It took Dr. Dre nearly a decade and a string of leaks to settle on his first single for his long-awaited album, Detox. However, despite “Kush” being a song by one of hip-hop’s greatest producers ever, the club banger was actually produced by Khalil-Abdul Rahman, better known as DJ Khalil. Born in Seattle but raised in L.A., the 37-year-old California-based Khalil is a protege of Dr. Dre and a member of the band, The New Royales.
Khalil’s name really started buzzing last year after producing four songs on Eminem’s Grammy Award-winning album, Recovery. But Khalil has been in the game longer than you might think and he’s produced bangers for rappers like Nas, Jay-Z, 50 Cent, Game, and Clipse. We got down with Khalil to find out which other beats he made for Detox, but instead ended up talking about whose verse G-Unit deleted for fear of beef, and how he helped craft the sonic blueprint for Eminem’s Recovery as well as Drake’s So Far Gone.
As told to Insanul Ahmed (@Incilin)