What would hip-hop be without its beatmakers? Just poetry I guess. Poetry is fine. I like poetry. But I think we can all agree that lyrical prose is much better when combined with spine-busting drums, sinister synth noises, and lush guitars. We’re currently in the midst of renaissance of young MCs who are dropping genuinely thoughtful and dynamic projects. Artists like Vince Staples, Chance The Rapper, Joey Badass, Lil Yachty, and Rae Sremmurd have all released compelling projects lately — but what’s the force driving so many of those albums? Inventive production and new sounds.
There’s a new, very young crop of producers coming up right now that are changing the entire sound of hip-hop and creating entirely new trends on a weekly basis. You may not know they’re names, but chances are good that you’ve lost your mind to one of their beats in the club, in the car, on the beach and in the crib. Whether they hail from Atlanta, Los Angeles, London, Montreal and just about everywhere else there’s an Internet connection, here are ten of the best hip-hop producers under the age of 25 in the game today.
Forget age for a second. There’s a good argument to be made that Metro Boomin is the single most impactful and influential producer in hip-hop today. There are a few contenders out there for the title — Mike Will Made It, Oliver “40” Shebib, Sounwave to name a few — but between his work with Kanye West, Drake, Post Malone, ScHoolboy Q, the album Drop Top Wop he produced for Gucci Mane, the collaboration record Savage Mode he created with 21 Savage, and damn-near everything he’s done with Future, it’s hard to turn on a hip-hop station for more than an hour without hearing one of his compositions. All those flutes you suddenly hear in damn near every song? Yeah, you can go ahead and thank Young Metro for that.
Murda Beatz has been downright dominant in 2017. His most prominent work has come on Drake’s globe-trotting project More Life where he was gifted with one of the best producer tags in a minute — “Murda on the beat so it’s not nice” — on the song “No Long Talk.” The young producer from Canada has recently hooked up in the studio with Gucci Mane for “Stutter,” Travis Scott on “Butterfly Effect,” and Nicki Minaj’s clap back at Remy Ma “No Frauds.” He hasn’t just been prolific, he’s producing music at a level of quality that puts in a conversation as one of the hottest beat makers in the game today.