I got into Madlib a little while before last summer when I heard the song Giannis with Freddie Gibbs and Anderson .Paak (one of my favorite songs to this day), and I've been hooked ever since.From projects like Madvillainy with the late MF DOOM to Pinata and Bandana with Freddie Gibbs, Madlib has been a huge influence. His chopped up sampling style is completely unique from other producers. He can also get a full range of emotion out of just chopped samples and drums through his choice and placement. From hard-hitting, speaker-knocking songs like Real to smooth, jazzy and chill songs like Robes, and even in between on songs like Thuggin', Madlib is by far one of my favorite producers of all time.
Another producing legend, Kanye has been influencing my style for as long as I've been producing, and longer than I've even known. He is able to create a different vibe on every album he makes, and never seems to have beat-block because he's so creative. Kanye's ear for sampling is nearly unmatched, and he can flip pretty much anything and make something interesting and unique. He's had some of my favorite beats ever, from Flashing Lights, to Addiction, to Devil in a New Dress, and No More Parties in LA, the latter of which he linked up with Madlib to create. Kanye's work ethic is also incredible. As he says on his song "Spaceship", "Lock yourself in a room doing 5 beats a day for 3 summers,". Kanye has been making beats forever and has truly mastered his craft.
I got into Dilla's music after hearing "Donuts", his final album before his passing. His unconventional sample choices, along with incredibly precise chops and smooth sampling made him super enjoyable to listen to. On Donuts, Jay creates addictive loops, and though there are not any added vocals to the beats throughout the entire album, he manages to keep the whole thing very easy on the ears. If there was one thing I learned from Dilla, it's that the little flaws are what add feeling and humanity to music. Dilla put in all the drums by hand, which makes them not so robotic and makes them much more interesting to listen to. He was also a master of creating feeling using only loops he chopped and perfect drum choice with compelling basslines that keep the listener coming back for more. Considering he created the album on his deathbed in the hospital and released it on his birthday 3 days before his death makes that album that much more emotional, and I could not make an "influences" list without including the one and only Jay Dee.