Earlier this week, RCA Records, in partnership with TDE, unveiled the full tracklist for Ctrl, which boasts guest features from Kendrick Lamar, Travis Scott, Isaiah Rashad and James Fauntleroy, but the production credits were not immediately made available.
We wanted to fix that.
Just as we've done for Logic (Everybody), SZA's labelmate Kendrick Lamar (DAMN.) and countless others, below you will find a complete breakdown of every producer whose behind-the-boards skill sets complimented the musical talents of the 26-year-old artist born Solána Imani Rowe.
Editors Note: Additional credits will be added to this list prior to the album's release, as we have been informed by SZA that the listing we were provided is not complete.
Antydote aka Scum (@TheAntydote)
Credits:"Supermodel" / "Drew Barrymore" / "Prom" / "Go Gina" / "Anything" / "Pretty Little Birds" / "20 Something"
An up-and-coming producer from Chattanooga, Tennesse, Antydote has worked on a total of 21 TDE records over the past three years. In addition to contributing seven tracks to SZA's formal debut, the producer also known as Scum has worked behind the boards on Kendrick's "Complexion (A Zulu Love)," Isaiah Rashad's "Shot You Down," SZA's "Drew Barrymore" and Ab-Soul's "Portishead in the Morning / / / HER World," among countless others. Antydote has also produced four records for TDE affiliate Kembe X.
Credit: "Garden (Say It Like Dat)"
Formerly known as Danny Keyz (born Daniel Tannenbaum), Bēkon is a veteran Jack of all trades, racking up writing, arrangement, production, vocal and instrumentation credits over the course of his nine-year career. Bēkon recently contributed on eight tracks on Kendrick Lamar's DAMN. (“Blood,” “Yah,” “Element,” “Pride,” “XXX,” “Fear,” “God,” and “Duckworth”), but before connecting with TDE, he earned credits on works by Eminem (Recovery), Fabolous (Loso's Way), Dr. Dre ("Kush"), Pink ("The Truth About Love") and Snoop Dogg (Doggumentary), among others.
Cam O'Bi (@iamCam)
Credit: "Doves In The Wind"
Las Vegas producer Cam O'Bi has made a name for himself over the past three years by working with a who's who list of up-and-coming emcees, particularly the biggest names from Chicago: Chance The Rapper ("No Problem"), Vic Mensa ("Orange Soda"), Noname ("Diddy Bop), Mick Jenkins ("Comfortable"), Saba ("Church / Liquor Store") and Towkio ("Free Your Mind"). When Cam isn't busy crafting beats for Chi-Town's finest talent, the 27-year-old has been in the studio with Dreamville (he produced J. Cole's "High For Hours" and Bas' "Too High to Riot"), Big Sean ("Living Single" and two tracks on TWENTY88) and Lil Wayne ("You Song"). O'Bi is currently working on his debut album, which will house a final version of the previously leaked "Grown Ass Kids" with Chance, Mick and Alex Wiley.
Carter Lang (@carterplaysbass)
Credits: "Love Galore" / "Drew Barrymore" / "Prom," / "Go Gina" / "Normal Girl" / "Pretty Little Birds" / "20 Something"
Carter Lang's name might not ring a bell, but you've heard plenty of the Chicago producer and multi-instrumentalist's work over the past four years. In addition to helping to craft SZA's first two singles on Ctrl—"Drew Barrymore" and "Love Galore"—Lang, a former member of The O'My's, contributed synth bass and organ on Rihanna's "Consideration" (featuring SZA), production work on several tracks on Donnie Trumpet's Surf, and an assortment of credits, ranging from fellow TDE artists Isaiah Rashad ("Brenda") and Lance Skiiwalker ("Attraction") to local Chicago talent like Jamila Woods ("Holy"), Joey Purp ("GODBODY") and Alex Wiley ("Top of the World").
Frank Dukes (@FrankDukes)
Frank Dukes (born Adam King Feeney) is no stranger to a high profile tracklist. To date, the GRAMMY award winning Torontonian has received credits for his work with Drake ("Fake Love"), Kanye West ("Real Friends"), Future ("Mask Off"), Frank Ocean ("Chanel") Rihanna ("Needed Me"), Post Malone ("Congratulations") and Young Thug ("Pick Up The Phone")—and that's just in the past two years. Since co-producing Tinashe's "Stunt" in 2013, Dukes has earned more than 40 total album placements. Recently, the 33-year-old expanded has production reach by working with pop artists such as ZAYN ("Still Got Time"), Lorde ("Green Light") and Cashmere Cat ("Trust Nobody").
Greg Landfair Jr. (aka Stix) (@stixjams)
In addition to his duties as a drummer for SZA, Greg Landfair, Jr.—also known by his moniker Stix—is the current drummer for Chance The Rapper as a member of The Social Experiment collective and a former member of Chicago indie band Kids These Days. Beyond instrumentation, the Chicago-based Stix is a DJ and producer with production credits on Chance’s Coloring Book (“Mixtape”) and KAMI’s Light (“Still Alive”), along with Ctrl opener “Supermodel.”
Josef Leimberg (@IronWorxPro)
Credit: “Pretty Little Birds”
Los Angeles native Josef Leimberg should be familiar to long-term DJBooth readers, as we interviewed the producer, lyricist and trumpet player two years ago following his work on To Pimp a Butterfly (“How Much a Dollar Cost,” “You Ain’t Gotta Lie”) as the then-mysterious other half of LoveDragon with Terrace Martin. Despite the lack of widespread name recognition, Leimberg has worked with a wealth of talented musicians in a career that stretches back to the early ‘90s, including Snoop Dogg, Erykah Badu, Dr. Dre, Big K.R.I.T. and more. In 2016, he released his debut full-length,Astral Progressions. Prior to his contribution on “Pretty Little Birds,” Leimberg and SZA previously collaborated on “Sobriety.”
Credit: “Wavy (Interlude)”
Out of all 10 names on this list, Lukasz “Prophit” Plas was the most difficult to pin down. A search for him and James Fauntleroy—who is featured on the “Wavy” interlude Prophit is credited on—reveals he engineered and mixed the entirety of Fauntleroy’s 2014 project The Warmest Winter Ever. Prophit is connected to Fauntleroy through his 1500 or Nothin’ collective, he recently produced a record for Kehlani (“Act a Fool”), and in-studio flicks with SZA dating at least back to February 2015 suggest a longstanding working relationship between the pair.
Terrace Martin (@terracemartin)
Credit: “Pretty Little Birds”
Though he only contributes production on one record from Ctrl, Terrace Martin is a GRAMMY Award-winning artist, producer and multi-instrumentalist whose name and career demands respect. Bridging the worlds of hip-hop and jazz, Martin has helmed a successful solo career (his 2016 album Velvet Portraits was nominated for a GRAMMY for Best R&B Album), was one of the key architects of To Pimp a Butterfly’s genre-blending sound, and has contributed on some of the biggest releases of the last half-decade (Travis Scott’s Rodeo, YG’s Still Brazy and My Krazy Life, Big K.R.I.T.’s Cadillactica). The frequent TDE collaborator has assisted on all four of Kendrick’s albums, Jay Rock’s Follow Me Home and Ab-Soul’s These Days…, and previously remixed SZA’s Chance-assisted “Child’s Play.”
Credits: “Love Galore” / “The Weekend” / “Broken Clocks” / “Wavy (Interlude)”
Though not much can be found online about LA-based Memphis native ThankGod4Cody, the producer has the spotlight on him after contributing to both of the album’s pre-release singles (“Love Galore,” “Broken Clocks”). With four credits in total, TG4C will effectively double his publicly available discography, which also includes past SZA loosies “Sobriety” and “twoAM” and Jay Rock’s “Easy Bake,” notably.