For a producer who’s just starting to get the recognition he deserves, Emile has quite an impressive resume. Originally from Buffalo, New York, Emile Haynie got his first break after handing off a beat CD to Proof (RIP), and from there, his career took off in all directions.
Not only did he start producing for various members of Eminem’s Detroit camp (eventually landing a song on Em’s latest album Recovery), but he was also putting in work back in New York City with legendary rappers like Ghostface Killah, M.O.P., and AZ.
During the late 2000s, his career flourished, getting song placements on albums by Ice Cube and Slaughterhouse, and producing mixtape and album tracks for a rising star by the name of Kid Cudi.
This connection led to his being a co-producer on one of the biggest singles of 2010, Kanye West’s “Runaway,” a song that was spawned by a beat he played for ‘Ye while he was in Hawaii working with Cudi on Man on the Moon II.
Having started primarily as a sample-driven hip-hop producer, Emile has expanded his repertoire, producing for the hottest new songstress in the blogosphere, Lana Del Rey, as well as the pop hop powerhouse Gym Class Heroes. And he’s still doing his thing with the rap elite (check for “Novacane” on Lil Wayne’s Tha Carter IV) and even lacing newcomers like Action Bronson.
So before Emile gets too big to do interviews (we keeed!), Complex reached out to him so he could break down the stories behind all his classic records. He was more than hospitable, inviting us into his brand new, luxurious, art-filled studio in Manhattan’s Chelsea District to share tales about co-producing his first major-label release with Eminem, getting clowned for being white by M.O.P., and having DJ Premier do scratches on one of his songs.
Plus much more, including the unbelievable story behind his favorite song he ever did (it was with Proof), and how The RZA co-signed his production on Kid Cudi’s “Mr. Rager.” We have a feeling that this is just the beginning of a very prominent career for Emile.
As told to Daniel Isenberg (@stanipcus) & Joe La Puma (@JLaPuma).