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Where Are All the Women Producers? Here Are 5 Famous Ones

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Mon, Jan 20, 2014 at 4:00 AM
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For some time now, many of pop music's biggest stars have been producers. You've got your Diplos, your Pharrells, your Danger Mouses. Rick Rubin was a lynchpin of the biggest hip-hop albums of 2013. 

But one question: Where the hell are all the women? You'd have to be a troll to think a lady can't make a hot record - and, indeed, many are doing so as we speak, particularly in the realm of EDM - but no woman has ever won a best producer Grammy, and those who have been nominated got nods solely for work on their own albums. 

The fact is, it's still largely a boy's club. We won't get into why - theories range from the fact that women are traditionally less involved in engineering, to the whole work/family balance thing - but we would like to shout out some of the most famous and best female producers from history. Here are five.

See also: 10 Proudly Feminist Musicians

Sylvia Robinson

The mother of hip-hop? Indeed. A star singer in her own right, Sylvia Robinson is best remembered for taking rap music mainstream from her and her husband's Englewood, New Jersey studio. She produced Sugar Hill Gang's s "Rapper's Delight" - rap's first hit, which ultimately sold more than eight million copies and inspired thousands of imitators. Robinson also co-wrote and produced Melle Mel's "White Lines (Don't Don't Do It)"  and Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five's "The Message," the latter an astronomically important song in hip-hop's early development. She passed away in 2011. 

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