T-Minus (record producer)

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T-Minus
Background information
Birth name Tyler Williams
Also known as T-Minus
Born (1988-02-25) February 25, 1988 (age 29)
Ajax, Ontario, Canada
Genres
Occupation(s)
Instruments
Years active 2006–present
Associated acts

Tyler Williams (born February 25, 1988), professionally known as T-Minus, is a Canadian record producer from Ajax, Ontario. He has produced for artists such as Nicki Minaj, Beyoncé, Ciara, Drake, T.I., ASAP Rocky, Plies, LeToya Luckett, Birdman, Lil Wayne, Wale, August Rigo, Justin Bieber, Slaughterhouse and Ludacris among others. He was notably on hiatus from producing secular music from 2013-2016,[1] though his older beats were put to use sporadically until he returned to the music scene in 2017.

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Early life[edit]

T-Minus first started experimenting with music as a student at Pickering High School. "I’ve always loved music," he says. "I used to play the drums, so I’ve always been interested in music in that way." After sitting at the drum kit for a few years, he decided to try making his own rhythms, so he downloaded a digital audio workstation program called Fruity Loops when he was 15 years old and was soon creating entire songs.[2]

Artistry[edit]

"I’m just taking things to a new place as far as music goes. I don’t want to go to the same route that I was going to before so far as how everything sounds, how everything sits in your ears... I’m going back to the roots of R&B, mid-’90s, from hearing a Timbaland record, an Aaliyah, something from Blackground Music, for example. When the music had so much emotion."[3]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Result
2011 Grammy Awards Best Rap Solo Performance ("Ludacris - How Low") Nominated
2013 Grammy Awards Best Rap Song ("Drake featuring Lil Wayne - The Motto") Nominated
2014 Grammy Awards Album of the Year (Kendrick Lamar - Good Kid M.a.A.d City) Nominated

He also won Top Producer at the 2012 BMI Urban Awards.

Discography[edit]

Singles produced[edit]

Year Single Chart positions Album
US Hot 100 US
R&B
US
Rap
US
Pop
CAN UK
2009 "How Low"
(Ludacris)
6 2 1 41 67 Battle of the Sexes
2010 "Moment 4 Life"
(Nicki Minaj featuring Drake)
13 1 1 18 27 22 Pink Friday
2011 "I'm On One"
(DJ Khaled featuring Drake, Rick Ross and Lil Wayne)
10 1 1 35 67 78 We the Best Forever
"She Will"
(Lil Wayne featuring Drake)
3 1 2 16 58 Tha Carter IV
"Make Me Proud"
(Drake featuring Nicki Minaj)
9 1 1 25 49 Take Care
"The Motto"
(Drake featuring Lil Wayne)
14 1 1 25 38 22
2012 "HYFR"
(Drake featuring Lil Wayne)
62 20 17
"My Moment"
(DJ Drama featuring 2 Chainz, Meek Mill and Jeremih)
89 23 16 Quality Street Music
"Swimming Pools (Drank)"
(Kendrick Lamar)
17 3 3 63 Good Kid, M.A.A.D City
"Go Get It"
(T.I.)
77 40 23 86 Trouble Man: Heavy Is the Head
"She Don't Put It Down"
(Joe Budden featuring Lil Wayne and Tank)
96 32 No Love Lost
2013 "Rich as Fuck"
(Lil Wayne featuring 2 Chainz)
38 11 9 I Am Not a Human Being II
"Heartbreaker"
(Justin Bieber)
13 15 14 Journals
2017 "Somethin Tells Me"
(Bryson Tiller)
74 29 84 True to Self
"Broke"
(Lecrae)
All Things Work Together

2007[edit]

Drake - Comeback Season[edit]

2008[edit]

Plies - Da REAList[edit]

  • 15. "Co-Defendant"

Papa Duck[edit]

Tyra B.[edit]

  • 00. "Break You Up"

2009[edit]

LeToya Luckett - Lady Love[edit]

  • 11. "Drained"

Mýa - Beauty & The Streets Vol.1[edit]

Birdman - Priceless[edit]

  • 01. "Intro"

Birdman - Family Over Everything[edit]

Ace Hood - The Preview[edit]

  • 15. "White Leather"

Jazzfeezy - Jazzfeezy Presents: Unveiling the Rapture[edit]

  • 03. Unstoppable" (featuring Burna, Bass Line and Dean Gray) (produced with Jazzfeezy))
  • 04. "Words Won't Do" (featuring August) (produced with Jazzfeezy and Boi-1da))
  • 14. "Flying High" (featuring Phax and Red Shortz) (produced with Jazzfeezy))

Rebstar - Arrival[edit]

The Weeknd[edit]

  • 00. "Our Love"

2010[edit]

Donnis - Fashionably Late[edit]

  • 05. "Tonight"

Ludacris - Battles of the Sexes[edit]

Travis Porter - Proud to Be a Problem[edit]

  • 14. "Mighty Mighty" (featuring F.L.Y.)

Travis Porter - I Am Travis Porter[edit]

  • 17. "Lay Ya Body Down"

Diggy Simmons - Airborne[edit]

A-Game - PilotModeMuzik[edit]

  • 00. "Go Head Shawty"
  • 00. "Airplanes"
  • 00. "Don't Be Mad"

Lil Scrappy - Prince of the South 2[edit]

Leftover
  • 00. "Get Lost" (featuring Cutty)

P. Reign[edit]

  • 00. "In My Hood"

Lyfe Jennings - I Still Believe[edit]

  • 01. "Statistics"
  • 02. "Love"
  • 04. "Spotlight"
  • 07. "Mama"
  • 10. "Learn From This"

T.I. - No Mercy[edit]

  • 12. "Poppin Bottles" (featuring Drake)

Ciara - Basic Instinct[edit]

  • 09. "Turn It Up" (featuring Usher)

Nicki Minaj - Pink Friday[edit]

Luu Breeze - HollaLaLuuie[edit]

  • 05. "Makin' A Killin'" (featuring Vado)

2011[edit]

DJ Khaled - We the Best Forever[edit]

Lil Wayne - Tha Carter IV[edit]

Wale - Ambition[edit]

T-Pain - RevolveR[edit]

  • 01. "Bang Bang Pow Pow" (featuring Lil Wayne)

Drake - Take Care[edit]

A-Game - Since 1988[edit]

  • 11. "Cool Boyz" / 00. "Cool Boyz" (Remix) (featuring Red Cafe)

Don Trip & Starlito - Step Brothers[edit]

  • 12. "Pray For Me"

Alley Boy - Definition of Fuck Shit 2[edit]

  • 07. "Word Law" (featuring Veli Sosa)

Birdman & Mack Maine - Billionaire Minds[edit]

  • 04. "Mr. Lottery" (featuring Short Dawg & Jae Millz)

2012[edit]

T.I. - Fuck da City Up[edit]

Melanie Fiona - The MF Life[edit]

  • 04. "I Been That Girl"

Nicki Minaj - Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded[edit]

D-WHY - Don't Flatter Yourself[edit]

Leftover
  • 00. "Macchiato Music"

Burd & Keyz - Keyz of Life[edit]

  • 05. "Faithful" (featuring Luu Breeze, A-Game & Jahron B) (produced with Burd & Keyz)

Tank - This Is How I Feel[edit]

  • 05. "Compliments" (featuring Kris Stephens & T.I.)

DJ Drama - Quality Street Music[edit]

Slaughterhouse - Welcome to: Our House[edit]

Kendrick Lamar - good kid, m.A.A.d city[edit]

Cyhi the Prynce - Ivy League Club[edit]

  • 13. "Tomorrow"

Roscoe Dash - Roscoe 2.0

  • 17. "Substance Abuse"

T-Pain - Stoic[edit]

  • 03. "Don't You Quit"

Keyshia Cole - Woman to Woman[edit]

  • 02. Zero (featuring Meek Mill) {{small|(produced with Vidal)
  • 11. Forever

T.I. - Trouble Man: Heavy Is the Head[edit]

  • 08. "Go Get It"
  • 09. "Guns and Roses" (featuring P!nk)
  • 12. "Addresses"

ASAP Rocky - Long. Live. ASAP[edit]

2013[edit]

Jigg - High Grade 2[edit]

  • 03. "So Hot"

Joe Budden - No Love Lost[edit]

Lil Wayne - I Am Not a Human Being II[edit]

  • 09. "Rich as Fuck" (featuring 2 Chainz)

Kelly Rowland - Talk a Good Game[edit]

  • 04. "Talk a Good Game" (featuring Kevin Cossom)

Justin Bieber - Journals[edit]

2014[edit]

Wink Loc

  • 00. "Want Me Dead (featuring Jeezy and Jigg)"

Bizzle - Well Wishes

  • 13. "You Know (Remix)" (featuring Lecrae) (produced with Boi-1da)

Eric Bellinger - The Rebirth[edit]

Tinashe[edit]

  • 00. "In The Meantime"

2015[edit]

Big Sean - "Dark Sky Paradise"[edit]

  • 07. "Win Some, Lose Some" (produced with Boi-1da)

Ludacris - "Ludaversal"[edit]

2016[edit]

Travis Scott - Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight[edit]

2017[edit]

Drake - More Life[edit]

Bryson Tiller - True to Self[edit]

Lana Del Rey - Lust for Life[edit]

Lecrae - All Things Work Together[edit]

  • 03. "Broke" (produced with Nikhil Seetharam and Boi-1da)

PartyNextDoor - Seven Days[edit]

  • 03. "Damage" (with Halsey) (produced with Frank Dukes)

Belly - Mumble Rap[edit]

  • 02. "Make a Toast" (produced with Boi-1da, Vinylz, Allen Ritter and DannyBoyStyles)
  • 03. "The Come Down Is Real Too"

References[edit]

  1. ^ "T-Minus retires?". Dead End Hip Hop. Retrieved October 14, 2017. 
  2. ^ Dolabaille, DC. "Who is T-Minus?". Black Ink Magazine. Retrieved 2010-01-17. 
  3. ^ Krishnamurthy, Sowmya. "T-Minus on What Happened to "Partynauseous" and Writing New Drake Beats". MTV. Retrieved 2012-11-13. 
  4. ^ http://www.vh1.com/news/articles/1623626/20091012/puff_daddy.jhtml

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