It won’t be fair not to show love to the cats that work behind the boards. Cats whose soundscapes help push hip-hop to loft heights. So in the same vein, this weekly list sheds light on budding and even established producers who continue to push the envelope for the culture. So sit back relax and get familiar with these producers.
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Leaping Boy – “Dungeon Crawl”
A producer who goes by the name Leaping Boy makes his debut on our top list with a mellow and cinematic piece titled “Dungeon Crawl.” The producer blends a myriad of electronic elements and contemporary music arrangements to make this work.
DJ Yo! – MJ Said It’s Wacked.
DJ Yo! treats us to his unique minimalistic style of production as he drops this heavy banger titled “MJ Said It’s Wacked.” Built with cinematic keys, heavy trap drums, and a throbbing 808 bassline to match, the track serves as a tribute to ATL’s legendary producer Zaytoven. The beat is taken from his album which features a number of diverse instrumentals that range from classic Hip Hop to experimental selections. A native of Cleveland Ohio, DJ Yo! grew up listening to music in his household. One day on a bus ride to school, Michael heard the Sugar Hill Gang for the first time. Later he viewed the Herbie Hancock ‘Rocket’ video featuring a DJ scratching on a turntable.
Daddy Who – “Clock Clock Clacka”
Daddy Who pays homage to the golden era of hip-hop on his new beat titled “Clock Clock Clacka” with hard-hitting drums and solid sample chops that hit the mark. The track really reminds me of Havoc’s beat for “Extortion.” Very smooth and well crafted from start to finish.
Kabinyo – “Promises”
Kabinyo comes through with the upbeat track titled “Promises.” The drums are somewhat frenzied while the sample chops land well on the spot to make for a solid listen. Get it on Spotify, Deezer. “promises” is taken from his new Ep entitled Emotion. Get it on Apple Music.
Tjonez – “Jazzyjaz”
Travis Jones, also known as Tjonez delivers a heartwarming beat titled “JazzyJax” which blends future R&B/soul and hip-hop elements. The track is very lush and alluring from start to finish. Get more of his music on Soundcloud.
Kabinyo – “Ghost Type”
Kabinyo returns with an off-kilter beat titled “Ghost Type.” This one is quite different from his previous effort as he flips classic 8-bit video game sounds over hard-hitting trap drums. Get it on Deezer, Apple Music, and Spotify.
illSB – “Riding the Wave”
Lansing, MI based production duo illSB delivers some classic soul-driven beat on this list. Titled “Riding The Wave”, the beat is built on a touching soul sample that is reminiscent of early Ye. The duo is made up of illYcut and Spencer Bastian. “Riding The Wave” is taken from the duo’s debut album Stay. Get it on Spotify.
dédé – “Real Hip Hop”
“Real Hip Hop” is a boom-bap infused beat by producer dédé who embodies the spirit of the 90s. The track is rife with sprinkling keys, jazz elements over neck-snapping drums. “Real Hip Hop” is taken from dédé & the intern‘s collaborative project golden.
Marvillous Beats – “The Playing Field (Instrumental)”
Violinist/producer Marvillous Beats show sus how he gets down behind the boards with his gripping beat titled “The Playing Field (Instrumental).” The beat is very cinematic and infuses elements from classical music layered with intense mood raising textures that make it stand out from the pack. “The Playing Field (Instrumental)” is the newest effort from his weekly music releases entitled #MARVMONDAYS!
Get it on Bandcamp/ Audiomack
Charles Edison – “Whales Off PCH”
Talented South London based producer Charles Edison really taps into the soul on his beat titled “Whales Off PCH.” The ethereal and multi-layered instrumentation is calming and soothing from the moment you hit the play button. “Whales Off PCH” was inspired by the long drive down the Pacific Coast Highway, seeing whales breach the waves. The track is taken from the album ‘Vista Point,’ about a road trip Charles took with his Father around California, Arizona, and Nevada. Get it on Apple Music/ Deezer
DefByMisadventure – “rabbit”
DefByMisadventure comes through with a more calming and somewhat suspenseful beat simply titled “rabbit,” it’s pretty engaging from start to finish.