Producer of the Year

Hit-Boy

Hit-Boy

From the Throne’s “Paris” to A$AP Rocky’s “Goldie” to his own HITstory, Hit-Boy’s melodic, dynamic beats have made him rap’s most in-demand new producer.

J. Cole

J. Cole

Not only did J. Cole produce the majority of his chart-topping debut, Cole World: The Sideline Story, but he also crafted the mean-mugging beat for Kendrick Lamar’s “Hiiipower.”

J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League

J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League

J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League’s lush, lavish productions, filled with live instruments and epic crescendos, took rhymes from Rick Ross, Slaughterhouse, Nas and others to the next level.

No I.D.

No I.D.

After more than 20 years in the game, this Chi-Town veteran turned Def Jam exec helped Big Sean and Common turn in some of their best work yet over the past year.

Kanye West

Kanye West

Young Chop may not have liked it, but everyone else did. Kanye upped his classic-filled production discography with bonkers beats for The Throne (“Otis”) and his own G.O.O.D. Music crew (“Mercy”). 

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