What a thrilling week for music lovers, with a flood of new releases hitting the airwaves from the likes of Drake to Daniel Caesar. And as we embark on the 12th week of my producer picks series, it's time to shine a light on the masterful music makers behind some of these chart-topping hits.
The past few years have witnessed Drake's rise to a pinnacle of success that seems to know no bounds. And just when we thought his creative streak was reaching its peak, he drops his latest hit, "Search & Rescue." What makes this track all the more special is that it's a full circle moment for BNYX, who had once crafted beats to Drake acapellas. But amidst all the hype, let's not forget the unsung hero of this masterpiece — BEAUTIFULMVN, BNYX's younger brother and the producer who lent his genius touch to the track. A member of DATACLUB and Working On Dying, BEAUTIFULMVN has been making waves in the industry with his sublime production skills, collaborating with artists like Yeat, Lancey Foux, and Dom Corleo, to name a few.
Prepare to be blown away by the masterful musical prowess of Sir Dylan, the producer extraordinaire who has been on an absolute tear lately, producing for some of the biggest names in the industry. His work is simply unparalleled, and can be found on some of the best albums of 2023, including Kali Uchis, 6lack, Yves Tumor, and most notably, Daniel Caesar's highly-anticipated masterpiece, NEVER ENOUGH. With a whopping 12 out of 15 tracks produced by him, Sir Dylan has truly outdone himself, showcasing Caesar's sensational singing range and bringing out the best in every song. But Sir Dylan wasn't alone in this venture, as Mathew Burnett also played a crucial role in the production of this epic project, contributing his wizardry to hits like "Ocho Rios," "Cool," "Homiesexual (with Ty Dolla $ign)," and "Superpowers." The two have left an incredible mark on the industry, having also produced legendary tracks like "Pound Cake / Paris Morton Music 2" for Drake, and "Not Afraid" for Eminem, besides numerous others for Daniel Caesar.
Rae Sremmurd's latest album Sremm 4 Life features a standout track that is impossible to resist. "ADHD Anthem (2 Many Emotions)" is a captivating outro that brings back the melodic rage sound that took the world by storm during the summer of 2021, thanks to the masterful production skills of Dynox, a true pioneer of the sub genre. Swae Lee's vocals glide effortlessly over the video game-esque lead synths, creating a perfect send-off for the album. Dynox's impact on the rage sound is undeniable, and his ever-growing credits speaks for itself, with credits that include producing "Betrayal" by Trippie Redd and Drake, as well as tracks for rising stars such as Lil Tecca, Tana, and Dro Kenji. Hailing from Boston, this exceptional producer is constantly expanding his already impressive catalog, leaving his mark on the industry.
Just when you thought 2023 wasn’t already a huge year for Lil Yachty, who is a few months removed from his otherworldly rock album, “Let’s Start Here,” he continues the momentum with his recent release, “Strike (Holster).” It is a more traditional hip-hop Yachty song, but even then, it is a different approach, and takes a more ambient stylistic approach on the beat. Aaron Bow, who has already had an impressive year, producing for the likes of Key Glock, 6lack, and now Lil Yachty, does a great job of creating a completely new pocket for Yachty to thrive in. Bow most notably produced “Franchise,” by Travis Scott, along with cuts for Doja Cat, Bryson Tiller, and Kid Cudi.
I've been a long-time follower of Khi Infinite, and the news of his latest release "LIGHTS PLEASE" featuring Pusha T filled me with pure elation. This track serves as a fitting beginning to Infinite's year and sets the stage for his bright future in the industry. The seamless blend of melody and rap showcases the undeniable chemistry between Infinite and Pusha. The production, helmed by the trio of Tyree Hawkins, Nathan Butts, and CHASE B, is nothing short of phenomenal. The track starts with a loop of an acoustic guitar that gradually transitions into boisterous 808s and vocal chops, creating an energizing soundscape. Hawkins and Butts have already amassed an impressive catalog of work, having previously collaborated with artists such as Anuel AA, Vory, and Maroon 5.