Ransom 2 is the producer's first full-length since 2014
All-star producer Mike Will Made-It announced his new studio album, Ransom 2, on Thursday — and its features roster is a who’s who of the modern pop and hip-hop worlds. Rihanna, Kendrick Lamar, Rae Sremmurd, Gucci Mane, Future, Young Thug, Big Sean, Pharrell, Lil Wayne, 2Chainz, Migos, 21 Savage, and Lil Yachty will appear on the project, which arrives March 24 and is the 27-year-old beatsmith’s first full-length effort since 2014’s Ransom.
Along with the announcement, Mike Will released “On the Come Up,” featuring Big Sean. It follows “Gucci On My,” the track featuring Migos, 21 Savage, and YG that Mike Will dropped earlier this month.
Mike Will shared the news on Instagram with a Star Wars-style crawl listing the names of his collaborators. He also posted a video of himself playing his new music for a beloved producer of another era: Rick Rubin. “You know how Kanye will do something where you’ve never heard it before?” Rubin tells Mike Will. “This doesn’t sound like that. This sounds like, ‘OK, we know what this is — best version of it.'”
Though Mike Will hasn’t released a project of his own in more than two years, his work has defined the pop world. In 2016 alone, he produced Beyoncé’s “Formation” and notched his first Hot 100 topper, with Rae Sremmurd’s “Black Beatles.” In 2015, he collaborated with Miley Cyrus on her Dead Petz release; Mike Will is also behind songs including Future’s “Move that Dope” and Kanye West’s “Mercy.”
Watch the clip of Mike Will and Rubin below.