South Florida’s Top Ten Underground Producers
Apart from Dilla, Dre, Kanye, and handful of others, producers rarely rise from behind the boards to achieve the same kind of recognition that recording artists garner for their hits. Not that vocalists don’t deserve credit for their tracks, but we're timing out to show some love to the producers for their hard work and artistry creating beats, fine-tuning vocals, and adding that extra something special to the songs we keep on repeat.
Especially in South Florida, producers have made massive contributions to the music we’re so proud of. Among the wave of talent coming up on the underground South Florida scene, the 10 best producers who make up this list not only prove their skill in the studio, but also have the credits to show for it.
IndigoChildRick quickly made a name for himself in 2015 as one of the emerging voices of South Florida with his self-produced track, "Retribution." The 20-year-old rapper writes, produces, and stars in his own visuals, putting him at the top of our underground producer list. With only six years of producing under his belt, he's racked up credits with Robb Bank$ and Childish Gambino and describes his style as "a gradient fade from black, to dark purple, then pink to baby blue." He tells us "a producer should always break rules."
You’ve probably seen Nuri DJing at your girlfriend’s favorite party, but he also has a long list of production credits. He’s known for working closely with IndigoChildRick, Robb Banks$, Denzel Curry, and Pouya, creating different styles to fit each artist. “Less is more, create your own sound,” says Nuri. He uses this tactic to stay on top of the game.
3. The Silence Killers
The Silence Killers have been killing the game in Miami for the past five years. The collective includes Parris Pierce, LeMieux, and Z, and they all bring something different to the table. In fact, it’s what they live by. “Be yourself. Don’t be afraid to be different,” says Parris Pierce, in terms of their production style. TSK strives to create a different feel for their long list of credits, contributing to projects by songstress Kilo Kish, rapper Father of Awful Records, South Florida rapper Cherele, and rising West Coast rapper/R&B artist Anderson Paak, to name a few.
“If you make music that makes you happy, sure enough that will shine through," says West Palm Beach producer Christopher Wishlade. "Don’t be afraid to experiment.” The 27-year-old has collaborated with R&B princess Venus Amor and Miami hip-hop artists Sin and Sylvan LaCue. Currently, he’s spending the majority of his time executive producing for Sylvan and his Wise Up music group. Now that he's putting the finishing touches on a classic hip-hop album, he has the time to create instrumental albums of his own.
5. Henry Daher
Henry Daher quickly turned himself to a SoFla household name after producing tracks for local heavy-hitters like Robb Bank$ and Wifi’s Funeral, and big crowd favorites like Curren$y, Styles P, Tailb Kweli, and G-Eazy. The 25-year-old has been producing for eight years and has touched more artists than many of the underground greats. Last year, Daher spoke at producer panel at Tampa hip-hop fest and conference TakeOffxLanding, enlightening upcoming producers about the music industry.
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