Music website Notjustok is at it again.
The site who released the controversial list of ‘Most gifted Nigerian Rappers’ few weeks back, have also released the list of the best music producers in Nigeria.
From their report, Nigerian music is due to the quality of work the producer puts into making beats and coming up with the vision or sound of the HIT song that we love so much.
Once this sound is created, the producer then hands it to the Artist or assists the artists as they deliver their lyrics over the naked instrumental.
Read the full list below and tell me if the list is spot on or incomplete.
Olamide’s in house producer who blessed him with production forDurosoke,Rayban Abacha,Baddo Loveand countless other hits for Baddoo himself. Pheelz also worked with Vector and other artists during the past year.
Del B’s work speaks for itself. His work on KCEE’s overwhelming hit single,Limpopowhich may end up being the single of the year was exceptional. Del B also produced the smooth singleOko miby Waje,Irawoby Seyi Shay,Baby Moby Tiwa Savage, Kcee’sGive It 2 Mefeaturing Flavour and the monster singleShakeby Flavour.
8. Maleek Berry
Before we knew Maleek Berry, most of us had been dancing to beats and instrumentals he crafted on Sinzu’s Carolina featuring Davido which was a huge tune in the party scene and on radio in 2012.
Shortly after the success of Carolina, Wizkid got closer to the British raised producer and signed him to his Starboy Ent imprint, but prior to signing, Maleek Berry got Wizkid to feature on his own singleThe Matterwhich is doing well commercially.
Maleek also blessed another artist, Wande Coal by producingMy Way. Other notable songs delivered by Berry include the very catchyNew Bounceft Wizkid & Phenom and Wande Coal’s latest singleKilaju.
If producers collected publishing checks across Africa, Fliptyce would probably be the richest in 2012.Chop My Moneyremix featuring Akon & May D was a huge success all over the African continent and the usual suspect Fliptyce created its foundation. Fliptyce also blessed the departed Square records artist and now Confam CEO, May D with his biggest single till dateIle Ijo.
6. Legendury Beats
The duo producers, Legendury Beatz were involved in creating the beat and instrumental to a single that was supposed to be a mere freestyle but became an undeniable hit for Wizkid’sAzonto. They also laced some beats on the EME Allstar album and scored the first single,Baddest Boy. Recently Legendury Beats produced the debut Star Boy singleCarowhich is slowly becoming a party favorite. Other key productions include Brymo’sAra, Chidinma’sEmini Baller,Dropby Wizkid featuring Wale, to name a few.
Shizzi proves that he is not a fluke and continues to provide the right sounds to produce hot records. Although he mostly produces for the HKN gang, he delivered 2 stand out singles in 2013 alone,GobeandSkelewufor the HKN general, Davido which set him apart from many good producers out there.
He also produced songs for other notable acts such as May D on his debut album and Wizkid (Body) off the EME All Star Compilation album.
One could easily think Masterkraft is merely a good producer that occasionally ends up on a several songs by prominent artist in the Nigerian music industry. However, he is not just a very good producer, he happens to be one of the hottest. In 2012 he produced an impressive list of BIG songs both in Nigeria and across Africa, such asFine ladyby Lynxxx ft Wizkid,Kwarika(Remix) by Flavour ft Fally Ipupa (Massive track among Africans),Girlby Bracket ft Wizkid andChinny Babyby Flavour and a number of songs off the EME album.
3. Don Jazzy
Oliver Twistwhich is arguably the biggest exported song directly out of Africa in recent memory was produced by none other than Don Jazzy. After the separation from D’banj and the demise of the Mo’hits brand, Jazzy went on to start Mavin records which housed Tiwa Savage, D’Prince, Dr SID and Wande Coal (who has since moved on to start his own label, Black Diamond Ent). Don Jazzy produced about half of Tiwa Savage’s debut album, blessed his blood brother, D’Prince with hisGoody Bagsingle and the Frenzy album. Another notable single he produced is Wande Coal’sThe Kickwhich continues to grow.
Sarz is probably everyone’s favorite producer and if we compiled this list with sentiments, he would have easily made #1.
Other than the fact that he produced major hits for superstars such as Wizkid on his hit singleJaiye Jaiyeand majority of eLDee’s most recent album, Sarz also has a massive single of his own out now titledBeat of Life (Samba)which has been killing airwaves and clubs for the past year.
D-Tunes Again Oooo! If D-Tunes determines in his heart to give an unknown artist a hit single that will be labeled an undeniable hit which then takes said artist to a well recognized level in his/her career, it is safe to say that he can do it a third time.
All you have to do is revisit what his production ability and skill-set did for Iyanya and Sean Tizzle on Kukere and Sho Leerespectively. When you think about the biggest song in 2012 and one of the biggest songs of 2013 so far, D-Tunes is stamped on both of them. Show me a producer that has the producer credit for biggest songs 2 years in a row and I crown him hottest producer right now.
So, these are the 10 Hottest Producers in Nigeria as compiled by the notjustOk Team.
Time-Frame:2012 – 2013.
Resident Chocolate City and GRIP Boiz producer who produced Ice Prince’s recent hit singles,AbokiandVIPalso provided the production to Ice’s new singleI Swearfeaturing American rapper French Montana. ‘Stixx also delivered a number of enjoyable songs for his group, G.R.I.P Boyz
2. Young D
Young D provided the right sounds and gave Timaya aka Egberi Papa #1 the basis of creating what a lot of people like to call the best dance album of the past year.
3. Jay Sleek
The veteran producer who has delivered countless hits for the likes of 2face Idibia was involved again, production wise on 2face’s biggest song in 2012,Ihe Neme.He also produced the catchy and fairly popularOmotenaby Solidstar
Spellz has been on his grind for a hot minute and got his big break when Chuddy K’sGaga Crazydropped in December of 2011. Since then he has worked on a sizeable chunk of songs off the EME compilation album,Good Good Lovingfor Banky W,My Dearfor Dammy Krane andShout Outfor Tiwa Savage featuring Sarkodie and Iceberg Slim.
Burna Boy and Aristokrats dedicated producer Leriq created hits such asLike To Party,Tonight,Always Love YouandRun My Race. Leriq solidly established his name in the music industry in the past year.
Source : Notjustok