XL Productionz on twenty-five years in the music industry & the transformative power of lofi hip-hop beats. 

Words by Donald XL Robertson

Rooted in the rich tradition of hip-hop and jazz, XL Productionz began its foray into the enchanting world of lo-fi music, charting a course marked by creativity and ingenuity.

XL Productionz, helmed by the visionary producer Donald XL Robertson, has been a formidable force in the music industry for over 25 years. Born in the vibrant city of New Orleans, LA.  XL has infused his work with the rich cultural tapestry of his hometown, earning numerous RIAA Gold & Platinum awards along the way. The journey of XL Productionz is a testament to the enduring influence of New Orleans' musical heritage and the adaptability of its sound.

Donald XL Robertson's foray into music production began with the pulsating, hard-hitting beats that became synonymous with Southern club tracks. This style, deeply rooted in New Orleans culture, quickly caught the attention of major artists and record labels. XL's knack for creating infectious rhythms and memorable Horns arrangements & drum breaks made him a sought-after producer in the late 1990s and early 2000s.

XL Productionz played a pivotal role bringing digital production to No Limit Records, a powerhouse in Southern hip-hop. XL produced hit singles for Master P, Silkk The Shocker, C-Murder, and 504 Boyz, helping to define the label's then new sound. Tracks like "Say Bruh" and "Where Do We Go From Here" showcased his ability to blend gritty hard-hitting drums with catchy melodies.


The production house also contributed to the rise of other notable artists such as Curren$y, Mr. Marcelo, and Choppa. XL's versatility allowed him to create distinct sounds for each artist while maintaining a cohesive Southern flavor. His work with Juvenile (Nolia Clap & Get Ya Hustle On) , Soulja Slim (Streets Made Me & Years Later), and other members of the New Orleans rap scene further solidified his reputation as a top-tier producer.

As XL Productionz grew, so did its musical repertoire. XL began exploring different genres, including jazz, hip-hop, and lo-fi. This evolution marked a return to the musical roots of New Orleans, blending traditional jazz elements with contemporary hip-hop beats. The result was a unique sound that appealed to a broader audience and showcased XL's versatility.

In addition to producing chart-topping hits, XL Productionz expanded its influence into television, film, and video games. The company crafted instrumental compositions for a diverse array of projects, enhancing the narratives of each with its signature sound.

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