The producer behind Blueface‘s “Thotiana” explains how he made the track on a new episode of Genius’ Deconstructed. The breakout hit reached No. 9 on Billboard’s Hot 100, and the Cardi B and YG remix is currently No. 14 on DJcity’s Hot Box chart.
In the video, Scum Beatz talks about going to high school with Blueface in Santa Clarita, California. He then breaks down the process of producing the hit song. Scum also calls Blueface to talk about their favorite “Thotiana” remixes, then gives viewers a sneak peak of the beat for “Thotiana Pt. 2.”
In 1999, New Orleans rapper Juvenile burst onto the national scene with his raunchy club anthem, “Back That Azz Up.” The track, which was produced by the legendary Mannie Fresh, introduced New Orleans bounce music to the world. It peaked at No. 19 on Billboard’s Hot 100 and has remained a staple in DJ sets throughout the years.
With the 20th anniversary of “Back That Azz Up” this month, Mannie sat down with Genius to discuss the making of the track. He also talked about his background and approach to producing.
“[‘Back That Azz Up’] stood the test of time,” Mannie said. “I don’t see it going nowhere.”
“The way I produce is definitely from a club DJ’s perspective,” Mannie added. “I like it when people dance; I like it when they move. And I notice certain sounds, the way certain drops happen in songs, and [how] the way [producers] format [them] [make] a difference on the dance floor.”
The producers of Ariana Grande‘s hit single “thank u, next” have explained how they made the track on a new episode of Genius’ Deconstructed. The song peaked at No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 (currently No. 2) and was the eighth most-downloaded song of November on DJcity.
In the video, Los Angeles-based duo Social House and multiplatinum producer and songwriter TBHits begin by recalling when they knew the song would be a hit. They then discuss how they came up with the vibe for the track before breaking it down in Pro Tools.
TBHits, aka Tommy Brown, has frequently collaborated with Ariana since 2013. He helped produced her singles such as “Let Me Love You” featuring Lil Wayne, “better off,” and “Be Alright.” He has also worked with artists like DJ Khaled, Chris Brown, and Jennifer Lopez.
Social House is made up of Michael “Mikey” Foster and Charles “Scootie” Anderson. They’ve worked with the likes of Chris Brown and J Lo, too, and are also recording artists themselves. Last Summer, the duo released their debut single “Magic In The Hamptons” featuring Lil Yachty.
Grammy-nominated producer Phonix Beats has explained how he made J. Cole‘s 2014 hit “No Role Modelz” on a new episode of Genius’ Deconstructed. The single, which has been certified platinum, peaked at No. 36 on Billboard’s Hot 100. It’s the highest-charting single from Cole’s standout album, 2014 Forest Hills Drive.
In the video, Phonix Beats recalls how he got connected with J. Cole then breaks down his process of making the track in Reason.
Swedish DJ/producer Alesso dropped his catchy, dancehall-influenced single “REMEDY” in late August. The song has since accumulated over 56 million streams on Spotify and more than 40 million views on YouTube.
Now, the 27-year-old has explained how he produced the track on the latest episode of Genius’ Deconstructed.
Alesso begins by discussing his inspiration for the track and then breaks down its elements in Logic Pro X.
In the video, Boi-1da and Jahaan recall how the collab came together then take turns explaining their contributions to the beat.
The two have collaborated in the past on tracks such as Drake‘s “Duppy Freestyle” and THE CARTERS’ “FRIENDS.” Both have also previously appeared on Deconstructed (Boi-1da in 2018 and Jahaan last 2017).
“Lucky You” is the highest-charting single from Eminem’s tenth studio album, Kamikaze. It peaked at No. 6 on Billboard’s Hot 100 and has reached the top 10 in over a dozen countries.
New York-based production duo Take A Daytrip have explained how they co-produced Sheck Wes‘ breakout hit “Mo Bamba” on a new episode of Genius’ Deconstructed.
Take A Daytrip, which is made up of Denzel Baptiste and David Biral, is best known for producing Juice WRLD‘s “Legends.” They’ve also worked with A-Trak, 6LACK, and PnB Rock. On “Mo Bamba,” they teamed up with Ohio-based rapper and producer 16yrold.
Released in June 2017, “Mo Bamba” went mostly under the radar until early 2018 when Wes signed a joint deal with Travis Scott’s Cactus Jack records and Kanye West’s G.O.O.D. Music. The track, which was included in the May edition of DJcity Trends, surged in popularity in June when basketball player Mo Bamba was drafted to the NBA. In September, the song debuted at No. 82 on Billboard’s Hot 100 and has quickly risen to its current peak of No. 42.
In the video, Baptiste and Biral recall how the collaboration came together and how they came up with the ominous beat. They then break down the track’s elements in Logic Pro X.
After breaking down Kid Cudi’s “Day ‘n’ Nite” in August, Genius’ Deconstructed series has returned to examine another one of the Cleveland rapper’s anthems. This time, they enlist Brooklyn producer E.VAX to explain how he made Cudi’s 2009 hit “Pursuit of Happiness” featuring MGMT and Ratatat.
Speaking with Genius, E.VAX recalls how he connected with Cudi then breaks down the different elements of the track.
“Pursuit of Happiness” was released in 2009 as the third single from Cudi’s debut studio album, Man on the Moon: The End of Day. The track peaked at No. 59 on Billboard’s Hot 100 and has been certified four-times platinum. Steve Aoki‘s remix of it has remained a staple in DJ sets.
E.VAX is best known as one half of the electronic rock duo Ratatat. He has produced tracks for JAY-Z and Nas and has three production credits on Cudi and Kanye West‘s KIDS SEE GHOSTS album (“Feel the Love” featuring Pusha T,” “Fire,” and “Reborn”).
Fraud talks about his inspiration for the song, then discusses his philosophy behind making beats as he breaks down the track in Pro Tools.
Best known for his sample-heavy East Coast sound, Fraud is one of French Montana’s most frequent collaborators. He produced French’s breakout single “Shot Caller” in 2009 as well as his 2017 single “A Lie” featuring The Weeknd and Max B. Fraud has also worked with artists like A$AP Rocky, Rick Ross, and Wiz Khalifa.
“New Thang” is featured on the Uncle Drew movie soundtrack. The song is French and Remy’s first collab since they appeared on Fat Joe‘s 2016 anthem, “All the Way Up.”