Famous American Record Producers

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 1 DJ Khaled

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Famous As: Disc Jockey
Birthdate: November 26, 1975
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

Founder of We the Best Music Group record label, DJ Khaled is an internationally acclaimed DJ and record producer. He has won prestigious awards, such as the Grammy and American Music Award. Apart from music, Khaled is also known for his acting and writing skills; his book, The Keys, was named in New York Times Best Seller list.

 2 Suge Knight

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Famous As: Record Producer & Music Executive
Birthdate: April 19, 1965
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

American businessman and co-founder of a successful music label. Death Row Records, Suge Knight has been a controversial figure. He had been in and out of prison for a number of years for charges like theft, racketeering, attempt to murder and parole violation, before he was sentenced to 28 years in prison for the a hit-and-run incident in October 2018.

 3 Finneas O'Connell

Finneas O'Connell
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: July 30, 1997
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

Finneas O'Connell is an American singer-songwriter, actor, and record producer. He has played an important role in the success of his younger sister Billie Eilish's career as he has written and produced many of her popular songs. He has written and produced songs for other famous music artists as well.

 4 Marvin Gaye

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Famous As: Singer, Musician
Birthdate: April 2, 1939
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American
Died: April 1, 1984

American singer Marvin Gaye is one of the most successful black artists ever and his albums have sold in millions. His success reached great heights with the 1972 song What's Going On. The 1982 single Sexual Healing was the biggest hit of his career and was a chartbuster. He was tragically shot dead by his father after a family altercation.

 5 Sean Combs

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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: November 4, 1969
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American
Three-time Grammy-winning hip-hop legend Sean Combs, known to fans as Puffy, Puff Daddy, or Diddy, started off as a talent director with Uptown and then launched his own record label. His debut album, No Way Out, was certified 7Xplatinum, and his song I'll Be Missing You topped the Billboard charts. 

 6 Chance the Rapper

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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: April 16, 1993
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American
Chance the Rapper is best known for his Billboard-charting mixtape Coloring Book, which was the first streaming-only album to earn a Grammy. An avid social activist in Chicago, he owns the non-profit SocialWorks. He is known for his signature style of wearing a cap with the number "3" on it.

 7 Quincy Jones

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Famous As: Musician, Conductor, Producer, Arranger, Composer, Film Composer
Birthdate: March 14, 1933
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American

Regarded as one of the most popular and influential jazz musicians of the previous century, Quincy Jones is known for his work with other legendary artists like Michael Jackson and Frank Sinatra. As the first African-American to find success at the Academy Awards ceremony, Quincy has influenced a host of black musicians and songwriters.

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 8 Akon

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: April 16, 1973
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

Akon is one of the most successful R&B, hip hop and rap singers in the world. His albums Trouble, Konvicted, Freedom, El Negreeto and Akonda have many chartbusters songs. He has also founded record labels Akonik Label Group, KonLive Distribution and Konvict Mizik. He courted controversy in 2007 for an onstage act involving simulated sex with a 15-year-old girl.

 9 ASAP Rocky

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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: October 3, 1988
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American
Rapper ASAP Rocky gained fame with his debut mixtape, LiveLoveA$AP. He released two consecutive Billboard 200-topping albums, Long. Live. ASAP and At. Long. Last. A$AP. Fans loved his Grammy-nominated single Fuckin' Problems. He also produces using the pseudonym Lord Flacko and is part of the hip-hop collective A$AP Mob.

 10 Phil Spector

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Famous As: Record Producer
Birthdate: December 26, 1939
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American
Died: January 16, 2021
Music producer Phil Spector invented the Wall of Sound music production formula. He was part of the band Teddy Bears and collaborated with the Wrecking Crew. With Philles Records, he became the youngest American label owner. He was later sentenced to life for the murder of actor/model Lana Clarkson.

 11 Frankie Muniz

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: December 5, 1985
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

 12 Tyler, The Creator

Tyler, The Creator
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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: March 6, 1991
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American

 13 Jewel

Jewel
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Famous As: Singer-Songwriter
Birthdate: May 23, 1974
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American

 14 Joe Walsh

Joe Walsh
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Famous As: Guitarist
Birthdate: November 20, 1947
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American

 15 Brandy Norwood

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter, Composer, Actor, Record producer
Birthdate: February 11, 1979
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American

The singer of chartbuster songs like The Boy Is Mine, I Wanna be Down and Sittin' Up in My Room, Brandy Norwood is known for her raspy and husky voice. Most of her songs are about love, relationships and heartache. She was involved in a car accident in 2006, leading to multiple lawsuits, which were eventually settled out of court.

 16 Scott Weiland

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Famous As: Singer, Lyricist, Songwriter, Record producer
Birthdate: October 27, 1967
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American
Died: December 3, 2015

Scott Weiland was an American singer and songwriter. He is credited with co-creating the popular rock band Stone Temple Pilots where he served as the lead singer. He was also part of two supergroups, namely Velvet Revolver and Art of Anarchy. Known for his chaotic and flamboyant onstage persona, Weiland is widely viewed as a versatile vocalist.

 17 Diplo

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Famous As: Rapper, Songwriter, Record Producer
Birthdate: November 10, 1978
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American
Rapper, producer, and DJ Diplo is part of the duo Jack U, with Skrillex, and of the supergroup LSD, with Labrinth and Sia. He is also a co-creator of the electronic dance-music trio Major Lazer, with DJs Ape Drums and Walshy Fire. He owns a record company and a non-profit.

 18 Erykah Badu

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: February 26, 1971
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American

Widely regarded as the queen of neo-soul, Erykah Badu is an American singer-songwriter whose debut studio album Baduizm helped popularize neo-soul in the late-1990s. Thanks to her popularity, Erykah Badu serves as a subject for street art in several places, including Greater London, England. Also an actress, Badu has appeared in popular films, such as The Cider House Rules.

 19 Bow Wow

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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: March 9, 1987
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American
Rapper Bow Wow, earlier known as "Lil Bow Wow,” was discovered by Snoop Dogg. He is best known for songs such as Bow Wow (That's My Name). He has also appeared in movies such as Like Mike and All About the Benjamins, and in series such as Entourage.

 20 Florence Foster Jenkins

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Famous As: Socialite
Birthdate: July 19, 1868
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American
Died: November 26, 1944

Florence Foster Jenkins was an American socialite who was often ridiculed and mocked for her poor singing ability, which in turn made her popular. Known as the world's worst opera singer, Jenkins became a musical cult-figure in New York City due to her technical incompetence as an amateur soprano. Her life inspired several plays and films, including Florence Foster Jenkins.

 21 Aaron Carter

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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: December 7, 1987
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

Aaron Carter is an American singer, songwriter, rapper, dancer, actor, and record producer. Carter became popular among pre-teen and teenage audiences after having released his debut studio album at the age of nine. An openly bisexual musician, Aaron Carter serves as an inspiration to the LGBTQ community.

 22 Sonny Bono

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: February 16, 1935
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American
Died: January 5, 1998
Sonny Bono formed the musical duo Sonny & Cher, with his second wife, Cher. They also starred in The Sonny and Cher Show. He also served as the mayor of Palm Springs and a congressman for California's 44th district. The Sonny Bono Copyright Term Extension Act was named after him.

 23 Roddy Ricch

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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: October 22, 1998
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

Trap sensation Roddy Ricch is best known for his mixtape Feed Tha Streets II, which featured the Billboard Hot 100-charting track Die Young. Nipsey Hussle's track Racks in the Middle, featuring Ricch, got him a Grammy Award. Fans also loved Ricch's Hot 100-topping single The Box from his debut album.

 24 Swizz Beatz

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Famous As: Record producer, Entrepreneur, Painter, Rapper, Singer, Businessperson, Songwriter
Birthdate: September 13, 1978
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

 25 Chief Keef

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Famous As: Rapper, Singer, Record Producer, Composer
Birthdate: August 15, 1995
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

Chief Keef is a hip-hop sensation who has revolutionized the drill and trap sub-genres. His track I Don’t Like was remixed by Kanye West and was featured on the Billboard Rap Top 20. He was dropped by the label Interscope for several legal issues and then formed his own label.

 26 will.i.am

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Famous As: Rapper, Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: March 15, 1975
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American
Rapper and music producer William James Adams Jr., better known as “will.i.am,” is a founding member of the Black Eyed Peas. He went solo later and released tracks such as the NBA Live theme Go! The seven-time Grammy-winning artist also wrote Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign theme Yes We Can.

 27 Steven Van Zandt

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Famous As: Actor, Musician, Screenwriter, Record producer, Disc jockey, Singer, Television actor, Guitarist, Pianist, Composer
Birthdate: November 22, 1950
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American

 28 David Lee Roth

David Lee Roth
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Famous As: Singer, Musician, Record producer, Radio personality, Composer,
Birthdate: October 10, 1954
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

 29 André 3000

André 3000
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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: May 27, 1975
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American

 30 Vanessa Lynn Williams

Vanessa Lynn Williams
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: March 18, 1963
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American

 31 Steve Aoki

Steve Aoki
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: November 30, 1977
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American
DJ and music producer Steve Aoki had already soared to fame with I'm in the House by the time his first album, the Grammy-nominated and Billboard-charting Wonderland, released. He is known for his collaborations with artists such as Kid Cudi. Steve has also established a charity and authored a memoir.

 32 Post Malone

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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: July 4, 1995
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

Much appreciated for his introspective songwriting, singer-songwriter, Post Malone ,is the first-ever solo artist to top both the Billboard Rap Airplay and Adult Contemporary charts as a lead artist. His music covers a range of genres including country, grunge, rap, and R&B. He has been accused of  "appropriating" African-American culture and has been called a “culture vulture".

 33 Maynard James Keenan

Maynard James Keenan
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Famous As: Singer, Musician, Record producer, Composer
Birthdate: April 17, 1964
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

 34 Trent Reznor

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Famous As: Singer, Composer, Pianist, Musician, Singer-songwriter, Guitarist, Record producer
Birthdate: May 17, 1965
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American

 35 Dennis Wilson

Dennis Wilson
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Famous As: Record producer, Singer, Drummer, Surfer, Composer
Birthdate: December 4, 1944
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American
Died: December 28, 1983

 36 Kanye West

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Famous As: Rapper, Singer-Songwriter, Record Producer
Birthdate: June 8, 1977
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American

Creative from a very young age, Kanye West dreamed of becoming a rapper since very early in his life. He became an award winning American rapper whose creativity in music is widely appreciated by critics. However, his outspoken views, comments and behaviour have quite often landed him controversies.

 37 Luther Vandross

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: April 20, 1951
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American
Died: July 1, 2005

Luther Vandross was an American record producer and singer-songwriter. As a background vocalist, Vandross contributed to the success of several songs recorded by artists like David Bowie, Diana Ross, and Judy Collins. Regarded as a singer with one of the greatest voices in recorded history, Luther Vandross' works have influenced many artists like D'Angelo, Jaheim, Ne-Yo, John Legend, and Usher.

 38 Will Smith

Will Smith
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: September 25, 1968
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

The charismatic, versatile and bankable American artist, Will Smith, tasted early success with rapping. A successful transition into films and television soon followed and made Smith a phenomenal success. With solid earnings, he has also frequently secured himself a place in the list of highest paid actors in world.

 39 Master P

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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: April 29, 1970
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American

 40 Donald Glover

Donald Glover
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Famous As: Actor, Rapper, Stand-up Comedian
Birthdate: September 25, 1983
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

The actor, rapper, writer and director, Donald Glover Jr became famous after playing the role of a college student In the sitcom, Community, from 2009 to 2013. He also stars in the FX series Atlanta. He has also acted in a number of commercially successful films. His albums have done well and he won a Grammy award for the single Redbone.

 41 Rick Rubin

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Famous As: Record Producer
Birthdate: March 10, 1963
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American

A record producer, Rick Rubin is the former co-president of Columbia Records and a co-founder of Def Jam Recordings. By promoting the musical groups  Beastie Boys, LL Cool J, and Public Enemy, he helped popularize hip hop music. He has been named on Time's 100 Most Influential People in the World.

 42 Russ

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Famous As: Hip-hop Artist
Birthdate: September 26, 1992
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American
Rapper Russell James Vitale, better known as Russ, soared to fame with his Billboard-charting tracks What They Want and Best on Earth. He is also part of an Atlanta-based indie music collective named Diemon. Following a controversial tweet in 2017, he became the center of the “fuck Russ” viral meme.

 43 Linda Perry

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Famous As: Singer, Composer, Musician, Songwriter, Record producer, Guitarist
Birthdate: April 15, 1965
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

 44 Snoop Dogg

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Famous As: Rapper, Songwriter, Record Producer
Birthdate: October 20, 1971
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

Snoop Dogg is a famous American rapper whose life is a perfect example of rags-to-riches story. As a child, he did various odd jobs to help his family make ends meet. He started rapping as a young boy to distract himself from his unstable family life. He ran into trouble with the law as a teenager. However, once he released his debut album, there was no looking back.

 

 45 Busta Rhymes

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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: May 20, 1972
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American

 46 Maren Morris

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Famous As: Singer, Songwriter, Record Producer
Birthdate: April 10, 1990
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

Maren Morris is an American record producer, singer, and songwriter. Many of her songs and albums have performed well on Billboard charts; her album Hero peaked at the fifth position on Billboard 200. As a songwriter, Maren Morris has contributed to the success of several songs recorded by artists like Kelly Clarkson, Tim McGraw, Jessie James Decker, and Aubrey Peeples.

 47 Mac Miller

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Famous As: American Rapper, Singer
Birthdate: January 19, 1992
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American
Died: September 7, 2018

Before his death at the age of 26, Mac Miller had a major impact as a rapper and songwriter. Blue Slide Park, his studio album, became the first independently distributed maiden album since 1995 to top the US Billboard 200. His personal life was marred by depression, substance abuse, and legal issues. He died of drug overdose.

 48 T-Pain

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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: September 30, 1985
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American
Faheem Rasheed Najm, better known as T-Pain, shot to fame with the US Billboard 200-topping album Epiphany. The two-time Grammy-winning artist is known for his signature use of the auto-tune effect. He has delivered hit singles such as I'm on a Boat and has played minor roles in several films.

 49 Mos Def

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Famous As: Singer, Actor, Songwriter, Singer-songwriter, Composer, Rapper, Television actor, Record producer, Film actor
Birthdate: December 11, 1973
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

 50 50 Cent

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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: July 6, 1975
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

From selling drugs and getting arrested in his teens to becoming one of the world’s best-selling rappers, Curtis James Jackson III’s journey has been an interesting one. Better known by his stage name 50 Cent, his albums have sold in millions. However, despite being one of the richest celebrities, he filed for bankruptcy protection in 2015 due to financial troubles.