I'm currently a amateur hip hop producer...aim is to get enough money to get the equipment needed to make professional beats. Started about a year ago...and hope to continue for a good few years
NaS, Damian Marley, DJ Premier, Ice Cube, Snowgoons, Jedi Mind Tricks, Army of the Pharoahs, Outerspace, Immortal Technique, Lowkey, Eminem, Public Enemy, Masta Ace, Rakim, Juice Crew, Dr.Dre, Stoupe the enemy of mankind, Al'tarba, RJD2, Lord Lhus, Mark Deez, Messiah J & The Expert, Terawrizt, Collie, Rob Kelly...hip hop artists that stay true to the art. you could argue eminem hasn't but still, lyrically he can't be beaten.
M-Audio Axiom 49 midi keyboard, Propellerhead's Reason 5 & Adobe Soundbooth.
hit me up on this or my youtube page for collaborations etc.