Much like a movie would never get created without a director, an album would never get finalized without a producer.
They are the backbone of a studio, and most of the time, have a very influential say in the process of creating the song – from recording, mixing, mastering, and helping with distribution – the producer generally runs the show .
Normally , we hail our artistes for everything about good music , we cherish them for satisfying our musical hunger and give them the reverence that is meant for the provider of the music we listen to, but we often forget that without the sound, there is no music.
These unsung heroes are responsible for almost all the hit songs making waves in the country and beyond.
This list and rating aims at shedding spotlight on the big names behind the creative direction of music-making process .
The Top 20 Nigerian music producer are:
Born Michael Collins Ajereh, Don Jazzy has been touted the father off modern day father of Nigerian music with tones of hit songs to his name , he comes in this limelight as the best in the game by a country mile .
Think of Tiwa Savage , Ricardo Banks , Korede Bello and dozens more . Godwin, Dorobucci, Sugar baby are some of the hit songs he produced
He doubles as a singer and song writer as well.
Chisom professionally known as Rexxie is the originator of the addictive Zanku sound. He is the one number hit making producer of the Marlian community and has worked with the likes of Naira Marley, Zlatan , Lyta, Burna Boy, Tiwa Savage and Mohbad to name a few
African producer of the year” award at Soundcity MVP Awards Festival 2020.
The addictive “Ko Por Ke ” is one of his numerous productions .
Astonishingly he started producing songs at the young age of 15. From being a student at Sarz Academy, to working with some of Nigeria’s best artists like Fireboy, Cuppy, Zlatan, Naira Marley, Olamide.
Infinity by Olamide , Zlatan’s shomo and unripe pawpaw are just some of his brilliant works
Telz is a Grammy nominated producer. That should speak volumes about the quality of his works .
Sometimes called born killer ,he started producing officially in 2017 .
Patoranking’s abule and do me are his works while on Burna Boy’s twice as tall album he produced wonderful, onyeka and wetin dey sup.
It’s blaize on the beat baby” , then u know you area about to hear something really nice .This music producer came into spotlight when he produced L.A.X debut album Rasaking in 2018
He has worked with artists like Wizkid, Adekunle Gold, Tiwa savage and many more
He produced slow wine by Tekno and something different by Adekunle
Also known as Mr Producer , Philip Kayode is an award winning producer and a songwriter
Over the years, Phleez has worked with some of Nigeria’s best artistes to produce some of the hottest tunes in the country.
He Produced on Olamide’s Baddest Ever Album, Street, OT, 2kings, MI’s The Chairman Album, Ghetto University by Runtown
Hit songs like; ‘Billionaire‘ by Teni, ‘Scatter‘ for Fireboy and ’49-99‘ for Tiwa Savage were all produced by him .
Bello Emmanuel Adeshina professionally known as Fresh VDM (Very Disturbing Music). Do you know Fresh VDM is a Togolese-born Nigerian music producer?
He produces much for DMW records owned by Davido its not surprising he has produced loads of songs for his boss .
Olamide, Burna Boy, Mr Eazi, and many more are some of other artiste he’s worked with.
“The best” , “of Lagos” and “your body” are some of his hit songs
ThisIsLondon is an in-house producer for Mavins Records. Popularly known with his producer tag “London!!!”
ThisISLondon produced He Tiwa savage hit single Koroba which has been on everyone’s lips and also on Wizkid’s Made in Lagos .
When you hear “Napji is killing this one” , trust you are in for a good treat
Napji is the brilliant producer behind Davido’s Hit songs Jowo, Fem and Sunlight
Sunday Ginikachukwu Nweke, professionally known as Masterkraft, is a Nigerian record producer, disc jockey, band director, pianist, and songwriter.
, songwriter, DJ and even a band director. Masterkraft has worked with Olamide, Flavour, M.I, Vector , Sarkodie and hosts more .
His production hits include “Fine lady” by Lynxx , “Karina’s ” by Flavour, “Girl” by Braket featuring WizKid, Finally by Flavour etc
Born Obi Prosper, Speroach came into spotlight after Producing Davido’s 2019 hit “Assurance”. He’s one of DMW in-house producers.
This talented producer is the genius behind some of Nigerian hits songs like Tuface’s Amaka, Peruzzi’s Majesty, Davido’s Assurance, Mayorkun Up to Something and Davido’s Risky.
Tekno Miles is another artist and producer who doesn’t need an introduction.
Born Augustine Miles Kelechi, he is better known by his stage name Tekno. He has produced a couple of good songs, of which his own are a great number.
He produced the viral Davido ‘If‘, Iceprince ‘Boss‘, Victoria Kimani ‘Show‘, and Flavour ‘Catch You‘.
Born Udomboso John Saviours On February 16, 1995. He combines university education with producing songs
One of Nigeria’s most talented producers . ‘It’s Young John the wicked producer’. He produced the viral Olamide’s ‘Story For The Gods‘ and many other songs.
Do you remember that Kcee’s hit song ‘Limpopo‘? Well Del B was the producer behind it and he also has a good number of good songs to his credit.
Sarz is a Nigerian record producer and musician. Born in Benin City, Edo State, he is popularly known for the tag Sarz On The Beat/”Really”, at the beginning or end of all his music productions
His first full credit production work was for Lord of Ajasa’s “See Drama” in 2007. He has produced tracks for Wizkid, Naeto C, Banky W, Skales, Shank,
Oluwaseyi Akerele, better known as Shizzi, is one of Nigeria’s finest record producer and songwriter.[
Shizzy is the producer behind Davido’s hit song ‘Fans Mi‘ featuring American rapper, Meek Mill. He also produced the Humblesmith ‘Osinachi Remix‘ featuring Davido.
Legendary Beats Duo
The two siblings hit limelight in the music industry after producing the critically acclaimed “Azonto” song for multi award winning artist, Wizkid. The duo have produced many songs with vocal contribution from artists such as American rapper Wale, British rapper Tinie Tempah, 2face, IcePrince, Efya, Banky W, Seyi Shay and Chidinma, amongst others.
Legendary beats duo
Born Cobhams Emmanuel Asuquo , Cobham is responsible for Asa’s popular songs “Fire on the Mountain” and “Jailer” and he produced the internationally acclaimed album Asa and has produced for top acts like Banky W, Omawumi, Waje, Timi Dakolo, Dare Art-Alade, Rooftop MCs, Faze, Mode 9, Ego, Dekunle
Selebobo is another awesome Nigerian singer and producer, in fact he produced the most watched Nigerian music video on YouTube, ‘Johnny‘ by Yemi Alade. He also has a lot of songs to his credit and has worked with several other Nigerian artists like Stormrex, Tekno, Flavour and J Martins.