When you listen to rap music these days (especially is you only listen to the radio) it's all too easy to dismiss current hip-hop production as being nothing but monochromatic trap drums and the oversized bombast popularized by Lex Lugerâ€”sounds that have become ubiquitous these past few years. But take a closer look. Sure, trends rise and fall, and there's as much copy-catting and bandwagon jumping in hip-hop as there is anywhere else. But there is always so much happening with the music at any given time.
Listen to some of the biggest albums from this year and last, from Kanye West's Yeezus to Drake's Nothing Was The Same to Kendrick Lamar's good kid, m.A.A.d. city, and you'll see those albums don't share a lot of similarities, even if the names on their production credits overlap. Meanwhile, there's a whole gang of other sounds developing concurrently, from the Cali-based "ratchet" sound to Odd Future to the futuristic boom-bap of "underground" acts like El-P. Talented newcomers are making the beats that shape the genre while wily veterans are finding new ways to stay relevant.
We put together a list of the The 10 Best Rap Producers Right Now to highlight all of those things. What you'll find is a mix of young and old producers who hail from all over and have slowly but surely carved out their own own lane and their own sound.
Written by Craig Jenkins (@CraigSJ)
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