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This year, VIBE’s putting together the battle of the beats with their Greatest Producer Of All Time tournament. First round of voting begins today. The winner will be announced May 24th.

HOMEGROWN SOUND
Dr. Dre (1) VS DJ Toomp (16)
Mannie Fresh (2) VS David Banner (15)
The Bomb Squad (3) VS Mr. Lee (14)
Prince Paul (4) VS Shock G (13)
Juicy J (5) VS Rick Rock (12)
Luke (6) VS Johnny J (11)
Beats By The Pound (7) VS Wyclef (10)
Ant Banks (8) VS DJ Quik (9)

MASS APPEAL

The Neptunes (1) VS will.i.am (16)
Timbaland (2) VS Polow Da Don (15)
Swizz Beatz (3) VS Dust Brothers (14)
Diddy and The Hitmen (4) VS Herbie Luv Bug (13)
Teddy Riley (5) VS Kay Gee (12)
Trackmasters (6) VS Larry Smith (11)
Jermaine Dupri (7) VS Irv Gotti (10)
Scott Storch (8) VS Lil Jon (9)

SOUL SAMPLE

Kanye West (1) VS The Heatmakerz (16)
Pete Rock (2) VS Cool & Dre (15)
Organized Noize (3) VS 9th Wonder (14)
Erick Sermon (4) VS Daz (13)
Just Blaze (5) VS Hi-Tek (12)
J. Dilla (6) VS 88-Keys (11)
Mark the 45 King (7) VS Salaam Remi (10)
No I.D. (8) VS The Alchemist (9)

BOOM BAP

DJ Premier (1) VS Bangladesh (16)
RZA (2) VS Rocwilder (15)
Marley Marl (3) VS Dame Grease (14)
Rick Rubin (4) VS The Beatnuts (13)
Jam Master Jay (5) VS Easy Mo Bee (12)
Large Professor (6) VS Q-Tip (11)
Diamond D (7) VS DJ Muggs (10)
Havoc (8) VS Da Beatminerz (9)

Click Here to Vote

“Hip Hop King of Bling” Jacob the Jeweler was transferred from federal prison to a halfway house on March 25. The King of Bling, 44, real name Jacob Arabov, was sentenced in 2008 to 2½ years for lying to investigators probing money laundering by Detroit’s Black Mafia gang. The judge cut the sentence by seven months citing Jacob’s good works for charity. Arabov, who is given shout-outs in 62 different rap songs, is scheduled for full release in September. Meanwhile, during the day he can help wife Angela run Jacob & Co. He just has to return to the “residential re-entry facility” each night.

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