Young Producer Makes his Mark in the Hip-Hop Industry

DT Spacely: Courtesy of Hip-Hop Digital

Popular songs like “Walk Thru” and “Flex” have captivated the ears of listeners across the nation and charted Billboard. A recent project by a popular Atlanta artist has shifted the spotlight onto the producer.

Hip-Hop artist Rich Homie Quan surprised the internet with his new mixtape “DTSpacely Made This.” The project released on Sept. 16 consists of 10 tracks. All produced by Alabama, Detorius Rivers also known as DTSpacely.

Born in Dothan, Ala., Rivers, 22, spent 15 years living in Panama City Beach, Fla. His diverse production has allowed him to produce for both northern and southern artists such as: Wiz Khalifa, Mac Miller, Ball Greezy and Dreamchasers Records artist, Omelly.

Some producers are named through childhood friends or family while others choose their own. Rivers got his name in a different style. He described it as an “epic moment” that happened in around 2009 and 2010.

“Wiz Khalifa gave me that name one night on Ustream,” Rivers said.

The project featured on sites like Complex, Pitchfork and Datpiff is already in excess of 46,000 downloads.

Rivers first met Rich Homie Quan in 2014 at Darp Studios in Atlanta.

“Me and my bro Trauma Tone started working,” said Rivers “I ended up going to Darp Studios and that’s the first night I met Quan.”

It was also his friend and brother, Nard that helped nurture the relationship. Nard helped “connect the dots” between them. From there, he would showcase Rivers beats to Rich Homie Quan.

After a Facetime call in November, Rivers ended up being signed and becoming Rich Homie Quans in-house producer. A few months later, the idea that is “DTSpacely Made This” came to be.

“I was like I wanna drop a project myself but with Quan on my beats. I was very involved,” said Rivers.

While not many producers have their names as the title of the project, Rivers does. The name was actually thought up by DJ Fresh who hosted the project. “I wanted to do something different,” Rivers said.

Since the success of the project Rivers has been bombarded with popularity and management offers. “A lot of people been reaching out through IG [Instagram] and Twitter,” Rivers said.

Although Rich Homie Quan is the focal point on this project, Rivers did more than just create the beats. He gave feedback during recording and helped with vocal arrangement.

With a solid discography and popular artists behind him, Rivers has transformed the lack of  “opportunity” from Panama City Beach to create music people enjoy. His goals are to work with heavyweight artists Kanye West and Jay-Z in the future.