How did they get started?
They are names that you’ve heard everywhere, even if they don’t grace stages. Hip-hop’s most famous producers have all done the impossible, transcending the fact that they are studio rats to become recognized parts of the genre’s history.
Even though these people intentionally hide in the back of the stars, the mere mention of their name is enough to start a head talking. But they didn’t start out as legends.
As Complex points out, these massive figures all have a song that can be counted as their first. And whether they merely hint at their greatness or sound like fully formed styles, they are worth digging
Mannie Fresh – Freddie’s Back
Horror movie riffs — particularly the work of John Carpenter — were a cornerstone of early New Orleans bounce music. So it makes sense that one of the city’s most-famed producers would get his start on a track about Freddy Krueger.
Jermaine Dupri – New Jack Thing
Jermaine Dupri’s first track was a forgotten New Jack Swing song by the girl group Silk Tymes Leather. While this band wouldn’t hit, Dupri didn’t have many more misses in his career.
The Alchemist – Third Degree
The Alchemist’s style is unmistakeable. And it was fully formed when he launched his career with this Dilated Peoples’ track.