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The Making Of Lil Mosey’s “Noticed” With Royce David
In early November, Lil Mosey’s “Noticed” became the Seattle rapper’s first Billboard Hot 100 hit, peaking at No. 80 on the chart. The song was re-released in July alongside a Cole Bennett-directed music video, which has racked up over 57 million…
The Making Of “Eminem’s” ”KILLSHOT” With IllaDaProducer
Eminem’s record-breaking diss track, “KILLSHOT,” was the final salvo in his late-summer feud with Machine Gun Kelly. The scorching song was a direct response to MGK’s own diss track, “Rap Devil,” which was in turn prompted by the shots Eminem took…
The Making Of Cardi B’s “Money” With J. White Did It
Cardi B’s latest hit, “Money,” is currently sitting at No. 13 on the Billboard Hot 100 in its second week on the chart. The track finds the Bronx rapper reflecting upon success and motherhood. Production is handled by Cardi’s frequent collaborator…
The Making Of Alesso’s “REMEDY”
Alesso dropped his latest hit single, “REMEDY,” just a few days after signing to Universal Music Group’s 10:22 pm imprint in late August 2018. The Swedish DJ recruited British singer-songwriter Conor Maynard to provide vocals for the lovelorn track…
The Making Of Young Thug & Elton John’s “High” With Stelios
Young Thug’s latest project On the Rvn closes with the fan favorite track “High.” The song features a guest appearance from Elton John, sampling the English pop legend’s vocals from his 1972 hit “Rocket Man (I Think It’s Going to Be a Long, Long…
The Making Of Travis Scott’s “R.I.P. SCREW” With FKi 1st | Deconstructed
Travis Scott’s third studio album ASTROWORLD is rife with tributes to his hometown of Houston. One notable example is the fourth track “R.I.P. SCREW,” which is dedicated to DJ Screw, founder of The Screwed Up Click and architect of Houston’s chopped…
The Making Of Eminem’s “Lucky You” With Boi-1da & Jahaan Sweet
While Eminem’s tenth studio album Kamikaze drew the most headlines for stirring up beef with Machine Gun Kelly and Joe Budden, the highest-charting song from the album is “Lucky You.” It peaked at No. 6 on the Billboard Hot 100 and has amassed over…
The Making Of Sheck Wes’ “Mo Bamba” With Take A Daytrip & 16yrold
Sheck Wes‘ breakthrough hit “Mo Bamba” led to a joint deal between G.O.O.D. Music and Cactus Jack in early 2018, but the party-starting track has continued to surge in popularity. On September 8, the single debuted at No. 82 on the Billboard Hot 100…
The Making Of BTS’ “Euphoria” With DJ Swivel | Deconstructed
South Korean boyband BTS completed its Love Yourself series in July with Love Yourself 結 ‘Answer’. One of the new songs on the repackaged album is “Euphoria,” a solo track featuring Jungkook (BTS) singing about young love and new beginnings. It…
The Making Of J. Cole’s “Kevin’s Heart” With T-Minus
J. Cole’s KOD track “Kevin’s Heart” is one of the biggest hits of his career, peaking at No. 8 on the Billboard Hot 100 with over 76 million Spotify streams to date. The song uses comedian Kevin Hart’s 2017 cheating scandal as starting point to…
The Making Of Drake’s “Blue Tint” With Supah Mario
Despite not being promoted as a single from Drake’s most recent album Scorpion, “Blue Tint” still reached No. 30 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song features an uncredited appearance from Drake’s frequent collaborator Future and production by Supah…
The Making Of Cardi B’s “Ring” With Scribz Riley
Cardi B’s single “Ring” is one of the many hits from her debut album Invasion of Privacy. The Kehlani collaboration peaked at No. 28 on the Billboard Hot 100 back in April and its recently released music video has garnered over 27 million YouTube…
The Making Of Kid Cudi‘s “Pursuit Of Happiness” With E.VAX Of Ratatat
Kid Cudi released “Pursuit of Happiness” as the third single from his seminal 2009 debut album Man on the Moon: The End of Day. The MGMT-assisted track remains one of his biggest songs to date, peaking at No. 59 on the Billboard Hot 100 and earning…
The Making Of Travis Scott’s “CAROUSEL” With Hit-Boy
Travis Scott teamed up with Frank Ocean on “CAROUSEL,” the second track from his third studio album ASTROWORLD. It’s one of the project’s biggest hits, peaking at No. 24 on the Billboard Hot 100 with over 29 million Spotify streams to date. The song…
The Making Of Kid Cudi’s “Day ‘N’ Nite” With Dot Da Genius
Kid Cudi’s 2008 debut single “Day ‘N’ Nite” remains his highest charting song to date, peaking at No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100. Taken from the Ohio rapper’s groundbreaking mixtape A Kid Named Cudi, the track also served as the lead single from his…
The Making Of Post Malone’s “Stay” With WATT
Post Malone’s “Stay” is just one of many hits from his No. 1 sophomore album beerbongs & bentleys. It peaked at No. 17 on the Billboard Hot 100 in May, and has racked up 105 million Spotify streams to date. The song features co-production from ​WATT…
The Making Of BlocBoy JB & Drake’s “Look Alive” With Tay Keith
Memphis rapper BlocBoy JB scored his first hit with “Look Alive” featuring Drake. The collaboration peaked at No. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 in March and has raked in over 365 million Spotify streams to date. Produced by BlocBoy’s frequent…
The Making Of Lil Baby & Drake’s “Yes Indeed” With Wheezy
In late May, Quality Control rapper Lil Baby entered the Billboard 200 at No. 3 with his debut studio album Harder Than Ever, thanks in large part to the Drake-assisted single “Yes Indeed.” The Wheezy-produced track, which peaked at No. 6 on the…
The Making Of Juice WRLD’s “Legends” With Take A Daytrip
Chicago rapper Juice WRLD was deeply affected by the murder of his musical inspiration XXXTentacion in June, and expressed his feelings about the loss with a two-song EP titled Too Soon... The opening track “Legends” has struck a chord with fans…
The Making Of Migos’ “Gang Gang” With Kurtis McKenzie
Migos‘ No. 1 album Culture II has spawned over a dozen Billboard Hot 100 hits. One of those songs is “Gang Gang,” which peaked at No. 73 on the chart and has over 17 million Spotify streams to date. It features a vocal sample from pop singer Julia…
The Making Of J Balvin’s “Positivo” With Michael Brun
Colombian reggaeton singer J Balvin is one of the biggest Spanish-language artists to cross over into American pop music. His song “Positivo” was chosen as the theme song for World Cup coverage by American Spanish-language TV network Telemundo…
The Making Of Juice WRLD’s “All Girls Are The Same” With Nick Mira
Chicago rapper Juice WRLD continues to climb up the Billboard charts. His debut studio album Goodbye & Good Riddance reached No. 6 during its third week on the Billboard 200, propelled by the Top 10 single “Lucid Dreams.” The lead single “All Girls…
The Making Of Red Velvet’s “Bad Boy” With The Stereotypes
The name of K-pop girl group Red Velvet references the different sides of its sound. Whereas the “Red” side represents a youthful pop style, the “Velvet” side stands for its more sophisticated R&B leanings. The five-person act’s biggest…
The Making Of Lil Pump’s “ESSKEETIT” With CBMIX
Florida rapper Lil Pump and his close collaborator Smokepurpp are known for their catchphrase “Esketit!” In April, Pump flipped the ad-lib into a new song titled “ESSKEETIT” and scored his biggest hit since breaking through with “Gucci Gang.” The…
The Making Of Lil Skies’ “Welcome To The Rodeo” With Taz Taylor
Waynesboro, Pennsylvania rapper Lil Skies released his major label debut mixtape Life of a Dark Rose in January 2018, peaking at No. 10 on the Billboard 200. Aside from the singles leading up to its release, the most popular song on the project is…
The Making Of A$AP Ferg’s “Plain Jane” With Kirk Knight
Released as the first single from A$AP Ferg’s mixtape Still Striving in June 2017, “Plain Jane” eventually proved to be his biggest hit. The slow-burning track started taking off shortly after Still Striving’s August release, and continued to build…
The Making Of Chloe x Halle’s “Warrior”
Atlanta R&B duo Chloe x Halle released their debut album The Kids Are Alright in late March. One of the tracks, “Warrior,” doubles as a single from the soundtrack for the film A Wrinkle In Time. It has proven to be one of their most popular songs…
The Making of DMX’s “Get At Me Dog” With Dame Grease
DMX gave a glimpse into his 1998 debut studio album It’s Dark and Hell is Hot with the gritty lead single “Get At Me Dog” featuring Sheek Louch. The aggressive street anthem remains one of his biggest hits to this day, reaching No. 6 on the Hot Rap…
The Making Of Smokepurpp’s “123” With Murda Beatz
Smokepurpp and Murda Beatz joined forces last month for the release of Bless Yo Trap, a collaborative project featuring Lil Yachty, Offset, and A$AP Ferg. The project’s most prominent single has been “123,” a track that Smokepurpp previously broke…
The Making Of Lil Pump’s “i SHYNE” With Carnage
DJ and producer Carnage linked up with Lil Pump back in January for “i SHYNE,” the second single off his sophomore album Battered Bruised & Bloody. Since then, the Carnage-produced track has racked up an impressive 22 million Spotify streams and…
The Making Of Mura Masa’s ”What If I Go?
U.K. DJ and producer ​Mura Masa dropped his self-titled debut album last year, marking the culmination of several years of growing buzz and collaborations with high-profile artists. The album includes collaborations with A$AP Rocky, Charli XCX…
The Making of Migos, Cardi B & Nicki Minaj’s “MotorSport” With Murda Beatz
The anticipation for Migos‘ album Culture II was at an all-time high back in 2017, especially after the release of the lead single “MotorSport” with Nicki Minaj and Cardi B. The explosive track, which currently has over 173 million Spotify streams…
The Making Of Rich The Kid’s “Plug Walk” With TheLabCook
After breaking out with his Kendrick Lamar collaboration “New Freezer,” Rich The Kid scored his first Top 40 hit with “Plug Walk,” the third single off his debut album The World Is Yours. Along with Rich’s infectious chorus, “Plug Walk” instantly…
The Making Of Lil Pump’s “Designer” With Zaytoven
While Lil Pump climbed the charts last year with his breakout hit “Gucci Gang,” the official video stirred up controversy after news surfaced that it was shot in a Catholic elementary school. The Archdiocese of L.A. was furious with the school for…
The Making of Drake’s “Diplomatic Immunity” With Boi-1da
Drake has developed a reputation for dropping music without warning, starting with his 2015 mixtape If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late, and he’s continued to use the tactic in 2018. Back in January, the rapper shared his unexpected two-track EP…
The Making Of Travis Scott & Quavo’s “Modern Slavery” With Buddah Bless
Travis Scott and Quavo delivered their long-awaited album Huncho Jack, Jack Huncho this past December. One of the most memorable songs off the album is the opening banger “Modern Slavery,” which samples Otis Redding’s “Cigarettes and Coffee.” The…
The Making Of The Notorious B.I.G.’s “I Got A Story To Tell” With Buckwild
The Notorious B.I.G.’s legacy lives on through his clever wordplay and vivid imagery, and one great example of that is “I Got A Story To Tell.” The track appears on his final studio album Life After Death, which was posthumously released in March of…
The Making Of Chris Brown’s “Pills & Automobiles” With OG Parker, Smash David & The Martianz
Chris Brown already had a hit with his 2017 track “Pills & Automobiles” before releasing his eighth studio album Heartbreak On a Full Moon, which features a whopping tracklist of 45 songs. He also enlisted a slew of collaborators for the single…
The Making Of “Wakanda” With Ludwig Göransson
The highly-anticipated Black Panther film opens this week in theaters. The Kendrick Lamar-curated record titled Black Panther The Album, music from and inspired by the film, was released last week to positive reviews. But another important music…
The Making Of Trippie Redd’s “Dark Knight Dummo” With Honorable C.N.O.T.E.
After teasing snippets on Instagram, Trippie Redd dropped the zombie-filled video for “Dark Knight Dummo” featuring Travis Scott today. The single was initially released this past December, marking the first collaboration for the pair. The video…
The Making Of Lil Peep’s “Benz Truck” With Smokeasac
Lil Peep tragically passed away on Nov. 15th, 2017, at the age of 21. The Long Island rapper was considered a rising star, cultivating an online following for his unique blend of emo-rock and hip-hop. His legacy continues to thrive through his music…
The Making Of Lil Pump’s “Gucci Gang” With Bighead
Lil Pump became one of 2017’s biggest new rappers with his hit single “Gucci Gang,” which went platinum last month. The single topped the Billboard Hot 100 and became the shortest song to crack the Top 10, clocking in at two minutes and four seconds…
The Making Of Cardi B’s “Bartier Cardi” With Cheeze Beatz & 30 Roc
After “Bodak Yellow” dominated the charts and became a cultural phenomenon in 2017, the anticipation for Cardi B’s follow-up was high. She delivered her official second single “Bartier Cardi” with 21 Savage this past December, peaking at No. 18 on…
The Making of Kendrick Lamar’s LOVE.” With Teddy Walton
Kendrick Lamar’s DAMN. was one of the most acclaimed album releases of 2017, with all 14 tracks hitting Billboard’s Hot 100. With each song placing on the charts, it’s hard to deem any one track the major standout. But “LOVE.” feat. Zacari was a…
The Making of Bryson Tiller’s “Exchange” With Foreign Teck
Bryson Tiller first gained a following after sharing “Don’t,” a single off his 2015 debut T R A P S O U L that currently holds over 300 million Spotify streams. However, one of the album’s standout tracks “Exchange” also solidified the Louisville…
The Making of Jaden Smith’s “Fallen” With IQ
At the end of 2016, Jaden Smith gave fans an early preview of his 2017 debut album SYRE when he dropped the video for the first single “Fallen,” featuring an infamous vomiting scene set in a deserted Old West town. Over a year later, and the groovy…
The Making of Drake’s “The Motto” With T-Minus
Drake’s 2011 song “The Motto” featuring Lil Wayne remains a fan favorite more than five years after it was first released. Beyond catapulting the phrase “YOLO” into the stratosphere, “The Motto” stands as one of the biggest hits from the OVO boss…
The Making Of Drake’s “Passionfruit” With Nana Rogues
Drake scored a ton of hits from his March playlist More Life, but none were bigger than “Passionfruit.” The song peaked at No. 8 on the Billboard Hot 100 and was inescapable this spring, thanks in part to its laid back vibe courtesy of London-based…
The Making Of Kodak Black’s “No Flockin’” With VinnyxProd
Kodak Black’s 2014 track “No Flockin” helped put the Florida rapper on the map for the first time. Since then, it’s found a new—and even more popular—life as part of Cardi B’s No. 1 hit “Bodak Yellow.” “No Flockin” is produced by VinnyxProd, who got…
The Making Of YBN Nahmir’s “Rubbin Off The Paint” With Izak
Alabama teen YBN Nahmir scored a viral hit earlier this year with “Rubbin Off The Paint,” a song that has earned over 40 million YouTube views and 300,000 Genius pageviews since its release in August. Its popularity was first helped along by the (…
The Making Of Rich The Kid’s “New Freezer” With Ben Jayne
Rich The Kid’s “New Freezer” is already one of his most popular songs, thanks in part to a high-profile guest feature from Kendrick Lamar. The track is produced by New York-via-Rhode Island’s Ben Jayne, who is also known for his work with A$AP Ferg…
The Making of Logic’s “Take It Back” With 6ix
Logic’s May 2017 album Everybody includes the Top 10 hit “1-800-273-8255,” but the track’s producer 6ix laid down more than just one hot beat on the project. Logic works frequently with 6ix, who has handled at least one song on every one of Logic’s…
The Making of Everything Is Recorded’s “Close But Not Quite” With Richard Russell
XL Records label boss Richard Russell linked up with Sampha back in March for “Close But Not Quite,” the title track off Russell’s Close But Not Quite EP. Russell releases music under the moniker Everything Is Recorded. The XL boss recently sat down…
The Making Of DRAM’s “Broccoli” With J Gramm
DRAM scored a surprise hit in 2016 with “Broccoli,” the Lil Yachty-assisted lead single for his debut album Big Baby DRAM that was originally released as a SoundCloud loosie. The song gained popularity thanks in part to its distinctive, piano-driven…
The Making Of Post Malone’s “rockstar” With Tank God
Post Malone was already having a good year, filled with accolades and his Platinum debut album Stoney. His new single, the 21 Savage-assisted “rockstar” is well on its way to hitting more milestones, peaking at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100, in…
The Making of SZA’s “The Weekend” With ThankGod4Cody
SZA’s debut album Ctrl was one of the most anticipated albums of the year, and the project’s sixth track “The Weekend” took off immediately. Quickly grabbing everyone’s attention due to its subject matter, the song has over 31 million plays on…
The Making Of Denzel Curry’s “Ultimate” With Ronny J
Carol City, Fl. rapper Denzel Curry was already making a name for himself in 2016 but his breakout single “Ultimate” took his career to the next level. The track is huge by any metric, logging nearly 75 million Spotify streams, over 26 million plays…
Ness Breaks Down Kodak Black’s “Patty Cake”
Kodak Black’s Painting Pictures album is best known for its breakout single “Tunnel Vision,” but it quietly produced another hit, too: “Patty Cake.” The song only hit No. 76 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, but racked up over 36 million streams on…
London On Da Track Breaks Down “No Flag” Feat. Nicki Minaj, 21 Savage & Offset
London On Da Track recently linked up with Nicki Minaj, Offset, and 21 Savage for “No Flag,” his debut single as a solo artist. Since its release in late August, the track has already racked up nearly four million streams on Spotify. Although he’s…
The Making Of “Drowning” With Jahaan Sweet
Bronx rapper A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie has been bubbling for quite some time, but his biggest hit to date is the Platinum single “Drowning” featuring Kodak Black. With Jahaan Sweet handling production duties, the song has more than 107 million Spotify…
The Making Of Big Sean’s “No Favors” Feat. Eminem With WondaGurl
Big Sean dropped his fourth studio album I Decided. earlier this year, earning the Detroit rapper a No. 1 spot on the Billboard 200 chart. I Decided. includes the hit single “No Favors” featuring Eminem, which is produced by WondaGurl and…
The Making Of GoldLink’s “Crew” With Teddy Walton
DMV-based rapper GoldLink dropped his major label debut At What Cost in March and the album’s standout track is “Crew” featuring Shy Glizzy and Brent Faiyaz. The Teddy Walton-produced song has been streamed more than 31 million times on Spotify…
The Making Of “Believe” Feat. Lil Yachty & Quavo With A-Trak
A-Trak recently recruited Lil Yachty and Quavo for his new single “Believe,” which is quickly becoming a hit. The song has already racked up 1.6 million Spotify streams since it dropped two weeks ago and is one of the most popular songs on A-Trak’s…
The Making Of French Montana & Swae Lee’s “Unforgettable” With 1Mind
French Montana’s got a summer smash on his hands with the Swae Lee-featured “Unforgettable.” The track peaked at No. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 and currently has around 1.3 million views on Genius. It’s produced by Indianapolis production trio 1Mind…
The Making Of “Despacito” With Andrès Torres & Mauricio Rengifo
With a little help from Justin Bieber, Luis Fonsi, and Daddy Yankee’s “Despacito” rocketed to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 and has stayed there for an impressive nine weeks and counting. It even surpassed Eminem’s “Rap God” as the most popular…
The Making Of “Dipset Anthem” With Rsonist
Rsonist and Thrilla make up The Heatmakerz, a New York-based production duo who has worked with The Diplomats, Lil Wayne, Ghostface Killah and more. One of the duo’s most notable production credits is on The Diplomats' 2003 hit “Dipset Anthem.” At…
The Making Of Drake’s “Look What You’ve Done” With Chase N. Cashe
Drake’s sophomore album, Take Care, dropped over five years ago and includes one of the most poignant tracks of his career, “Look What You’ve Done.” It’s produced by Chase N. Cashe, with co-production from Drake’s right-hand Noah “40” Shebib, and…
The Making Of Lil Uzi Vert’s “XO Tour Llif3” With TM88
Lil Uzi Vert’s “XO TOUR Llif3” is one of the biggest songs of the year. Over production from JW Lucas and TM88, Uzi Vert rages about relationship troubles with his ex-girlfriend, Brittany Byrd, among other things. He premiered the track in London…
The Making Of Travis Scott’s “Antidote” With Eestbound
Travis Scott’s double platinum hit “Antidote” was never supposed to be on his long awaited debut album, Rodeo. “This is for the real fans; the real ragers! This is some vibes for the summer,” he posted to Soundcloud under the track’s description…
The Making Of Childish Gambino’s “Redbone” With Ludwig Göransson
Childish Gambino’s “Redbone,” the second single off of his Awaken, My Love! album, centers on the narrative of infidelity and paranoia. The track got a prominent placement in the opening moments of Jordan Peele’s record-breaking movie Get Out, too…
The Making Of Drake’s “Teenage Fever” With Hagler
Drake’s “Teenage Fever” is one of the standout tracks on his latest album, More Life, and rising Toronto producer Hagler is the man behind the beat. He’s worked A$AP Ferg, Ty Dolla $ign, Vince Staples and many other artists—and previously produced…
The Making Of Joey Bada$$ Feat. J. Cole’s “Legendary” With Statik Selektah
Longtime Joey Bada$$ collaborator Statik Selektah recently linked up with the Brooklyn MC once again for “Legendary,” a cut off Joey’s sophomore album ALL-AMERIKKKAN BADA$$. Statik Selektah invited Genius into his home studio to break down how the…
The Making Of Drake’s “Blem” With T-Minus
It’s been a minute since T-Minus was “making beats” but the elusive producer recently popped up on Drake’s More Life album with co-production on “Sacrifices” and solo credits on “Blem.” The two have worked together in the past on a slew of hits like…
The Making of Marian Hill’s “Down”
Philly songwriting duo Marian Hill’s 2016 single “Down” was first single off the duo’s debut album, Act One. It was featured in an Apple commercial for the new AirPods and has blown up in the weeks since. One half of the duo Jeremy Lloyd recently…
The Making Of Kehlani’s “Undercover” With Charlie Heat
Kehlani’s “Undercover” is a standout track off her major label debut album, SWEETSEXYSAVAGE. The Charlie Heat-produced track interpolates Akon’s 2007 hit “Don’t Matter.” The G.O.O.D. Music producer broke down how he came up with the slinky…
The Making of Clean Bandit’s “Rockabye”
Clean Bandit’s second single off of their forthcoming studio album is “Rockabye,” which features Sean Paul and British singer Anne-Marie. The song is an ode to single mothers and revolves around doing anything you can to provide for your child. Jack…
The Making Of Chance The Rapper’s “No Problem” With Brasstracks
Ivan Jackson and Conor Rayne are BrassTracks, a production duo based out of the Tri-State area who combine everything from funk and R&B to rap and electronic music. They’re the masterminds behind the production on Chance The Rapper’s Coloring Book…
The Making of D.R.A.M.’S “Cute” With Charlie Heat
Grammy nominated producer Charlie Heat signed to G.O.O.D. Music last year and has since produced for Kanye West, Vic Mensa, Pusha T, Kehlani and D.R.A.M.. His ethereal production on “Cute” attracted D.R.A.M. within seconds and eventually became the…
The Making Of “Perfect Strangers” With Jonas Blue
UK producer Jonas Blue stopped by Genius to deconstruct his tropical summer hit “Perfect Strangers,” which surprisingly takes subtle cues from hip-hop boardsmen like J Dilla and Mike WiLL Made It. Jonas recruited singer JP Cooper to hop on “Perfect…
The Making Of Rae Sremmurd’s “Black Beatles” With Mike Will Made-It
Rae Sremmurd’s “Black Beatles” is one of the standout tracks off of their recent album, Sremmlife 2. We met up with Mike WiLL Made-It at Tree Sounds Studios in Atlanta to break down the making of the song and find out how Gucci Mane ended up as a…
The Making Of Drake’s “Sneakin’” With London On Da Track
Drake’s More Life album is slated for a December release and he gave fans a peek at what to expect with his 21 Savage-collaboration, “Sneakin'.” The track is produced by London On Da Track, the Atlanta producer who has worked with most of your…
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