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Personal Playlist: Music producer Tricky Stewart

July 4, 2011 |  3:23 pm

Trickystewartstory Asking a music producer what's on their playlist can easily turn into a self-promotional list of the songs they've had a hand in crafting. But Grammy-winning producer Tricky Stewart, the man behind game-changing hits for Beyoncé ("Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)"), Justin Bieber ("Baby") and Rihanna ("Umbrella"), like most of America, currently has a big-voiced Brit at the top of his list.

" 'Rolling in the Deep' from Adele is my favorite thing out right now," Stewart recently told Pop & Hiss. "I skip around a lot. I'm listening to Chris Brown a lot, Wiz Khalifa, Frank Ocean” (Stewart, it should be noted, produced Ocean's first single, "Novacane").

Stewart said he's less attracted to "producer-driven tracks" as a music listener, drawn instead to the "connection between the artist and the music, and the realness of the story behind it." When asked what someone would find if they scrolled through his iPod, Stewart had no idea -- not that it was a lapse in memory.

"I have people that I respect their opinion make me iPods. I have a couple of different ones from people of music they think I should hear,” Stewart said, including his manager, close friend and assistant engineer who have pushed music on him. “I haven't started listening to them yet."

Stewart recently logged studio time with Kelly Rowland, Mary J. Blige, Leona Lewis, Ne-Yo, Drake, Jesse McCartney, Bieber and has two songs on Beyoncé's latest album, “4,” including promotional single "1+1."


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-- Gerrick D. Kennedy

Photo: Tricky Stewart. Credit: Joe Scarnici / Getty Images.