“Oftentimes the hottest sounds blare from the background,” begins The Stereotypes’ online bio. And this four-part production powerhouse is a living embodiment of that sentiment: While you may not have heard the name, you’ve certainly heard The Stereotypes’ sound. Their own brand of funk and R&B–infused pop, refined over a decade of hit-making, serves both as an accompaniment to the rise of some of today’s biggest artists, and as an inspiration to countless other contemporary producers.

Watch the video above to learn about our latest Expansion, then scroll down for the essential guide to the sound of The Stereotypes –  a YouTube retrospective of Jonathan Yip, Ray Romulus, Jeremy Reeves, and Ray Charles McCullough II’s greatest hits.

Cardi B & Bruno Mars – Please Me

In 2019, duets don’t come much bigger than Cardi B and Bruno Mars. Their combined star-power, paired with The Stereotypes’ retro-meets-modern production carried this smooth jam all the way to number one on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs Chart back in March.

Bruno Mars – That’s What I Like

No Cardi B, no problem. Back in 2016, The Stereotypes co-produced a Bruno Mars track so hot that it spent five months in the top five, scored three Grammys, and got itself banned in Indonesia.

Destiny Rogers – North$ide

It’s not all about established artists – 19-year-old Destiny Rogers is a California-based singer/rapper already drawing comparisons to Rihanna and SZA. If you haven’t come across her music yet, the Stereotypes-produced “North$ide”, which juxtaposes floor-rattling 808s with dreamy harp samples, is a great place to start.

Iggy Azalea – Mo Bounce

Iggy Azalea’s Digital Distortion was shelved in 2017 (now there’s a concept album we’d love to hear), but its Stereotypes/Far East Movement–produced second single “Mo-Bounce” made it out and made a splash nonetheless – just check that view count.

Red Velvet – Bad Boy

Here, the crew lend some all-American hip hop and R&B flavor to one of South Korea’s biggest girl groups. At time of writing, this track is probably still the only Stereotypes production ever performed live in front of Kim Jong-un.

Guapdad 4000 – Gucci Pajamas (feat. Chance The Rapper & Charlie Wilson)

A distinctly 2019 collaboration with a distinctly retro-flavor, this is classic Stereotypes. “Gucci Pajamas” won’t be the last we hear of Guapdad 4000 – it features on the imminent Dior Deposits album alongside collabs with 6lack, Tory Lanez, G-Eazy, and more.

G-Eazy – Too Loud (feat. Nef The Pharaoh)

On the subject of G-Eazy, here he is rapping over a Stereotypes beat of his own. “I can’t hear you, my bass too loud” – sounds fine to us.

Lil Yachti – Better (feat. Stefflon Don)

Still 100% pop, but the feel-good reggae vibes of “Better” serve to showcase the sheer range of The Stereotypes production abilities.

Backstreet Boys – Passionate

Featured on the ‘Boys first number one album in almost 20 years, this is by far the catchiest track on this list. Certified bop.

Mariah Carey – Stay Long Love You (feat. Gunna)

Another ’90s legend, another signature sound brought bang up to date with some Stereotypes studio magic – and a little help from YSL Records-signee Gunna.