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.
Props for including Danger Mouse, but Bjork? And how is Jay Z below her…
Remember, the ranking is based on influence in the 21st century.
The truth is – pop music is released constantly, yet the trends rarely change. Going from Britney to Gaga is a huge step and it wouldn’t be possible (or acceptable) if not for Bjork.
Sadly, Jay Z doesn’t have as many followers.
I’m Sorry But Coldplay Should’ve Been On This List
Kanye West should be far, far higher. His influence on hiphop (the most popular genre in the US) in indisputable. He’s also a massive pop culture icon and hugely influential in other industries (fashion.) Eminem really isn’t that influential at all when it comes to developing the genre of hiphop
Kanye West is an insane moron.
No he’s not, he’s a genius, but at the end of the day he’s human like everyone else and he has his bad moments, the difference is his bad moments are on the spotlight 24/7, i mean people are still talking about stuff he said years ago. Most people that call him crazy have barely heard his music which is obviously the reason why they don’t understand his genius.