Scott Storch’s knack for laying down dazzling keyboard lines led to a burgeoning career as a musically blessed producer by the early 2000s after aligning himself with production duties for high-profile rappers such as Snoop Dogg and Busta Rhymes. Long before Storch was crafting entire tracks for superstar rappers, he was a humble keyboardist. He contributed to mostly forgotten Philadelphia-area efforts such as Schoolly D’s Welcome to America (1994) and G. Love & Special Sauce’s self-titled debut (1994), yet his humble contributions to a then low-profile, indie-label debut album by another Philadelpha act ended up being his path to success. This particular album happened to be the Roots’ Organix (1993), an album that led to a major label deal for the Roots, solidifying Storch’s role as keyboardist for the group. Yet as the years passed and his reputation grew as the talented keyboardist in America’s premier live hip-hop “band,” Storch began extending his reach, taking on production opportunities. His big break came when his keyboard riff laced the mammoth lead single to Dr. Dre’s comeback album, “Still D.R.E.” Working alongside Dre obviously had its pluses, and soon Storch found himself co-producing the lead single to Xzibit’s Restless album, “X,” and getting the opportunity to produce three tracks for Snoop Dogg’s Tha Last Meal. In subsequent years he became one of the rap industry’s most reliable hitmakers, up there with the Neptunes, Kanye West, and Lil Jon among the industry’s most in-demand hired hands. Some of his best-known productions include Terror Squad’s “Lean Back,” Mario’s “Let Me Love You,” 50 Cent’s “Candy Shop,” and Beyoncé’s “Naughty Girl.”
Scott Storch – Still Storch (Vevo Original)
There are few music careers like that of Scott Storch. The esteemed producer-songwriter made his initial mark in Philly as a key member of the Roots. A great start, but just the beginning of a wild ride to the top. Storch’s way with crafting hooks and shaping melodies, as well as his knack of being in the right place at the right time, brought him to Cali, where the inspired keyboardist began shaping the sound of pop, hip-hop and R&B, working with an array of artists that stretch from Dr. Dre and Beyoncé to 50 Cent Christina Aguilera. The hits rolled in, the money stacked up, and creativity exploded. A big chunk of the 2000’s best music has Storch’s name on it. Then, through a string of drug troubles and monetary woes, he dropped out of sight for decade. It was the music’s loss. Now he’s back in action, and our intimate profile ‘Still Storch’ paints a portrait of a man who’s seen it all and is still cranking out great tracks. These days his studio hosts artists such as French Montana, Chris Brown, A$AP Ferg as well as talented newcomers like Kyle and Thutmose. A victory come-back. For hip-hop fans, ‘Still Storch’ is a must-see mini-doc, an extended look at talent, addiction, and an unyielding passion for artistry.