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Elite (record producer)

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Background information
Birth nameAnthony Parrino
Born (1983-01-04) January 4, 1983 (age 41)
GenresHip-Hop, R&B
Occupation(s)Record producer, artist
Years active2002–present
LabelsDreamville Records

Anthony Parrino (born January 4, 1983), better known by his stage name Elite, is an American hip-hop and R&B 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 mid 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.

In April 2018, J. Cole released his fifth studio album KOD, which featured co-production from Elite on a majority of the album.

In May 2019, Ari Lennox released her debut studio album Shea Butter Baby, executive produced by Elite. Two of the album's lead singles (released in 2018) were produced by Elite; Whipped Cream and the title track Shea Butter Baby (feat. J. Cole), first appearing on the Creed II Soundtrack.



  • 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 Jin 2 Fast 2 Furious OST
Let's Ride Diplomats (feat. Juelz Santana & Jim Jones) AND 1 Mixtape
The Race Drag-On B-Side Single
Shoot Outs 2004 Jadakiss (feat. Styles P) Kiss of Death
Why Remix Jadakiss (feat. Nas, Common, Styles P, Anthony Hamilton) Single
Fight Muzik 2005 Joe Budden Mood Muzik 1
Gun Ho City Kool G Rap (feat. Canibus) DJ Whoo Kid & Kool G Rap: Dead or Alive Mixtape
Penitentiary Chances 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 J. Cole J. Cole Friday Night Lights Mixtape
Return of Simba J. Cole J. Cole
Visionz of Home 2012 J. Cole
Lookin' Without Seein DMX Undisputed
Fuck U Bitch (Silver Shadow) DMX Undisputed (Deluxe Edition)
Let Nas Down (Sampled) 2013 J. Cole J. Cole Born Sinner
Runaway * J. Cole J. Cole, Ron Gilmore Born Sinner
Born Sinner J. Cole (feat. James Fauntleroy) J. Cole Born Sinner
Crooked Smile 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 J. Cole J. Cole Revenge of the Dreamers II
Natalie 2016 Sean McVerry Sean McVerry Hourglass Switchboard 1
Kerosene Sean McVerry Sean McVerry Hourglass Switchboard 1
Marcy and the Apparition Sean McVerry Sean McVerry Hourglass Switchboard 1
Christina Sean McVerry Sean McVerry Hourglass Switchboard 1
Strangers Sean McVerry Sean McVerry Hourglass Switchboard 2
Tiger Lily Sean McVerry Sean McVerry Hourglass Switchboard 2
Motion Picture Films Sean McVerry Sean McVerry Hourglass Switchboard 2
Christina's Ringtone Sean McVerry Sean McVerry Hourglass Switchboard 2
Willow Tree Spillage Village (feat. JID, Jordxn Bryant, EarthGang) Ron Gilmore, J. Cole Bears Like Too Much
4 Your Eyez Only (Album) + J. Cole J. Cole 4 Your Eyez Only
Ville Mentality J. Cole Ron Gilmore, J. Cole 4 Your Eyez Only
She's Mine Pt. 1 * J. Cole J. Cole, Deputy, Ron Gilmore, Chargaux 4 Your Eyez Only
Change * J. Cole J. Cole, Ron Gilmore 4 Your Eyez Only
Neighbors * J. Cole J. Cole 4 Your Eyez Only
Foldin Clothes * J. Cole J. Cole, Ron Gilmore 4 Your Eyez Only
She's Mine Pt. 2 * J. Cole J. Cole, Deputy, Ron Gilmore, Chargaux 4 Your Eyez Only
4 Your Eyez Only J. Cole BLVK, J. Cole, Childish Major 4 Your Eyez Only
High For Hours 2017 J. Cole Cam O'bi, Ron Gilmore
Meditate EarthGang (feat. JID) Childish Major Rags - EP
Ambitions Lute Sean McVerry West 1996 Pt. 2
Freaky 45 2018 Cozz Ron Gilmore Effected
The Cut Off * J. Cole feat. Kill Edward J. Cole, BLVK KOD
Kevin's Heart * J. Cole T-Minus, Mark Pellizzer KOD
Brackets * J. Cole J. Cole KOD
Once An Addict (Interlude) * J. Cole J. Cole, Ron Gilmore KOD
Friends * J. Cole feat. Kill Edward J. Cole KOD
Window Pain (Outro) * J. Cole J. Cole KOD
Whipped Cream Ari Lennox Ron Gilmore Single
Stuck EarthGang (feat. Arin Ray) Malik, Ron Gilmore Mirrorland
Grampa Ari Lennox Single
Shea Butter Baby Ari Lennox & J. Cole Shroom Creed II: The Album
Tiiied JID feat. 6lack & Ella Mai Ron Gilmore DiCaprio 2
Shea Butter Baby (Album) + 2019 Ari Lennox Shea Butter Baby
Chicago Boy Ari Lennox Ron Gilmore Shea Butter Baby
BMO * Ari Lennox Omen Shea Butter Baby
Broke * Ari Lennox Christo, Ron Gilmore, Deputy Shea Butter Baby
Speak To Me Ari Lennox Ron Gilmore Shea Butter Baby
New Apartment * Ari Lennox DJ Grumble Shea Butter Baby
Static Ari Lennox Shea Butter Baby
1993 Dreamville, J. Cole, JID, Cozz, EARTHGANG, Smino, Buddy Revenge of the Dreamers III
BUSSIT Ari Lennox Brilliant Mack, Dijon Stylez Revenge of the Dreamers III: Director's Cut
Tequila EarthGang (featuring T-Pain) Mirrorland
End of Daze (feat. EARTHGANG, JID, Jurdan Bryant, Mereba, and Hollywood JB) 2020 Spillage Village Christo, Mike Dean, Jay Card, Nicerec, Olu Spilligion
Might Not Make It Reason Single
Chocolate Pomegranate Ari Lennox Single
If You Want Me To Stay Ari Lennox & Anthony Ramos William Wells Single
Grounded Ari Lennox Joe Endozo Single
Rider 2021 Mereba KQuick AZEB

* Indicates "Additional Production" credit

+ Indicates "Executive 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. ^ "Thewellversed.com". Thewellversed.com.
  7. ^ "J. Cole – "Who Dat" (Prod. By J. Cole & Elite) « KarenCivil.com". www.karencivil.com. Archived from the original on June 20, 2013. Retrieved January 27, 2022.
  8. ^ Complex Mag. "Mixtape: Elite "Awaken"". Complex.
  9. ^ "Archived copy". jcolenation.com. Archived from the original on March 23, 2017. Retrieved January 13, 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  10. ^ Edwin Ortiz. "Interview: J. Cole's Producer Elite Discusses "Born Sinner" and Meeting L.A. Reid". Complex.

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