All thanks goes to Nigerian Music Producers for adding massive amount of value to the quality of music that we enjoy in Nigerian music today. Must times we praise musicians for doing songs why the real work were done the producers that cooked the beat. No jokes! Nigerian music has gained a lot of recognition in the global scene and it is gradually becoming the biggest in the world.
It is the work of the producer to come up with the vision or sound of the HIT song, they create the naked instrumental / sound and hand it over to the Artist or assists the artists as they deliver their lyrics into it. Looking carefully at year 2017, it is obvious that not one sound dominated the entire scope of Nigerian music. High-life, Hip-hop, Afro-Pop, Afrobeat sounds are playing their unique roles in the table. With the help of these beat-makers a lot of Nigerian musicians has been able to win the heart of many and we are going to be listing out The Top 10 Best Music Producers in Nigeria 2017.
1. Don Jazzy
Don Jazzy whose real names are Michael Collins Ajereh is obviously the best Music Producers in Nigeria as at 2017. This man needs little or no introduction at all because his names is being inked in any beat he makes . You must have heard “It Don Jazzy Again” in a song that’s his signatory voice . Don Jazzy has been a producer for many years even during the time of Mo’ Hits Records till this very day. He is an multi award-winning record producer, singer-songwriter, musician and the current CEO of the Mavin Records label.
Don Jazzy who was recently said to be one of the richest musicians in Nigeria by Forbs Magazine was born on November 26, 1982 in Umuahia, Abia State. He has produced not less than 100 hit songs and he is currently the best and chairman of all Nigerian Music Producers at the moment. The success of some now famous Nigerian musicians like Tiwa Savage, D’Prince, Dr Sid, Dija, Reekedo Bank and Korede Bello are linked to his greatness. They are all signed under the Supreme Mavin Dynasty (SMD).
Sarz is a Benin born producer called Osabuohien Osaretin but preferred to be seen as Sarz. If you are a Nigerian then you ought to be familiar with the voice “It’s Sarz on The Beat” that is how you know he is behind the creation of that beat. This young man is a Nigerian producer who has made a lot of hit songs for some big guns in the NIgeria Music Industry. The Benin boy has made beats for the likes of Reminisce, Wizkid, 2Face Idibia just to mention a few because it’s a long list.
The gifted beat prodigy charges for beat range from $2000 upwards. His first taste of success was on “See Drama”, a song done by Lord of Ajasa in year 2007. He has also cooked beat for other popular stars like of Shank, Reminisce, Goldie, Wizkid, Naeto C, Banky W, Skales,Eldee, Wande and YQ. Sarz was formally signed under Trybe Records, but left the label when his contract expired traced back to November 2013.
3. Lagendury Beatz duo
The next best Nigerian music producer on the queue is Lagendury Beatz , another talented music producing duo in Nigeria who has prove themselves beyond reasonable doubt that they have come to stay. This group (consist of brothers Uzezi Oniko and Okiemute Oniko) . They rose to stardom after producer one of the hottest single of all time “Azonto” for Wizkid. They have also produced for other big names in the game the likes of 2face, IcePrince, Efya, Banky W, American rapper Wale, British rapper Tinie Tempah, Seyi Shay ,Miss Kedike Chidinma and many more.
When you mean real talent, that is what we see in the work of Masterkraft. He is unarguably one of the best Nigerian music producers of all time who have stayed relevant all this years. He has cooked beat for many top Nigerian musicians including Banky W, Wizid,CDQ, Flavour and Phyno . CDQ have him to thank for his biggest hit “NOWESOKE” and he created 2016 biggest single ‘Fada Fada’ for Phyno. Masterkraft repertoire includes some of Africa’s leading musicians and celebrities such as Banky W, Jaywon, S Bracket, Capital F.E.M.I, J. Martins, Sound Sultan, ammie Okposo, Stella Damascus and many others. he into almost all genre’s of music ranging from gospel to soul, jazz, RnB etc.
5. Young John (the wicked producer)
“It’s Young John The Wicked Producer” i guess you can relate to that . Young John is that young Nigerian boy that is always doing what he knows how to do best. He is youngest Nigerian music producer and one of the most talented as well. He is currently winning hearts with the production of his street beats, this young dude is behind the production of 70% of Olamide Baddo’s songs and he currently signed under YBNL label.
Young John is YBNL’s favourite producer at the moment. Olamide’s critically acclaimed single “Story For The Gods” and “Shakitibobo” are his work . He also produced several tracks on Olamide’s Street OT and 2 Kings albums. He is one of the most popular and respected music producers in Nigeria . He was nominated in the “Producer of The Year” categories at the 2015 Nigeria Entertainment Awards and The Headies 2015.
No doubt Leriq is master of masters when it comes to cooking hit beats and music in general. The success of many hit songs has testimonies to his name. He produced the whole songs in Burna Boy’s L.I.F.E Album and has also produced for several Nigerian artistes like Wizkid , Illbliss, Chidinma, 2Face Idibia and Wande Coal .
7. Del B
His real name is Ayodele Basel but preferred to be seen as Del B as far as his career is concerned. He became famous after he produced “Shake” and N’abania for Flavour in 2012, then he also produced “Limpopo” for Kcee in 2013. He contributed to the making of the beat “For your Matter”, he produced “Sisi” by Praiz featuring Wizkid and many more .
Shizzi is Davido’s closest producer and has worked for him for a very long time . He produced some hit songs like Who you epp for Olamide and Gbagbe Oshi for his right hand man Davido. He produced some of the best tracks in Davido’s “Son Of Mercy” EP. We are expecting more good production from him.
This is one of the most talented Nigerian producer yet relatively unknown to the world. He produced Tekno’s hit songs back to back ‘Pana’ and ‘Diana’ which are arguably Tekno’s biggest hits at the moment. These two songs has been keeping Tekno careeer relevant which is why he is currently topping the game.
10. Sess (The Problem Kid)
When talent speaks for you then you don’t really need luck in your life. Sess is really a problem kid when it comes to creating fresh beats. The beatmaker is a monster that has taken Nigerian Music Industry by storm. Some of the songs he has produced include Bad Baddo Baddest for Falz The Bad Guy, Chemistry for Falz and Simi, Champagne Shower forTerry Apala. He is Falz’s favourite producer and behind the production of almost all Falz’s songs. We are expecting more from the producer this 2017.
Apart from the Nigerian Music Producers illustrated above, there are also other spectacular once that didn’t make this list. They are;
1. Cobhams Asuquo – ‘Aduke’, Live Shows
2. Puffy T
4. Tekno Miles