Rap & Hip-Hop Best  Producers In 2022 Nominees

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By Andrew Fungai

Rap and Hip-Hop producers this year include famous names like 2021’s finest Producer Of The Year Alchemist and 2020’s Producer Of The Year Hit-Boy – as well as prior contenders Harry Fraud and Metro Boomin‘.

As the year comes to a close, the hip-hop industry congregates to puff out their chests and furiously argue, critique, and evaluate the year’s best across the culture.

With so many great producers releasing equally great albums and records, the voting was more competitive than ever. From full-length albums and hidden gems to bubbling, unstoppable singles, 2022’s Rap & Hip-Hop Producers of the Year had us guessing.

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Nominations for the Best Rap & Hip-Hop Producers of 2022

ALCHEMIST

Alchemist, the reigning champion, kept up the iron-fisted control of his lane by releasing The Elephant Man’s Bones, a record that is a strong contender for album of the year, along with Roc Marciano, the pioneer of the current underground Rap & Hip Hop trend. In addition, he and Curren$y released Continuance, their first album together since 2018’s Fetti with Freddie Gibbs.

In addition, he made numerous one-offs and small quantities for certain critically acclaimed releases. He contributed to the albums by Conway The Machine, Westside Gunn, and Rome Streetz, among others, and wrote the majority of Tana Talk 4 by Benny The Butcher. Additionally, he wrote “We Cry Together,” one of the most talked-about songs off Kendrick Lamar’s long-awaited, Grammy-nominated masterwork, Mr. Morale & the Big Steppers. The reigning champion continues to produce work that becomes better with age, much like a superb Merlot.

ATL Jacob

ATL Jacob, the in-house producer at Freebandz, had a stellar year, with 808 Mafia founder Southside comparing him to Metro Boomin. The rapper Kodak Black’s album Back For Everything, which debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200, contains the song “Super Gremlin,” which was finally published in context on the album in 2021. Then there was his collaboration with Kanye West on “Keep It Burnin,” the Donda sequel that subsequently appeared on Future’s I Never Liked You album and was either a failure or a hit (depending on who you ask).

The Drake and Tems-featuring song “Wait for U” from that album also received a Grammy nomination for the Atlanta native, who was also nominated for producer of the year at the 2022 BET Hip-Hop Awards. Additionally, he directed a significant portion of Future’s “I NEVER LIKED YOU” as well as important one-offs with Babyface Ray (“6 Mile Show”), Lil Baby (“Right On,” “Waterfall Flow,” and Glorilla (“No More Love”). No producer had a more significant mainstream breakthrough than ATL Jacob, thus it was simple to nominate him.

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Harry Fraud

Harry Fraud, a New York-born producer, was a problem in 2022 after a huge year of full-length project collaborations with people like Dave East (Hoffa), Jim Jones (The Fraud Department), and Benny the Butcher (The Plugs I Met 2). He stuck to the strategy this year, most notably by rekindling his creative chemistry with French Montana, with whom he first gained notoriety over ten years ago. The two collaborated on the song Montega, which debuted at number 50 on the Billboard Hot 200. Additionally, he abandoned initiatives with Trust Gang leader 38 Spesh and Griselda associate Jay Worthy (You Take the Credit, We’ll Take the Check) (Beyond Belief).

Hit-Boy

Hit-Boy, the producer of the year for 2020, is still going strong and is making another circuit around the sun with his foot firmly on the throttle. His capacity to span generations is what keeps the native Californian so powerful. In addition to other credits, his year saw him produce full-length projects for Pacman Da Gunman (Bulletproof Soul) and Dreezy (HIT-GIRL), as well as collaborate with Dom Kennedy on The Game’s Drillmatic – Heart vs. Mind.

Most notably, he produced two albums for Nas, one of the greatest lyricists of all time, near the close of the year: Magic, a surprise Christmas release from 2021, and KDIII, a universally praised fireball. That is only one bag, though, as EA also hired him to select the soundtrack for Madden 2023. He was nominated for a Grammy for his work on Beyonce’s Renaissance, and his dominance of the decade doesn’t appear to be waning as we approach the new year.

Metro-Boomin

This year, Metro did not have the most extensive collection of accolades. 

Notably, he produced Gunna’s Drake-assisted Top 25 Billboard single “P Power” off the rapper’s third studio album DS4Ever, as well as Kodak Black’s “I’m So Awesome” from his fifth studio album Kutthroat Bill: Vol. 1, which reached at No. 8 on the Billboard Hot 200. 

Not All Heroes Wear Capes, his long-awaited follow-up to 2018’s platinum-selling sensation, was released.

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