This year, we’re celebrating an extended Black History Month by highlighting a variety of rising artists who are creating history before our very eyes. Mike WiLL Made-It has certainly engrained himself in musical history throughout the 2010’s—and not just within hip-hop. The Atlanta producer has expanded the sound of rap music while collaborating with some of the biggest names in pop.
Since his early days crafting beats for Gucci Mane and taking off in 2012 with G.O.O.D. Music’s “Mercy,” Mike WiLL (real name: Michael Williams II) has made his infamous “Mike WiLL Made-It” imprint the intro to a slew of radio bangers. From Rihanna’s “Pour It Up” to Juicy J’s “Bandz a Make Her Dance,” from Future’s “Move That Dope” to Miley Cyrus’ “We Can’t Stop,” Mike WiLL has helmed smashes both sinister and celebratory—and unlike other producers, his style can never be pigeonholed.
Mike WiLL Made-It has spent the past year helping score hits for artists like Rae Sremmurd and Big Sean, while also bolstering his rising solo work. He’s one of the defining producers of the first half of this decade, and for Mike WiLL, the second half will be just as prosperous.