Forget buying $100,000 tracks from super-producers—the ability to self-produce beats in-house has become a financial and creative necessity for rappers. Shrinking budgets and little to no A&R involvement mean that artists who produce their own beats, like Soulja Boy and The Cool Kids, have a leg up. But for an up-and-coming rapper who doesn't make their own music, the best move is to recruit someone you mesh well with to become your go-to in-house producer. Let's not forget that most of today's biggest hitmakers—from Timbaland to Swizz Beatz—earned their stripes as in-house producers before going on to find freelance success. Could the following 5 newcomers be next?

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BOI-1DA (twitter)
WORKS WITH: Drake & October's Very Own
HOME TEAM HIT: Drake "Best I Ever Had"
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WHAT'S NEXT? While doing more work for Drake's debut Thank Me Later, this in-demand Canadian producer (who also did Kardinal Offishal's "Set It Off" with Clipse & Dr. Dre) is rumored to be working on beats for Dre's Detox.


ZAYTOVEN (twitter)
WORKS WITH: So Icey Entertainment
HOME TEAM HIT: OJ Da Juiceman f/ Gucci Mane "Make The Trap Say Aye!"
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WHAT'S NEXT? In addition to helping craft Gucci Mane's highly-anticipated fourth official album, this Bay Area native is branching out into R&B with work on Usher and Jagged Edge's upcoming LPs.


WRIGHTRAX (Deuce & B. Wright)
WORKS WITH: Big Sean & G.O.O.D. Music
HOME TEAM HIT: Big Sean "Getcha Some"
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WHAT'S NEXT? After producing the majority of Big Sean's recent mixtape UKNOWBIGSEAN, they're hard at work on Sean's Def Jam debut Finally Famous, as well as the J Records debut by fellow Michigan artist Mike Posner.


SWIFF D (twitter)
WORKS WITH: Pac Div
HOME TEAM HIT: Pac Div "Mayor"
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WHAT'S NEXT? Fresh off producing Church League Champions mixtape and tracks from Jadakiss and Meth & Red's latest albums, Swiff is focusing on Pac Div's major label debut Grown Kid Syndrome.


THE INKREDIBLES (Lee Major and Moe)
WORKS WITH: We The Best Music
HOME TEAM HIT: Ace Hood f/ Trey Songz "Ride"
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WHAT'S NEXT? They've already scored a hit with Jeezy ("Vacation") and a gang of tracks for Khaled affiliates Fat Joe and Rick Ross, and now the duo has a song on Jay-Z's Blueprint 3 album ("Real As It Gets" f/ Young Jeezy).

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