Andrew “Pop” Wansel Might Be The Luckiest Producer Alive
Not the he's not talented, of course. Producing since the age of 10, Pop knows a thing or two about crafting beats, and it didn’t take long for artists like Nicki Minaj to see that. Scoring one of his first major collaborations with the Young Money rapstress’ "Your Love" by mistake, Wansel's odds were surely in his favor. But that mistake was just the beginning of a host of accidents and mixups, which later led Wansel to connect with artists like Usher, Rihanna and Eminem.
Only in the game for fewer than five years, Wansel's luck mixed with his undeniable talent has led to several Billboard chart hits, and more recently, the debut record off of Usher’s new album. But Pop hasn’t been on the journey alone—he has a whole crew of producers behind him, and is one half of the production duo Pop & Oak. XXL spoke to Pop about some of his most memorable moments in the studio over the years, and his five favorite hip-hop tracks he's produced. —Miranda Johnson