Studio Life

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Between producing Kendrick Lamar’s “HUMBLE.” and “DNA.” and dropping his Ransom 2 LP, Mike WiLL Made-It had a monster 2017. By the looks of it, he’s plotting an even bigger year in 2018.

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Whether it’s Migos’ upcoming album CULTURE 2 or solo material, Quavo stays working. Earlier this month, the Atlanta hook gawd hit the studio with three especially exciting names: Chance The Rapper, Childish Gambino and Lil Yachty. Quavo took to Instagram to share some footage from this recent star-studded session, though he made sure to mute the audio (for obvious reasons). Judging by the reactions in the room, however, Quavo, Chance, Bino and Lil Boat have been getting busy in the lab.

Of course, Quavo has already worked with Chance (“Familiar,” “I’m the One”) and Yachty (“Peek A Boo,” “Believe”) numerous times, but has yet to officially collaborate on music with his Atlanta co-star Donald Glover. It’s no secret Bino is a huge Migos fan.

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After recently dropping his Molotov album with Brooklyn rapper Saga, Thelonious Martin is back with another helping of production porn. In the latest episode of Mass Appeal‘s Rhythm Roulette series, the Chicago-via-New Jersey native hits up A1 Records on Manhattan’s Lower East Side and picks three records at random to test out his production chops. If you’ve heard any of his beats for guys like A$AP Rocky, Joey Bada$$ and Curren$y (dollar sign purely coincidental) over the last few years, you already know he’s good money.

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Who knows when (or even if) we’ll get a new album from Jay Z, but it looks like the Jigga Man recently got busy with one of the best producers doing it right now. Over the weekend, Zaytoven casually flexed up on Instagram by posting a studio selfie with Hov dubbed “JAYTOVEN.”

This is the first time Jay and Zay have worked together, and caps off what’s already been a highlight year for the veteran producer, who helped soundtrack the return of Mr. Zone 6, aka Gucci Mane.

Related: Miss Info Interviews Zaytoven


A$AP Rocky always seems to have a few surprise up his Dior sleeve. Last year’s At.Long.Last.A$AP album featured collaborations with Rod Stewart, M.I.A. and a little known English singer named Joe Fox. And for his upcoming third LP, it looks like Pretty Flacko is cooking up with another interesting cast of characters.

The Harlem rapper was recently pictured in the studio with producer Jim Jonsin (the guy behind “L$D,” as well as Lil Wayne’s “Lollipop” and Wiz Khalifa’s “On My Level”) and Lenny Kravitz, who needs no introduction. “@asaprocky album #3 Thankful for the great @lennykravitz stopping by… Stay Tuned,” Jonsin wrote on Instagram.

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Justin Timberlake and Pharrell will go down in history as one of the best tag-teams in pop music (shouts to Chad, too). And I say that purely off the strength of “Señorita” and “Like I Love You” (shouts to the Thornton boys). Of course, JT appeared on Skateboard P’s 2014 album G I R L, but it’s been 14 whole years the pair really locked themselves in the studio and made that magic happen.

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Well, there’s still no word on when The Life of Pablo will officially be released (or if it’s even finished), but it looks like Kanye West is cracking on with his second album of 2016, the tentatively titled Turbo Grafx 16 (named after his favorite gaming system as a kid). Last night Ye’s long-time barber Ibn Jasper snapped Yeezus in the lab with Kid Cudi, Plain Pat and Mike Dean. “TURBO GRAFX 16 day 1 #PABLo #MikeDean #CUDi #PlainPat,” he wrote. Let’s just hope there’s more “beautiful morning” and less “bleached asshole” on this new album.

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Kanye West’s Waves album is now less than two weeks away. After a much-publicized back-and-forth with Wiz Khalifa earlier this week, the rapper/producer/designer appears to be reaching out to a higher power for his new album. 2 Chainz took to Instagram on Friday night (Jan. 29) posting a photo in studio with Kanye, Mike Dean, A$AP Mob’s A$AP Bari, and…Kirk Franklin.

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After more than a year of legal (and potentially life-threatening) conflict, Lil Wayne and Birdman officially “kissed and made up,” as Rick Ross put it, at Miami’s club LIV last weekend. Clearly Wayne and Baby are wasting no time in getting back to business as the reunited pair where spotted in the studio with Yo Gotti last night. It’s unclear whether Weezy is still planning to sue Birdman and Cash Money, but let’s hope this means Tha Carter V is one step closer to being released.

Related: Lil Wayne & Birdman Bury the Hatchet: “It’s YMCMB For Life”

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And now for the best thing you’ll watch all day. Andy Milonakis was the only — and truly random — guest on Chief Keef’s new mixtape Sorry 4 The Weight, and here he is goofing around with Keef and Fredo Santana in the studio. With double cups on deck, the unlikely trio trade bars over a DP beat while Andy — in a Hawaiian shirt, which makes it all the more hilarious — explains how Chief Keef’s music makes 50 Cent and Wiz Khalifa sound like “business executives.”

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