The West Coast’s resurgence in the rap game continues to pick up momentum by the day. Los Angeles has dominated the rap release cycle lately, with new releases from DJ Quik, Snoop Dogg, and Kendrick Lamar coming out since the beginning of the year. While liner notes are largely a thing of the past, credit-hounds may have noticed one name in particular cropping up quite a bit in connection with many of the biggest names in LA rap: Terrace Martin.
The Grammy-nominated producer and multi-instrumentalist has had at least one hand on numerous releases from YG to Herbie Hancock; he is known for having played keyboards, drums, bass, and especially saxophone on popular projects like Snoop’s R&G: Rhythm & Gangsta and Kendrick’s To Pimp A Butterfly. A pair of collaborative EPs with radio personality Devi Dev, Here, My Dear and The Sex EP, have helped to make him one of the most sought after producers in urban music, from funk, to soul, to — of course — hip-hop and rap. His extensive resume includes placement on albums from the likes of Talib Kweli, Warren G, Big KRIT, and Travis Scott. Lest he be mistaken for a one-note rap producer who only makes beats, it must be noted that his 2016 album, Velvet Portraits was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best R&B Album.