THR Names Music's 35 Top Hitmakers
This story first appeared in the Feb. 15 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.
At 23, Michael Williams -- under the name Mike WiLL Made It -- broke out early in the Southern rap scene, sending beats to Gucci Mane and Rick Ross' Maybach Music Group label. Now, the Atlanta native is one of the genre's most in-demand maestros, thanks to his proven propensity for hit-ready rhythms. After early work with 2 Chainz and Waka Flocka Flame, Williams strutted onto the hip-hop and rap charts with the Meek Mill's Rick Ross-featuring "Tupac Back." Since, he's stuck around strong with Future's "Turn on the Lights," 2 Chainz and Drake's "No Lie", and Juicy J's "Bandz A Make Her Dance" with cameos by Lil Wayne and 2 Chainz -- all of which were certified gold last year. And when Kanye West was looking for the a beat to "Mercy," the Grammy-nominated track that became the lead single to his G.O.O.D. Music crew's Cruel Summer, he rang Williams to craft it and help rake in sales of more than 2 million.