DJ Khalil: “I try to give people [beats with hooks and] ideas because sometimes, I'll send beats out and people just won't get it. They just won't know what to do with it. But if you sell it with the concept already on it, people get it right away. [That’s why] I sent over ‘Almost Famous’ with a hook [already] on it. Em works from his studio in Detroit where he has an engineer and all that stuff. So we just started talking on the phone and we were in constant communication about the record. And he was just really like, 'What do you think of the songs?' He really wanted to know what my opinion was, which is cool. And the record was just really powerful. He was literally airing out on every track. But he loved it, it really challenged him. He played me that record and I was just like, ‘This dude is back.’
“I didn't really get to see [Eminem in the studio] but I've heard stories. Dre always talked about how Em always writes in the corner [of the paper] really small and how he had this really weird way of writing everything. And how Em doesn't have an iPod, he walks around with CDs and an actual CD player. [Laughs.] His stories are legendary. But what I've witnessed is that he's just funny as hell. Like, surprisingly funny. To the point where it's like, 'Damn, he just cracked a joke?'
"He's like a regular person, but you want to talk about perfectionists man? His ears and Dre’s ears are crazy. They hear everything. If anything is off just a little bit, they notice it right away. They're very particular about how stuff sounds and they just nitpick everything. If anything jeopardizes the integrity of a record, they're like, 'Yo, we gotta change that.' Or, 'Put that back to the original way it was.' They hate changes because they just like the original energy of music. They don't want to corrupt it or whatever. They fall in love with it from the beginning. Once you start changing stuff they're like, 'Nah.' It kinda loses its vibe to them.”