DJ Khalil Tells All: The Stories Behind His Classic Records

Eminem f/ Pink “Won’t Back Down” (2010)

DJ Khalil: “Liz Rodriguez from The New Royales was on that hook [originally] because she wrote it along with Erik Alcock. Pink wasn't on it yet. If you hear the version with Liz, it's ridiculous. It's just as good as Pink's version. Liz just has a different tone but she murdered it.

"But Eminem called me from Detroit and he was like, 'Yo, since we have Liz on a couple of these other songs already, what do you think about Pink getting on this record?' I was like, ‘Yo, that's crazy!’ That was such a good call because Pink is not really known for that, but she can deliver that type of record. Her presence can really carry that record to another level.

“So they sent me to Malibu to go record with Pink. I recorded with Pink in Malibu and that was kinda crazy. It was just like, ‘Wow, one of the biggest recording artists in the world is recording on a track I did with Eminem.’ She loved the record. She was like, 'This record is crazy. I've never heard anything like it.'

"So we knocked it out. I remember driving back from Malibu and calling Em. He asked, 'Well, how does it sound?' And I was like, ‘It sounds great. She killed it.’ I sent it to him and he was really happy.”

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