As producers are gaining more respect in the music industry it’s only right that we at Freelancer also give them their credit. Throughout 2016 underground producers have been making some serious noise. Today’s hip hop scene is producing some of the most creative, forward-thinking instrumentals and production we’ve ver seen. From all around the country as new artists blow up, seemingly overnight, their producers blow up alongside of them. In a world of Metro Boomin, Zaytoven, and Mike Will Made It production creativity has been stressed immensely because face it – who wants to sound like someone else? Five producers in particular have already created their own sound and ride their own wave.

Lucki & Plu2o

Plu2o Nash – Recognized by his tag “Nash Effect,” this Chicago producer has been quickly on the rise with rapper Lucki. Nash has handled some of Lucki’s production on his last few projects including: X, Freewave, Son of Sam, and Freewave II. Other big names Nash has worked with include King Louie, Tink, and Chance the Rapper. Most recently he produced the “Telephone Calls” beat on A$AP Mob’s Cozy Tapes Vol. 1 and previously he produced the “JD” beat on A$AP Rocky’s At. Long. Last. A$AP. Nash sets himself apart from other producers by way of his distinctive sound; he gives off a very heavy vibe. His beats completely fill the speaker with a smooth sound whether the beat is more up tempo or slower in nature. I expect his sound to reach the masses by summer of 2017.

DJ Young Kash – Another SoundCloud producer giant by the name of DJ Young Kash has emerged. Over the past yearhe has gained quite the following. He’s been all over SoundCloud and Spinrilla, hosting mixtapes as well as producing. Notable underground artists he’s worked with include: BabifaceDixon, Jurp, UnoTheActivist, ThouxanbanFauni, ATL Smook, Smokepurpp, Lil Tracy and more. In the growing era of “mumble rap” and “video games beats” DJ Young Kash has been able to encorporate his own sound with methods tested before him. His beats are smooth and majestic but at the same time something you can rage to at the concert.

Ronny J – Listen Up! Ronny J has torched south Florida this year. He’s mostly known for working with Denzel Curry but lately he’s been on a tour of south Florida. Other artists from the area that he’s worked with include: XXXTentacion, Ski Mask the Slump God, Robb Bank$, Pouya, Yung Simmie, SDotBraddy, Smokepurpp, Yoshi Thompkins, and Lil Pump. Ronny J’s beats are exclusively for hardcore rappers. The heavy amount bass in each song could demolish your iHome speaker. He brings that dark “F*ck you” attitude that hip hop needs sometimes.

Danny Wolf – Coming out of Atlanta Danny Wolf has been skating around the underground rap scene. This past year his unique sound has gotten him work with some bug names including: ILoveMakonnen, Smokepurpp, Rich the Kid, Lil Yachty, Wifisfuneral, A$AP Ferg, Migos, UnoTheActivist, Fat Nick, Larry League, Hoodrich Pablo Juan, and Playboi Carti. Danny Wolf shows versatility with his beats. He consistently brings those heavy trap hits but can also have fun on the track. His quick rise has already earned him the Hoodrich tag so the only thing left is a Billboard Top 100 song.

Maaly Raw – He’s most recognized for his work hip-hop’s new rockstar Lil Uzi Vert but Philadelphia producer Maaly Raw is much more than “Money Longer.” Besides Lil Uzi Maaly Raw has worked with Pnb Rock, Lil Yachty, A$AP Mob, Dave East, Famous Dex, and French Montana. Maaly Raw is one of those distinctive producers that bring you to your feet immediately and he’s the perfect partner for Lil Uzi and his distinctive flow. After being featured on A$AP Mob’s long awaited Cozy Tapes Vol. 1 it shouldn’t be long until Maaly Raw is producing for your favorite rapper.

Below is playlist of songs produced by theses producers. Take a listen and get to know their sound better.

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I'm 20 years old coming from Atlanta and attending the University of Alabama. For the magazine I'm a music writer but in general I'm a writer, producer, and designer. With my writing I want to spread to others the wonders of hip-hop culture. Follow me on Twitter @28Wavy for new music and updates.

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