First Beats: The Songs That Put Legendary Hip Hop Producers on the Map

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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