The record producer is in charge of the sound in a song. They polish and finetune a concept until it becomes a musical diamond. There are many big-name producers in the game, as well as trailblazers, and yes, these include numerous Latinxs.
We aim to uncover and share Latinx achievements all of them. So let us teach you a thing or two about the best Latinx producers in the game. There are several Latinxs who have created hit after hit, those songs you bump and know all the words to. We are going to share 15 such music producers, a little bit about them, and what songs they’ve produced. Be sure to share the knowledge so others can be proud of these massive Latinx musical achievements!
The first mega-producer we are going to highlight is Cubano Emilio Estefan. When the Miami Sound Machine, fronted by singer Gloria Estefan dropped the classic hit, “Conga,” produced by Emilio, the world went wild for the blend of Latin sounds and English lyrics.
Some other songs Emilio Estefan has produced:
– “Rhythm is Gonna Get You” by Miami Sound Machine
– “Amor a la Mexicana” by Thalia
– “No Me Ames” by Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony
– “Fruta Fresca” by Carlos Vives
In the 2000s, you couldn’t listen to reggaeton without hearing at least one hit jam produced by the duo Luny Tunes. Made up of Francisco Saldaña (Luny) and Víctor Cabrera (Tunes), the Dominican stars are the geniuses behind one of the genre’s biggest hits, “Gasolina” by Daddy Yankee.
Some other songs Luny Tunes has produced:
– “Lo Que Paso, Paso” by Daddy Yankee
– “Rakata” by Wisin Y Yandel
– “Te He Querido, Te He Llorado” by Ivy Queen
– “Alocate” by Zion
Puerto Rican producer Haze, born Egbert Rosa Cintrón, is the mastermind behind the hit Anuel AA song, “Amanece.” He also won a Latin Grammy for his production work on Yandel’s “Encantadora.”
Some other songs Haze has produced:
– “Hola” by Zion y Lennox
– “Dangerous” by Yandel
– “Otra Cosa” by Daddy Yankee and Natti Natasha
– “Mi Religion” by Yandel
Next, on our list of Latinx producers you should know is J.U.S.T.I.C.E. (Just Undeniably Some of The Illest Composers Ever) League. Made up of Erik “Rook” Rodriguez, and Kevin “Colione” Crowe, they won a Grammy in 2006 for producing Mary J. Blige’s The Breakthrough.
Some other songs J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League has produced:
– “By Myself” by Trina
– “Aston Martin Music” by Rick Ross, Ft. Drake, and Chrisette Michelle
– “F.A.M.E.” by Young Jeezy, Ft. T.I.
– “Addicted to Money” by Lil Scrappy, Ft. Ludacris
A.B. Quintanilla III
We know Selena Quintanilla Perez wasn’t the only star in her family. There was her older sister Suzette who played drums in Los Dinos, and A.B., who played bass and provided backing vocals in the band. He also wrote and produced some of Selena’s biggest hits, including “Como La Flor.”
Some other songs A.B. Quintanilla III has produced:
– “Amor Prohibido” by Selena
– “Mi Gente” by Kumbia Kings, Ft. Ozomatli (co-produced)
– “No Me Queda Mas” by Selena
– “Bidi Bidi Bom Bom” by Selena
Cool & Dre
Marcello “Cool” Antonio Valenzano and Andre “Dre” Christopher Lyon are the duo behind Cool & Dre. Hailing from Miami, they are best known for their work with rapper Fat Joe, including his hit with Remy Ma, French Montana, and Infrared “All the Way Up.”
Some other songs Cool & Dre has produced:
– “Say I” by Christina Milian, Ft. Young Jeezy
– “Hate It or Love It” by The Game, Ft. 50 Cent
– “New York” by Ja Rule, Ft. Fat Joe, and Jadakiss
– “Holla at Me” by DJ Khaled, Ft. Lil Wayne, Paul Wall, Fat Joe, Pitbull, and Rick Ross
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Pumpkin was a legendary music producer, of Afro-Costa Rican/Afro-Panamanian descent, and known as the King of the Beat. Born Errol Eduardo Bedward, Pumpkin was right there at the beginning of hip-hop, working with OG artists such as Treacherous Three, Grandmaster Caz, Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde, and Spoonie Gee, from 1979 to 1984.
Andres Torres & Mauricio Rengifo
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Andres Torres and Mauricio Rengifo produced a little hit you may have heard of called “Despacito.” The Colombia natives have also stayed busy working with artists including Sebastian Yatra, Nacho, and Juanes.
Some other songs Andres Torres and Mauricio Rengifo have produced:
– “Echame La Culpa” by Demi Lovato and Luis Fonsi
– “Me Llamas (Remix)” by Piso 21, Ft. Maluma
– “Tracionera” by Sebastian Yatra
– “Robarte Un Beso” by Carlos Vives and Sebastian Yatra
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Domingo Padilla, simply known in the music world as Domingo, is a Latinx producer from Brooklyn. He has worked with a range of artists, from Amy Winehouse to Big Pun and Shaquille O’Neal.
Some songs Domingo has produced:
– “1st of Da Month (Remix)” by Bone Thugs N Harmony
– “Coast 2 Coast (Suavemente)” by Angie Martinez, Ft. Wyclef Jean
– “Major Game” by Guru
– “Certified Official” by Dilated Peoples
DVLP, (a.k.a Develop), is a music producer, born Bigram John Zayas in New York. The Latinx produced over 25 songs for rapper Lil Wayne and has worked with other artists, within several different genres, including pop, hip-hop, and rock.
Some songs DVLP has produced:
– “Celoso” by Lele Pons
– “Rap God” by Eminem
– “Indecente” by Anitta
– “Get It Started” by Pitbull, Ft. Shakira
Mexicano Aleks Syntek (born Raul Alejandro Escajadillo ) is a known singer and songwriter, but did you know that he is also a producer? He has produced several albums, including his own 1994 Mas Fuerte de Lo Que Pensaba.
Some albums Aleks Syntek has produced:
– “Sexo, Pudor, y Lagrimas” soundtrack
– “Me Cuesta Tanto Olvidarte” by Ana Torroja
– “Ponte Atento” by Caló
DJ Nelson, born Nelson Diaz Martinez, is a Puerto Rican music producer. He has played a big role in the popularization of reggaeton, producing hits such as Ivy Queen’s “Dile” (which he co-produced).
Some albums DJ Nelson has produced:
– “En Mi Imperio” by Ivy Queen
– “The Original Rude Girl” by Ivy Queen
– “Bien Guillao de Gangster” by Don Chezina
– “Broke & Famous” by Ñejo & Dalmata
Nely “El Arma Secreta”
Nely “El Arma Secreta,” born Josias Gabriel de la Cruz, is a Puerto Rican-born Dominican producer, who has worked with artists including Daddy Yankee, Nicky Jam, and Don Omar.
Some albums Nely has produced:
– “Barrio Fino” by Daddy Yankee
– “Motivando a la Yal” by Zion y Lennox
– “King of Kings” by Don Omar
– “Golden” by Romeo Santos
Sergio George is a legendary Nuyorican music producer, who has worked with other legends, such as Celia Cruz, Marc Anthony, and Tito Puente. The genres he has worked in are salsa, bachata, and Latin pop.
Some songs Nely has produced:
– “Stand By Me” by Prince Royce
– “Te Vas a Arrepentir” by La India
– “Mi Mayor Sacrificio” by Tito Nieves, Ft. Marco Antonio Solis
– “Historia de Taxi” by Ricardo Arjona, Ft. Marc Anthony
DJ Luian & Mambo Kingz
The next Latinx producers we are going to highlight are DJ Luian (Luian Malave Nieves) and Mambo Kingz (Edgar and Xavier Samper).
Some songs they have produced:
– “MIA” by Bad Bunny, Ft. Drake
– “Baila, Baila, Baila (Remix)” by Ozuna, Daddy Yankee, Farruko, J Balvin, and Anuel AA
– “Amor Genuino” by Ozuna
– “Curarme” by Prince Royce, and Manuel Turizo