Nigerian music industry has become a figure in the global entertainment scene and is definitely gathering momentum yearly to become the biggest in the world.The year 2018 was filled with memories of good music, banging dance records and hit songs prominently ignited by great and cuttingedge productions. But behinde all these successful hit songs and artists of the year are producers who definitely worked their asses off to make sure those songs were worth listening to. They are responsible for almost all the hit songs currently making waves in the country and beyond. They worked behind the scenes to make the beats your favourite singers and rappers record. They all have emerged as being instrumental to the success of the songs they made.
The works of these producers have served as the pillar for some of the biggest records that have emanated this year, artist that have maintained their figure, and also in the discovery of new talents, making them worthy of getting the recognition they solely deserve. Here are the five Nigerian Music Producers whose works speaks greatness in the year 2018.
Phantom the recent winner of the African Producer of the Year at the Soundcity MVPS is the topper of the game. He popularly calls himself an Afro Connoisseur, a title rooted on his love of Afrobeats. A lover of brass and vocal chops came into limelight in the year 2018 with his productions. Phantom’s notable works for 201 8 may be few but they are quite heavy. The soft spoken beatmaker became more acknowledged based on his contribution to arguably the biggest record of the year; Burna Boy’s ‘Ye’. He’s the sole producer behind Burna Boy’s ‘Anthem of Youth’, ‘Freedom’ and also working on Wizkid’s ‘Master Groove’.
Killertunes is one of the young producers we have in Nigeria presently and has a popular signature tag of ‘shabalistical’. Killertunes was part of the great music piece ‘Yeba’ with Kiss Daniel. And definitely became one of most sought-after producers of year 2018. Killertunes became more respected in the industry following the release of the hit song ‘Fake Love’ by Wizkid and Duncan Mighty in May 2018.
Other significant heavy tunes he produced includes ‘Baba’ by DJ Spinall and Kizz Daniel, ‘Nowo’ by DJ Spinall and Wizkid, ‘Motigbana’ by Olamide, ‘Logba Logba’ by Olamide, ‘Mr Biggs’ by Dice Ailes , and co-produced ‘Bobo’ by Mayorkun and Davido.
There is definitely no doubt that Northboi is also one of the outstanding producers for 2018. He is know to be a producer who takes his time to work out great tunes. His profile may not be as extensive as others but he masterminded two of the biggest songs released in the year 2018. He definitely has earned himself a sit in the year’s top five producers in the industry with those heavy tunes and deserves worthy recognition.
His work on the only ‘Starboy’ Wizkid all-star record ‘Soco’ shifted attention in his direction and he is also the pillar behind a number of other mega tunes in ‘Gucci Snake’ by Wizkid and SlimCase, ‘Posh’ by Mayorkun and crowned it all by also co-producing the heavy tune ‘Fever’ by Wizkid.
Sarz with the popular appellation ‘Sarz on the Beat’ succeded in remaining on the list of top producers. His real name is Osabuohien Osaretin. Most people often hear this especially at the beginning and end of his music productions. It is no surprise that Sarz is among the famous music producers in Nigeria currently. It was a not the typical hectic year [in comparison to his output in past years] for the iconic producer but his effort and work in the production of some songs gave himhis outstanding recognisition for the year.
He mastermindedly delivered some chart-topping hits with ‘Bad Energy’ by Skepta and Wizkid, ‘Diet’ by DJ Enimoney, the street jam ‘Lakukulala’ by Oladips and ‘Bana’ by the beautiful and talented Niniola. He also worked on his individual project that saw the release of the popular heavy song ‘Balenciaga’.
The producer who took the faith to move his abode fromAbuja to Lagos is definitely not regreting his decision and he grew more quickly in the industry within the year.
His upbeat effortsand determination have gainedhim roots in the industry and gotten his name outstanding recognition due to his affiliation with DMW records. He successfully produced ‘Assurance’ by Davido, ‘Kpa’ by Dremo and assisted in co-producing ‘wa Baby’ but his most acclaimed contribution in the year 2018 was the hit song ‘Amaka’ by the Legend 2face featuring Peruzzi.
With hardword and non relentness these music producer have fought their ways and fully earned their seat in the Top Five for the Year 2018.
Other Music Producer with outstanding great production this year but couldnt amke it to the list are;
– FRESH VDM
-YOUNG JOHN (The Wicked Producer)