Top 15 Upcoming Producers

Posted: August 12, 2011 by eptarheels23 in Music
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Today here at the ESP were are going to talk about fifteen of the most promising, rising producers. These are the guys that craft the beats behind the tracks. They make everything from bangers to smooth/soulful jams to club anthems to the next pop hit to classic hip-hop records. You’ve most likely heard songs from all of these guys, you just never knew the name behind the beat. It took a while to cook up, what I felt, were in the top fifteen. I had to distinguish whether they were up and coming, which excluded two of the guys on my list immediately, Boi-1da and 40. If you’ve ever heard a record by Drake, these guys were probably the ones behind it. Since that was the fact and Drake’s already made it big, I took those two off the list. But without further adieu hit the jump for a preview of the top fifteen upcoming producers in the game today!

Notable Productions: Michael Jordan by Kendrick Lamar, Hol’ Up by Kendrick Lamar, The Spiteful Chant by Kendrick Lamar, A.D.H.D. by Kendrick Lamar, Loosen My Tie by Ab-Soul, Night of the Living Junkies by Kendrick Lamar
It’s only fitting that I start out this list with one of the in-house producers for Top Dawg Entertainment. It amazing how versatile Sounwave is when he can make bangers like Michael Jordan and The Spiteful Chant and then smoot, soulful records like Hol’ Up the next. I expect more big things from him, including more collaborations with non-TDE members. And with the artists around Sounwave, look out for some big time records coming your way.
Kendrick Lamar – Hol’ Up

Kendrick Lamar – Michael Jordan (feat. Schoolboy Q)

The Cataracs
Notable Productions: Like a G6 by Far East Movement, Better With the Lights Off by New Boyz, Bass Down Low by Dev, Backseat by New Boyz, I’m On It by 50 Cent
You have definitely heard something by The Cataracs. A production duo out of Berkely, CA they have behind the boards some of the biggest clubs hits of the year. The group is more oriented towards the pop/rap club songs as they have produced songs such as Like a G6 by far East Movement and Backseat by New Boyz. And don’t expect to hear nothing out of them, they have big time collaborations coming in the near future.
The Cataracs – Top of the World (feat. Dev)

New Boyz – Better With the Lights Off (feat. Chris Brown)

Notable Productions: Any Song From Hoodie Allen
RJF is the one and only producer for the amazing Hoodie Allen. RJF does all of his production, including one of the best projects of the year in Leap Year. RJF is honestly one of the best producers I’ve ever seen when it comes down to samples. His ability to perfectly incorporate a sample is genius and one of the main reasons he is one this list.
Hoodie Allen – You Are Not a Robot

Hoodie Allen – Sticks & Stones

Alex da Kid
Notable Productions: Airplanes by B.o.B, Love the Way You Lie by Eminem, I Need a Doctor by Dr. Dre, Coming Home by Diddy – Dirty Money, Castle Walls by T.I., Words I Never Said by Lupe Fiasco
Without a doubt Alex da Kid is the biggest hit maker out of the group. I mean just look at his Notable Hits. The ones listed reached 2nd, 1st, 4th, 11th and 89th respectively on the Billboard Hot 100. Simply put, the man knows how to make hit records and don’t expect him to slow down anytime soon.
Dr. Dre – I Need a Doctor (feat. Eminem & Skylar Grey)

J. Cole – Coming Home (feat. Skylar Grey) demo for the Diddy version, personally I like this one a lot more

Notable Productions: How Low by Ludacris, Moment 4 Life by Nicki Minaj, I’m On One by DJ Khaled, Poppin’ Bottles by T.I.
Another Canadian hitmaker that reps Toronto like fellow producers Boi-1da and 40. T-Minus has produced possible the biggest record of the year so far in I’m On One by DJ Khaled. He also is supposed to have many productions on Lil Wayne’s Tha Carter IV and Drake’s Take Care, the only place to go for T-Minus is up.
T.I. – Poppin’ Bottles (feat. Drake)

Ludacris – How Low (Remix) [feat. Rick Ross & Twista]

Notable Productions: Awesome by XV, Worldwide Choppers by Tech N9NE, Pictures On My Wall by XV, Textbook Stuff by XV, Welcome to the Midwest by Tech N9NE
As you can tell from the picture, Seven is XV’s go-to producer. Seven produced some of the biggest records of XV’s most recent project Zero Heroes and has also commonly collaborated with Kansas City emcee Tech N9NE. With those two artists to go to for rapping over his dope as hell beats, Seven has a very promising future.
XV – Pictures On My Wall

XV – Awesome (feat. Pusha T)

Tae Beast
Notable Productions: Ronald Reagan Era by Kendrick Lamar, Moscato by Ab-Soul, Keisha’s Song by Kendrick Lamar, iBETiGOTSUMWEED by Schoolboy Q, Real Thinkers by Ab-Soul, Cut You Off by Kendrick Lamar, Constipation by Black Hippy
Another one of the Top Dawg Entertainment in-house producers, Tae Beat is one of the best west coast producers righ now. With the ability to construct beats such as Ronald Reagan Era one minute and then switch it up with the smooth as hell Moscato and then go to the pot head anthem in iBETiGOTSUMWEED, he is absolutely incredible behind the boards.
Kendrick Lamar – Ronald Reagan Era (His Evils) [feat. RZA]


Willie B
Notable Productions: Ignorance Is Bliss by Kendrick Lamar, Soul Cry by Ab-Soul, Rigamortis by Kendrick Lamar, Opposites Attract by Kendrick Lamar, Kamikaze by Schoolboy Q, No Joke by Jay Rock
Another member of the in-house producers for TDE. I’m sorry but I just can’t help it, the producers for Top Dawg are just so damn good. Willie B has created possibly two of my favorite beats of all time in Ignorance Is Bliss by Kendrick Lamar and Soul Cry by Ab-Soul. Both records and bangers and you can tell that Willie B can bring it behind the boards.
Kendrick Lamar – Ignorance Is Bliss

Ab-Soul – Soul Cry

Xaphoon Jones
Notable Productions: Opposite of Adults by Chiddy Bang, High by Big Sean, Too Fake by Big Sean, Mind Your Manners by Chiddy Bang, All Over by Chiddy Bang
I’m pretty sure I don’t really need to go indepth about who Xaphoon Jones is. Almost everybody has heard of him. He is the production half of the group Chiddy Bang and a master of producing. He is another genius of incorporating a sample in his music, as most of Chiddy Bang’s music has some dope sample in it. He’s so good I’ve heard some people say he needs to drop Chiddy and find a new partner, as enticing as that sounds I don’t want him to. The group just has some of the best chemistry in the game today.
Big Sean – Too Fake (feat. Chiddy Bang)

Chiddy Bang – Mind Your Manners

DJ Mendoza and Mik Beats
Notable Productions: Any Song From The Dean’s List
Again with the producers in groups, but Mik and Mendoza are some of the best. DJ Mendoza handles more of the hip-hopish production while Mik Beats is more of the pop producer for the group but they make for an incredible team with Sonny Shotz behind the mic. The problem is they haven’t worked with anyone other than Sonny, I would like to see them work with other artists. But if they keep giving all the beats to Sonny for him to body, I guess that’s fine with me.
The Dean’s List – #K2YL

The Dean’s List – Mainstream

Notable Productions: Start It Up by Lloyd Banks, Outlaw by 50 Cent, 600 Benz by Maybach Music Group, Rise by Maybach Music Group
Known for his bangers, Cardiak has come up with some serious hits recently. Cardiak first broke onto the scene with the Lloyd Banks produced single Start It Up that also featured Kanye West, Pusha T, Fabolous, Ryan Leslie and Swizz Beatz. That posse cut got him going and ever since then he has produced a single for 50 Cent and a single off Self Made Vol. 1 by Mayback Music Group in 600 Benz.
50 Cent – Outlaw

Lloyd Banks – Start It Up (feat. Kanye West, Pusha T, Fabolous, Ryan Leslie & Swizz Beatz)

Notable Productions: Christmas In Harlem by Kanye West, N****s by Kanye West & Jay-Z, My God by Pusha T, How Far We Go (Uptown 81) by Smoke DZA, Drop the World by Lil Wayne, Lay It On Me by Kelly Rowland
A member of the Surf Club production group, Hit-Boy has busted onto the scene recently. He was behind the boards for the Lil Wayne and Eminem hit Drop the World, the Kanye West G.O.O.D. Friday soulful Christmas In Harlem and also produced the recent banger N****s In Paris off Kanye West and Jay-Z’s Watch the Throne (that beat is redonkulous).
Kanye West – Christmas In Harlem (feat. Cam’Ron, Jim Jones, Vado, CyHi Da Prynce, Big Sean, Musiq Soulchild, Pusha T & Teyana Taylor)

Pusha T – My God

Notable Productions: Never Been by Wiz Khalifa, Visions by Wiz Khalifa, Car Service by Curren$y & Wiz Khalifa
One of the in-house producers for Taylor Gang, Sledgren is on the rise. He has produced many a hits for Wiz Khalifa and has a very distinct sound to him. It is recognizable upon hearing it and makes for one helluva a producer.
Wiz Khalifa – Never Been

Curren$y & Wiz Khalifa – Car Service

Kane Beatz
Notable Productions: The Show Goes On by Lupe Fiasco, Super Bass by Nicki Minaj, BedRock by Young Money, Right Above It by Lil Wayne, S On My Chest by DJ Khaled, Bottoms Up by Trey Songz
This man makes smash records. He has a total of six Top 10 records on the Billboard Hot 100 yet few people know his name. He has been consistently a go to producer for the Young Money and also branched out to produce Lupe Fiasco’s biggest hit to date in The Show Goes On. The man has the total packed behind the boards.
Lil Wayne – Right Above It (feat. Drake)

Lupe Fiasco – The Show Goes On

ID Labs
Notable Productions: Just Me by Huey Mack, Best Day Ever by Mac Miller, Life Ain’t Easy by Mac Miller, When I’m Gone by Wiz Khalifa, The Race by Wiz Khalifa, Fly Solo by Wiz Khalifa
Production duo of Big Jerm and E-Dan, the group works out of ID Labs in Pittsburgh and have commonly produced for Mac Miller and Wiz Khalifa. Big Jerm also produced all of those records that leaked by Curren$y, Big Sean and Wiz Khalifa. With Wiz Khalifa and Mac Miller being some of the most popular emcees today and ID Labs having many expected productions on Blue Slide Park, these two have bright future in front of them.
Huey Mack – Just Me

Mac Miller – Best Day Ever

  1. […] to cooperate, instead spinning out a story that’s different from what actually went down. Hit-Boy is on a roll after producing big time records such as this and N****s In […]

  2. […] was released around a week ago, I just haven’t been that much of a fan of it. Wayne recruited Canadian hit maker T-Minus, and while it’s not my favorite beat from him, it’s solid nonetheless. Weezy’s […]

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