Y’all know the deal: another year, another crop of aspiring beatsmiths crawling out from under a veil of obscurity to carry the torch from their predecessors and expand hip-hop’s boundaries into unforeseen territories. We’ve picked 15 for you this time, from super-producers’ apprentices poised to change the game to independent loners making waves outside the major label machine, nostalgia-inducing boom bap formalists and dystopic futurists alike.

A wealth of scenes are represented; we’ve got New York heavy hitters, Southern sound sculptors, and promising Midwest prospects alongside harbingers of Toronto’s hostile takeover and rising voices from overseas. As usual, peep the picks, get familiar with their catalogs, and hit us up in the comments to vent about who we missed. These are 2014’s new producers to watch for, presented as always in alphabetical order.

Written by Craig Jenkins (@CraigSJ)

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