15. Jiggy Hendrix
13. Lee On The Beats
12. Hudson Mohawke
15. Jiggy Hendrix
13. Lee On The Beats
12. Hudson Mohawke
10. Childish Major
Though he hasn't broken all the way through yet, he's well on his way. He had one of the most remixed songs of last year with Rocko's "UOENO" and he got a couple of huge placements on Jeezy's Seen It All album. Don't get it twisted, Childish is about to grow up pretty fast and start killing the game.
This producer will surely be placed higher on the list if we revisit it in a couple of years, as his credits are getting bigger and bigger all the time. From coming up making heat for Wiz Khalifa and the rest of Taylor Gang, to crafting one of the hottest songs of 2014 in Jeezy's Hov-assisted "Seen It All", Cardo is doing it all. We're excited to see what the Texas native has in store for us next.
We all know how big Hit-Boy's 2011 was with "Niggas In Paris", but you ask what he's been up to lately? Only heading up one of the hottest young teams in hip-hop with HS87, whose We The Plug compilation set was full of heaters. He's been cooking up hits for artists on his label like Audio Push, as well as others, such as A$AP Rocky and Beyonce. While he's trying to get his name out there as an artist, it seems he'll always have a job as one of the game's biggest hitmakers to fall back on.
7. Larry Fisherman
Shhh, don't tell anyone, but this is Mac Miller. Ever since he moved out to the West Coast and built a dope studio in his house, he's been crafting beats for some of hip-hop's elite. Besides placements on Soulo's These Days... and Sir Michael Rock's Banco, he also produced Vince Staples' entire Stolen Youth project.
6. Digi + Phonics
This four-man wrecking crew is TDE's in-house production team, and they just crank out hit after hit. One of the things that makes TDE artists special is their top notch production value, and for the most part, you can thank Digi + Phonics for that. Dave Free, Willie B, Sounwave and Taebeast have crafted some of our favorite songs from the past few years. With the TDE crew set to run hip-hop for the foreseeable future, we're sure they have lots more up their collective sleeves for us as well.
5. Metro Boomin
One of the leaders of Atlanta's new trap movement, Metro has worked extensively with artists like Future and Young Thug. He had prominent placements on Future's most recent album, Honest, and has plans to release a collaborative project with Thugger under the name Metro Thuggin. His lofty synths and hard-hitting drum kits make him a favorite among artists looking for their next club banger.
4. DJ Dahi
DJ Dahi may actually be your favorite producer without you even knowing it. He has produced countless fan favorites for many of today's hottest artists like Schoolboy Q, Dom Kennedy, Travi$ Scott and Lord Drizzy himself. He's sneakily running the game to be honest, just peep some of his illest joints of the past couple years -- you may remember them.
Though not necessarily a total newcomer, Mike WiLL has put his stamp on the industry in a relatively short period of time. He was making radio bangers in Atlanta for a few years before breaking down the wall nationally with G.O.O.D. Music's "Mercy" and Juicy J's "Bandz A Make Her Dance". He is a consistent chart-topper, and has crafted smash records for Rihanna, 2 Chainz, Miley Cyrus and more. He has since started his own successful imprint, which facilitated the "No Flex Zone" phenomenon by Atlanta duo Rae Sremmurd.
2. Travi$ Scott
We may very well look back at this list a decade from now and refer to Scott as the most influential producer on here. Not only is he one of the hottest artists on the planet right now, having just dropped his Days Before Rodeo free album, but he has helped the likes of Kanye West and Jay Z totally reinvent their sound for the new generation. He hails from Houston, but refuses to limit himself to syrup-filled chopped-and-screwed music, rather constantly staying ahead of the curve and setting trends.
1. DJ Mustard
Mustard on the beat, hoe. This one's hard to argue, as the West-Coaster has proved his staying power and hit-making abilities with countless smash hits. He came up making left coast club anthems for his homie YG, but has evolved into one of the most prominent producers in the game. He has worked with a who's who of hip-hop heavyweights, including Kanye West, and even put out his own Khaled-style album with 10 Summers, which you can read our review of here. While the Roc Nation-signed producer tends to be fairly conservative as far as switching up his style, you can't argue against sticking with what works.
Key! teams up with FKi for a collaborative EP.
Over the last few years, the hip-hop producer has taken a huge step into the spotlight. With their credits often being seen in the song title, and their tag placed at the beginning of their tracks, they've become hard to miss. Pioneers like Just Blaze paved the way for producers to get their shine, and guys like DJ Mustard have run with it, creating massive brands and even putting out successful albums. With the production craft being at the height of its prominence, and so many new and talented producers making moves, we thought we should let you know about some of the best young guns doing it right now. In today's Top 10, we'll count down the best young producers in the game. We're not necessarily using "young" as a barometer of age, but rather of experience in the game, and credits to their name.
As usual with our Monday Top 10 lists, we'll run through the best 10, as well as a handful that just missed the cut. Make sure you hop in the comments to let us know your favorites, or anyone we missed. You can also hit us up on Facebook or Twitter with your feedback -- it's always welcomed.
PS- the Khaled adlibs on this song doe?! REAL LIFE