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The rise, fall and rebirth of music producer Scott Storch

Legendary pop and hip-hop producer Scott Storch had massive hits and millions of dollars. Then he lost it all. Now he's making his comeback and sharing his story.

If you've tuned into a pop radio station at some point in the past 20 years, it's guaranteed that you've heard the music of Scott Storch. Even if you didn't know that's what you were listening to.

Storch is one of the most sought-after music producers in all of pop and hip-hop. He's produced songs like Justin Timberlake's Cry Me a River, Fat Joe's Lean Back and Christina Aguilera's Fighter — and those aren't even his most famous hits. 

Storch started his music career in Philadelphia with the Roots, before leaving them to join Dr. Dre in L.A. Every phase of his career seemed to result with bigger and bigger hits, as well as a broad influence on pop culture. 

"Neo soul, hip-hop jazz, we started that," Storch says of his time with the Roots, which resulted in songs like You Got Me. "Moved from Philly to L.A. and we created the West Coast sound. It wasn't what the West Coast was used to, with the symphonics and weird synths, the P Funk thing. It was G Funk. It was a symphonic, orchestral-sounding piano and strings driven thing." It resulted in songs like Still D.R.E., from the album 2001, with its classic, piercing piano chords played by Storch.

After his time with Dre, Storch moved to Florida and embarked on the third phase of his career, producing on, to start with, Beyoncé's debut solo album. "Miami at that time was a really sexy city, so that's what happened. The music started sounding really sexy and exotic and it was all pouring out into my music."

With his growing success came millions of dollars and then, as the story goes, he lost it all. It got to the point where he couldn't even keep the electricity on in his home due to his struggles with addiction.

(Red Bull Content Pool)


Now, Storch is back, he's clean and he's making music again. He told his story to Cadence Weapon live on stage in Toronto earlier this week for the Red Bull Music Festival, and stopped by the q studio to share it with us as well. 

Produced by ​Mitch Pollock


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