Today’s Top Rap Producers
There once was a time when a hip-hop artist would have to come with profound lyricism in order to be accepted in the music industry. Production was somewhat important, but it came second to the bars. Those were indeed the good ole’ days of hip-hop. In today’s climate, the roles have seemingly reversed with beats being the main driving force behind the success of the record. Now don’t get me wrong, I love the creativity of the younger kids and how they’re pushing the culture forward. I do wish that they understood the power that they possess & would value the words a tad bit more but that’s neither here nor there. With that being said, production is at an all time high with beat makers popping up on SoundCloud every day. There are a few that have built a hell of a name for themselves and continue to push the boundaries of what’s possible. Here’s my list of the top rap producers of today.
Metro Boomin should come as no surprise as he’s been churning out hits like hotcakes. His tagline “If Young Metro Don’t Trust You, I’m Gon S***t You” has become a household phrase in the short amount of time its taken him to blow up. Metro, known mainly for his work with Future, also has produced songs for heavyweights such as Drake, Big Sean, Kanye West, & Migos.
Though you never hear any catch phrases from him, don’t think for 1 second that Boi-1da is a slouch in terms of beat making. The Canadian record producer is a part of Drake’s OVO camp so you already know he has credits on Aubrey’s albums, most notably Take Care & Views (Controlla). He’s also worked with the likes of Eminem (Not Afraid) Kanye West (Real Friends) & have released Dancehall tracks for Nicki Minaj (Regret In Your Tears) PARTYNEXTDOOR (Only You) & Tyga (1 of 1).
Southside made a name for himself in the Atlanta, Georgia region around 2011 & still continues to do so to this day. He teamed up with another beat maker Lex Luger to form the producing duo 808 Mafia. Southside beats are typically gritty & grimy with heavy drums & snare kicks.
Mike Will Made It
If you tell yourself that you haven’t heard anything produced from Mike Will, I would say that you are incorrect. For the last 7 years, Mike Will has been a name that rings bells when mentioning some of the hottest singles. These include 2 Chainz (No Lie) Juicy J (Bandz A Make Her Dance) Jeezy (Way Too Gone) Big Sean (Paradise) Rihanna (Pour It Up) & Everything from Rae Sremmurd (No Flex Zone, Black Beatles).
Cardo has a catalog that’s slept on. He began by working with Mac Miller & Chevy Woods but soon got in touch with Mr. Taylor Gang himself Wiz Khalifa & the result left him with production credit on Kush & Orange Juice. That in turn opened the doors to Meek Mill (Levels) Jeezy (Seen It All) Kendrick Lamar (untitled 07 | levitate) Game (100) Travis Scott (Goosebumps) Schoolboy Q (THat Part) & Drake (God’s Plan).
London On Da Track
London On Da Track is another A-Town native & received his claim to fame by working with Young Thug in 2011. Because he had so much music in his arsenal, London began giving out beats for free until one got into the hands of Birdman, who then signed him to Cash Money Records. His biggest records thus far are with Rich Gang (Lifestyle) & T.I. (About The Money).
C-Sick hails from Chicago Illinois & is known most notably from his works with Logic (5AM, Run It, Mos Definitely). He has also linked up with G Herbo (Red Snow) & recently Tory Lanez (Shooter).
This list wouldn’t be complete without adding DJ Mustard. DJ Mustard has had a hell of a run & continues to dominate the airwaves every year. From Tyga (Rack City) to 2 Chainz (I’m Different) to Kid Ink (Show Me) to Trey Songz (Na Na) to Jeremih (Don’t Tell Em) & Omarion (Post To Be), Mustard has a distinguished ear for hits and is sure to be around for years to come.
All of these guys listed have proved to the industry that they aren’t flukes and can deliver when needed. Do you feel its someone that should have been mentioned that’s been left out? Leave a comment