Here Are 4 Producers You Probably Don’t Know But Who Deserve More Recognition
If your name is on the cover you get the credit.
That’s how the music industry works.
But in an age where major releases are more collaborative than ever, background players often don’t get the recognition they deserve. That’s why we put together a little list of the key players you may not have heard of. Follow these names, they are the real hit makers.
Here are a few producers shaping the sound of their genre that you should definitely keep an eye on.
Teddy is a Memphis-born producer and composer who, along with his brother, created a new genre of music which they term “Urban Epic.” Teddy’s unbelievably vibey sound comes from the blending of old-school R&B samples with modern effects. You’d recognize his sound. It’s all over Hip-Hop right now.
His first big hit came in the form of “Electric Body (feat. Schoolboy Q)” off of A$AP Rocky’s most recent full-length project, A.L.L.A. Recently, he produced Goldlink‘s breakout “Crew” and, most notably, Kendrick Lamar‘s smash “Love (feat. Zacari).”
Try not to stare at his nails too much in this video detailing the production of “Love.”
Göransson began his musical journey composing for TV shows such as New Girl and Community. The latter is where he first collaborated with Childish Gambino. Göransson then went on to co-produce every single one of Gambino’s solo projects. He’s even listed as the executive producer on Gambino’s biggest hit to date, “Redbone.”
Ludwig’s most recent work includes composing the passion project that is the Black Panther soundtrack. Göransson clearly has the pedigree to further branch out of the film and television scene and hopefully his work with pretty much all of TDE will give him the connections to work more closely with other artists.
His work brings a more classically trained eye to Hip-Hop and R&B, which will undoubtedly continue to elevate the genres.
The 21 year old Ontario native known professionally as WondaGurl has collaborated with more big names in her young career than most producers do in their entire lifetime. She burst into the scene at 15 when she won the 2012 Battle of the Beatmakers in Toronto.
The tear that she has been on ever since is almost otherworldly. At 16 she contributed “Crown” to Jay-Z‘s Magna Carta Holy Grail. She followed up with a ridiculous 2015 which included production credits on “Bitch Betta Have My Money” (alongside Kanye West), Drake‘s “Used To” and “Company,” and Travis Scott‘s bust out hit “Antidote.” Oh and she rounded out 2017 by working with Big Sean and Lil Uzi Vert.
Needless to say, everything this woman makes, slaps.
I’m a little biased on this one. Knxwledge‘s (pronounced knowledge) recent collaborations with Anderson .Paak have produced some of my favorite music released in the last couple of years. The LA based producer and songwriter blends soul, jazz, and old-school hip-hop to make tracks funkier and more jiggy than just about anything out right now.
His beat-tapes are works of art in and of themselves. He tends to collaborate more with underground acts but has a couple of major production credits in “Momma” from To Pimp a Butterfly along with “Hot Pepper” and “Durag vs. Headband” from Acton Bronson’s Blue Chips 7000.
Here’s my favorite track he’s involved with. It’s called “Droogs” and is from his collaboration with Anderson .Paak under the joint name NxWorries.