Lil' C (record producer)

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Lil' C
Birth nameDarwin Cordale Quinn
Also known asC-Gutta
Born (1987-10-07) October 7, 1987 (age 35)
Jackson, Mississippi, U.S.
OriginAtlanta, Georgia, U.S.
GenresHip hop, R&B, pop
Occupation(s)Record producer, songwriter, rapper
Instrument(s)Keyboards, drums
Years active2001–present
LabelsGutta Muzik, Kobalt Music Group, Grand Hustle Records

Darwin Cordale Quinn (born October 7, 1987), known professionally as Lil' C (also known as C-Gutta), is an American hip hop record producer, songwriter, and rapper. He’s perhaps best known for producing Atlanta-based rapper Young Dro's 2006 debut single, "Shoulder Lean", which led to a deal with Grand Hustle Records. Quinn is also part of the record production team Smash Factory, alongside frequent collaborator Mars and Grand Hustle label-boss T.I.

Musical career[edit]

Quinn began producing hip hop beats as a means to make money and pay his bills. He embarked on this path at a young age, selling beats to classmates at the high school he attended. At fifteen, he was working in a studio that was housed under Hot 97.7 in Jackson, Mississippi, which is how he made a lot of connections in the music industry early on.[1]

At the age 17, Quinn produced the song "My Hood", for Young Jeezy, which was the third single from his debut album Let's Get It: Thug Motivation 101 (2005). He would later meet Jason Geter, the chief executive officer (CEO) of American rapper T.I.'s Grand Hustle Records. Geter flew Quinn out to Atlanta, Georgia on the day of the "I'm A King", music video shoot. Quinn took his keyboard with and went on to impress Geter with his skills. He gained major recognition in 2006, after producing "Shoulder Lean", from Grand Hustle artist Young Dro’s debut album Best Thang Smokin' (2006). It sold over 2 million ringtones, which led him to his first co-publishing deal with Warner Chappell Music and Grand Hustle at the age of 18.[2] In 2007, Quinn and T.I. formed a record production and songwriting team called The Smash Factory, alongside Lamar "Mars" Edwards of 1500 or Nothin'.[3][4]

In late 2014, Quinn produced the remix of "Heaven Knows" for the fifth season winner of The Voice, Tessanne Chin. "Heaven Knows (Remix)" was released as a single by Republic Records in November 2014. In early 2015, Quinn signed with Kobalt Music Group on a new Administration deal. Also in 2015, Quinn produced "Offset" for T.I. and Young Thug, which is included on the soundtrack to the film Furious 7.

Production discography[edit]

Singles produced[edit]

List of singles as either producer or co-producer, with selected chart positions and certifications, showing year released, performing artists and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
US Rap
US Pop
"My Hood"
(Young Jeezy)
2005 70 30 19 93 Let's Get It: Thug Motivation 101
"Shoulder Lean"
(Young Dro featuring T.I.)
2006 10 1 1 Best Thang Smokin'
"Rubberband Banks"
(Young Dro)
102 44 23
"Checkin My Fresh"
(Kia Shine featuring Young Dro and Maino)
2009 2000Shine
"Don't Do It"[5]
2010 Spodee
"Like That"[6]
2012 Trouble Man: Heavy Is the Head
"For the Road"
(Tyga featuring Chris Brown)
2013 115 39 Hotel California
"Wit' Me"
(T.I. featuring Lil Wayne)
80 27 non-album single
(Gunplay featuring Young Dro)
2014 MMG Priorities Vol. 3
"Heaven Knows (Remix)"[8]
(Tessanne Chin)
non-album single
"Love Suicide"[9]
(Tessanne Chin)
2016 non-album single
"I Think She Like Me"
(Rick Ross featuring Ty Dolla $ign)
2017 Rather You Than Me
2019 85 to Africa
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Other songs[edit]

List of non-single songs produced, co-produced and remixed by title, with performing artists and other credited producers, showing year released and album name
Title Year Artist(s) Album Co-producer(s)
"Gangsta" 2006 Young Dro Best Thang Somkin' none
"Who You Callin' A Bitch" Xtaci Grand Hustle Presents: In da Streetz Volume 4
"My Girl" Young Dro, T.I.
"Ready 4 War" Z-Ro, Lil' C, Archie Lee, Trae, Dougie, Lil B, Jay'Ton, 3–2, Dyno Slow, Loud and Bangin', Volume 3
"Raw" 2007 T.I. T.I. vs. T.I.P.
"On That Purp"[10] Big Kuntry King The Corporate Hustle
"Gone"[11] 2008 Ricco Barrino Respect the Hustle, Vol. 2
"In the Shower"[11] Young Dro, Ricco Barrino
"Porn Star" T.I., Ricco Barrino Paper Trail
"Boo"[12] 2009 8Ball & MJG, T.I.
"A-Town" DJ Drama, T.I., Young Dro, Sean P, Lonnie Mac Gangsta Grillz: The Album (Vol. 2)
"King on Set" T.I., Young Dro Music Inspired by More than a Game 1500 or Nothin'
"I Don't Know Y'all" Young Dro, Yung L.A. R.I.P. (I Killed That Shit)[13] none
"What They Do" 2010 8Ball & MJG, T.I. Ten Toes Down 1500 or Nothin'
"5th Dimension" B.o.B, Ricco Barrino B.o.B Presents: The Adventures of Bobby Ray B.o.B, T.I.
"Yeah" T.I., Lil Wayne Fuck a Mixtape none
"Yeah Ya Know" T.I. DJ Toomp
"Like So" none
"Bitch Who" T.I., Mac Boney
"How Life Changed" T.I., Mitchelle'l, Scareface No Mercy Emaydee
"Strip" T.I., Young Dro, Trey Songz none
"Like So" T.I.
"Much More" 2011 Future Dirty Sprite
"Follow Me Home"[14] Big Kuntry King, C-Gutta, Mitchelle'l Everything Big
"I Might Have to Go" T-Pain Prevolver T-Pain
"At the Top" Killer Mike Bang x3 none
"Pay Up"
"Cash Out"
"Soundtrack" Spodee No Pressure[15]
"Fire (Go Head)"
"Hard or Soft"
"Sunlight" Spodee, Mitchelle'l, B.o.B B.o.B
"Higher Learning" Young Jeezy, Snoop Dogg, Devin the Dude, Mitchelle'l TM:103 Hustlerz Ambition Emaydee
"Epic" B.o.B, Meek Mill, Playboy Tre E.P.I.C. (Every Play Is Crucial) none
"Good Luvin" Rashad Morgan Special Delivery
"Make You Say I"[16] 2012 Ricco Barrino Twenty 12 Play
"How It Looks" D.O.P.E. D.O.P.E.
"La Folie Des Grandeurs" Gizo Evoracci, Mitchelle'l Overdose
"Me, Myself, My Money" Iggy Azalea Glory
"Heart of a King" Dee 1, Rapper Big Pooh The Focus Tape
"MJ" B.o.B, Nelly Strange Clouds Unik
"Cruisin'" T.I. Trouble Man: Heavy Is the Head none
"Whatever I Want" Cash Out, French Montana Keisha
"Take 'Em Out" 2013 Young Dro Day Two
"Nope" Young Dro, T.I. 6 Mile JP, OG Whitehouse
"Got Damn" 2014 Doe B, Trae tha Truth, Young Dro D.O.A.T. 3 (Definition of a Trapper)
"Quintana, Pt. 2" Travi$ Scott, T.I. Days Before Rodeo Mike Dean, Southside, AudioKlique
"Complicated" Young Dro Black Label Mike Dupree
"I Know" Purple Label AudioKlique
"Get to It" Young Dro, Yung Booke
"Can't Stay" Ty Dolla $ign, T.I. Sign Language Mars
"I Need War" T.I., Young Thug G.D.O.D. II AudioKlique
"Real Nigga's Only" Doe B, B.o.B, T.I. none
"Make Me Somethin'" Rich Homie Quan, T.I., Young Dro, Spodee, Shad da God AudioKlique
"Puttin' In Work" Mitchelle'l, Trae, Young Dro, Doe B, 5Mics, Yung Booke none
"Check" T.I., Problem, Young Dro, Trae
"Money Money Money" Kap G LA Leakers & LRG Presents: Leaks of the Industry '14
"Nothing to Lose"[17] Spodee, Doe B, Yung Booke, Shad da God The B.I.D. Mars
"Off-Set" 2015 T.I., Young Thug Furious 7 (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) none
"Spillin Drank" Mitchelle'l
"I Know" DJ Frank White, Young Dro Cold World AudioKlique
"Black History" Young Dro Da Reality Show
"Power" Young Dro, Hollywood Luck
"Rolls Royce Weather Everyday" 2016 2 Chainz, Lil Wayne ColleGrove
"I Want Her" Bankroll Mafia, Shad da God, T.I., 21 Savage, Young Thug, Duke Bankroll Mafia Mars
"Light Show"[18] 5ive Mics MMC
"Can I" DJ Drama, Young Thug, T.I. Quality Street Music 2
"When the Going Gets Tough" 2017 T.I. SpongeBob SquarePants: Original Cast Recording
"Lesson Learned" 2020 Yung Baby Tate After the Rain
"Dos Mil 16" 2022 Bad Bunny Un Verano Sin Ti MAG, La Paciencia, MXV
"Double R Dreamin" 2023 Lecrae, Urstrulyxyz Church Clothes 4: Dry Clean Only Luke Crowder, Cody Hao Duan, Heath Jackson
"Can You Hear Me Now?" Lecrae, D Smoke Luke Crowder, Mike & Keys, Classified Alias


  1. ^ Spadine, Richard (April 3, 2009). "Behind the Booth: 5 Questions with Lil' C (aka C Gutta)". Retrieved March 28, 2020.
  2. ^ Chrism (March 28, 2009). "Interview with Lil C: Grand Hustle's Man Behind The Beats". KeepItTrill. Archived from the original on November 29, 2014. Retrieved November 22, 2014.
  3. ^ "Mars And Tip "Ti" Of The Smash Factory". YouTube. November 21, 2007. Retrieved March 28, 2020.
  4. ^ "T.I. Showin Some Of His Production Skills: T.I., Lil C & mars In The Smack Factory Studio Workin On Beats! | Video". May 13, 2009. Retrieved March 28, 2020.
  5. ^ "Don't Do It by Super Spodee on Apple Music". April 16, 2010. Retrieved March 28, 2020.
  6. ^ "ITunes - Music - Like That - Single by T.I." iTunes. Archived from the original on November 14, 2014. Retrieved June 2, 2015.
  7. ^ "Krazy (Feat. Young Dro) - Single by Gunplay on iTunes". iTunes. Archived from the original on March 5, 2016. Retrieved November 3, 2015.
  8. ^ "Heaven Knows (Remix) - Single by Tessanne Chin on Apple Music". November 18, 2014. Retrieved March 28, 2020.
  9. ^ "‎Love Suicide - Single by Tessanne Chin on Apple Music". February 19, 2016. Retrieved March 28, 2020.
  10. ^ "The Corporate Hustle Mixtape by Big Kuntry King, Slick Pulla Hosted by DJ Burn One". February 13, 2007. Retrieved March 28, 2020.
  11. ^ a b "Respect The Hustle, Vol. 2 Hosted by DJ Scream, DJ MLK, Free Mixtape Stream and Download!". September 27, 2008. Retrieved March 28, 2020.
  12. ^ "8Ball & MJG ft. T.I. - Boo | Listen". Archived from the original on December 16, 2014. Retrieved December 13, 2014.
  13. ^ "Young Dro - R.I.P. (I Killed That Shit) Hosted by DJ Don Cannon, Free Mixtape Stream and Download!". October 19, 2009. Retrieved March 28, 2020.
  14. ^ "Big Kuntry King - Everything Big Hosted by DJ MLK, DJ Scream, Free Mixtape Stream and Download!". Retrieved March 28, 2020.
  15. ^ "Spodee - No Pressure (Hosted By Don Cannon) Hosted by Grand Hustle, Free Mixtape Stream and Download!". Retrieved March 28, 2020.
  16. ^ "Ricco Barrino - Twenty 12 Play Hosted by DJ E.Sudd, Free Mixtape Stream and Download!". Retrieved March 28, 2020.
  17. ^ "Spodee - The B.I.D., Free Mixtape Stream and Download!". Retrieved March 28, 2020.
  18. ^ "MMC Mixtape by 5ive Mics". Retrieved March 28, 2020.

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