From Travis Scott to Lil Wayne, Producer Sevn Thomas Breaks Down His Biggest Records of 2018


Grammy-nominated producer Sevn Thomas is likely one of the most in-demand beatmakers in hip-hop at this time. 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 methods (Lover’s Choice and Love Choice International) the place they might 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 of 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 yr for Thomas, as he produced songs on 4 of the largest hip-hop albums of the yr: 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 yr I'm on the forefront with regards to my work. It’s time for me to take issues to the subsequent stage,” he tells Billboard.

Thomas sat with Billboard to talk about the 5 information he produced in 2018 and the deep connections he cast with the artists. Check out the dialog beneath.

Travis Scott – "WAKE UP" Featuring The Weeknd

[“WAKE UP”] was a type of issues the place concepts get repurposed. The intent was for it to be a Travis document 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 of them. I feel that's why it ended up this manner. That's considered one of my favourite information, it means lots 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 wonderful. Travis is at the moment considered one of my favourite artists, so you recognize what that meant to me. I’ve the utmost respect for Travis and his style and palette with regards to sonics, the sound of music and the place he's taking it. I used to be simply tremendous elated to be part of 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 considered one of my favourite beats I ever made. It's only a fucking heater, a slapper. It's positively one of many extra underrated information 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 of the album but. I really feel like it is going to be a type of information that creep up. I really feel prefer it’s most likely going to finish up being considered one of Travis' finest information ever. Shout out to Wallis Lane for collaborating with me on that one. It was one of many beats that have been actually particular.

I began it and I needed to reside with it for a minute, you recognize what I imply? I used to be strolling round, pacing to it, desirous about what I needed 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 totally different cases with me and Travis. I'll identify a beat one thing, it conjures up an concept after which it finally ends up being the tune title — which is loopy. I feel we’ve got an unstated synergy as a result of I truly by no means been within the studio with Travis earlier than so there should 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 challenge, it could be fucking insane. I truthfully really feel like we will take sonics and manufacturing and every little thing to an entire new stage if we did an entire challenge collectively.

Nicki Minaj – “Run & Hide” 

I did that with my brother Rex Kudo. That was simply a type of information that simply made itself. We have been up within the studio till like midnight from the evening earlier than as a result of that's normally 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 form of has a bounce the place you possibly can actually rap to it however I like what she did with the document as a result of it was actually smooth 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 a whole lot of DMX on the time, particularly, It’s Dark and Hell Is Hot and Flesh of My Flesh, Blood of My Blood. I used to be simply in that temper. I needed to reinterpret what I used to be listening to from X's music. I did that with my brother Dirtwork, I'm tremendous pleased with you. It's darkish and visceral. I really feel prefer it's a 2018 DMX form of document.

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

Jay-Z and Beyoncé – “FRIENDS”

That document proper there may be an anthem, you recognize 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 truly the captain of the manufacturing for that one. Much credit score to him letting me be concerned with that document. It was wonderful and it's a really particular document as a result of what it means to lots of people. It's a really relatable document lyrically and the sentiment behind it. A number of the younger girls that I do know attain out to me about that document telling me that's their favourite on the challenge.

The beat is difficult sufficient for the fellas on the market that recognize beats after which the women that hearken 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 part of all these huge information.