Meet UK rap producers ready for the global stage
Part of this article was originally published on June 21, 2019. New entries include Ceebeaats, Young Chencs, Swifta Beater, Rxwntree, TSB, Quincy Tellem and more.
British rap is in an amazing place right now. With a thriving underground and an ever-growing public appetite, the local scene finds supporters in the big squares, and a lot of that is down to the talented guys behind the boards.
Illford producer 808Melo gained international fame as one of the emissaries bringing the British drill to the US to help carve his Brooklyn counterpart, North LDN’s Inflo is a successful producer for SAULT, Little Simz and Adele, and South London native P2J has made his mark on projects by Dave, Wizkid and Burna Boy, not to mention Beyoncé The Lion King: The Gift soundtrack. UK rappers like Giggs, J Hus and Skepta have all found an international following in recent years, which is largely due to the growing number of producers pushing the scene with whom we are lucky to have today. These talents create unmistakably British beats and take them around the world without diminishing its identity.
The cross-pollination with jazz, grime, and afrobeats, along with the knowledge that you can get some pretty chart-topping productions these days, has made the scene the perfect playground for some amazing producers. Creativity and inventiveness are at an all-time high and the effects are reverberating not just in British music, but around the world.
The music team at Complex UK have decided to put together a list of producers whose names we anticipate will be spotlighted, on the world stage, in the months and years to come. Dive below.