Meet The Beat Generation: Top 20 New Producers In Hip-Hop

| November 13, 2012 | 2 Comments


What moves you first, the rhyme or the beat? For many, it’s the rhyme. Some people just love to hear what an emcee is saying and how they are saying. Most fans of music come for the beat. It’s all about who laid down the track, that the rapper is rapping to. To be successful in today’s hip-hop, then you have to have a dope beat or a dope producer.

2012 saw the rise of some great new producers in the game. Talent like Key Wane, Hit-Boy and Young Chop all got the respect that they deserved for the work they were putting in. They’re just a few names though. A great crop of new beat makers emerged this year. Hiphopenquirer compiled a list of the 20 best new producers in the game today.

Hit-Boy: G.O.O.D. music’s latest prodigy, Hit-Boy came hard this year. It began for him in full when he laid down some of the hottest tracks on the “Watch The Throne” album, including one of the best songs of the year “Niggas In Paris.” He didn’t just save the good beats for the G.O.O.D. music family. He shared hit records with the likes of Asap Rocky and Kendrick Lamar. Hit-Boy took a step into the recording booth this year as well. He dropped his mixtape “Hit-story” and set off on his own mini tour. He also produced hits like “Mercy” for the G.O.O.D. music compilation “Cruel Summer.” The sky is the limit for Hit-Boy. Look for him to be delivering hit records for the heavyweights in the industry for years to come. Follow him on twitter @hit_boy

Cardiak: I had the chance to interview Cardiak earlier this year and I was impressed with his work ethic. It’s no surprise that he’s compiled a resume that some big dogs would envy. Tracks like Lloyd Banks “Start It Up” and Wale’s “600 Benz,” showed that he can give you a bang that go hard in the clubs, streets or radio. Follow him @cardiakflatline

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Young Chop: How is a kid from Chicago redefining the sound of the south. Well, Young Chop is doing it. The Chi-Town native, got into the game handing over hits for Soulja Boy and later Chief Keef. He was in the news early this year because of comments he made about the changes Kanye West made his “Don’t Like” remix. Nevertheless, Chop has managed to to keep Lil Reese and Fredro Santana going strong, all while hooking up major names like Gucci Mane with bangers. Sure to have a strong presence on Chief Keef’s “Finally Rich” mixtape, Young Chop is going to be a name that we will hear a lot of in 2013 and beyond. Follow on twitter @youngchop

Key Wane: This dude actually balanced being a full-time student with being a full-time producer. Key Wane, the man behind many of Big Sean’s hits, would often commute from Tennessee where he was in school to Detroit or wherever Sean was at the time to record. A chance meeting with Meek Mill would turn one of his beats into the hit record “Amen.” Wane is definitely a star on the rise. Look out for him to be all over Big Sean’s sophomore album. Follow him on twitter @keywane

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Lil Lody: Lody is far from a new jack. The CTE in-house producer not only logged hours for Jeezy, he also chipped in tracks for Yo Gotti, Fabolous, Plies and more. Another producer turned rapper, Lody stepped into the booth to record some mixtapes for the streets, but he still kept dropping heat for trap rappers. Expect to hear more of Lil Lody on new projects from Freddi Gibbs, Young Jeezy and the whole CTE crew.  Follow Lody on twitter @lillody

Ty DollaSign: His name might not jump out like the others on this list, but Ty Dollasign definitely deserves to get some praise. The son of a musician, Ty can play several instruments. The writer and producer of YG’s hit “Toot It and Boot It” has been working with the likes of Wiz Khalifa lately while he preps his own mixtape “Beachhouse 2.” Follow Ty Dolla Sign on twitter @tydollasign

Lyle Leduff: The Don Cannon protege went from selling sneakers to flipping beats. His biggest placement to date has been Asap’s “Brand New Guy” featuring School Boy Q. You’ll hear more from Lyle soon. His HHE feature will be going online any day now. Follow Lyle on twitter @lyleleduff

Ru Gotti Music: The Combination of Gotti and Black Jeruz, the duo has made big moves on the low. Working with artists like Young Jeezy, 50 Cent, Slim Thug keep their name hot in the hip-hop world, but it’s the projects they have with indie acts like NC’s own M.O.S. and B-Stacks that have them primed and ready to take it to the next level. Follow them on twitter @rugottimusic

Dj Mustard: Dj Mustard is putting a new spin on the West Coast sounds. His style is still very much old school Cali, but there’s a new feeling about them that make him special. His work on YG’s “4Hunnid” mixtape made me a fan. “Cali Livin” ft Dom Kennedy is one of my favorite tracks. He’s also the man behind 2 Chainz’s new hit “I’m Different.” Follow Dj Mustard on twitter @djmustard

1500 or Nothin: The music conglomerate of promotions, videography and songwriting has developed a pretty decent production arm as well. Led by Larrance Dopson, he partnered with childhood friends  Charles ‘Uncle Chucc’ Hamilton, Kenneth ‘Bam’ Alexander and Lamar ‘Mars’’ Edwards to make 1500 or Nothin. Along with songwriter James Fauntleroy II, the team has produced work for the likes of Nas and Mary J. Blige to Nipsey Hussel. Currently the team is working on a reality show and will have a strong presence on the new Ludacris album, “Ludaversal” Follow them on twitter @1500ornothin

Clams Casino: Clams has been a name on the underground scene for years for his work with Soulja Boy and Lil B. When he met Asap Rocky, he jumped himself into another level as a producer. Follow Clams Casino on twitter @clamscasino

Mike Will: “Mike Will Made It” is more than just saying you hear on a track. Producer Mike Will really did make it. Since Gucci Mane blessed one of his first tracks, he’s been in high demand. “Tupac Back” and “Turn On the Lights” were hits for Meek Mill and Future respectively. Look for Mike Will to keep dropping hit records and mixtapes to remind people that “Mike Will Made it.” Follow Mike Will on twitter @mikewillmadeit

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Harry Fraud: Harry Fraud hand delivered French Montana hit after hit until “Shot Caller” made them certified stars. But don’t get it twisted, Fraud has made some bangers. Smoke Dza, Action Bronson and Currensy can attest to that. “La Musica De Harry Fraud” Follow Harry Fraud on twitter @harryfraud

Jahlil Beats: One of my favorite producers for years now. The man behind Meek Mill early in his career. The man behind “Rozay Red,” and “Hottest in the City” is now a member of Roc Nation. So look to hear “Jahlil Beats, holla at me” over the airwaves and in the clubs sooner than later. Follow Jahlil on twitter @jahlilbeats

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Cardo: The Minneapolis native made his name for his work on Wiz Khalifa’s “Kush & Orange Juice” mixtape. Since then he’s worked with Dom Kennedy, Currensy, Big Sean and Mac Miller.  Follow Cardo on twitter @cardogowings

The Beat Bully: The PA fan favorite created hits like “Stay Schemin,” “So Sophisticated” and “House Party.” Expect only more greatness to come from Beat Bully now that he’s hooked up with Kenoe. Follow him on twitter @thebeatbully

Sonny Digital: The man behind “Racks on Racks” didn’t just fade to black after the song stopped being popular. Sonny kept grinding. Now you can add Future’s “Same Damn Time,” and 2 Chainz “Birthday Song” to his hit list. Look for Sonny Digital lacing more acts in 2013.  Follow Sonny on twitter @sonnydigital

Tyler The Creator: The front man for the group Odd Future has been in the background producing records for some odd people. Working alongside Pharrell, he’s put down hits for the NERD head honcho himself to pop star Miley Cyrus. Talk about Odd. Follow Tyler on twitter @fucktyler

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Boi-1-Da: Drake’s go to producer became the go-to guy for big names in the industry this year. Eminem, Slaughterhouse and more jumped to get a beat. Expect him to be working more with Eminem and Drake next year. Follow him on twitter @boi1da

Southside: Signed to Bricksquad 1017, has produced for Gucci, Waka Flocka, Kanye and Jay-Z, Meek Mill, Big Sean and more. He was prominently featured on Waka’s last album “Triple F Life.” Southside will be working with Gucci and Waka for certain next year, but you can tell the list will be long with people trying to book a session.

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This is just a small compilation of some of the producers who made a impact this year on the hip-hop scene. Whether it was for the clubs or the radio, LP or mixtapes, they provided some of the sounds. Look for them to provide plenty more in the near future.

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  1. Dennis Byron says:

    It was very difficult to compile this list as there are so many talented producers that are deserving of the exposure however these 20 have gotten our attention with their hard work and determination.

  2. Lilslirk says:

    Aye Producers, I want a beat, I tag #hit-boy #cardiac #key wane#sonny digital #Dj Mustard #Lil lody

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