Record Producer, Rap Artist, Songwriter

Mike Will Made It

Michael Len Williams II (born March 23, 1989), professionally known as Mike Will Made It (often stylized as Mike WiLL Made-It) or simply Mike Will, is an American record producer and songwriter from Atlanta, Georgia. He is best known for producing trap beats for several Southern hip hop artists as well as for producing several hit singles, such as “Mercy” by GOOD Music, “No Lie” by 2 Chainz, “Bandz a Make Her Dance” by Juicy J, “Pour It Up” by Rihanna, Faded by Mariah Carey, “Love Me” by Lil Wayne, “Body Party” by Ciara and “We Can’t Stop” by Miley Cyrus, among others. He has released four mixtapes and plans to release his debut album Est. in 1989 Pt. 3 (The Album) in 2015, under Interscope Records and his label Ear Drummer Records.

Michael Williams was born in Marietta, Georgia, the youngest of three children with two older sisters.  Mike Will’s mother was in a gospel group, singing for Dottie Peoples, when Mike was young and according to Mike Will, his uncle was an accomplished guitar player. Growing up, Mike Will was athletic, participating in a number of sports, including basketball, baseball, and football, with dreams of becoming a professional athlete. As a teenager, Mike Will first developed his talent for music by re-playing popular instrumentals that he heard on the radio while he and his friends would freestyle to them. In a number of interviews, Mike WiLL has mentioned, in particular, re-playing the instrumental for “Still Fly”, a popular song by the southern rap group Big Tymers, on a Casio brand keyboard, and has also mentioned re-playing the song “Young’n (Holla Back)” by New York rapper Fabolous on production equipment at a local music store.

At age 14, Mike Will began to make his own beats on a Korg ES1 beat machine, which his father purchased for him as a Christmas present from local music store Mars Music. As Mike Will became more accomplished, he also began to use production equipment including the Korg Triton, the Akai MPC1000, the Yamaha Motif, and the Roland Fantom.

Upon graduating high school, Mike Will enrolled at Georgia State to pursue undergraduate studies mainly due to parental pressure of his father, but dropped out with a 3.1 GPA after several semesters upon hearing one of his produced singles “Tupac Back” began to enjoy success on theBillboard rap and Hot 100 charts. He has since advised aspiring music producers not to drop out of college if they are not sure on their own future career outcome or lacking a defined plan before entering the industry.  (WIKI)

 


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"Mike Will Made It: Crew" photographed by Michael Cuffe