The tradition of artists doubling as singers is not a new one in the music industry.
More than ever, though, many producers are beginning to take to the music adding their technical know-how in creating music to their natural voices.
Maybe it’s the rise of streaming or the recognition that producers have gotten recently, but there’s no denying that producers are now feeling like they can do the music thing too. I mean, if they’re good enough, why not?
Here we’ve compiled a list of five top producer-singers in the industry. These are all guys we know who can hold their own either on the instruments or in the booth.
1. Don Jazzy
This wouldn’t even be a complete list unless the Don is on it. Don Jazzy is a legend who was very instrumental in the rise of contemporary pop music.
In the 2000s, Don Jazzy was the principal producer for the Mo’hits crew that gave us D’banj and WandeCoal.
It’s not news that he’s a good singer himself, as he has featured on many singles from his artists. He has also had collaborations with artists like Olamide, Phyno, and P-Square in the past.
2. Maleek Berry
Before Maleek Berry started to gain attention as a singer around 2018, he was previously known as a prodigy producing for artists like WizKid, Runtown, and WandeCoal.
He is most popular for the Wizkid song “The Matter” that he produced and actually has artist credits for. Maleek Berry’s probably one of the first producers to ever feature an artist and not sing on the track like a DJ would. In that way, Berry was really ahead of his time.
Tekno’s biggest credit is for Davido‘s 2017 smash hit, “IF.” If only for that single, he deserves to be on this list.
His production credits include songs from Bracket, Victoria Kimani, Ice Prince, and Lynxx. Low-key he’s done his bit.
Pheelz has been YBNL’s foremost producer for ten years now. He was even the one that made the “YBNL” album for Baddo in 2012.
When he started singing last year, people didn’t take it seriously, but now with a huge hit like “Finesse,” well we all gotta take him seriously now don’t we?
He’s got the juice and with his cards played right, he will continue to be on top, producing top hits and charting his own hits too.
5. Young Jonn
Another Made-in-YBNL producer that has recently taken to singing, before now, Young John was okay with just featuring artists and letting them do the singing (“Ello Baby” ft. Kizz Daniel, Tiwa Savage).
But now, he wants to do it all by himself and that’s okay. He recently released an EP and while the hype is not much around him right now, there’s a good chance sometimes in the future, he’s gonna get the buzz. If he doesn’t quit, of course.
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