Some things just go together: peanut butter and jelly, movies and popcorn, washed up entertainers and reality shows. The same principal applies to rappers and certain producers. Certain MCs and certain beat makers just have that magic touch when they link up in the studio [II]. Sometimes, when the force is that strong, rappers and producers forge a relationship that goes past making a single track and leads into forming a group or banging out an entire album.
Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. But the fact is this formula has birthed some of the greatest Hip-Hop music to date. Though not as prominent as of recently, the one producer recipe continues to be used with act likes Rah Digga and Nottz (Classic), Killer Mike and El-P (R.A.P. Music) and Curren$y and Harry Fraud (Cigarette Boats).
That got us to thinking. Who are some of the best rapper/producer combos to put it down? With the criteria being the producer had to produce at least one album in its entirety for the rapper, here are 10 of Hip-Hop’s best producer/rapper tag team duos…
*Rapper helped produce beats, too.
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