Elite (record producer)

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Background information
Birth nameAnthony Parrino
GenresHip-Hop, Indie
Occupation(s)Record producer, artist
Years active2002–present
LabelsDreamville Records
Associated actsJ. Cole, Omen, Bas, Ari Lennox, EarthGang, J.I.D, Sean McVerry

Anthony Parrino, better known by his stage name Elite, is an American hip hop record producer and recording artist best known for his work with J. Cole, Dreamville Records, and the Ruff Ryders recording label in the early 2000s.[1] Elite is from Byram, Connecticut and resides in Brooklyn, New York.


In the summer of 2000, Elite started working as an intern for Ruff Ryders Entertainment[2] and eventually caught the ear of rapper Drag-On, placing his first produced song on the Cradle 2 the Grave soundtrack in 2002. Working as an in-house producer for Ruff Ryders, Elite went on to produce "Shoot Outs" for Jadakiss featuring Styles P from Kiss of Death as well as the "Why Remix" featuring Anthony Hamilton, Styles P, Common, and Nas. In 2004 Elite graduated Cum Laude from SUNY Purchase music conservatory studying Studio Production. In 2006 Elite produced "Wrong or Right (I'm Tired)" for DMX from the album Year of the Dog... Again.

In 2009, Elite began working with longtime friend and Roc Nation recording artist J. Cole on his mixtape The Warm Up. Elite produced "Heartache"[3] and a good portion of the mixtape was recorded at his home studio in New York. In 2010, Elite released his first mixtape entitled "The Groundwork"[4] which was a collection of all of his production work up to that point. The mixtape featured an unreleased J. Cole song titled "Playground".[5] Elite also produced "See World"[6] for J. Cole off of his third mixtape, Friday Night Lights. Elite co-produced J. Cole's first single "Who Dat"[7] which was featured as an iTunes bonus on Cole World: The Sideline Story.

In 2011, Elite released his first project as an artist entitled "Awaken"[8] which featured J. Cole, Omen, Voli and Sean McVerry.

Elite worked on multiple songs on J. Cole's second album Born Sinner,[9] co-producing the title track "Born Sinner", and adding additional production to "Run Away". Cole sampled the song "Do She Got a Friend Tho?" from Elite's mixtape "Level Up" on the standout "Let Nas Down".[10] In June 2013, J. Cole released his second single from Born Sinner titled "Crooked Smile" which was co-produced by Elite and features TLC.

Elite worked together with J. Cole once more on the song "Folgers Crystals" from the 2015 work Revenge Of The Dreamers II, he also produced the song "48 Laws" by Omen feat. Donnie Trumpet from the same album.

In December 2016, J. Cole released his fourth studio album 4 Your Eyez Only, which was co-executive produced by Elite.



  • 2010: The Groundwork
  • 2011: Awaken
  • 2013: Level Up

Production discography[edit]

List of songs as producer or co-producer, with performing artists and other credited producers, showing year released and album name.

Title Year Performing artist(s) Other producer(s) Album
Fireman 2003 Drag-On Cradle 2 the Grave OST
Peel Off 2003 Jin 2 Fast 2 Furious OST
Let's Ride 2003 Diplomats (feat. Juelz Santana & Jim Jones) AND 1 Mixtape
The Race 2003 Drag-On B-Side Single
Shoot Outs 2004 Jadakiss (feat. Styles P) Kiss of Death
Why Remix 2004 Jadakiss (feat. Nas, Common, Styles P, Anthony Hamilton) Single
Fight Muzik 2005 Joe Budden Mood Muzik 1
Gun Ho City 2005 Kool G Rap (feat. Canibus) DJ Whoo Kid & Kool G Rap: Dead or Alive Mixtape
Penitentiary Chances 2005 Jim Jones (feat. Hell Rell) Harlem: Diary of a Summer
Wrong or Right 2006 DMX (feat. Bazaar Royale) Year of the Dog... Again
Shots Fired 2007 Styles P (feat. Jadakiss)
Heartache 2009 J. Cole The Warm Up Mixtape
Playground 2010 J. Cole The Groundwork Mixtape
Who Dat 2011 J. Cole J. Cole Cole World: The Sideline Story (iTunes Bonus)
See World 2011 J. Cole J. Cole Friday Night Lights Mixtape
Return of Simba 2011 J. Cole J. Cole
Visionz of Home 2012 J. Cole
Let Nas Down (Sampled) 2013 J. Cole J. Cole Born Sinner
Runaway * 2013 J. Cole J. Cole, Ron Gilmore Born Sinner
Born Sinner 2013 J. Cole (feat. James Fauntleroy) J. Cole Born Sinner
Crooked Smile 2013 J. Cole (feat. TLC) J. Cole Born Sinner
The Coming 2014 King Mez
48 Laws 2015 Omen (feat. Donnie Trumpet) Revenge of the Dreamers II
Folgers Crystals 2015 J. Cole J. Cole Revenge of the Dreamers II
Natalie 2016 Sean McVerry Sean McVerry Hourglass Switchboard 1
Kerosene 2016 Sean McVerry Sean McVerry Hourglass Switchboard 1
Marcy and the Apparition 2016 Sean McVerry Sean McVerry Hourglass Switchboard 1
Christina 2016 Sean McVerry Sean McVerry Hourglass Switchboard 1
Strangers 2016 Sean McVerry Sean McVerry Hourglass Switchboard 2
Tiger Lily 2016 Sean McVerry Sean McVerry Hourglass Switchboard 2
Motion Picture Films 2016 Sean McVerry Sean McVerry Hourglass Switchboard 2
Christina's Ringtone 2016 Sean McVerry Sean McVerry Hourglass Switchboard 2
Willow Tree 2016 Spillage Village (feat. J.I.D, Jordxn Bryant, EarthGang) Ron Gilmore, J. Cole Bears Like Too Much
Ville Mentality 2016 J. Cole Ron Gilmore, J. Cole 4 Your Eyez Only
She's Mine Pt. 1 * 2016 J. Cole J. Cole, Deputy, Ron Gilmore, Chargaux 4 Your Eyez Only
Change * 2016 J. Cole J. Cole, Ron Gilmore 4 Your Eyez Only
Neighbors * 2016 J. Cole J. Cole 4 Your Eyez Only
Foldin Clothes * 2016 J. Cole J. Cole, Ron Gilmore 4 Your Eyez Only
She's Mine Pt. 2 * 2016 J. Cole J. Cole, Deputy, Ron Gilmore, Chargaux 4 Your Eyez Only
4 Your Eyez Only 2016 J. Cole BLVK, J. Cole, Childish Major 4 Your Eyez Only
High For Hours 2017 J. Cole Cam O'bi, Ron Gilmore
Meditate 2017 EarthGang (feat. J.I.D) Childish Major Rags - EP
Ambitions 2017 Lute Sean McVerry West 1996 Pt. 2
Freaky 45 2018 Cozz Ron Gilmore Effected
The Cut Off * 2018 J. Cole feat. Kill Edward J. Cole, BLVK KOD
Kevin's Heart * 2018 J. Cole T-Minus, Mark Pellizzer KOD
Brackets * 2018 J. Cole J. Cole KOD
Once An Addict (Interlude) * 2018 J. Cole J. Cole, Ron Gilmore KOD
Friends * 2018 J. Cole feat. Kill Edward J. Cole KOD
Window Pain (Outro) * 2018 J. Cole J. Cole KOD
Whipped Cream 2018 Ari Lennox Ron Gilmore Single
Stuck 2018 EarthGang (feat. Arin Ray) Malik, Ron Gilmore Single
Grampa 2018 Ari Lennox Single
Shea Butter Baby 2018 Ari Lennox & J. Cole Shroom Creed II: The Album
Tiiied 2018 J.I.D feat. 6lack & Ella Mai Ron Gilmore DiCaprio 2

* Indicates "additional production" credit

TV Scoring[edit]

Network Year Segment
CBS 2003 CSI: Miami, "The Best Defense"
ABC 2006 NBA Finals


  1. ^ "KillerHipHop Exclusive – Elite Interview : KillerHipHop.com". killerhiphop.com.
  2. ^ "On the Come Up - August Edition". ascap.com.
  3. ^ J. Cole and Producer Elite Working on "The Warm Up". YouTube. February 16, 2009.
  4. ^ "Elite – The Groundwork (Mixtape) - 2DOPEBOYZ". 2DOPEBOYZ.
  5. ^ "J. Cole – Playground (prod. Elite) - 2DOPEBOYZ". 2DOPEBOYZ.
  6. ^ http://thewellversed.com/2010/11/17/j-cole-see-world-dedication-to-shaniya-davis/
  7. ^ http://www.karencivil.com/2010/04/28/j-cole-who-dat-prod-by-j-cole-elite/
  8. ^ Complex Mag. "Mixtape: Elite "Awaken"". Complex.
  9. ^ http://jcolenation.com/2012/11/07/elite-confirmed-Producer-born-sinner/
  10. ^ Edwin Ortiz. "Interview: J. Cole's Producer Elite Discusses "Born Sinner" and Meeting L.A. Reid". Complex.

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