We all know Pharrell, DJ Mustard, Mike Will Made It, Kanye West and Timbaland were the superstars of rap and R&B production this year, but what about the underdogs?
Yeezus introduced the world to superb talent like Arca and Evian Christ while the Southern rap scene is churning out game-changing producers faster than hit rappers.
With the power of technology reaching an all-time high, kids are becoming production wizards with laptops in their own bedrooms. Even if you think the threshold for entry is lower than ever, it also means that newcomers are experimenting with more sounds than ever before, resulting in groundbreaking music.
We decided to shine a spotlight on some of the lesser-known heatmakers, from Washington to Atlanta to Los Angeles. Discover some of the most slept-on music of the year with our 11 Best Underrated Producers of 2013. —Max Weinstein