Behind the Boards: Play-N-Skillz

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Behind the Boards: Play-N-Skillz

Play-N-Skillz—a.k.a. Juan “Play” and Oscar “Skillz” Salinas—helped establish one of hip-hop’s freshest 21st-century sounds, fusing the thumping basslines of rap with Latin music’s rhythmic melodies. In the early 2000s, the Texas duo produced Chamillionaire’s trunk-rattling H-town anthem “Ridin’" and masterminded the woozy beat on Lil Wayne’s cash-praising “Got Money.” They’ve also collaborated with EDM superstar Steve Aoki and SUPER JUNIOR, proving that their innovative tune-crafting ignores the barriers between genres.