King Midas

Justin Lay's professional handle is just about the least humble thing a young producer could choose to call himself. But it's hard to deny that he's at least begun to live up to the name, as his golden touch builds buzz for local rappers, mainstream stars, and his own solo career. After years of providing heat to Baltimore MCs like Smash and DDm (a rapper himself once known as Midas, who clearly didn't feel too territorial about the name), King Midas broke out last year with the beat-and-hook for Caddy Da Don's single "Grindin' On Me." Since then, he's come into his own as a vocalist, prepping the forthcoming solo mixtape Better Days. But he's also making serious inroads in the major-label world, co-producing Mystikal's comeback single, "Original," featuring Lil Wayne and Birdman, as well as Sean Kingston's "Back 2 Life," featuring T.I.

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