A look at the very best albums from rapper-producers.
MCs and producers are traditionally two different people, but occasionally the hip hop world is blessed with an artist that can play both roles. Dr. Dre once claimed to be a “a producer who can rap and control the maestro,” and when he said it, there weren’t a whole bunch of dudes who were capable of doing it. Since then, artists like MF DOOM, Kanye West, and J. Cole have made some serious beats, and then blessed them with their own flow.
We think that the self-produced album exhibits an elite level of artistry, and we wanted to highlight that today with a list of twelve albums that were constructed both lyrically and musically by (mostly) the same person. You’ll find a few other names on some of these albums’ credits, but for the most part, one person took care of the whole shebang.