Editors’ Notes Just Blaze made his mark as one of the most influential producers of the aughts. He's responsible for spearheading chipmunk soul, alongside Kanye West, which became hip-hop's go-to sound in the '00s. After key contributions to Roc-A-Fella Records' releases—most notably JAY Z's The Blueprint—Just became one of hip-hop's most in-demand producers. He would go on to produce for Usher, Diddy, and T.I., among others. His production has taken a backseat to DJing in recent years, but he still finds time to craft songs for A-listers like Eminem, Drake, and Rick Ross.