Grammy-nominated producer Sevn Thomas is one probably the most in-demand beatmakers in hip-hop right this moment. Hailing from Toronto, Thomas grew up in a Jamaican family the place music consumed him. His uncle is dancehall artist Rappa Robert and each his dad and mom had their very own sound techniques (Lover’s Choice and Love Choice International) the place they’d battle one another and host events of their basement in Toronto.

Inspired by the music he heard, Thomas created a sound that blends a number of genres along with his signature Caribbean-inspired bounce. Under the steerage fellow Toronto producer Boi-1da, Thomas has garnered credit with notable artists together with Drake (“Pop Style,” “10 Bands”), Rihanna (“Work”) and Kehlani (“Get Like”). This has already been an enormous 12 months for Thomas, as he produced songs on 4 the most important hip-hop albums the 12 months: Travis Scott’s Astroworld, Jay-Z and Beyonce’s Everything is Love, Lil Wayne’s Tha Carter V and Nicki Minaj’s Queen.

Despite the large accolades, Thomas is much from having fun with his riches, as he’s planning greater issues within the coming months. “2019 will most likely be the 12 months I'm on the forefront in terms of my work. It’s time for me to take issues to the subsequent stage,” he tells Billboard.

Thomas sat with Billboard to discuss the 5 data he produced in 2018 and the deep connections he cast with the artists. Check out the dialog under.

Travis Scott – "WAKE UP" Featuring The Weeknd

“WAKE UP”] was one these issues the place concepts get repurposed. The intent was for it to be a Travis file regardless. Travis and The Weeknd have a extremely nice working relationship, so I really feel like they have been within the studio with one another and no matter made sense for every them. I feel that's why it ended up this fashion. That's one my favourite data, it means loads to me. The Weeknd and I come from the identical neighborhood in Scarborough, Ontario, in Toronto.

To share a second like that with him is superb. Travis is at present one my favourite artists, so what that meant to me. I’ve the utmost respect for Travis and his style and palette in terms of sonics, the sound music and the place he's taking it. I used to be simply tremendous elated to be a component that and to listen to the completed product, particularly the bridge the place Abel simply went loopy, I can’t clarify it.


That is unquestionably one my favourite beats I ever made. It's only a fucking heater, a slapper. It's positively one the extra underrated data on Astroworld, and I really feel like persons are so wrapped up within the album that they most likely haven't gotten to the second half the album but. I really feel like it will likely be one these data that creep up. I really feel prefer it’s most likely going to finish up being one Travis' finest data ever. Shout out to Wallis Lane for collaborating with me on that one. It was one the beats that have been actually particular.

I began it and I needed to dwell with it for a minute, what I imply? I used to be strolling round, pacing to it, excited about what I wished to do with it. I despatched it out and instantly heard one thing again. It's loopy as a result of this occurred in three completely different situations with me and Travis. I'll identify a beat one thing, it conjures up an concept after which it finally ends up being the track title — which is loopy. I feel we have now an unstated synergy as a result of I really by no means been within the studio with Travis earlier than so there have to be one thing that aligns us within the universe.

It's simply an unimaginable factor to be on the identical wave with out being close to one another. I really feel like if Travis and I have been to do a mission, it might be fucking insane. I truthfully really feel like we are able to take sonics and manufacturing and the whole lot to an entire new stage if we did an entire mission collectively.

Nicki Minaj – “Run & Hide” 

I did that with my brother Rex Kudo. That was only one these data that simply made itself. We have been up within the studio till like midnight from the night time earlier than as a result of that's often how we work — we binge work. Rex performed me a pattern and I reversed it, pitched it, transposed it and I simply constructed the entire beat round it and located the pocket. It simply labored completely. It sort has a bounce the place you possibly can actually rap to it however I like what she did with the file as a result of it was actually st and introspective.

Lil Wayne – “Let It Fly” Featuring Travis Scott 

I feel goes to be a slapper too. That one will resonate within the golf equipment and radio for a minute. I used to be listening to loads DMX on the time, particularly, It’s Dark and Hell Is Hot and Flesh My Flesh, Blood My Blood. I used to be simply in that temper. I wished to reinterpret what I used to be listening to from X's music. I did that with my brother Dirtwork, I'm tremendous proud you. It's darkish and visceral. I really feel prefer it's a 2018 DMX sort file.

That file means loads to me as a result of Wayne is one my favourite rappers all time. The finest rapper alive, really. It's actually particular to me as a result of it's a component Tha Carter collection. Growing up that collection meant loads to me. I really feel like I acquired Da Drought-era Wayne rapping on that shit. I acquired to evoke that out him prefer it motivated him to actually rap and do one thing complicated with it. Obviously, like I mentioned Travis is one my favorites, he simply sounds good on the whole lot in order that was an ideal marriage sound and sonics. Those two bodied that shit. I'm super-blessed and extremely favored to have the ability to put that file collectively.

Jay-Z and BeyoncĂ© – “FRIENDS”

That file proper there’s an anthem, what I imply? I personally really feel prefer it ought to've been the lead single however that's my very own private emotions Laughs]. Boi-1da was really the captain the manufacturing for that one. Much credit score to him letting me be concerned with that file. It was superb and it's a really particular file as a result of what it means to loads individuals. It's a really relatable file lyrically and the sentiment behind it. Quite a bit the younger ladies that I do know attain out to me about that file telling me that's their favourite on the mission.

The beat is tough sufficient for the fellas on the market that recognize beats after which the women that take heed to it and relate to the message. Obviously, Beyonce and Jay are the G.O.A.T.S. So like I mentioned, I really feel tremendous blessed and extremely favored to be a component all these large data.