Stephen “Di Genius” McGregor gets Billboard recognition

Stephen “Di Genius” McGregor was among seven producers recognized by billboard for the significant increase of the dancehall a genre in recent times. ‘Di Genius’ was highlighted for his contribution to Drake’s smash hit, Controlla.

According to Billboard “Controlla,”is his highest-charting credit that grew from a group session at Miami’s Circle House Studio with Supa Dups and OVO producers including Boi-1da. “Me and Boi-1da got into a room together, and made a ton of tracks — maybe five, six beats,” he recalls. “When we made the beat for ‘Controlla,’ I remember he put it aside and said, ‘I think Drake is gonna like this one.” Said McGregor.

Now based in Miami, McGregor has added Ne-Yo, Estelle, Nelly Furtado, Lianne La Havas and Shakira to his client list, while remaining one of dancehall’s most sought-after rhythm makers.

Dwayne ‘Supa Dups Chin-Quee, founder of Black Chiney Sound System, is also listed by Billboard in reference to his contribution to Controlla.

Boi-1d the “Best I Ever Had” beatmaker, who moved to Toronto from Jamaica at age three, added another feather to his OVO cap this year as Rihanna’s “Work,” co-produced with Sevn Thomas, Allen Ritter, Kuk Harrell and Noah “40” Shebib, spent nine weeks atop the Hot 100, the singer’s longest-reigning No. 1.

Nineteen85 and Sevn Thomas were also recognized by Billboard as having contributed to the re-introduction of dancehall to mainstream pop charts. They are of Jamaican descent, but they reside in Canada.

Twenty Nine year Old Norwegian producer Cashmere Cat, who lists Alkaline and Tommy Lee as his favourite contemporary dancehall artistes, and Jr Blender from Germany completes the list for his role in 2016 Hits;Tory Lanez, “LUV”; Kanye West, “Wolves”

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