Madlib is definatly the biggest. His sampling and beat making skills are insane. I get my better ideas when his beats are running trough my head. Also marijuana is the strongest influence when I'm in the lab (my room).
Fruity loops 8 that's all I need for now. A keyboard and turntable are in the future.
If you need beats hit me up. I'm a loyal member of crystal trees but also a producer willing to work with a young rapper or make beats with another beat maker.