ChokLitFactory Exclusives: Top R&B Albums of 2009 + Producers of the Year

In addition to the top songs of 2009, we added a list of the top albums as well as the top producers that kept the unique beats coming this year. We are going to keep these lists pretty short & sweet and in no particular order.

Top 10 R&B Albums of 2009

Maxwell – Black MidSummer’s Night

Mariah Carey – Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel

TheDream – Love Vs Money

Chrisette Michelle – Epiphany

R.Kelly – Untitled

Alicia Keys –  The Element of Freedom

Pleasure P – The Introduction of Marcus Cooper

Ryan Leslie – Transition

Trey Songz – Ready

Whitney Houston – I Look to You


R&B Producers/Songwriters of the Year:

The Dream & Tricky Stewart – These are the official go-to guys for Urban Pop & R&B these days. You want a hit record? You hit up these two. 2009 was no different for the Producing pair who racked up hit records for Fabolous (Throw it in the Bag), Snoop Dogg (Gangsta Love), Rihanna (Hard) and Mariah’s full album. We will definitely be hearing more from this pair in 2010.

Los Da Mystro – One of my favorite producers, Los has recently branched out from doing songs for TheDream, producing R.Kelly’s Like I Do and Trey Songz’ I Invented Sex. You may also remember Los’ work from the Dream’s Walking on the Moon, Rockin That Sh*t and My Love.

Ryan Leslie – Not only is Ryan Leslie an incredibly gifted artist and songwriter, he is an amazing producer as well. Aside from producing his dedicated work on Transition, Leslie has also contributed tracks to Chris Brown’s Famous Girl and Mary J. Blige’s Said and Done for 2009.

Danja – Former Timbaland  protegee, Producer Danja has now become a hitmaker in his own right. Danja quietly produced Keri Hilson’s Knock You Down and Ciara’s Work.

Polow Da Don – Polow’s momentum refuses to slow down, even though I find most of his work to sound alike. He took home the BMI Award for Best Producer in 2009 thanks to producing hit songs like Robin Thicke’s Sex Therapy and Gucci Mane’s Spotlight.

Sean ‘The Pen’ Garrett – Sean has been known as a hitmaker for many years and 2009 was no different. Although his solo career has yet to materialize into anything promising, Sean is great at making hits for artists such as Mario, Ludacris, Usher and Chris Brown. He produced and wrote Mario’s hit, Break Up.

Jeff Bhaksar – This prolific producer is making a name for himself in the Industry by working with heavyweights like Jay-Z, Kanye West and Alicia Keys. He is responsible for Alicia’s haunting track, Try Sleeping with a Broken Heart.


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  1. It’s a DAMN SHAME that I don’t have any of those albums! lol. I have some tracks but not the whole thing for ALL the albums listed. SMH. I love ur bit about the producers because I’m one the few who actually like to read the credits on an album

    • Yah, nowadays, besides a desire to support the artist and their music, reading their linear notes and album credits are one of my top reasons for buying the album. Ms Chell, I do have to agree with you that it is a SHAME you don’t have any of these albums!!! Maybe this year you can turn over a new leaf :). Though I will admit, *sigh* I also do not have the Maxwell album either …YET!!

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