Grammy weekend: The 10 greatest producers in black music history

The Grammys are more than just a showcase for brilliant recording artists. Music’s biggest night is also an opportunity to celebrate those who steer the direction and craft the distinct sonic imprints of some of the industry’s greatest recordings. The producer is oftentimes the lesser-acknowledged component of popular music, although in recent years, uber-famous producers like Kanye West and David Guetta have become household names.

Nonetheless, throughout the history of popular music, there have been geniuses on the boards and putting in overtime in studios, helping to create hit records, landmark recordings and innovative techniques that shape the way we hear, experience and appreciate music. Some of them accent the work of brilliant songwriters and bands, while others craft beats for our favorite emcees to spit their rhymes over. Regardless of the role that they play, all have made an indelible mark on the art of recorded sound.

So in honor of those that have provided the soundtrack to our lives, here are the 10 Greatest Producers in the History of Black Music …

–stereo williams


Stereo Williams
Stereo Williams

Todd "Stereo" Williams, entertainment writer based in New York City. He co-founded Thirty 2 Oh 1 Productions, an indie film company.

  1. It’s unfortunate that Keyshia Cole, has to bring up Old Ish! She must really be starving for Attention/Promotion being that she wasn’t part of the Super Bowl Halftime show lol! Stop Hating On Michelle. Keyshia Cole needs to be worrying about her lackluster album sales and the Fact that A Jewish Soul Singer named Amy Faithe covered Keyshia’s Song Trust And Believe and did a better job at Trust And Believe than Keyshia! Check out the comments on World Star below (Keyshia Cole – Trust & Believe)

  2. Miranda Lambert’s necklace in this pic is AMAZING! I’m not sure who some of these other artists are, but I’m looking forward to checking them out. I volunteered to work late at DISH Sunday night, so I’ll be depending on my DISH Hopper’s PrimeTime Anytime feature to record the Grammys for me. Fortunately, I won’t have to set a timer because I have my Hopper set to automatically record all the primetime slots from the four major networks each night of the week. Not only will I enjoy my soon-to-be crazy weekend, but I’ll also get to check out the Grammys.

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