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Mike WiLL Made-It
Birth nameMichael Len Williams II
Also known asMike Will
Born(1989-03-23) March 23, 1989 (age 28)
Marietta, Georgia, US
OriginAtlanta, Georgia, US
  • Hip hop
  • R&B
  • trap
  • pop
  • Record producer
  • rapper
  • songwriter
  • Korg Triton
  • Akai MPC 1000
  • Logic Pro
  • FL Studio
  • Yamaha Motif
  • Roland Fantom-X.
  • vocals
Years active2005–present
  • EarDrummers
  • Interscope
Associated acts
  • Beyoncé
  • Jay Z
  • Rae Sremmurd
  • Future
  • Rick Ross
  • Gucci Mane
  • Juicy J
  • Miley Cyrus
  • 2 Chainz
  • Wiz Khalifa
  • Ty Dolla Sign
  • Nicki Minaj
  • Rihanna
  • Lil Wayne
  • Kendrick Lamar

Michael Len Williams II (born March 23, 1989), known professionally as Mike Will Made It (often stylized as Mike WiLL Made-It)[1] or simply Mike Will, is an American record producer, rapper, and songwriter.[2] He is best known for producing trap beats for several Southern hip hop artists as well as for producing several singles, such as "Black Beatles" by Rae Sremmurd, "Mercy" by GOOD Music, "No Lie" by 2 Chainz, "Bandz a Make Her Dance" by Juicy J, "Pour It Up" by Rihanna, "Love Me" by Lil Wayne, "Body Party" by Ciara, "We Can't Stop" by Miley Cyrus, "First Day Out the Feds" by Gucci Mane, "Formation" by Beyoncé, and "HUMBLE." by Kendrick Lamar. He has released five mixtapes.


  • 1 Early life
  • 2 Music career
    • 2.1 2011–12: Production and mixtapes
    • 2.2 2013–present: Debut studio album and Miley Cyrus collaborations
  • 3 Influences
  • 4 Production equipment
  • 5 EarDrummers Entertainment
  • 6 Discography
    • 6.1 Studio albums
    • 6.2 Mixtapes
    • 6.3 Singles
  • 7 Notes
  • 8 Awards and nominations
    • 8.1 BET Hip Hop Awards
    • 8.2 Grammy Awards
    • 8.3 iHeartRadio Music Awards
  • 9 References
  • 10 External links

Early life

Williams was born in Marietta, Georgia, the youngest of three children; he has two older sisters.[3] His father, Michael Williams Sr., is a former IBM executive who worked as a club DJ in the 1970s. His mother, Shirley Williams, a former bank loan officer, was once in a gospel group, singing for Dottie Peoples. He grew up in a musical family as his uncle was an accomplished guitar player and one of his older sisters was a drum major in the Olympics.[3] While growing up, Mike Will was athletic, participating in a number of sports, including basketball, baseball, and football, with dreams of becoming a professional athlete.[2]

His life also centered around a love of hip hop music. 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.[3] In a number of interviews, 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 "Young'n (Holla Back)" by New York rapper Fabolous on production equipment at a local music store.[4]

At age 14, Mike Will began to develop his own beats on a Korg ES1 beat machine, which his father bought for $500 for him as a Christmas present from the 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.[3] By the time Mike Will was 16, he was spending time at local recording studios in Atlanta, trying to shop his beats to established artists.[5] He was initially ignored, but eventually one of his beat tapes made its way into the hands of Gucci Mane, who then summoned Mike Will to Patchwerk studios, an Atlanta recording studio.[5]

Upon graduating high school, Mike Will enrolled at Georgia State University to pursue undergraduate studies mainly due to pressure by his father, but chose to take a hiatus and eventually dropped out after several semesters, with a 3.1 GPA,[citation needed] to focus on his music career. During this hiatus, he produced his first hit. Upon hearing one of his produced singles "Tupac Back" began to enjoy success on the Billboard rap and Hot 100 charts, Mike Will decided to quit school and focus on his music career full-time.[6] 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.[3]

2011–12: Production and mixtapes

In an interview with XXL, Mike Will said, "Gucci Mane was the first [major artist] to ever rap on my beat."[7] Mike Will first met Gucci Mane at Atlanta recording studio, PatchWerk Recording Studios, and upon introducing himself and giving Gucci Mane a CD of beats, Gucci Mane proceeded to freestyle over each of the instrumentals.[8] He then offered Mike Will $1,000 for one of his beats.[9] The two artists began releasing songs together, such as "East Atlanta 6", and a number of songs from Gucci Mane's mixtape, No Pad, No Pencil.[8] After developing this close relationship with Gucci Mane, he began working with other big-name Atlanta rappers such as Future, Waka Flocka Flame, Rocko, and 2 Chainz.[9]

In 2011, Mike Will released his first single, "Tupac Back", performed by Meek Mill and Rick Ross, from the compilation album Self Made Vol. 1.[10] The single was released on April 5, 2011 and peaked at #31 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs Billboard chart.[11] This came after Mike Will submitted some of his beats to an A&R for Rick Ross' Maybach Music Group label.[10]

Also in 2011, Mike Will worked with Atlanta rapper Future, producing several popular and noteworthy songs together, including "Ain't No Way Around It",[12] "Itchin", and three songs from Future's 2012 major label debut album Pluto: "Neva End", "Truth Gonna Hurt You", and "Turn On the Lights".[3] "Turn On the Lights" was promoted as a single, and to date has peaked at #2 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs Billboard chart.[13]

On December 27, 2011, Mike Will released his first mixtape, Est. in 1989 (Last of a Dying Breed).[14] It was released in conjunction with popular mixtape website LiveMixtapes.com.[14] Est. in 1989 includes a mix of exclusive songs and songs from Mike Will's catalog, and features artists such as Gucci Mane & 1017 Brick Squad, Future, Waka Flocka Flame, Kanye West & GOOD Music, 2 Chainz, Lil Boosie, Ludacris, Lil Wayne.[15]

On March 23, 2012, Mike Will partnered with popular music site The FADER to announce the second installment of his mixtape series, Est. in 1989 Pt. 2, and to release the mixtape's first single, "Back 2 the Basics", which features his manager/rapper Gucci Mane, founder/CEO/president of Brick Squad and Waka Flocka Flame.[16] The project Est. in 1989 Pt. 2 features songs with Diddy, 2 Chainz, Juicy J, Future, Lil Wayne, T.I., Mac Miller, French Montana, Jeremih, and others.[17] The album was released again on July 24, 2012 in partnership with LiveMixtapes.com.[17]

Will has also worked extensively with Atlanta rapper 2 Chainz, producing "La La", which features Busta Rhymes, from 2 Chainz, then known as Tity Boi, Codeine Cowboy mixtape and "Got One" from 2 Chainz's T.R.U. REALigion mixtape.[18][19] According to an interview with Complex magazine, Mike Will has been working together with 2 Chainz "since 2008, when he was Tity Boi...We're kind of like family."[20] In 2012, Mike Will produced the lead single, "No Lie", from 2 Chainz' debut album, Based on a T.R.U. Story, released via Def Jam.[20] The single, which features popular recording artist Drake, was released May 8, 2012, and debuted in the top 50 of the Billboard Hot 100, ultimately peaking at #1 on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.[21] The single has been certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America, selling over 500,000 copies digitally.[22]

In 2012, Mike WiLL Made-It produced "Bandz a Make Her Dance", a single for Taylor Gang rapper Juicy J that also features Lil Wayne and 2 Chainz.[23] The song was listed as one of the 25 Best Songs of Summer 2012 by Complex magazine, and as of September 2012, the single had peaked at #14 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.[24][25]

Mike Will, alongside producers Kanye West, Mike Dean, Lifted, and Anthony Kilhoffer, co-produced the G.O.O.D. Music single "Mercy", which features vocals by Kanye West, Big Sean, 2 Chainz, and Pusha T.[26] "Mercy", released April 3, 2012, served as the lead single from the G.O.O.D. Music compilation album Cruel Summer, and peaked at #1 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, while reaching #13 on the Billboard Hot 100.[27][28] Other notable production efforts for Mike Will include the single "Way Too Gone", featuring Future from Young Jeezy's 2011 studio album Thug Motivation 103: Hustlerz Ambition, "Just a Sign" from B.o.B's second studio album Strange Clouds and "Pour It Up" from Rihanna's 2012 studio album, Unapologetic.[29][30]

In 2012 interviews, Mike Will mentioned upcoming work with Kanye West, Brandy, Big Sean, and Pusha T.[20]

The third installment of the series, entitled Est. in 1989 2.5 was released on December 24, 2012.[31] The mixtape featured guest appearances from Gucci Mane, Future, Rihanna, Big Sean, Trinidad Jame$, Lil Wayne, and other artists.[32]

2013–present: Debut studio album and Miley Cyrus collaborations

Mike Will executive produced Miley Cyrus's fourth studio album Bangerz (2013), including its lead single "We Can't Stop". He produced eight tracks on Bangerz and six tracks on Miley Cyrus & Her Dead Petz.

On September 9, 2013, Mike Will premiered his commercial début single "23", featuring Wiz Khalifa, Juicy J and Miley Cyrus. He revealed that he had signed with Interscope Records to release his debut album.[33] His debut album will also feature Beyoncé, Future, Kendrick Lamar, and 2 Chainz.[34]

He was named producer of the year by HipHopDX on December 18, 2013.[35]

On June 17, 2014, Mike WIll Made It released the first single from his upcoming mixtape, "Buy the World", featuring Future, Lil Wayne and Kendrick Lamar.[36] On December 15, 2014, he released his fifth mixtape, Ransom. Featured artists include Big Sean, Juicy J, 2 Chainz, Lil Wayne and Kendrick Lamar.


In interviews, Mike Will has named a number of musical influences on his own production work. In a "Behind the Beats" interview with Complex magazine, he says that he "always admired Dr. Dre's drums", and calls Timbaland "the first crazy pop producer... He brought so many artists to the game."[37] As a southern producer, he says, he "was also looking up to Shawty Redd. He was the first producer to really bring that dark trap energy and sound."[37] He also refers to DJ Toomp as "my big brother or my mentor", saying, "I love what he does."[37] In an interview, with AOL's The Boombox, Mike WiLL also cites Pharrell as a producer that he respects.[8]

Production equipment

Mike Will uses a variety of production equipment to create beats. His gear includes the Korg Triton, Akai MPC 1000, Logic Pro, FL Studio, Yamaha Motif, and the Roland Fantom-X.[3][38][39]

EarDrummers Entertainment

In 2006, Mike Will started his own production company called EarDrummers Entertainment (also known as Ear Drummer Records). According to an interview Mike Will gave to The Boombox, there are currently eight producers signed to Ear Drummer Records: Ileni K, GT, Marz, P-Nazty, Pluss (A+), Scooly, J-Bo, and Djthe FUlabel.[8] In 2014, Mike Will signed Rae Sremmurd and Two-9 to the label.[40][41]


  • Mike Will Made-It
  • Rae Sremmurd
  • Two-9
  • Eearz
  • Shotta Spence
  • Andrea

In-house producers

  • Marz
  • Pluss
  • P-Nazty
  • J-Bo
  • DJ FU
  • Ducko McFli
  • Skooly
  • Illeni K
  • GT
  • 30 Roc


See also: Mike Will Made It production discography


  1. ^ "Drinks On Us" did not enter the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, but peaked at number five on the Bubbling Under R&B/Hip-Hop Singles chart.[51]
  2. ^ "Gucci On My" did not enter the Billboard Hot 100, but peaked at number 10 on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart.[53]

BET Hip Hop Awards

The BET Hip Hop Awards were established in 2006 by the Black Entertainment Television network to celebrate hip-hop performers, producers and music video directors.


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  5. ^ a b Devin Leonard (August 7, 2014). "Hip-Hop Producer Mike WiLL's Makeover of Miley Cyrus Was Only the Beginning". Retrieved 16 March 2016. 
  6. ^ "Mike WiLL Made-It Debuts Ear Drummers' Act Rae Sremmurd". The Burton Wire. February 23, 2015. Retrieved 16 March 2016. 
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  11. ^ "R&B/Hip Hop Songs". Billboard Magazine. July 9, 2011. 
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  13. ^ "R&B/Hip Hop Songs". Billboard Magazine. September 24, 2012. 
  14. ^ a b "Mike Will - Est. In 1989 (Last Of A Dying Breed)". Live Mixtapes. December 27, 2011. 
  15. ^ Moore, Jacob (December 27, 2011). "Mixtape: Mike WiLL Made-It "Est. In 1989"". Complex Magazine. 
  16. ^ Cooper, Duncan (March 23, 2012). "Gucci Mane and Waka Flocka Flame, "Back 2 The Basics" (Prod. by Mike WiLL Made-It) MP3". Fader Magazine. 
  17. ^ a b Zeichner, Naomi (July 24, 2012). "Download Mike Will Made It's Est. In 1989 (Part 2) Mixtape". The Fader. 
  18. ^ "Audio: Tity Boi Ft. Busta Rhymes – Lala [Prod. By Mike WiLL Made-It] (NO DJ)". Dirty Glove Bastard. February 23, 2012. 
  19. ^ Pereira, Julian (March 5, 2012). "Beyond the Beat: Mike Will". Complex Magazine. 
  20. ^ a b c Pereira, Julian (May 4, 2012). "Interview: Mike Will On Producing 2 Chainz & Drake's "No Lie"". Complex Magazine. 
  21. ^ "R&B/Hip Hop Songs". Billboard Magazine. September 15, 2012. 
  22. ^ Horowitz, Steven J. (July 26, 2012). "2 Chainz's "No Lie" Certified Gold". Hip Hop DX. 
  23. ^ "Juicy J – Bands A Make Her Dance (rmx) f. Lil Wayne & 2 Chainz". 2 Dope Boyz. June 18, 2012. 
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  27. ^ "Hot 100". Billboard Magazine. 
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  38. ^ Matthew Schnipper; Naomi Zeichner; JORDAN SARGENT; Olivia Graham (12 December 2012). "Drum Majors: Four Producers to Watch". The Fader. Retrieved 10 March 2015. 
  39. ^ ""Producers Week" Day 2: Mike Will Made It And M-Sixteen!". V-103. January 31, 2012. Retrieved 10 March 2015. 
  40. ^ "Mike WiLL Made It Signs Two-9 To Eardruma/Interscope Records". Retrieved 1 July 2016. 
  41. ^ "Listen to Rae Sremmurd's Mike WiLL Made It-Produced "No Flex Zone"". Retrieved 1 July 2016. 
  42. ^ "Ransom 2 by Mike WiLL Made-It on Apple Music". iTunes. Retrieved March 24, 2017. 
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  45. ^ "Mike Will – Est. in 1989 Pt. 2.5 // Free Mixtape". DatPiff. Idle Media Inc. 2012-12-24. Retrieved 2014-01-04. 
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  51. ^ "Mike Will Made It: Chart History for Drinks On Us". Retrieved August 19, 2016. 
  52. ^ "Choppin' Blades (feat. Jody HiGHROLLER & Slim Jxmmi) - Single by Mike Will Made-It". iTunes. 
  53. ^ "Mike Will Made It – Chart Search (Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles)". Billboard. Retrieved March 23, 2017. 
  54. ^ "Kendrick Lamar Leads List Of Nominees For 2013 BET Hip Hop Awards". Retrieved 29 March 2017. 
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