Cardo (record producer)

Ronald Nathan LaTour Jr. (born September 24, 1984), professionally known as Cardo Got Wings or simply Cardo, is an American record producer and rapper.[2]

Birth nameRonald Nathan LaTour Jr.[1]
Also known as
  • Cardo
  • Cardo Got Wings
Born (1984-09-24) September 24, 1984 (age 39)
St. Paul, Minnesota, U.S.
  • Record producer
  • rapper
  • songwriter
Years active2010–present

Early life and career


Cardo was born and raised in St. Paul, Minnesota. He then moved to Fort Worth, Texas.[3]

In 2010, Cardo was producing for Mac Miller and Chevy Woods and subsequently met Wiz Khalifa at a show in Texas through Chevy Woods and his Uncle Motor. Cardo gave Khalifa a couple of his beats, which would end up on Khalifa's Kush & Orange Juice mixtape.[4] Cardo then started producing for other artists.[5]

Cardo is the founder and CEO of the record label Everything is Gold Music (EISG). Cardo was previously a member of, and producer on, Taylor Gang Records, and currently signed to Fool's Gold Records.[6] He has produced on many rappers' albums and singles including Curren$y, 2 Chainz, Drake, Skepta, Kendrick Lamar, Travi$ Scott, ScHoolboy Q, Meek Mill, The Game, Wiz Khalifa, R. Kelly, Jeezy, Jay Z, Frank Dukes and Swizz Beatz, among others.[7] In June 2022, he signed Atlanta rapper YoDogg to EISG, in a joint venture with Epic Records.[citation needed]

On December 21, 2017, Cardo and Payroll Giovanni of Detroit-based Doughboyz Cashout announced their record deal with Def Jam Records.

Cardo's professional name was derived from relatives who named him 'Ricardo' the Puerto Rican, despite being fully aware of his Caucasian and African American descent.[8]



Studio albums

List of albums, with selected details
Title Album details
Lost in a World

Collaborative albums

List of albums, with selected details
Title Album details
Big Bossin, Vol. 1
(with Payroll Giovanni)
  • Released: May 13, 2016
  • Label: BYLUG, EMPIRE
  • Format: Digital download
Big Bossin, Vol. 2
(with Payroll Giovanni)
  • Released: January 26, 2018
  • Label: Def Jam
  • Format: Digital download
Pi’erre & Cardo's Wild Adventure
(with Pi'erre Bourne)
Game Related
(with Larry June, Payroll Giovanni & HBK Kid)
  • Released: January 27, 2020
  • Label: EISG, TFM, BYLUG
  • Format: Digital download
Another Day Another Dollar
(with Payroll Giovanni)
  • Released: February 26, 2021
  • Label: BYLUG, EMPIRE
  • Format: Digital download
Raised by Wolves
(with YoDogg)[11]
  • Released: July 15, 2022
  • Label: EISG, Epic
  • Format: Digital download
The Night Shift
(with Larry June)[12]
  • Released: November 10, 2023
  • Label: EMPIRE
  • Format: Digital download

Production discography


Songs produced

List of singles produced, with selected chart positions and certifications, showing year released and album name[13]
Title Year Peak chart positions[14] Certifications Album
(Meek Mill)
2013 43 Self Made Vol. 3
"Seen It All"
(Jeezy featuring Jay-Z)
2014 85 24
  • RIAA: Gold
Seen It All: The Autobiography
(The Game featuring Drake)
2015 82 25 63 179 The Documentary 2
"untitled 07 | levitate"
(Kendrick Lamar)
2016 90 27 197 93 untitled unmastered
"That Part"
(ScHoolboy Q featuring Kanye West)
40 13 51
  • RIAA: 2× Platinum
Blank Face LP
"Through the Late Night"
(Travis Scott featuring Kid Cudi)
  • RIAA: Platinum
Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight[15]
(Travis Scott featuring Kendrick Lamar)
32 21 56 90
  • RIAA: 8× Platinum
(Kendrick Lamar)
2017 58 33 50 192 81
  • RIAA: Gold
"No Promises"
(A Boogie wit da Hoodie)
74 32
  • RIAA: Gold
The Bigger Artist
"God's Plan"
2018 1 1 1 11 1
  • RIAA: 11× Platinum
Scary Hours[16]
"Big Shot"
(Kendrick Lamar and Travis Scott)
71 35 54 55 Black Panther: The Album
2020 39 22 35 Dark Lane Demo Tapes
"Laugh Now Cry Later"
(Drake featuring Lil Durk)
2 2 1 50 4 Certified Lover Boy
(Skepta, Chip and Young Adz)
Non-album singles
(Kendrick Lamar)
2024 3 3 5 76 11

Production credits

List of songs produced, with any other producers, showing year released and album name[17]
Title Year Other producers Album
(Wiz Khalifa)
2010 Kush & Orange Juice
"In the Cut"
(Wiz Khalifa)
(Chevy Woods)
2011 Red Cup Music
(Gerald Walker)
On Your Side
"Follow Your Dreams, Forget The Scene"
(Gerald Walker)
"We Don't Give A F*ck"
(Gerald Walker)
(Gerald Walker)
(Gerald Walker featuring El Prez, Bryant Stewart & Taylor Kaye)
"Here's Everything I've Always Meant To Say"
(Gerald Walker)
"I Hope I Don't Fall In Love With Her..."
(Gerald Walker)
"Miserable At Best"
(Gerald Walker featuring Rockie Fresh)
"Dro By The Pound"
(Gerald Walker)
"Become What You Hate"
(Gerald Walker)
"On Your Side"
(Gerald Walker)
(Dom Kennedy)
From the Westside with Love, II
"I Love Dom"
(Dom Kennedy)
"We Out"
(Smoke DZA)
Rolling Stoned
"It's All Real"
(Gerald Walker)
The Other Half of Letting Go
(Freddie Gibbs)
Cold Day in Hell
"My Homeboy's Girlfriend"
(Freddie Gibbs)
"Menace II Society"
(Freddie Gibbs featuring Dom Kennedy & Polyester)
"My Dawgz"
(Freddie Gibbs)
"I Want It All"
(Gerald Walker)
It's Christmastime Again, Gerald Walker
"World Class"
(Snoop Dogg & Wiz Khalifa)
Mac & Devin Go to High School
"That Good"
(Snoop Dogg & Wiz Khalifa)
(Wiz Khalifa)
2012 Taylor Allderdice
"Mary 3x"
(Wiz Khalifa)
(Wiz Khalifa)
(Wiz Khalifa)
(Mac Miller featuring Cam'ron)
The Stoned Immaculate
"New Beginning"
(C-Bo featuring Marvaless, Rydah J. Klyde & T-Nutty)
"Keep It So Real"
(King Chip)
Represent The Stripes
(Sir Michael Rocks featuring Casey Veggies & Mac Miller)
Lap of Lux
"The Vision"
(Jet Life featuring Trademark da Skydiver & Young Roddy)
Jet World Order 2
(Wiz Khalifa)
(Young Jeezy)
It's tha World
"Chun Li"
(Wale featuring Nipsey Hussle)
"Three 60"
(Curren$y featuring Juicy J)
2013 New Jet City
(Freddie Gibbs featuring Daz Dillinger & Spice 1)
"No Sleep Gang"
(Crooked I)
Apex Predator
"Bossed Up"
(HBK Gang featuring Iamsu! & P-Lo)
Gang Forever
"Brodee Bro"
(Dizzy Wright featuring Capo)
The Golden Age
"I'm Leanin (Intro)"
(Meek Mill featuring Travis Scott, Birdman & Diddy)
Dreamchasers 3
"Money Ain't No Issue"
(Meek Mill featuring Future & Fabolous)
"On Now"
(Snow Tha Product featuring Trae Tha Truth)
Good Nights & Bad Mornings 2: The Hangover
"Wit It"
(Chevy Woods)
GangLand 2
"Crazy Sex"
(R. Kelly)
R. Kelly Black Panties
"Wood & Leather (Whenever)"
(Ty Dolla $ign featuring Big TC & Pops)
2014 Beach House EP
"White Girl"
(Shy Glizzy)
Young Jefe
"Pass Off"
(Smoke DZA featuring Ty Dolla $ign & Bluntsmoker)
Dream. Zone. Achieve
"Ready for 'Em"
(Lil Durk)
Signed To The Streets 2
"Keep It G, Pt. II"
(Joey Fatts featuring A$AP Rocky)
Chipper Jones Vol. 3
"Black Eskimo"
Johnny Juliano Seen It All: The Autobiography
"Don't Worry"
(PARTYNEXTDOOR featuring Ca$h Out)
"Big Daddy"
(Nicki Minaj featuring Meek Mill)
Johnny Juliano & Yung Exclusive The Pinkprint
"I Got the Juice"
(Meek Mill)
2015 Yung Exclusive Dreams Worth More Than Money
"Vice City"
(Jay Rock featuring Black Hippy)
Yung Exclusive 90059
"My Place"
(Gerald Walker)
"Back On The Bullshyt"
(2 Chainz featuring Lil Wayne)
2016 Felt Like Cappin
"untitled 02 | 06.23.2014."
(Kendrick Lamar)
Yung Exclusive untitled unmastered
"Headaches & Migraines"
(Mac Miller featuring Dave East)
Smoke Till I'm Dead
(Drake featuring Future)
40, Southside & Yung Exclusive Views
"Coolaid Man"
(Snoop Dogg)
Cubeatz Coolaid
(Snoop Dogg featuring Trick Trick)
"By Any Means"
(ScHoolboy Q)
Yung Exclusive Blank Face LP
(ScHoolboy Q featuring Miguel & Justine Skye)
Yung Exclusive & Frank Dukes
"See What You On"
OZ No Hard Feelings
"through the late night"
(Travis Scott featuring Kid Cudi)
Cubeatz Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight
"Type of Time"
(Dave East)
Kairi Chanel
"Can't Ignore"
(Dave East featuring 2 Chainz)
"Slow Down"
(Dave East featuring Jazzy Amra)
"In a Minute / In House"
Yung Exclusive Big Baby D.R.A.M.
"Good Thang"
"London Town"
(A$AP Mob featuring A$AP Rocky, A$AP Ant & Playboi Carti)
Cozy Tapes Vol. 1: Friends
(Migos featuring 2 Chainz)
2017 Culture
(Kendrick Lamar)
Ricci Riera, Sounwave, DJ Dahi, Bēkon & Anthony Tiffith Damn
"The Other Side"
(Dizzee Rascal)
Dizzee Rascal Raskit[21]
"Bop N Keep It Dippin"
(Dizzee Rascal)
"She Knows What She Wants"
(Dizzee Rascal)
(Dizzee Rascal)
"Man of the Hour"
(Dizzee Rascal)
"Where U From"
(Huncho Jack)
Cubeatz Huncho Jack, Jack Huncho
"Long Gone"
(Juice Wrld)
2018 Goodbye & Good Riddance
"Open It Up"
Culture II
"Big Shot"
(Kendrick Lamar & Travis Scott)
Cubeatz and Sounwave Black Panther: The Album[22]
(Don Toliver)
2021 Mike Dean Life of a Don
(Denzel Curry featuring 454)
2022 Melt My Eyez See Your Future


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  12. ^ "The Night Shift by Larry June & Cardo" – via Apple Music.
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  14. ^ "Billboard". Retrieved June 1, 2023.
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