In a world where new producers pop up by the minute, legacy is everything.
Making a name for yourself and ensuring that you are remembered forever by millions should be the aspiration for every great musician. The “Legacy Project” is GQ’s way of highlighting and celebrating musicians as well as entertainers who have made the most noise in the past twelve months.
The list includes artistes like Stevie Wonder, Pharrell and Nas, legends in their own respective genres. Also on the list are newcomers like iLoveMakonnen and Young Thug. Among all the musicians listed though, is our very own Diplo.
As the head of the Mad Decent label, figurehead and headliner of the accompanying Mad Decent Block Party, as well as a collaborator with bass guru Skrillex in Jack Ü, Diplo has definitely proven himself in the past year to be a significant figure within EDM itself and in music culture in general. The DJ/producer is credited with productions on many of the top pop star’s tracks, including Usher, Chris Brown and Beyoncé and will be releasing new Major Lazer material this year as well.
The music world is still the most innovative, energising, and eclectic slice of the American-pop-culture pie. But what artists should a man actually be listening to right now? And who will we still be listening to ten, twenty, and even fifty years from now? As the 2015 Grammys approach, we take a look at the music makers who, this year, left something lasting behind.
Also on the list is lesser known producer, but no less important, James Blake.
Here’s the full list:
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