The 3rd installment of #TheList series here on notjustOk.com continues with our in-house selection of The 10 Hottest Producers in Nigeria 2015. The list showcases the geniuses behind the biggest hit songs outta Naija in the last 12-15 months, and celebrates their achievements by outlining their great productions over this period.
Without wasting much time, here are The 10 Hottest Producers In Nigeria 2015, as compiled by the notjustOk Team.
If you are a frequent listener of good music, you must have heard the popular “Ki-ki-ki-Kiddominant” chant by Alhaji Orezi himself in most of his songs. Over the past 12-15 months, Kiddominant has been very consistent with his type of production, and has quite a few hits to his name. He laced virtually all the tracks on Orezi’s “The Gehn Gehn” album, and scored madd points with the most recent back-to-back smash hits from Davido, “DODO“ and “The Money“, amongst others.
“It’s LeriQ, call the paramedic“. If you want some real hip-hop and inter-galactic-sounding instrumentation, then LeriQ should be your one-stop shop. His sounds are quite abstract, in a great way, and very interesting to listen to. He can also come down to earth with some of the Afro pop sounds we absolutely love to dance to in the club. Songs like “Say You Love Me” featuring Wizkid, Burna Boy’s “Rockstar“, “Wishlist” featuring Wande Coal, and more recently, “I Like It” featuring Shaydee, highlight just how talented he is.
In 2015, LeriQ signed a major deal with Sony Music Africa and also released a masterpiece of an album, “The Lost Sounds” not long after.
Shizzi is unarguably one of the best producers in Africa as a whole because this man right here steadily cooks up monster hit beats time and time again, particularly for his friend and partner in crime – Davido. Even when he does produce for other artists, he doesn’t fail to deliver the same high-fidelity and speaker tearing beats to set them on a path to stardom instantly.
Shizzi may have dipped from #2 on the 2014 Hottest Producers In Nigeria list to #8 this year, but that’s not due to a drop in quality. He still scored production credits on Runtown‘s “Baby Answer“, Wande Coal & Skuki‘s “Aye Dun“, Davido x Dammy Krane “IZZUE“, and arguably the biggest Nigerian/American collaboration of the year, “Fans Mi“, by Davido and Meek Mill.
The phrase –“Pheelz Mr. Producer”, should be quite familiar to you by now if you are a regular listener of Nigerian music. Pheelz drops down a notch from #6 on last year’s list to #7 this year. That shows a level of consistency only matched by maybe 1 or 2 others.
The YBNL producer has been on an unstoppable streak in the past 15 months, dishing out hits upon hits upon hits! Olamide‘s “Lagos Boys“, “Matters Arising“, co-production with Young John on Lil Kesh‘s “Is It Because I Love You?” DJ Neptune featuring Olamide, BOJ, Stonebwoy “Baddest“, just to mention a few. The widespread acceptance of Olamide’s latest album – “Eyan Mayweather” is a testament to Pheelz’ unrivaled production skills. 16 out of 21 tracks off the album were produced exclusively by Pheelz, and every one of them came through massively.
Masterkraft is one of the hardest working producers out there. You can tell from his studio sessions that he absolutely enjoys the creative process, and has a knack for constantly delivering beats that make songs top charts for weeks on end.
On last year’s list, Masterkraft was among the “worthy mentions“. However, this year, Masterkraft makes a huge jump to the #6 position with hits ranging from Flavour and Wande Coal’s “Wake Up (Ololo)“, “Baby Jollof“ by Solid Star featuring Tiwa Savage, to one of the biggest hits of this year – “Indomie“ by himself (Masterkraft) featuring CDQ and Olamide.
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