DJ Khalil: “I had this guy Dante Winslow and his wife make me samples and they put together this piece of music. I thought it was crazy, so I chopped it up, added more instruments to it, and knocked the beat out. I sent it to over to Dre and Dre loved it. He was like, 'I'm keeping this. This is going on Detox.' At the same time, Jay-Z was writing records for him for [Kingdom Come], so Dre sent over a bunch of beats. When Jay-Z heard that beat, he called Dre immediately and was like, 'Yo I need this for my album. I'm working on Kingdom Come right now and I need this.' Dre didn't wanna give it up at first, but then he finally did.
“I remember Dre calling me and saying, 'Congratulations, you made Jay-Z's album. He called me and he just really wanted this beat.’ At first Dre didn't want to let it go, but Jay wanted it real bad, and I think he had already laid the song. [Laughs.] Jay didn't even wait and they were done with the album. That was probably the last song [he recorded for Kingdom Come]. They were mastering in a couple of days, so Dre called me and was like, 'Yo I need the files and I need the sampling information.' At the time, I was really known for sampling. When I told Dre that it wasn't a sample and that it was an original, he was like, 'Are you serious?' That was one of the first joints that there wasn't a sample. That was all original music thanks to Dante and his wife.
"It was crazy. I met Jay-Z [for the first time] at a Lakers game [that same year]. I just walked up to him and I was like, ‘Yo, I produced on your album, Kingdom Come. I did ‘I Made It.’ I’ He was like, 'Man, I love that song. Nice work.' That was pretty much it. He did give me props, but that was pretty much the end of the conversation. I can't say enough about Dre. He just hooked it up man. To have Dr. Dre and Jay-Z endorse your music is kinda incredible."