Tay Keith’s drop (“Tay Keith, fuck this n****s up!”) is a perfect harbinger for his bruising instrumentals. The Memphis producer, who rose to fame working with artists like BlocBoy JB, makes pummeling, unrelenting beats well suited for out-of-this-world charismatic MCs who thrive with negative space. That’s the reason that some of Drake’s best verses of 2018 have come on Tay Keith instrumentals like “Nonstop” and “Never Recover,” and why the 22-year-old has been working with artists like Lil Wayne, Travis Scott, and Rico Nasty. His restrained touch brings out the best in his vocalists, and there’s a sense of urgency to his music that makes you cling to every bar. —Grant Rindner

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