The 25 Best Producers In Hip Hop Right Now
One of Taylor Gang's in house producer, Cardo is most known for his vintage production style that resembles DJ Quik's OG style of music. Bouncy rhythms and classic synths are staples in his work.
Notable song: Wiz Khalifa – Brainstorm (prod. Cardo)
Another TGOD producer, Sledgren is most known for working with Khalifa, helping him build his own sound for about 10 years. His work on 'Kush & Orange Juice' catapulted him to producer fame.
Notable song: Chevy Woods – Homerun f. Wiz Khalifa (prod. Sledgren)
One of Chicago's most valuable producers, Young Chop has championed this new Chi-town sound while producing for Lil' Reese, Pusha-T, and most notably, Chief Keef.
Notable song: Pusha T – Blocka (prod. Young Chop)
Although Lex isn't brand new to the game, his consistent productions have been featured on tracks for Rick Ross, Waka Flaka, Gucci Mane, Curren$y and many more.
Notable song: Curren$y – Choosin' (Feat. Wiz Khalifa & Rick Ross) (Prod. Lex Luger)
The in house Maybach Music Group producer has done work his entire label and is known for his bass heavy, trunk rattler beats that are sure to get you 'turnt up’.
Notable song: Wale – Bag of Money f. Rick Ross, Meek Mill and T-Pain (prod. Beat Billionaire)
In the new age of hip-hop, rappers are beginning to produce their own work. Mississippi's own Big KRIT is an icon of the rapper / producer theme as the majority of his mix tapes and full length albums have been self produced.
Notable song: Wiz Khalifa – Glass House f. Curren$y and Big K.R.I.T. (prod. Big K.R.I.T.)
New to the production game, Kid Cudi has proven himself relative by self producing his entire latest album, Indicud. Comparing it to his own version of Dr Dre's The Chronic 2001, Cudi plays many parts on the album from producer, to vocalist, to guest feature while his beats shine.
Notable song: Kid Cudi – Brothers f. King Chip and A$AP Rocky (prod. Kid Cudi)
Despite his huge rise to success, there are some serious Mac Miller haters out there, but with his production moniker, Larry Fisherman, Mac has been able to produce some extremely jazzy, organic works for the likes of Boldy James, Ab-Soul, Freddie Gibbs, and Smoke DZA.
Notable song: Ab-Soul – The End is Near f. Mac Miller (prod. Larry Fisherman)
In house producer for the crew that Joey Bada$$ built, Pro Era, Chuck Strangers is known for his vintage NY style beats that the entire roster can spit over. With direct influences from 90's hip-hop, I'm looking forward to Joey Bada$$'s debut album solely for production from Chuck.
Notable song: Joey Bada$$ – Daily Routine (prod. Chuck Strangers)
Harry Fraud is one of the most buzz worthy artists on this list. His production discography has extended several pages from 2011-2012, and in 2013 he shows no signs of slowing down. First being brought to fame with his work on French Montana's 'Shot Caller', Harry has continued to work with titans such as Curren$y, Wiz Khalifa, Pusha-T, Mac Miller, and Danny Brown.
Notable song: Young Roddy – Payroll f. Curren$y (prod. Harry Fraud)
A personal favorite on this list, is New Jersey's own Clams Casino. His ethereal sometimes 'trippy' beats have housed verses from Lil' B, A$AP Rocky, Mac Miller, and most recently MF Doom. His delicate and unique sampling of Imogen Heap, and other down-tempo vocalists, sets him apart from the rest.
Notable song: A$AP Rocky – LVL (prod. Clams Casino)
The self proclaimed 'King of the MPC” is Araabmuzik who's productions for a wide range of artists have made him a go-to producer in the hip hop community. Most known for his work with Diplomats members Cam'ron, Jim Jones, and even Vado — Araabmuzik has now extended himself into the “EDM” game with his trap styled productions.
Notable song: 50 Cent – Murder One f. Eminem (prod. Araabmuzik)
One of Big Sean's close collaborators and producers has extended his reach recently by producing the massive his 'Amen' for Meek Mill and Drake. In addition to his major work with Big Sean, he's also produced for Tyga, Busta Rhymes, Young Jeezy, and Wale.
Notable song: Big Sean – 24K of Gold f. J. Cole and Raekwon (prod. Key Wayne)
The cannabis titled production trio of THC have put together some of your favorite hits over the year, without much media exposure. Having worked mainly with the TDE crew, THC have produced for Kendrick Lamar, ScHoolboy Q, Dom Kennedy, and even Chris Brown.
Notable song: Kendrick Lamar – Cartoons & Cereal f. Gunplay (prod. THC)
Also in house TDE producers, Digi+Phonics are most known for their stellar work on Kendrick Lamar's “Bitch Don't Kill My Vibe”. Their organic production style is directly related to Cali hip-hop.
Notable song: Kendrick Lamar – Bitch Don’t Kill My Vibe (prod. Digi + Phonics)
Toronto's own Boi-1da has such an extensive catalog of productions, but is most known for his work with Drake on each of his albums. He also produced extensively for Eminem on his iconic return 'Recovery'. But besides Drake and Eminem, he has produced for everyone from Tinie Tempah to Nicole Scherzinger to The Game and DJ Khaled.
Notable song: Rick Ross – MMG Untouchable (prod. Boi-1da)
Another Toronto native is T-Minus most known for his work with OVO member Drake mainly on “I'm On One”, and his collaboration with label head, Lil' Wayne on “She Will”. His sound attracted Husltle Gang head honcho, T.I. who recruited him for several beats.
Notable song: Wale – Ambition f. Rick Ross & Meek Mill (prod. T-Minus)
Noah '40' Shebib
Without 40, there would be no Drake — and that comes from Aubrey's mouth himself. 40 is the other half of Drake's phenomenal success. Playing an entire back seat role in his rise to fame, 40 has produced the majority of Drake's album material, while also working on bigger collaborations for artists such as Alicia Keys and Jamie Foxx.
Notable song: A$AP Rocky – F**kin Problems f. 2 Chainz, Drake & Kendrick Lamar (prod. Champagne Papi & 40)
With one of the most recognizable intro tags, the Roc Nation in house producer Jahlil Beats is known for his high energy productions for rappers like Meek Mill, Lil Wayne, Rick Ross — pretty much anything that will get you 'turnt up'
Notable song: Big Sean – Burn f. Meek Mill (prod. Jahlil Beats)
Kanye West himself calls Hit-Boy the “next him,” because his production skills are equally matched with his skills as an MC. Now an in house producer for G.O.O.D. Music, Hit-Boy's debut mixtape “Hit-Story” showcased his wide range of skills.
Notable song: Wale – The Right One (prod. Hit-Boy)
Tyler, The Creator
Another rapper? Yup! Cali-bred and Odd Future head, Tyler, The Creator is one of the greatest young producers in the game right now. Crafting an entirely new lane of hip-hop for his team, Tyler even produced his entire debut album, which showcases down tempo, bass heavy tunes similar to a young Pharrell, who is a constant collaborator.
Notable song: Tyler, The Creator – IFHY f. Pharrell (prod. Tyler, The Creator)
Solely responsible for the 'ratchet' movement, you probably know DJ Mustard mainly for his work on Tyga's massive 2012 hit 'Rack City', but he's also worked with Young Jeezy on 'R.I.P.', and 2 Chainz on “I'm Different”. His simple yet high energy beats define ratchet' out in Cali.
Notable song: Young Jeezy – R.I.P. f. 2 Chainz (prod. DJ Mustard)
Mike Will Made It
In my opinion, Mike Will is 2013 version of Lex Luger with his extremely similar yet catchy productions. R&B sensation, Rihanna even recruited him for her recent his 'Pour It Up' which is tearing up the charts. The ATL producer is most known for 'Bandz A Make Her Dance', but also has done work for 2 Chainz, Young Jeezy, and contributed to the massive G.O.O.D. Music hit, 'Mercy'.
Notable song: Ace Hood – Bugatti f. Future and Rick Ross (prod. Mike Will Made It)
Yet another G.O.O.D. Music signee, the Scotland producer Hudson Mohawke comes from a more electronic basis in his production style. Known for his work with collaborator Lunice in their group, TNGHT, they have directly influenced the 'trap music' scene, and I can only imagine what he has in store for Kanye's upcoming album.
Notable song: John Legend and Teyana Taylor – Bliss (prod. Hudson Mohawke)
1/2 of the Cool Kids, Chuck Inglish is one of the most prominent producers in the game. His work on Rick Ross's 'Party Heart' put him into the limelight as he continues to produce his own instrumental albums. But don't worry, Chuck has just begun producing his own rap songs yet again.
Notable song: Rick Ross – Party Heart f. Stalley and Buddy (prod. Chuck Inglish)