8. Paul C
Funkiest Jam: Ultramagnetic MCs "Give the Drummer Some"
Paul C got his start in the music industry, like my most white dudes, as a bassist in a pop rock band. After that ran its course, Paul C began working with hip-hop musicians to produce and engineer their records. He worked with such acts as Grandmaster Caz, Organized Konfusion, Rahzel, Ultramagnetic MCs, Queen Latifah, Biz Markie, and Eric B. & Rakim on their Let The Rhythm Hit 'Em album. Large Professor adopted Paul C as his mentor, and Paul showed him the intricacies of sampling with an E-mu SP-1200.
Unfortunately, Paul C's life was cut short after he was shot in Queens in 1989. Even though he had only been active as a producer/engineer for four years before his death, Paul C influenced some of hip-hop's heavyweights. Cut Chemist and Pete Rock cite Paul as an influence, while artists like Kool Keith, Pharaoh Monche and Rahzel credit Paul for assisting their development. Paul C may look unassuming and vanilla, but he was a funk powerhouse.