4. Danger Mouse
Brian Burton, a.k.a. Russel Hobbs or DJ Danger Mouse, is a name synonymous with the rise of Trip Hop. His distinctive combination of epic rock and classic hip hop was picked up by a legion of followers, including Beck, Adele and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Burton both performed and produced many of the most prominent hits in the sub-genre.
His 2004 DJ debut, Grey Album, (featuring Vocals from Jay Z’s The Black Album remixed over instrumentals from the Beatles’ White Album) was hailed as the game changer that started it all. Danger Mouse worked with CeeLo Green to create Gnarls Barkley in the early 2000s. He then went on to produce the flagship Gorrillaz album Demon Days in 2005.