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 number of hit songs they’ve produced in the past year.
Top 10 Music Producers In Nigeria (2019)
1. Killertunes (Shabalastica)
5. Speroach Beatz
6. Fresh VDM
9. Young John
10. Mikkyme Joses
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), Yeba (Kizz Daniel), Bobo (Mayorkun ft. Davido), Baba (DJ Spinall ft Kizz Daniel), Motigbana (Olamide) 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.
2. Sess “The Problm Kid”
Sesan Salami a.k.a Sess “The Problm Kid” is undoubtedly one of Nigeria’s most talented producers. A graduate of law from the University of Ilorin, Sess, has risen to become one of Nigeria’s biggest music producers.
He is mostly associated with Falz having produced several hit tracks for the musician. Sess is credited with producing most of the songs on Falz’s latest album, Moral Instruction. Sess also released his own album titled Omo Muda in 2018 featuring hit track Original Gangster.
3. PheelzPhillip 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.
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 2018 including Diet (Dj Enimoney ft. Tiwa Savage, Slimcase & Reminisce) and Bad Energy (Skepta ft. Wizkid) and Magun Remix (Niniola ft. Busiswa). He also released a smashing hit single featuring Wurld titled Trobul in 2018.
5. Speroach Beats
A relatively new name in the mainstream music industry, Speroach has established himself as a force in the industry. Formerly based in Abuja, the producer has worked with top Nigerian artistes like Skales, Ycee, L.A.X, etc
Speroach got his breakthrough in the music industry after producing the hit song, Assurance, for Davido. He has gone ahead to produce several hits including Kpa (Dremo), Nwa Baby (Davido) and chart-topper Amaka (2face ft. Peruzzi).
6. Fresh VDM
Bello Emmanuel Adeshina aka Fresh VDM is a Togolese born Nigerian music producer signed to Davido’s DMW record label. He is responsible for most of the hit tracks released by DMW between 2017 & 2018 including Davido’s Chart Toppin FIA which was released in 2017.
The VDM in his name stands for Very Disturbing Music which he claims to be his unique style of music production which combines sounds from different African cultures. Fresh VDM won the Producer Of The Year Award at the 2018 edition of AFRIMMA awards.
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 by producing monster hits like Gucci Snake (Wizkid ft. Slimcase), Posh (Mayorkun) & Fever (Wizkid). He is undoubtedly one music producer to look out for in the coming years.
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.
9. Young John
Udomboso John Saviours a.k.a Young John “The WIcked Producer” is one of Nigeria’s foremost music producers. He rose to prominence in 2014 after producing the controversial Story For The Gods track for Olamide’s Street OT album. The multi award-winning producer has worked with several top artistes including Wizkid, Davido, Olamide, Phyno and others. He remains one of Nigeria’s most sought after producers after producing monster hits like Science Student (Olamide) & Fvck You (Kizz Daniel).
The name, Mikkyme Joses, might sound foreign to a lot of people but he remains one of Nigeria’s finest exports in the music production industry. The producer is the mastermind behind every track on Brymo’s latest album, OSO (The Wizard), which was acclaimed to be one of the best Nigerian albums of 2018.
His unique infusion of live instrumentals with alternative folk and Yoruba music remains unparalleled in the music industry.
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).