By Tamara Palmer
Though they’re not often given credit for doing more than twiddling knobs, a truly great producer goes far beyond stitching a beat together. Over the course of 2011, these five producers demonstrated their talent, not only for picking out memorable rhythms, but also for exquisite arrangements, composition, and a knack for predicting international appeal. If you don’t already know most of their names, trust us — you already know their beats. Check out RapFix’s picks for the five best producers of 2011, listed in no particular order.