reminder. Contributing producer to Snoop Dogg’s Doggystyle album and the world famous, All Eyez On Me from Tupac, we have the champion!
No matter how great this man is, he’s very humble about his rolls and success. T-Green, we are grateful to have you! Detroit loves you! We can’t thank you enough for all you’ve done.
He’s still producing music, and may even produce your next album. If you want a legend, you’ll have to come to the Motorcity. You can keep your world series, your Superbowls, and your reality shows.
Detroit music is the best there is, the best there was, and the best there ever will be.
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