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The 10 Hottest Producers in Nigeria

 

Post by Demola OG, October 4th, 2013

Producers have added a massive amount of value to the quality of music that we enjoy in Nigerian music today. One of the reasons many of us love the current 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.

From 2012 – 2013, a lot of producers have contributed their vision and skill to making some of the biggest songs that have come out of Nigeria. These producers are highly sought after by both established and upcoming artists in the hopes of getting a smash, overwhelming single.

These highly sought after producers are the hottest in the industry right now. See their names below and remember that they need to be celebrated as well.

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10. Pheelz

Olamide’s in house producer who blessed him with production for Durosoke, Rayban Abacha, Baddo Love and countless other hits for Baddoo himself. Pheelz also worked with Vector and other artists during the past year.

Pheelz

9. Del-B

Del B’s work speaks for itself. His work on KCEE’s overwhelming hit single, Limpopo which may end up being the single of the year was exceptional. Del B also produced the smooth single Oko mi by Waje, Irawo by Seyi Shay, Baby Mo by Tiwa Savage, Kcee’s Give It 2 Me featuring Flavour and the monster single Shake by Flavour.

del b standing tooproud

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 single The Matter which is doing well commercially.

Maleek also blessed another artist, Wande Coal by producing My Way. Other notable songs delivered by Berry include the very catchy New Bounce ft Wizkid & Phenom and Wande Coal’s latest single Kilaju.

Maleek Berry Pic

7. Fliptyce

If producers collected publishing checks across Africa, Fliptyce would probably be the richest in 2012. Chop My Money remix 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 date Ile Ijo.

Fliptyce pic

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’s Azonto. 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 single Caro which is slowly becoming a party favorite. Other key productions include Brymo’s Ara, Chidinma’s Emini Baller, Drop by Wizkid featuring Wale, to name a few.

Legendury Beatz SB

5. Shizzi

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, Gobe and Skelewu for 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.

Shizzi

4. Masterkraft

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 as Fine lady by Lynxxx ft Wizkid, Kwarika (Remix) by Flavour ft Fally Ipupa (Massive track among Africans), Girl by Bracket ft Wizkid and Chinny Baby by Flavour and a number of songs off the EME album.

Masterkraft

3. Don Jazzy

Oliver Twist which 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 his Goody Bag single and the Frenzy album. Another notable single he produced is Wande Coal’s The Kick which continues to grow.

Don Jazzy

2. Sarz

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 single Jaiye Jaiye and majority of eLDee’s most recent album, Sarz also has a massive single of his own out now titled Beat of Life (Samba) which has been killing airwaves and clubs for the past year.

SARZ st

1. D-Tunes

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 Lee respectively. 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.

D'Tunes

So, these are the 10 Hottest Producers in Nigeria as compiled by the notjustOk Team.

Time-Frame: 2012 – 2013.

Worthy Mentions

1. Chopstixx

Resident Chocolate City and GRIP Boiz producer who produced Ice Prince’s recent hit singles, Aboki and VIP also provided the production to Ice’s new single I Swear featuring 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 popular Omotena by Solidstar

4. Spellz

Spellz has been on his grind for a hot minute and got his big break when Chuddy K’s Gaga Crazy dropped in December of 2011. Since then he has worked on a sizeable chunk of songs off the EME compilation album, Good Good Loving for Banky W, My Dear for Dammy Krane and Shout Out for Tiwa Savage featuring Sarkodie and Iceberg Slim.

5. LeriQ

Burna Boy and Aristokrats dedicated producer Leriq created hits such as Like To Party, Tonight, Always Love You and Run My Race. Leriq solidly established his name in the music industry in the past year.

Do You Agree With The notjustOk List of The 10 Hottest Producers In Nigeria ?

  • I Somewhat Agree (38%, 218 Votes)
  • I Do Not Agree (34%, 194 Votes)
  • I Strongly Agree (28%, 160 Votes)

Total Voters: 572

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106 Responses to “The 10 Hottest Producers in Nigeria”

 
  1. Ceo Bans says:

    Jay Sleek and Chopstick deserved top spot mehn!!!

  2. Ceo Bans says:

    Jay Sleek and Chopstick deserved top spot mehn!!!

  3. Ceo Bans says:

    Jay Sleek and Chopstick deserved top spot mehn!!!

  4. Segun says:

    Demola and Ovie, This list seem balanced. Except for one of two producers, it shouldn’t be too controversial unlike the top 10 hottest rappers.

    This is a good initiative though. Hope you guys continue in the coming years and let it cut across of genres of Naija music. Kudos!

  5. owolabz says:

    I somewhat agree with the List even though i’d have preferred Young D on the number 10 spot for blessing timaya with hit singles…

    Your initiative is brilliant and its a wake up call for other producers to work hard and aim for the number 1 spot..

    Thank you !

  6. mopillz says:

    cool list sha whats dtunes doin at number 1….loool….don baba j………where is jesse jags?? oleku producer and many choic boy songs

  7. Yinolu says:

    I think the list is fairly correct but you left out e-kelly mahn… e-kelly suppose dey worthy mentions at least

    • login says:

      Alot of n!ggas deserves to be there but ARE THEY PRODUCING HIT SONGS? NO!!!! to hell with your production skills & talent if the songs you produced are not HITS! There’s a BIG different between a Dope song & a HIT song…..

  8. davido says:

    NJO, another set up abi? oya, round 1 for twitter… u go hear don jazzy suppose be 1, maybe bcos no hype as b4

  9. DEX says:

    I’m just happy that the right people are on the top 10 list; it may not necessarily be in the right order but at least they are there. I also agree with Owolabz over the fact that Young D should have been up there somewhere cos I’m not too sure about Pheelz, but seeing that there is a time-frame (2012 – 2013) included, it’s all good. Gospel should’ve been added to at least the worthy mentions as well.

    Funny how a couple newbies shot to the top spot, huh? :-) If you’re good, you’re good and you will definitely be noticed. Nice one NJO

  10. timeless says:

    honestly,don jazzy is good but right now…he is not near maleek berry,honestly….nnd by d way i think you should swap maleek berry with don jazzy nnd put don jazzy 4th or vice versa nnd this list will be DONE! no arguement

  11. Ben says:

    YES DTUNES IS NUMBER 1….

    THAT GUY IS BLESSED WITH ALOT OF NEW TUNES….

  12. weglobeent says:

    YOU GUY ARE FOOLS ARE DOING THIS SHIT SO PEOPLE WILL VIEW YO SITE YOUNG D DESERVE TO BE THERE, YOU GUYS DONT EVEN KNOW MUSIC GO KILL YOU SELF FAKE NIGGAS

  13. air-comodore briggs says:

    List is hard to fault though i think the likes of TYMix, DJ Klem should be in there or else it would seem as if this is for producers with kpakpadumdum portfolio. Don jazzy sef na egbon levels im take enter sha o

    • phred says:

      Dis list has a time frame, 2012-2013. Don jazzy was not dat hot during d said period. He is stil my number 1 thou

    • phred says:

      Dis list has a time frame, 2012-2013. Don jazzy was not dat hot during d said period. He is stil my number 1 thou. I also like TYmix but notn hot in d last 2 yrs.

  14. Cheals(Wado) says:

    Where Josh beatz & Jesse Jagz

    • jason says:

      pls dont even mention josh anywhere near dis list…dude still dey lick tom tom somewhere.

      • Scibrain says:

        right beat is a dope producer. and i think he needs to be on this list along with some other good producers which were not mentioned here. the fact remains that Nigeria just has too many dope producer it would be hard to bring out a winner from a thug of war….. lol.
        Any Josh Beats did a lot in the year past and this current year too. so i think he deserves to be here. “My View ” *No Swear Words.

  15. IkuDjango says:

    OMG where is Fear Devee here.. He should be at least the worthy mention list for some hits like Sister Caro, for example and dont tell me nonsense..

  16. laga says:

    sosa (sosick) shoulda been in worthy mentions naa,,even De-vee..not bad still

  17. UODesigns says:

    There are so many talented producers in Nigeria!!!
    If we all are to make our own lists, i bet 90% of us would say “FUCK IT, THIS SHIT IS DIFFICULT”. Its a decent list, may not be in the right order to some people…
    ALSO
    Shalla to the unknown but sick ass producers out there, just work hard and slap anybody that comes to you to say “can you please make that type of “LAX n Wizkid – Caro” beat for me”!!

  18. Brotherman says:

    IKON nko?

  19. MR MR says:

    I think there should be ties in this list.. for example (masterkraft and legundry beatz as 4) that way more producers who deserved to be here would get in…overall good list.

  20. lakeside says:

    mehn i think this is just another way of hyping Dtunes sha cos i dont know what hes doing at the number one spot, and where is TY mix, young D even deserve to be on the list . pls what is fliptyce and legendary doing on this list? i totally disagree with this list .

  21. Sem says:

    Seriously Young D is supposed to be on that list c’mon. That guy was very instrumental if not the biggest part in rebranding Timaya. And cause of him Timaya’s latest album is a massive success just check out his Yankee tour. I dont know about the rest but Young D needs to be there even if its the No 10 spot.

  22. Iamontwitter says:

    This list was somehow correct ..I won’t lie these producers had to be the best..but I think leriq was meant to be top ten for the production of a whole album and the other tracks by aristocrat records..the guy deserved the top ten..if you doubt me check their songs…and also deevee the db records guy makes bad beats..hennesy, kanipe, don’t tell me nonsense I think….

    like I said earlier this list is somehow correct…but leriq and deevee deserve good recognition..and maleek over sarz ..i’m going to get the most thumbs down…that I know but I just wanted to say my mind…God bless your hustle ovie and co.

    • jason says:

      i am worried for u… year 2012-2013 bcos leriq made burna’s album doesn’t mean he shld be dere, hw many deevee songs u know be4 db records, and maleek over sarz now thats where i believe u need to check urself

  23. Kilonshele says:

    The question now is how will producers throw beef at each other since they no fit rap?? lol

  24. kelechi says:

    How can you compare Dtunes to Sarz, Don Jazzy ?

  25. Nelandollars says:

    CRAZE DEY WORRY YOUR HEAD. OMO WHERE YOU PUT ALL MY HIP POP PRODUCER LIKE SOSICK? NA ONLY DANCEHALL NAIJA. FUCK YOU.

  26. phred says:

    I totally agree wit dis list. Take note of d time frame b4 u start rootn for ur favorite producer fa. Don baba J, TYmix, Cobhams r stil my best. But in d last 2 yrs, thr av not bn as hot is dis dudes in dis list. Kudos NJO

  27. Someone_Special says:

    Leriq, Chopstixx and E Kelly should have made the list in my opinion. Don Jazzy is a fantastic producer but should not be in the top ten considering the year(s) under review.
    Now you have done the list for producers and rappers, should we be expecting the list for hook deliveries, dancehall, reggae?

    • baddessst says:

      Leriq yea!, Chopstixx and EKelly not sure, donkazzy yes! GoodyBag, The Kick do the maths

    • Scibrain says:

      Don Jazzy should be in the list of good producers….. but not in this list. cause his production is only limited to his record label. i mean i like his carriage but why does he turn don production offers from other artists out side his record label? that is certainly not right… for me. :(

  28. dmax007 says:

    NJO don “cum” again,una no dey taya to ” f*ck” people brain?!!!!

  29. na me says:

    What next? “The-10-Hottest-DJs-in-Nigeria” abi, that’s where another way may start or you will soon say The-10-Hottest-Female Rapper-in-Nigeria”… Oga sha Ovie do you mathematics very well sir.

  30. weahbaba says:

    Dope

  31. Bet 90 says:

    Oga njo if nah 2012 Where SAMKLEF dey ? This will as well cause big comotion…

  32. yemlatfun says:

    I totally agree with this cos its momentarily based on year in review.For the past one year,those producers who made this list really made a massive banging beats we were all familiar with

  33. CORE says:

    Ok Ok….NJO is finally getting the attention he wanted…I think the list is fair though since no human can be perfect…At least far beta from the Crappy and annoying Rapper’s list.

  34. Aremo says:

    Jesse Jagz is a production beast and should me among the top 5

  35. I want to say a Congratulations To Fliptyce beatz for stepping on No..7 spot on the list. To be recognised amongst 180 million people by a website this great “no be beans”…I know your story and i continue to say you are an inspiration to the rest of us. I hope to see you At No 1..soon. Also, quality of beatz being produced by Sarz, D-tunes, Don-jazzy and Shizzi continues to beat my Imagination. I strongly agree with this list based on 2012-2013.

  36. Baba ₪a̶̲̥̅a̶̲̥̅ pa’p tilex I don miss you ooo

  37. paulmirabilis says:

    fair enough

  38. 2cha says:

    gospel on da beat is not on this list. why?

  39. Gbemi says:

    I disagree with the top 10 hottest producers in Nigeria. VTEK is better than most of the names on the list. Many of the listed producers can confirm this themself. Psquare’s Personally, Eedris I GO WHOOZ etc. Also book to producer for 2Chainz. Haba this list na Ojoro list.

  40. Nametalkam says:

    Can these producers beef each other through BEAT ? since they don’t rap? lmao

  41. Tobs says:

    You just keep getting the number one spot wrong.

  42. gatling says:

    nojustok una don come again.. what about Icon and jay sleek????? hmmmmmm

  43. ratiniho says:

    wey Sosick?

  44. baddessst says:

    The list is fair to some points, overall it is a safe list (12/13) But i think Leriq deserved to be there

  45. CPA says:

    there can never be a perfect list on subjects like this… so this is strictly a NOTJUSTOK OPINION

  46. Uchennakk says:

    Definitely drinking alomo when writing this list… NJO you are the reason why good music never gets heard in nigeria.. from your list its clear that your all about dance hall music.. and if your going to put fliptyce (chop my money and ile ijo so 2012) then don jazzy should be number 1 samklef 2 jesse jagz 3 dtunes 4 and so on… and if ur talking hot right now the dtunes 1 and leriq should be more than a notable mention cau he produced most songs on the hottest album right now BURNA BOY LIFE

  47. There can never be a perfect list on subjects like this,,,so this is strictly a NOT JUST OKay opinion……

  48. i totally agree with you…

  49. Afoo says:

    Davido nko?

  50. Middle finger to this list says:

    F**k this list as long as E-Kelly is not on it… How would you not even mention E-kelly and Jesse Jagz… Notjustok is just out to create a trending topic. This will surely instigate another beef cause its unfair .

  51. Timz says:

    Leriq, Jesse Jagz, TY-mix, Samklef should all be on the list if it was titled “the 10 BEST producers in Nigeria” but as it is “HOTTEST” i can understand, because these guys have all been lacing hits in the past year!

    • Danny L says:

      I agree with you, I wanted to rant as i didn’t see the names you mentioned. but as you said since it’s “hottest” i guess it’s fair to say the list is okay.

  52. demi says:

    yo!!! chopstix shoulda made the list. #thatsall

  53. Jaybee says:

    PATIENTLY WAITING FOR A BEEF THROUGH BEATS!!! lmao

  54. Tobesco says:

    Good list and I agree. I think Gospel on the beat should be on the list as well. I have been hearing a production of a young guy called: SharpnerBeatz. I think this guy is just so talented and I am sure he will be on the list by next year. He got what it takes for artist to reign/blow. Upcoming and top artist can contact him for production and I bet they will never regret. @mcsharpner on twitter. check him out.

  55. Killa says:

    i wish there is no single comment. NJO don dey turrn dem self to mafia for naija

  56. Kacey says:

    Gospel & Spellz should have been on the list

  57. @activ8ed says:

    we have another “list”

  58. FJOsemwekhae says:

    A list is a list I can mention 10 people and say their the hottest things walking, some may agree and some may disagree. Don’t really care for whos the hottest artist or producer in the country cause everybody already knows them. I want a list with 10 of the most gifted or talented artists and producers that are being slept on because blogs, radios and tv don’t give them a platform for us to hear them out.

  59. Ropo says:

    Good list, but Leriq deserves to be on the top 10. Failing to put him on the top 10 list only shows you haven’t heard burna boy’s album. Leriq brings something new to the table with his production. Very unique skill set and so far a very illustrious catalogue.

  60. Abiola Oluwagbemiga Daniels says:

    GOSPEL DESERVES A SPECIAL PLACE HERE!!!!!!!

  61. what song has he produced in recent times….

  62. Gospel has just 2 stamp songs ….that i know of! Why should he be on d list

  63. Findout says:

    The list is fair…To me d’tunes is the hottest right now. May be don jazzy shldn’t be on the list but ‘cos of oliver twist i go free baba. NJO una do well, the list is aii in my own opinion.

  64. vennivettivecci says:

    I was about to rain fire down on Notjustok for this list BUT when i saw the time frame at the end of the post(2012-2013),my nerves calm down and i must say the list is quite accurate even though Leriq shld av been on this list..Quite fair over-all …Good job.

  65. There Are Only Three Producers in Nigeria~
    1. Jesse Jagz
    2. Sossick
    3. Others…………..Bla! Bla!! Bla!!! + Pangolo Producers~

  66. Pete says:

    maleek berry hasn’t got more hits than young d if your arguments Is based on hit neither has he got more than chopstix…maleek is a huge talent no doubt but this production credits wouldn’t rival chopstix and young d’s int he year under review.

  67. melvin says:

    this demola guy is actually just a fool . that’s how the fool made a hip hop list without yung6ix in 2013 as in 2013 and now made a list without Ekelly , how can you tell me that there’s a symptom of sense in your brain . this njo people sha you post irrelevant things just to get traffic , peoples careers are astake , don’t get on the wrong side of industry heads because you will end up going down with all this your corny political posts

  68. Uyi says:

    Where’s Gospelondebeatz????

  69. dickymilitary says:

    E-Kelly and Studio magic made hits in that year category. If Chopstixx doesnt make the list, then why do we have Maleek berry?? Well NJO opinion.

  70. Aksa Thema says:

    I have listened to Starboy and i must say ,the effects are sick sick Sick ……Dope
    #mi likey

  71. Sauce says:

    Wow!.. how the mighty have fallen!!… SamKlef didn’t even make a worthy mention ??..

  72. G RUGGED says:

    hmmnn what a list! i somewhat agree with DEMOLA & the entire NJO Crew apart from the inclusion of Maleek Berry and exclusion of Young D which gave the list 90% score for me. Maleek is surely a dude to watch out for but does not qualify to be on he worthy mention not to talk of making the top 10 list #Gbam

  73. Bukie says:

    LOL! Ohhh boy, yet another list :o
    http://www.freenaijalyrics.com

  74. Segun Agbaje says:

    Spellz deserves to be on this list….He has done better than more than 5 people on this list

  75. mkmkmm says:

    Lol donjazzy no 3, you must be smoking weed on the heavy.

  76. mkmkmm says:

    Jayseek better than sarz. Is it because niggas producing all these catchy beats thats why you think they good. If the owner of this site doesn’t take care, these artist will stop fucking with him. Samklef not even on the worthy mentions.

  77. @dotman77 says:

    I definitely agree with this list. It’s 90% on point except for where the writer used sentiments and past glory to put Don Jazzy on no. 3. With the wealth of new talent out there and Jazzy’s lack of recent monster hits, he should have been on no.10 or a worthy mention!

  78. iba says:

    Its a good thing we bring these hidden faces from the shadow and celebrate them. I feel they deserve a whole lot more, if it were to be in the developed world, they will be chopping big time as the songs are selling, used for adverts and commercials etc

    We are moving forward in naija small small.

  79. Immacul8 says:

    This dummy said hottest producers in Nigeria n included maleek berry,what happened to Gospelonthebeat n J jagz?

  80. Femi says:

    Leriq, Gospel, Spellz and Studio Magic all should’ve been in the top 10.

  81. NJO y? Maleek berry pay una? I can count how many people way sabi maleek in the whole of Nigeria….. ME, NJO, WIZKIA, CARO and about 3 more people!!!

  82. D-KRISS says:

    NAIJA JUST GAVE BIRTH TO A 20YRS NEW BURN SINGER,..I MEAN NEW BURN R n B SINGER FOR NAIJA IS OUT AGAIN , I PRAY I SEE MY SELF AT DA TOP..ONE LOVE ALL

  83. critic says:

    i hereby declare this list null and void due to the asence of jesse jagz not even a worthy mention

 

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