Nez & Rio
Standout Songs: Save Money – “Seppuku,” Schoolboy Q – “Man Of The Year,” Caleb James – “Ride With Me”
Makers of the greatest TDE beat to date, Chicago producers Nez & Rio are a shining example of what more rap acts might benefit from: quality control. They’ve released few beats this year, but every single one is worth checking, including three songs on Caleb James’ The Jones and scattered work with Vic Spencer, Kembe X and Sulaiman. Bone-rattling bass and a clean mix goes a long way, and Nez & Rio have utilized those details to emphasize their “less is more” approach this year.