Re: HIP HOP
I think Madlib is a genius along with Dilla and Doom. Dilla's Donuts album never ceases to become tiring. The Unseen is one of the most interesting albums I've listened to and Madvilliany was just a masterpiece.
One Hip Hop producer who I think is one of the most innovative artists in the music industry today is Flying Lotus - he's not strictly hip hop, but his productions have a strong basis in it and it's one of the most organic and original sounds I've heard to this day.
"You can play a shoestring if your sincere." - John Coltrane