For all the Lucky Charms pot of gold, the average Hip Hop music fan could not name at least three female producers. The casual connoisseur would argue that Dr.Dre, Pharrell, Timbaland, and Swizz Beatz are the Mount Rushmore figures for the culture. DJ Premier, Kanye West, Mannie Fresh, 9th Wonder, and the late great J.Dilla would be Top 5 dead or alive amongst purists. And a backpack-wearing-Timbs-in-the-summer underground lover will always remain loyal to the Alchemist, Bomb Squad, and Heatmakerz of world. Besides Missy Elliot, the mention of any music lady genius behind the keyboard is a less percent chance to fall in any category. So to help change the narrative, here is a light to shine on Hip Hop female producers who are creating their own space in the dominated boy club.
From Brampton, Ontario, Canada, Ebony “WondaGurl” Oshunrinde’s earliest genius traces back to age 9. She(WondaGurl) worked early in Travis Scott’s career until her biggest shot came when she did songs for Drake(who she DM her beat on Instagram) and Jay-Z(beat passed to from Travis Scott).
Southern VA resident Hampton University grad Shakari “Trakgirl” Boles credits her upbringing from being raised with a musical family. Solo rounds perfecting production skills in the industry soon presented her with the opportunity to meet and later mentored by legendary producer No I.D.Trakgirl is also an advocate for women who share her same dreams by promoting her 7% Series that push for inclusion in the music business.
Along with being the gift behind the melody, Gaines is also a songwriter and artist who grew up in the same Harlem neighborhood as ASAP Ferg. Knowing of her talent since childhood, ASAP Ferg ask for an assist from Gaines to produce a track off his Trap Lord debut album.
A$AP FERG ft. Bone Thugs N Harmony – Lord
BIA – Weekend in Vegas
Smoke Dza – Rugby
Other ladies on the production side to keep an eye out for is TOKiMONSTA, who has worked with EARTHGANG, Anderson. Paak, and Isaiah Rashad. DOT who has collaborated with SZA and fellow producer/artist GRIMES signed to Roc Nation, aka House Hov.
Although this small number of women is barely enough to dent the Male-dominated wall of beatmakers, it is an optimistic start to ensure the next decade of musical melodies has more of a ladies touch.