His music isn't always identifiable or easily pigeon-holed, which can be preferable. Often, he allows the production to slide to the back while the artist paints the canvas with their personality. This was highly effective on Nicki Minaj's "No Frauds" and 2 Chainz's "4am". He's not a one-dimensional producer though, on Travis Scott's "Butterfly" he crafted a beat that could hold its own without any vocals, allowing Travis to skate on the beat as he saw fit, leaving gaps that never hurt the energy or vibe of the track.
His 2017 performance increase was enough to place Murda Beatz in the top 10 hip-hop producers of the year. 2018 is looking even bigger, with huge projects from Travis, Nicki, Drake, and of course, Migos. Will he top 2017? Could he even challenge Metro Boomin for the tag of Best Rap Producer?
And here is the improvement the duo has experienced from 2015 to the end of 2017:
There are multiple projects on the horizon from artists the duo has previously worked with. Travis Scott is "on a mission to be heard" in 2018, Kanye West is in the mountains crafting his next culture-shifting record, Drake promised he'd be back in 2018 to tell his story, Gucci Mane will doubtless be dropping several projects, and Nicki Minaj's highly anticipated 4th LP is almost certain to drop. CuBeatz might have broken through in 2017, but they might dominate 2018.