#3 → RZA
Peak VIBE Era Run: 1993-1998
Certified Banger: "4th Chamber"-Genius feat. Ghostface Killah, Killah Priest, RZA
Power: Dusty Kung-Fu flick samples; jagged off-kilter beats; intense, uncompromising 'hood-laced soundtracks that transport you back to Staten Island's notorious The Stapleton Houses. Such esoteric descriptions don't exactly scream mainstream acclaim, but the Wu-Tang Clan's chief abbot arguably reigned supreme as his era's most prolific producer as he knocked out a string of uncompromising works for his Wu brethren Method Man, Ol Dirty Bastard, Raekwon, The Genius, and Ghostface.
But throughout his tenure Bobby Digital has also hammered out memorable tracks for the game changing likes of Notorious B.I.G. ("Long Kiss Goodnight"), Big Pun ("Tres Leches (Triboro Trilogy)" and Kanye West ("Dark Fantasy").
Oh, then there's his acclaimed side gig as a respected movie scorer for such films as 1999's Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai and Quentin Tarantino's 2003 and 2004 Oscar-nominated Kill Bill series. Yep, RZA ain't nothing to