Nigerian music has grown in leaps and bounds within the last few years. This rise can be majorly attributed to the worldwide acceptance of Afrobeats (including Afro-pop, Afro-fusion, etc.).
While artists like Wizkid, Davido, BurnaBoy, and others have played a major role in putting Nigerian music on the world map, it is often easy to overlook the role played by the music producers. But in an industry where the beats are one of the most important elements in a song, the role of the producer is more crucial than ever.
In this article, we take a look at the current top 10 hottest music producers in the country. These producers have been selected based on their popularity and the number of hit songs they’ve produced in the past year.
Top 10 Music Producers In Nigeria 2020 (Update)
5. Killer Tunes
6. Northboi Oracle
8. Cracker Mallo
10. Dj YK Beats
Udoma Peter Kelvin Amba popularly known as Kel-p is a Nigerian music producer and artist who resides in Lagos came into prominence with burnaboy’s hit song On the low .
In just three years, the producer has managed to work with both Wizkid and Burnaboy, the latter of whom he helped in crafting his recently Grammy-nominated album African Giant.
Shortly following his work with Burna, Kel-P went on to collaborate with Wizkid on both “Ease Your Mind” and “Mine” from the recent Sound Man Vol 1 EP
Phillip Kayode Moses a.k.a Pheelz is arguably one of Nigeria’s biggest producers. He rose to prominence in 2012 after producing the chart-topping hit, First Of All, for Olamide. He went ahead to produce several other monster hits including Lil Kesh’s Shoki.
In recent times Pheelz is still producing top singles on the chart such as billionaire by Teni Makanaki, he produced songs like ‘Scatter’ for Fireboy.
When you hear the name Rexxie, only two things come to mind: Zlatan & Zanku. The music producer has established himself as one of the best Zanku beatmakers in the country. He is credited with producing some of the biggest hit dance songs in the past year.
Songs produced by Rexxie include monster hits: Able God (Chinko Ekun ft Lil Kesh & Zlatan Ibile), Zanku (Zlatan) and controversial song Logo Benz (Lil Kesh ft Olamide). He also released his first single titled FotiFoyin featuring Zlatan Ibile, Nairamarley and rising superstar, Teni.
Rexxie stock has continued to rise he has produced ‘Am I A Yahoo Boy?’ for Naira Marley featuring Zlatan, as well as ‘Soapy, and ‘Pxta’.
Osabuohien Osaretin popularly known as Sarz is a legend in the Nigerian music industry. His name first came into the mainstream in 2010 when he produced the hit track Jor Oh Remix by Jahbless featuring Reminisce, Ice Prince, Durella, Eldee & Ruggedman. He has produced hit songs for top artistes like Wizkid, Tiwa Savage, Skepta, Niniola, etc.
Despite the rise of several new music producers, Sarz has still managed to stake his claim with several hit tracks in 2019 releasing his long-awaited album Sarz Is Not Your Mate (SINYM) comprising of just beats, He also has songs like Instagram by Reminisce which features Olamide and Naira Marley topping the chart.
Daniel Olaniye Olaye a.k.a Killertunes is a Nigerian music producer born in Benin City, Edo state. He rose to prominence in 2018 after producing several monster hits including Manya (Mut4y ft. Wizkid), Fake Love (Wizkid ft. Duncan Mighty), Some of the successful songs to his credit include, ‘Woske‘ for Olamide, ‘The Beginning’ and ‘Don’t Call Me Back’ by Joeboy, ‘Doyin’ and ‘Tony Montana’ by Mr. Eazi, ‘Ghetto Love’ for Wizkid, and ‘Monalisa’ for Lyta. likes of Joeboy on hit track Beginning and several other hit songs.
Songs produced by Killertunes are usually tagged with the signature, Shabalistica. He has also been touted by Wizkid & Olamide to become Nigeria’s biggest beatmaker. At the moment, he remains the hottest and one of the most sought after music producers in Nigeria.
A relatively new name in the music scene, Northboi stood out as the breakout Nigerian music producer in 2018. He produced the hit song Soco which was arguably the biggest song of 2018. The song which featured Wizkid had a very distinctive sound which was heavily influenced by ethnic instruments.
Northboi further established himself as a force to reckon with in the industry he had a production credit on Beyonce’s album, The Lion King: The Gift, and produced ‘Joro’ for Wizkid.
Oluwaseyi Akerele, better known as Shizzi, is a Nigerian record producer and songwriter who has been in the music industry for a very long time now he has produced for the likes of Wizkid and Davido when they first started out, He produced Davido’s smash hit Damiduro and Wizkid’s Love My Baby.
In recent times Shizzi stays relevant on the Nigerian charts with hits like Sweet in the Middle (Davido feat Zlatan NairaMarley and Wurld ), Risky (Davido feat Popcaan) and Blow my mind (Davido feat Chris brown) produced by him topping the charts.
8. Cracker Mallo
Cracker Mallo whose real name is Ayodeji Olowu is a Nigerian singer, songwriter, and producer born on August 18, 1996 in Lagos state.
The Nigerian producer closed 2018 by producing ‘Jealous’ for Fireboy. He continued his run by producing ‘Sope’ for Mayorkun, ‘Antidote’ for Mr. Real, ‘Mo Cover Eh’ for D’Banj and ‘Otumba Lamba’ for Slimcase.
He also produced ‘Azaman’ for Slimcase featuring Peruzzi, 2baba and Larry Gaaga, ‘Pawon’ for Olamide and ‘Omo Ologo’ as well other songs on Fireboy’s critically-acclaimed debut album Laughter, Tears, and Goosebumps
Most people know Jaysynths as Teni’s producer. His tag goes, ‘Jaysynths’ or the very weird sound from the classic movie, Mr. Bones. He ended 2018 by producing the smash hit, ‘Case.’ During the year, he produced ‘Daz How Star Do’ for Skiibii, ‘Power Rangers’ for Teni and a string of other songs for different acts.
10. Dj Yk Beats
You probably don’t know him, but he’s the obscure producer who has soundtracked the voiceless Zanku rhythms that have set parties on fire throughout 2019. Some of those songs are even without known titles, but people know them.
You can simply not Gbese in Lagos without DJ YK Beats. We have since discovered that these beats are titled, ‘Dance Instrumental,’ ‘Leg Work’ ‘Dance Groove,’ and so forth.
These producers have established themselves as the hottest and most sought after music producers in Nigeria. Other notable mentions include Spellz (Askamaya by Teni), Phantom (Ye by Burnaboy) and Spax (Palmwine Music 2).