The always-incisive Noz writes that “It’s the ability to convey, and then overcome, pain that remains Organized’s greatest strength and separates them from so many of their peers.” He’s talking about Organized Noize, the legendary production team of the Dungeon Family – Outkast, The Goodie Mobb and friends, and he’s compiled a wonderful list of their top 25 productions of all time.
I’m as big a Dungeon Family fan as there could be, but Noz has me trumped in all departments. There are lots of great tracks that I’ve loved for years in the list – like say Ludacris’ “Saturday (Ooh Ooh!),” or Outkast’s “Skew It On the Bar-B”.
You owe it to yourself to check out the whole list. Above: the Cool Breeze classic “Watch for the Hook”, below: Curtis Mayfield’s duet with Lauryn Hill, “Here But I’m Gone.” Not-so-fun fact: because Mayfield was paralyzed by the time he recorded the track (from his final album), he was forced to sing one line at a time while suspended upside-down in the studio so he could muster the breath to force out the notes.