The year 2017 is almost over and 2018 is around the corner. It is only fair to highlight and give recognition to some Nigerian music producers for the roles they played in the making of hit records that made 2017 so much fun. The works of this set of producers from the beginning of the year till now already place them (this year) above their contemporaries. Check out these great talents below.
Nigerian wonder beat maker, Spellz, have been in the music production business for years now and I don’t think he is retiring any time soon. Despite creating a couple of hits including Iskaba last year, he continued to thrill us this year with the production of some monster hits which include tracks on this year’s two top EPs- Wizkid’s Sounds From The Other Side EP and Tiwa Savage’s Sugarcane EP.
Serial hit maker Masterkraft has kept himself relevant on the music production scene since the days of DJ Xclusive’s Jeje. Last year, the ever-creative beat maker created hit Fada Fada which you and I heard on every street, at every party and even in churches. This year, he has pulled the same feat with Augment. On top of that, he is the brain behind the instrumentation of Wizkid’s smash hit, Medicine. Don’t forget Nnekata and Baby Na Yoka which are hit tracks on Flavour’s Ijele- The Traveler album were also made by the master-producer.
3. Young John
Famous beat maker, Young John The Wicked Producer has been on a fire since 2014 when he made Shakiti Bobo for Olamide and has not chilled for once till date. That is why you find his name on almost every tracklist released by A-list artistes this year. Loose Guard which is a huge track on Flavour’s dope Ijele- The Traveler album and the loudest song this year Wo!! by Olamide were birthed by the dance song guru. Plus, Olamide’s brand new album Lagos Nawa which is doing well was solely produced by the ever-wicked producer.
Davido’s Fall which is probably the biggest song this year, was produced by the super producer called Kiddominant. Additionally, he has the production credit for Mayorkun’s Mama and Che Che that is currently buzzing the airwaves.
5. Kriz Beatz
Producer of the moment, Kriz Beatz, blew up last year and has since then maintained his status as a top producer on the music scene. He is responsible for Runtown’s monster hit single- For Life. B-Red who had remained a budding artiste for over half a decade was elevated to a big name this year because of the power of the production of Uju– thanks to Kriz Beatz. Lest I forget, The wizard-producer is also the brain behind the making of Tekno’s big single, Samantha.
It would be unfair not to make mention of revered producer Del’B because of his touch on a couple of tracks on Wizkid’s Sounds From The Other Side EP and his banging first solo single Boogie Down which is one of the biggest club jams in Africa right now. Are you aware he co-produced Mad Over You? The veteran beat maker has done the magic again with Runtown’s fresh hit single- Energy.
A highly melodious tune titled Yeba by Kiss Daniel which is busy topping many music charts, buzzing the airwaves and rocking many ‘Owambe’ parties, was produced by DJ Spinall’s The Cap Music’s in-house producer, Killertunes. The super talented producer who crafted the instrumentation to Wizkid’s latest hit record Manya, is also responsible for the making of Wande Coal’s trending Funkeh.
Despite his newness on the Nigerian music production scene, the Problem Kid, popularly known as Sess, rose to the status of one of Nigeria’s Hip-Hop producers last year with the songs he produced for comical rapper, Falz. And again this year, he has done the same with rapper’s trending single Something Light and with the rap act’s third studio album 27 which is doing incredibly well on charts. Let us not forget he is also responsible for One Kain which is off Simi’s super dope, chart-topping Alternative/ Highlife Simisola album. I dare say Sess is one of the most sought after producers in Nigeria right now.
Davido Music Worldwide’s in-house producer Fresh, makes the list of the hottest music producers in the year 2017. In just one week Davido’s fresh, monster, Fresh-produced hit single Fia, has attracted over two million views on YouTube. How awesome is that? The hits he made are not limited to just that as Yonda’s Las Vegas is also the handiwork of this savvy beat maker.
10. Baby Fresh
This list would not be complete without the mention of Mavin Records’ in-house producer Baby Fresh. In April, his label mate Tiwa savage blew us away with All Over which was produced by the gifted hands. His brilliant touch on a couple of tracks on Iyanya’s Signature EP cannot be ignored.
Last year, producer cum singer Mystro, blew up as a top Nigerian producer because he was the brain behind the making of many hit tracks and has maintained this status with the endless list of hit songs he has blessed this year. I’m sure you are familiar with hit joints like Fargin by Teni, London by Skiibii and Orezi’s Streethop banger Halleluyah. On top of that, the multi-talented act is responsible for most of the tracks on Kcee’s sophomore Attention To Detail album.
These super gifted hands may still pleasure us with more magical sounds before 2017 finally runs out. Watch out!!