2015 was such a great year for rap that 2016 is looking like a good year too just off the promise that we'll finally get to see all of the heavily hyped albums last year neglected to deliver. On the horizon still are new albums by Kanye West (Feb. 11!), Frank Ocean, Vic Mensa, Pusha T, Drake, Young Thug, Rihanna, and, one would hope, Chance the Rapper. There's three Lupe Fiasco albums on the way, if that's your thing, Future promised us a tape or two in addition to Purple Reign, and there's that weird rumor about a secret J. Cole and Kendrick Lamar project to contend with. Personally, I don't believe it.

Just about all the big names we're expecting to bless us with new music are eagle-eyed talent scouts in their own right; Jay Z taught us that in order to stay on top, it helps to be mindful of and accessible to who's got next. This inevitably means cool placements for up-and-coming talents from big dogs looking to keep their ear to the streets. The game is wide open for smart, offbeat producers right now.

Below you'll find a list of names you're bound to hear more out of in the coming year on the production end of things, present and future East Coast hitmakers, Cali underground soldiers, Toronto dons, UK tech wizards, and much more. Like we always do at this time, here are 10 producers to watch out for in 2016.