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The second week of May means the summer months are creeping closer, and we all know nice weather usually brings about some quality rap records (at least a few). As such, Hip-Hop Wired’s “Beatmakers series is back with a new round of names behind the music that you should know.

Diversity is ultimate game  plan so for the May edition, Beatmakers ventured beyond rap and into the  new musical sub-genre that doesn’t exactly fit into the traditional R&B box.

Featured right alongside one of Gucci Mane’s producers is the instrumentalists behind some of SZA’s soothing sounds. And since the business of betaking isn’t just about snatching the big names (although we have some of them on the list too). There’s something to be said for the producers who help an up-and-coming artist build a sound, and the true multi-talents who write, produce, and perform their own music.

Featured among our round up are a sprinkling of different people, including an NYU graduate, a budding rap star from the Bay Area, and the duo behind Jhené Aiko “The Worst.”

Take a look at five producers you should know in the gallery below.

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