Famous Black Record Producers

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RZA
(Rapper)

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Birthdate: July 5, 1969
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Brownsville, New York, United States
Rapper RZA leads the hip-hop group Wu-Tang Clan and previously performed with Gravediggaz, under the name “The RZArector.” He is also known for his directorial debut, The Man with the Iron Fists; his appearance in films such as American Gangster; and his BAFTA-nominated music in Kill Bill: Volume 1.

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Berry Gordy
(Record Executive)

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Birthdate: November 28, 1929
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Detroit, MichiganDetroit, Michigan, United States

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Jay-Z
(One of the Most Influential Hip-Hop Artists in History)

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Birthdate: December 4, 1969
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States

Jay-Z is an American rapper and songwriter and is one of the world's best-selling music artists. His debut album Reasonable Doubt was hugely successful in 1996 and since then he has gone on to release many more acclaimed and successful albums. He has been charged with assaulting a record executive and was given a three-year probation sentence in January 2000.

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ASAP Rocky
(Member of The Hip-Hop Collective 'A$AP Mob')

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Birthdate: October 3, 1988
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Harlem, New York, United States
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.

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Sean Combs
(Rapper and Record Producer Known for His Albums: ‘No Way Out’ , ‘Forever’ and ‘Press Play’)

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Birthdate: November 4, 1969
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Harlem, New York, United States
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. 

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Lionel Richie
(Co-Lead Singer Of Funk Band The Commodores)

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Birthdate: June 20, 1949
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Tuskegee, Alabama, United States

Lionel Richie is an American singer-songwriter, record producer, and composer whose work with the band Commodores and his solo career established him as a successful balladeer of the 1980s. Having sold more than 90 million records, Lionel Richie is one of the best-selling musicians of all time. Also a philanthropist, Richie helped raise money for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

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Tyler, The Creator
(Co-Founder of The Alternative Hip Hop Group 'Odd Future')

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Birthdate: March 6, 1991
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Ladera Heights, California, United States
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Akon
(Solo R&B and Hip-Hop Artist to Hold Both No.1 & No.2 Position at Billboard Hot 100 Simultaneously Twice)

Akon
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Birthdate: April 16, 1973
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, United States

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.

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Kid Cudi
(Rapper who Rose to Fame with His Debut Mixtape 'A Kid Named Cudi')

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Birthdate: January 30, 1984
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio, United States
Grammy-winning rapper Kid Cudi first came into public consciousness with his mixtape that made Kanye West sign him to his label. Kid delivered a double-platinum debut album, formed the band WZRD, and sold 16 million records in the U.S. He has also dabbled in acting and now owns a label.

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Erykah Badu
(Singer-Songwriter Know for Her Singles like "On & On," "Honey," and "The Healer.")

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Birthdate: February 26, 1971
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Dallas, Texas, United States

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.

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will.i.am
(Rapper)

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Birthdate: March 15, 1975
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Eastside Los Angeles, California, United States
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.

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André 3000
(Rapper)

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Birthdate: May 27, 1975
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Atlanta, Georgia, United States

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Luther Vandross
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Birthdate: April 20, 1951
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: New York City
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.

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T-Pain
(Rapper who Popularized Auto-Tune pitch Correction Effect)

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Birthdate: September 30, 1984
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Tallahassee, Florida, United States
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.

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Master P
(Rapper)

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Birthdate: April 29, 1970
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States

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Busta Rhymes
(Rapper)

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Birthdate: May 20, 1972
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: East Flatbush, New York, United States

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Isaac Hayes
(Singer-songwriter)

Isaac Hayes
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Birthdate: August 20, 1942
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Covington, Tennessee, United States
Died: August 10, 2008

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Eve
(Rapper)

Eve
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Birthdate: November 10, 1978
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.

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MC Ren
(Rapper, Songwriter, Record producer)

MC Ren
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Birthdate: June 16, 1969
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Compton, California, United States

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Tech N9ne
(Rapper)

Tech N9ne
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Birthdate: November 8, 1971
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Kansas City, Missouri, United States
Rapper Aaron Dontez Yates, better known as Tech N9ne, formed the record label Strange Music with Travis O'Guin. His stage name was inspired by a TEC-9 semi-automatic handgun gifted to him by rapper Black Walt. His music has been featured in video games, TV shows, and films.

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Pusha T
(Rapper)

Pusha T
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Birthdate: May 13, 1977
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States

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DJ Yella
(Rapper)

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Birthdate: December 11, 1967
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States

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Randy Jackson
(Bassist)

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Birthdate: June 23, 1956
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Baton Rouge, Louisiana, United States
Randy Jackson started his career playing bass guitar for various artists, He then started his stint as a producer with Columbia and MCA Records. He is best known for his appearance as a judge on American Idol. He has also been the executive producer of America's Best Dance Crew.

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Wyclef Jean
(Haitian Rapper Who is a Member of the New Jersey Hip Hop group 'Fugees')

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Birthdate: October 17, 1969
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Croix-des-Bouquets, Haiti

Wyclef Jean is a Haitian musician, actor, and rapper. This Grammy Award-winning musician garnered national attention when his efforts to raise relief funds to aid the victims of the 2010 Haitian earthquake through his charitable organization Yéle Haiti were questioned as reports suggested that Jean retained the money for his own benefit. The organization has been the subject of controversy.

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PartyNextDoor
(Singer-Songwriter Known for His Albums ‘PartyNextDoor ‘ and ‘PNDColours’)

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Birthdate: July 3, 1993
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Mississauga, Canada

PartyNextDoor is a Canadian rapper, singer, and record producer. He grew up listening to rappers, such as Jodeci, Boyz II Men, Blackstreet, and 112 and was inspired to pursue a career in music. His first mixtape was a moderate hit. Since then, he has released a few albums and several singles. He has been nominated for the Grammy Awards twice. 

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Davido
(Singer-Songwriter)

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Birthdate: November 21, 1992
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Atlanta, Georgia, United States
American-born Nigerian artist David Adedeji Adeleke, better known as Davido, studied business before venturing into music. He soared to fame with his hit tracks Dami Duro and If. He owns a record label, too. His song Fall was the longest-charting Nigerian pop track in the history of Billboard.

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Coolio
(Rapper Best Known for His Singles ‘Gangsta's Paradise’ and ‘My Soul’)

Coolio
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Birthdate: August 1, 1963
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Compton, California, United States
Rapper Coolio soared to fame with his Grammy-winning single Gangsta's Paradise. He continued winning accolades with hits such as C U When U Get There. He later released a cookbook and hosted the culinary show Cookin' with Coolio. He was also part of WC and the Maad Circle.

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Questlove
(Musician)

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Birthdate: January 20, 1971
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Macy Gray
(Singer-songwriter)

Macy Gray
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Birthdate: September 6, 1967
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Canton, Ohio, United States

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Prince
(Singer-songwriter & Multi-instrumentalist)

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Birthdate: June 7, 1958
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
Died: April 21, 2016

Singer-songwriter, dancer, and musician, Prince is is widely regarded as one of the greatest musicians of his generation. He was considered a guitar virtuoso and could also play several other instruments. With worldwide sales of over 150 million records, he is ranked among the best-selling music artists of all time. He was also well known for his flamboyant persona.

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Heavy D
(Leader of Heavy D & the Boyz, he was a popular rapper through much of the 1990s.)

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Birthdate: May 24, 1967
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Mandeville, Jamaica
Died: November 8, 2011

 32 
The Weeknd
(Best Known for Singles "Can't Feel My Face" and "The Hills")

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Birthdate: February 16, 1990
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Toronto, Canada

One of the most successful Canadian recording artists, singer-songwriter, the Weeknd, holds several chart records and has won numerous awards, including three Grammy Awards. Despite a difficult childhood marred by drug abuse and violence, he persevered and worked hard to emerge as a beloved music star. He is actively involved in philanthropy.

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Big Boi
(Rapper)

Big Boi
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Birthdate: February 1, 1975
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Savannah, Georgia, United States

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Lupe Fiasco
(Rapper)

Lupe Fiasco
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Birthdate: February 16, 1982
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States

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Leon Bridges
(Singer-songwriter)

Leon Bridges
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Birthdate: July 13, 1989
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Fort Worth, Texas, U.S.

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Curtis Mayfield
(Singer, Guitarist)

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Birthdate: June 3, 1942
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: December 26, 1999
Soul singer and guitarist Curtis Mayfield gained fame with The Impressions. His songs such as People Get Ready carried prominent social themes. The Grammy Hall of Fame inductee was paralyzed from the neck down after an accident during a live performance in 1990 but continued to record even after that.

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The-Dream
(Singer, songwriter, and record producer)

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Birthdate: September 20, 1977
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Rockingham, North Carolina, United States

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Ike Turner
(Soul-Music Star and Rock 'n' Roll Pioneer)

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Birthdate: November 5, 1931
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Clarksdale, Mississippi, United States
Died: December 12, 2007

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Lil Jon
(Rapper)

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Birthdate: January 17, 1971
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Grammy-winning rapper and DJ Jonathan H. Smith, better known as Lil Jon, previously performed as the frontman of the group Lil Jon & The East Side Boyz. He is considered a pioneer of crunk, a hip-hop sub-genre, and has scored Billboard-charting hits such as Cyclone, Yeah!, and Goodies

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Maurice White
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Birthdate: December 19, 1941
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Memphis, Tennessee, United States
Died: February 4, 2016

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Q-Tip
(Rapper, Record producer)

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Birthdate: April 10, 1970
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Harlem, New York, United States

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Romeo Santos
(Lead Member and Vocalist of the Bachata Group 'Aventura')

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Birthdate: July 21, 1981
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Bronx, New York, United States

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E-40
(Rapper)

E-40
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Birthdate: November 15, 1967
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Vallejo, California, United States

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Marques Houston
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Birthdate: August 4, 1981
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, USA

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Jay Electronica
(Rapper, Record producer)

Jay Electronica
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Birthdate: September 19, 1976
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States

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apl.de.ap
(known as a member of the hip hop group Black Eyed Peas.)

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Birthdate: November 28, 1974
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Angeles City, Philippines

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D'Angelo
(Singer-songwriter)

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Birthdate: February 11, 1974
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Richmond, Virginia, United States

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DJ Jazzy Jeff
(Club DJ, Disc jockey, Actor, Television actor, Record producer, Composer)

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Birthdate: January 22, 1965
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Philadelphia

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Ester Dean
(Singer)

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Birthdate: April 15, 1986
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Muskogee, Oklahoma, U.S.

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Brian McKnight
(Singer-Songwriter with Thrid Most Grammy Nominations Without a Win)

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Birthdate: June 5, 1969
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Buffalo, New York, United States

Brian McKnight is a singer, songwriter, and instrumentalist in R&B and soul genres. Associated with labels like Motown, Mercury, and Warner Brothers, he is known for his albums, Back at One, and Anytime. The co-writer of the song Wait also hosted radio shows.