The art to making a good Hip-Hop song is a very simple equation. Good lyrics plus a good beat equals perfection—or a “banger” as some might call it. This is a formula that has eluded many, and ultimately lead to their demise, in this “here today, gone tomorrow” industry. But if you have what it takes to deliver from a verbal standpoint, there are a handful of beatsmiths out there that can more than guarantee their part of the bargain. From radio hits, to club anthems, right down to the golden sound of yester-year; these chairmen of the boards know just how to bring life to what you put in between the paper’s lines. Here’s a quick list of the ones you need to keep an eye on, once you get your album budget situation in order.
Rico Beats: Coming straight out of Brooklyn, Rico is relatively new on the scene, but he already has big names under his belt for producing songs like “Roman Reloaded” for Nicki Minaj featuring Lil Wayne, “Body Work” for Pusha T, along with plans to provide more ammo for Pusha’s upcoming solo debut, My Name Is My Name.
Young Chop: This 19-year-old from the City Of Wind caught the attention of people after blessing fellow GBE member Chief Keef with “I Don’t Like.” Proving that he wasn’t a one-trick pony, he went onto to produce “Guap” for Big Sean featuring French Montana, Cassie’s “Turn Up” featuring Meek Mill, and a slew of joints for artists such as Ace Hood, Gucci Mane, Red Café, and more.
AraabMuzik: Hailing from the smallest state in the country, Rhode Island, the man born Abraham Orellana comes with some huge talent. Known for making beats on the spot with his MPC, he’s used that skill craft out hits such as “Hammer Dance” for Slaughterhouse, “Beauty” for Fabolous featuring Wale, and basically everything you’ve heard from the Diplomats within the past few years.
Lex Luger: When the tatted up Virginian isn’t lacing Waka Flocka with hits like “Hard In Da Paint,” he travels up North to go “H.A.M.” with Kanye West and Jay-Z. You also might be familiar with “B.M.F. (Blowin’ Money Fast)” with Rick Ross featuring Styles P, and Ace Hood’s “Hustle Hard.” All courtesy of Lex.
Mike Will: Also known as Mike Will Made It, if you’re unfamiliar with his work, he’s responsible for “Tupac Back” with Meek Mill and Rick Ross, Future’s “Turn On The Lights,” and “No Lie” by 2 Chainz featuring Drake. Not to mention “Bugatti” by Ace Hood featuring Future and Rick Ross, along with the massive smashes of “Bandz A Make Her Dance” by Juicy J, and “Pour It Up” by Rihanna. Showing that he’s versatile, he also produced “We Can’t Stop” for Miley Cyrus.
Statik Selektah: Embodying the true essence of 90’s Hip-Hop, this DJ/producer from Massachusetts has mastered the art of the boom-bap. Mostly known for producing entire records, and not just one song; projects like Freddie Gibbs’ Lord Giveth, Lord Taketh Away, Action Bronson’s Well-Done, and Freeway’s Statik-Free EP are on his resume. He’s also released an array of compilation albums with artists such as Skyzoo, Bun B, Termanlogy, Styles P, Talib Kweli, Jadakiss, Joell Ortiz, Wale, Kool G Rap, and many more anxious to sink their teeth into his production. His newest compilation album, Extended Play was just released with people like Black Thought, Joey BadA$$, Raekwon, Mac Miller, and many more huge names serving as headliners.
Hit-Boy: With production credits like Lil Wayne’s “Drop The World” featuring Eminem, ASAP Rocky’s “Goldie,” and Kanye West’s “Cold” under his belt, it’s safe to say that this Californian will be getting steady work for a long time to come. Oh yeah, he also produced “N!ggas In Paris” for Kanye West and Jay-Z, along with  “Clique” for Jay-Z, Big Sean, and Kanye West. Maybe you’ve heard of those songs.
Cardiak: This product from New Jersey first got his start back in 2008, and from there, it’s been full speed ahead. He’s put his stamp on MMG’s Self Made vol. 2 with “Fountain Of Youth” by Rick Ross, Nipesy Hussle, and Stalley, Rick Ross’ “Diced Pineapples,” and “Amsterdam,” Meek Mill’s “Lean With It,” and Lloyd Banks’ “Start It Up.”
Harry Fraud: Most might know this Brooklynite for his work on French Montana’s “Shot Caller,” but he’s also collaborated with Curren$y on their Cigarette Boats project, Smoke DZA with their Rugby Thompson project,  and most recently, Saaab Stories with Action Bronson. Not to mention working with Juicy J, Wiz Khalifa, Ab-Soul, Casey Veggies, Pusha T, and more.

The art to making a good Hip-Hop song is a very simple equation. Good lyrics plus a good beat equals perfection—or a “banger” as some might call it. This is a formula that has eluded many, and ultimately lead to their demise, in this “here today, gone tomorrow” industry.

But if you have what it takes to deliver from a verbal standpoint, there are a handful of beatsmiths out there that can more than guarantee their part of the bargain.

From radio hits, to club anthems, right down to the golden sound of yester-year; these chairmen of the boards know just how to bring life to what you put in between the paper’s lines.

Here’s a quick list of the ones you need to keep an eye on, once you get your album budget situation in order.