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10 Creative Producers Currently Breaking Boundaries In 2015

In an industry where people ride waves and copy whatever they see is working at the moment, there are people that never waver, and as a result, stand out above the rest.

It seems that in recent years, music producers have been getting more and more recognition and rightfully so. They are perhaps the most important individuals involved in a song. They are the backbone; the reason you feel emotion and the reason you get up on your feet and dance. In an industry where people ride waves and copy whatever they see is working at the moment, there are people that never waver, and as a result, stand out above the rest. People like Rick Rubin, RZA and J Dilla all have distinct sounds and there is a reason why. They stayed creative, welcomed new information and didn’t conform to trendy sounds. Here at Cut x Sewn Magazine, we recognize talent when we see it. Obviously there are some well-deserving beatmakers missing on this list, but we only had room for so many. So without further ado, here are Ten Creative Producers Currently Breaking Boundaries This Year.


10. Eestbound [Toronto, ON]

via Instagram

Born and raised in The Netherlands, 19 year old Bryan van Mierlo has been quickly setting Toronto and its surrounding cities on fire with his dark and bass heavy beats. By implementing an exponential amount of bass slides, filtered samples and drum patterns that are borderline obnoxious, he, alongside his partner-in-crime Wondagurl have singlehandedly created a new sound for Canadian Hip Hop. It is hard to believe that he has already accomplished as much as he has in not even two full years of producing music. Eestbound received his first major placement just this year on Travis Scott’s Rodeo with “Antidote”, a beat that he originally did not even know the Houston rapper would use. After hearing faint background audio of the sample in an Instagram video, he said, via Noisey,

“I was like ‘I swear that’s my beat’ and then later that night I saw a video of Travis performing the track, basically premiering it. She [Wondagurl] sent it to Travis but neither of us knew that he was using it. That’s just Travis though.”

Don’t say we didn’t warn you about Eestbound. We can guarantee he’ll be creating heat for some of your favorite rappers in the near future.

Other Notable Productions

  • Eestbound & Prezident Jeff – Nowhere To Run
  • Sean Leon – 81
  • Tre Capital – City Going Crazy (co. Mathaius Young)
  • Young Thug – Freaky (co. Wondagurl)

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9. TM88 [Atlanta, GA]

If we’re talking about young producers from the ATL that have influenced this trap music, there is no way that TM88 should be left out of the conversation. Real name Bryan Simmons, formerly a member of the collective 808 Mafia, he alongside Tarentino, Lex Luger, Southside and others from the group have produced for Southern Trap icons such as Gucci Mane, Juicy J and Waka Flocka, just to name a few. Recently, TM produced Juicy J’s “Details”, “Nightcrawler” by Travis Scott and even released a Kill Bill-themed ‘MP4 mixtape’ entitled 88 Will Kill Bill. Since cutting ties with 808 Mafia, he has been branching out even moreso than he already has. His style, much like his taste in clothing, is next level and fresh.

Other Notable Productions

  • Future – Codeine Crazy
  • Gucci Mane (feat. Meek Mill) – Get Money Nigga
  • Waka Flocka Flame – Can’t Do Golds
  • Young Thug – Danny Glover (co. Southside)

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8. Southside [Atlanta, GA]

Born Josh Luellen in Atlanta, Georgia, the 26 year old began making beats when he was 14 years old. Three years later, he linked up with a then upcoming rapper by the name of Waka Flocka Flame and soon signed to Trap God Gucci Mane’s 1017 Bricksquad Monopoly label. While working with Waka and Gucci, Sizzle met Lex Luger and the two, alongside TM88 formed 808 Mafia and made major contributions to Flockavelli, Waka Flocka’s 2010 debut album. Along with Zaytoven, Shawty Redd and a handful of others, very few made a bigger impact for trap music than Southside.

Other Notable Productions

  • Drake & Future – I’m The Plug
  • Kanye West & Jay Z – Illest Motherfucker Alive (co. Kanye West & Mike Dean)
  • Machine Gun Kelly (feat. Waka Flocka Flame) – Wild Boy (co. GB Hitz)
  • Waka Flocka Flame – Fuck The Club Up

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7. Kaytranada [Montréal, QC]

A humble individual, 22 year old Kaytranada still finds himself in awe of all that he has accomplished already. As he told Clash last year,

“I’m still the normal Kevin who lives in the suburbs of Montreal, but when I check my Facebook page and see 75,000 followers, sometimes I can’t believe it.”

Since then, that number has grown to 200,000 as well as over 58,000 Twitter followers due in part to his infectious creations. The DJ/Producer built his name by doing countless bootlegs and remixes, as well as numerous projects and uploading them to Soundcloud. His track ‘At All’, released on HW&W Recordings has amassed over 1 million views and his  energetic sets span over numerous genres. He has been working heavily with Chicago rapper Vic Mensa, Mick Jenkins as well as touring constantly. Perhaps the thing that really makes Kaytranada great is although he has his own sound, every single track of his feels distinctly different from one another. In an industry where artists find their pocket and are reluctant to leave, Kaytranada is one that doesn’t fear musical unknowns.

Other Notable Productions

  • The Internet – Girl
  • Kaytranada – At All
  • Kaytranada – Drive Me Crazy (feat. Vic Mensa)
  • Mick Jenkins – HeadAss

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6. WondaGurl [Brampton, ON]

Back in 2013, a 16 year old girl from Canada gained notoriety for producing on Jay Z’s highly anticipated Magna Carta Holy Grail. Now 18 years old, Ebony Oshunrinde, better known to the public as WondaGurl, has elevated her sound from her signature distorted 808s and crazy hithats to an even higher level one couldn’t have possibly imagined. It didn’t just start with Jay Z, though. By as early as age 14, she was competing in beat battles, even winning the 2012 edition of Battle of the Beatmakers in Toronto as a 15 year old. From that, she caught the eye of OVO Sound producer Boi-1da and soon found herself working with singer Ryan Leslie and rapper Travis Scott, the latter being the one who gave her her first major look. Since, she has produced for Drake, Rihanna and made a nine-track tape with the late Redway, a rising Mississauga rapper who passed way too soon. A frequent collaborator of Eestbound’s, you’ll often find the two working in tandem and that might be happening even more now considering he is the first producer signed under her new label.

Other Notable Productions

  • Cam Sheely – All The Money (co. Ducko McFli)
  • Drake (feat. Lil Wayne) – Used To
  • Travis Scott – Uptown
  • Tre Capital (feat. Sean Leon) – Prestige

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5. Gravez [Atlanta, GA]

Not much is really known about Gravez and because he’s not one to do many interviews, the music tends to speaks for itself. If you have an hour or two to kill, peruse his various remixes and original tracks on Soundcloud. You will easily see how he’s garnered over 50,000 Soundcloud followers in a relatively short amount of time. Though he will be releasing his Bury Me EP via HW&W Recordings, a production deal with Warner Bros. Records under WMG seems to already be in place. He received his first major placement on T R A P S O U L, the newest project from rising star Bryson Tiller. The album promptly went #1 on iTunes upon release.

Other Notable Productions

  • Bryson Tiller – 502 Come Up (co. J-Louis)
  • Gravez – Rizen
  • Flume (feat. Chet Faker) – Left Alone Remix (co. Ta-ku)
  • Rae Sremmurd – No Type Remix

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4. DJ Dahi [Los Angeles, CA]

When you’ve got a sound that people couldn’t emulate even if they tried, you know you’ve got lasting appeal. Born Dacoury Natche, DJ Dahi got his start in music when he began spinning in college and got his first placement on Dom Kennedy’s 2012 mixtape, The Yellow Album. His drum programming is out of this world, as evident on Drake’s ‘Worst Behavior’ and his glitchy, unorthodox style, at times reminiscent of Flying Lotus, is what keeps him a step above the rest. Dahi received Grammy nominations for his contributions on Good Kid, M.A.A.D City and Nothing Was The Same and he recently produced standouts on Mac Miller’s GO:OD AM, Tinashe’s Aquarius and Dre Dre’s, Compton.

Other Notable Productions

  • Drake – Worst Behavior
  • Dr. Dre (feat. Justus & King Mez) – Talk About It (co. Dr. Dre)
  • Kendrick Lamar – Money Trees
  • ScHoolboy Q – Hell of a Night

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3. Metro Boomin [St. Louis, MO]

Perhaps no other beatmaker has had a larger impact bridging the gap between trap and the mainstream the past two years than Metro Boomin. The recently turned 22 year old has slowly but surely become Future Hendrix’ weapon of choice through hard work and consistently putting out banger after banger. In 2013, he produced Future’s chart-topping singles ‘Honest’, ‘Karate Chop’ and ‘I Won’ (feat. Kanye West) as well as producing for Waka Flocka and Gucci Mane that same year. Metro has had the honor of executive producing Monster, DS2 and What A Time To Be Alive, shaping the overall sound for all three projects.

Other Notable Productions

  • Drake & Future – Jumpman
  • Future (feat. Drake) – Where Ya At
  • Future – Honest
  • Travis Scott (feat. Young Thug) – Skyfall

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2. Mike Dean [Houston, TX]

There is perhaps no better kept secret in the music industry than Mike Dean. If you are a person that loves reading credits, you would know that Mike has been involved with countless artists from Beyonce to UGK to even Tupac. A Houston-bred multi-instrumentalist, Mike has been at it for over 25 years, working with H-Town legends Scarface, Z-Ro and the late great Pimp C. More recently, he has been Kanye’s right hand man, producing, mixing and mastering tracks on every single one of his albums since College Dropout. Fresh off producing songs on Madonna, The Weeknd and Travis Scott’s newest albums, Dean continues to exemplify exactly what it means to be a producer. Not that anything is wrong with presets, but you will seldom hear them in a Mike Dean produced track. Sound design is also a big deal for him as he’d much rather create from scratch. It is this curiosity and continued willingness to learn that keeps Mike at the top of his game, further cementing his legendary status. These days, you can catch him simultaneously playing keys and rocking out on guitar at every Kanye West show. If Mike Dean is not in your top 5, it’s safe to say your list is probably invalid.

Other Notable Productions

  • Kanye West – Devil In A New Dress (feat. Rick Ross) (co. Bink!)
  • Kanye West – Hold My Liquor
  • Kanye West & Jay Z – Niggas In Paris (co. Hit-Boy & Kanye West; add. Anthony Kilhoffer)
  • Scarface (feat. Nas & Tanya Heron) – In Between Us

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1. Diplo [Tupelo, Mississippi]

You could probably count on one hand the amount of producers that consistently make phenomenal crossover hits. Meet Diplo: The 36 year old DJ, producer, Mad Decent head honcho, BBC radio host, superstar and renowned globetrotter who has been at it for over a decade. Name another man that makes dancehall, hip-hop, reggae, pop and EDM trap; odds are you can’t. The list even goes beyond that. Diplo constantly blurs the lines between genres which always results in creative and fresh songs. After releasing his first studio album, a trip-hop offering titled Florida, he soon met Sri Lankan artist M.I.A. Once the duo went on to work on Arular in 2005 and created the classic (yes, classic) track ‘Paper Planes’ in 2007, the rest became history. Besides creating for M.I.A., Diplo formed Major Lazer, an EDM-infused reggae and dancehall project, now sans Switch, who is no longer with the group. He also created an entire reggae album with Snoop Dogg for Snoop’s side project under Snoop Lion as well as forming an DJ/Production duo with one time dubstep giant Skrillex called Jack Ü. Even with all this, he still finds time to create hits for artists such as Santigold, Usher and Madonna. Acknowledge a legend when you see one.

Other Notable Productions

  • Diplo – Big Lost
  • Jack Ü – Where Are You Now? (feat. Justin Bieber) (co. Skrillex)
  • M.I.A. – Paper Planes (co. Switch)
  • Sia – Elastic Heart

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