A year ago, Ducko Mcfli had never gotten his name on a beat with an artist outside of Nashville. He and longtime production partner SykSense had been putting in work for years, even catching the eye of Boi-1da, who signed the pair to a short-term production deal a few years ago. Finally, last March, they sent him one that stuck. He passed it along to his right-hand man, aka the biggest rapper in the world, and next thing you know, Syk and Ducko saw their names next to Drake's "Draft Day."

That was his foot in the door, and since, Ducko has made his entry known, producing records for OG Maco, Migos, Audio Push, A$AP Ferg, YG, Problem, Snootie Wild, and more. Things picked up quick. He's now full-time in Atlanta, fully signed to another industry kingpin, Mike Will Made-It. Ducko is part of an exciting young production roster that's helping Ear Drummers become the one of hottest new labels in the country.

We chatted with Ducko about his recent career moves, learning from Mike Will and Boi-1da, his personal brand, and why his most important work is with his own artists we've never heard of.