SCOTT STORCH – PRODUCER
If you’ve listened to hip-hop, R’n’B, or pop productions over the last 20 years, then you’ve heard the work of Scott Storch. This legendary producer started his career playing keys for The Roots before he settled down in the studio to produce some of the biggest hits of the new millennium. From Beyoncé and Snoop Dogg to Dr. Dre himself, Scott Storch has worked with some of the biggest names in modern music. He continues to set the tone for new hip-hop productions, working with exciting young names like 6ix9ine, Jack Harlow, and The Kid LAROI.
Scott produces hip-hop through his label Storch Music Company, and he also runs a production company called Tuff Jew Productions LLC. Let’s dive deep into the work of Scott Storch, highlighting the great artists he’s worked with and touching on the bright colors and sounds of the Miami music scene.
Early Life and Career
Scott Storch was born in Long Island in 1973, and he spent time growing up in Philadelphia and South Florida. He was surrounded by music from an early age, with his mom working as a professional singer under the name “Joyce Carol” and his uncle a founder of the legendary soul-rock band the Vagrants. Scott started his wild lifestyle as a teenager, dropping out of high school in the ninth grade and getting kicked out of home when he was just 16. It didn’t take long for Scott to find a foothold in the world of music, joining The Roots as a keyboard player in 1991 at just 18 years old.
The Roots were a force to be reckoned with in early ’90s hip hop, and Scott was very much front and center. He was heavily involved in their first two studio albums “Organix” and “Do You Want More?!!!??!” and also worked on the third long-form work “Illadelph Halflife.” While Scott enjoyed his time with The Roots — and it was definitely a formative period — he tired of the touring lifestyle and yearned for creative time in the studio. By the late ’90s, Scott had left The Roots to start his long and distinguished career as a record producer.
Scott’s first commercial production involved his former band The Roots, with their single “You Got Me” also featuring Erykah Badu and Eve. For his second single, he collaborated with one of hip hop’s biggest names on Dr. Dre’s “Still D.R.E.” This song is known for its characteristic piano section, which became part of Scott’s signature production style. Scott worked on more hits around the turn of the century, including “X” by Xzibit featuring Snoop Dogg and Snoop Dogg’s own song “Ready 2 Ryde” featuring Eve.
The New Pop Powerhouse
During the early ’00s, the world of pop music was having a big colorful moment. Scott Storch was very much at the center, working with household names like Pink, Christiana Aguilera, Britney Spears, and Beyonce. Scott worked on some of the biggest pop anthems of the new century, including “Family Portrait” by Pink, “Fighter” by Christina Aguilera, and “Baby Boy” by Beyonce featuring Sean Paul. By the mid-noughties, Scott was fully immersed in the R’n’B crossover scene that was igniting America and shaping the global music landscape.
Scott Storch continued producing hit records throughout the 00s, working with pop icons, R’n’B divas, and hip-hop legends. While he was producing hit singles for pop queens like Britney Spears and Beyoncé, he was also working with hip-hop kings like Busta Rhymes, DMX, and Ice Cube. Scott also produced multiple hits for 50 Cent during the ’00s, including “Candy Shop” featuring Olivia, “Just a Lil Bit,” and “Get Up.” Scott continued working with hip hop’s biggest names during the 2010s, producing “Under Pressure” by Dr. Dre featuring Jay-Z, “Boom” by Snoop Dogg featuring T-Pain, and “All Eyez” from The Game featuring Jeremih.
In recent years, Scott has worked with American singer and songwriter Chris Brown on a number of acclaimed productions, including US Certified Gold albums “Undecided” and “Indigo.” He has also done colorful work with New York rapper 6ix9ine, producing the US Certified Platinum albums “Kika” and “Dummyboy,” and the US Certified Gold album “WAKA.” As a recognized industry powerhouse, he was awarded ASCAP’s Songwriter of the Year award in 2006. From “Girls in the Hood” by Megan Thee Stallion to “Tyler Herro” by Jack Harlow and “FEEL SOMETHING” by The Kid LAROI featuring Marshmello, Scott Storch continues to have a huge influence on the modern music scene.
Past Digressions and Future Collaborations
Scott Storch has enjoyed a long and interesting career as a music producer, with most of the action taking place in Miami. After achieving massive success early in his career, Scott lost his way during a hedonistic period of partying and drugs while living in Palm Island. He purchased a private jet, a huge yacht, and around 20 luxury cars, most of which he enjoyed while high on cocaine. It wasn’t long before Scott picked up a habit, squandering $30 million in less than six months, filing for bankruptcy, and entering a rehab program to turn his life around.
Since filing for bankruptcy in 2015, Scott has decided to lay off the drugs and focus on music. Since then, he has worked with a number of exciting emerging talents, including DJ Khaled, the Game, Russ, Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, and many more. With Scott playing the keys and working the faders on lots of new creative collaborations, fans can look forward to many more years of colorful hits.