Dulce Mercado

Why Cardo is Becoming One of The Greatest Producers in the Industry – by Dulce Mercado

In the early 2000’s, Cardo was making his transition from musical novice to professional record producer when he landed a spot with Taylor Gang. Working alongside Chevy Woods, he eventually got in contact with Wiz Khalifa who he had been planning to work with for a while. After playing several beats, Khalifa instantly initiated him as a staple Taylor Gang producer. A couple of those beats ended up on Khalifa’s breakthrough mixtape “Kush and Orange Juice” such as “Mesmerized,” and “In The Cut.” This was just the start of Cardo’s journey to the top.

Since 2010, Cardo has made big moves that has put him in a position to work with artists of different magnitudes, as well as expanding his brand and future endeavors within the music industry. This past year, Cardo had the opportunity to be on several different albums and mixtape projects. It seems like everyone is inspired to have some CardoGotWings production.

In 2016, he had 10 album placements and five mixtape appearances. He produced beats for Kendrick Lamar, ScHoolboy Q, Drake, Travis Scott, 2 Chainz and a few other staples in the hip hop industry. Cardo also produced the first half of “untitled 07 | levitate” and “untitled 02 | 06.23.2014” off of Kendrick Lamar’s “untitled unmastered” album. For ScHoolboy Q’s “Blank Face LP” he and Yung Exclusive produced “THat Part” in which Kanye West hopped on the beat with Q. THat Part also has over 100 million views on YouTube!  Another hit that he produced is Travis Scott’s “Goosebumps” featuring Kendrick Lamar from the “Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight” album.


He’s had the chance to work with the legend Dr.Dre whom he has about five tracks with that he hopes the world can hear, as he said on iStandard Producers. To be able to work with someone who has made a huge impact in hip-hop is a prestigious accomplishment. It just goes to show that his work ethic is what landed him with opportunities to work with other masterminds.

Some of his all time greatest productions have been Young Jeezy ft. Jay Z’s “Seen It All,” Wiz Khalifa’s “In The Cut,” Dom Kennedy’s “Grindin,” Meek Mill’s “Levels” and Curren$y’s “Showroom.” Other hitters that he’s produced are Jay Rock’s “Vice City,” The Game and Drake’s “100” and R. Kelly’s “Crazy Sex.” The list goes on and on, he is definitely a beat maker in the simplest words.


Cardo is currently in the process of promoting his upcoming album called “Lost In A World” that will drop sometime this year. He has yet to set a release date, and there was no news on features. However, we did our fair share of lurking and saw a picture of him with Andre 3000, so fingers crossed that they have something coming for 2017!


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Consistency has helped this man get to where he is and he has left his marking already. With just three seconds into a song you know its a Cardo beat. Cowbells and the rimshot for the snare backbeat has his name written all over it. What stands out about Cardo is his ability to use the new sound that has ignited and mesh it with an almost funk sound from a lot of your old school favorites. He really just knows what strings and sounds to put together for an outstanding beat.

As Dom Kennedy says in his track “323 Go Crazy”, “Cardo got the beats that hit hard.” Hopefully we get to listen to more gems from Cardo this 2017. Lost In A World could possibly really skyrocket him this year. He is unquestionably one of the greatest in the game right now.