Here at Complex, we like to celebrate hip-hop culture in its entirety. Sure, rappers get most of the glory, but from label execs to radio DJs, hip-hop has always been a community of many contributors—the majority of whom you won’t see in front of the camera.

Beyond The Beats is our way of giving up-and-coming producers some shine. We reached out to Mike WiLL Made It—the Atlanta beatsmith who may be best known for producing Meek Mill’s “Tupac Back”—and chopped it up with him about all things production. He told us how he got his start in the game, shared the stories behind some of his biggest tracks, and even gave some free advice to aspiring producers who are hoping to reach the same heights as him. So click through to witness the triumph of WiLL power...

As told to Julian Pereira (@Broadway_Jay)

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