DJ Khalil: “2009 was a really crazy year for me, I was just on a roll, and [Eminem’s manager] Paul Rosenberg was loving what I was doing. After I talked to Paul about how the Slaughterhouse record was originally an Em record, he was like, 'Wow, I need you to send me records. Do you have more like that?' And I was like, ‘Yeah.’ And I just started sending records over and Em just started recording to them.
“The first day I met Em was the day he won a Grammy for ‘Crack a Bottle.’ Dre called me and he was like, 'Yo, Em wants to meet you.' Dre really helped facilitate the whole thing because Dre is a fan of my music too. He always looked out for me. Always. So I drove out to the studio. Em waited for me and we met for the first time. It was crazy because he was like, 'Yo, I'm just a big fan. I love your music and I've already recorded some stuff. I'm really anxious to play it for you. You're kinda setting the tone for my album and the direction that I wanna go.'
"He played me ‘Won't Back Down,’ ‘Almost Famous,’ and ‘25 to Life.’ I was like, ‘Is this really happening? This is crazy.’ And he was just like, 'Yo, do you have more records?' And I was like, ‘I don't have any on me right now but I can bring you some tomorrow.’ So the next day I brought more records and I was playing beats for Dre and Em in the studio. It was just the three of us. I was just like, ‘This is insane.’ And Em started to write to one of the beats and it was just one of those crazy moments.