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Best Club Music Producer

Debonair Samir

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Posted 9/20/2006

Samir Singletary has been producing Baltimore club songs since way back in the '90s. But in a recent sit-down with City Paper, he revealed that almost every track he's best known for was drawn from a batch of over 40 tracks he knocked out in a couple busy weeks in 2002. So "Charlie Brown," "Uncle Fucker," and the influential synth-horn blare of "Samir's Theme," which has since been sampled and turned inside out by countless other club producers, all came from the same burst of productivity. This isn't to say that Samir's been resting on his laurels, though. If anything, he sounds busier than ever this year, DJing all over the country, taking MTV's cameras into his home studio, and pioneering the use of club beats in hip-hop with the forthcoming Baltimore Club Crack compilation. And since hooking up with hipster fashion designer Aaron LaCrate, he's issued a flurry of remixes, both officially sanctioned and, um, not, for everyone from T.I. and Busta Rhymes to Lily Allen's "Smile." Still, in the best B-more club tradition of making the old new again, Samir's best recent track is the one that loops the "ooga chaka" bit from "Hooked on a Feeling" so perfectly over a club beat that you wish you'd thought of it first.

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Other Awards for Best Club Music Producer:

DJ Class, 9/16/2009

Say Wut, 9/17/2008

King Tutt, 9/19/2007

Blaq Starr, 9/21/2005

Rod Lee, 9/17/2003

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