From: Los Angeles, CA
Recent bangers: Drake "Worst Behavior" (2013), Kendrick Lamar "Money Trees" (2013), Dom Kennedy "My Type Of Party" (2012)
Cali's DJ Dahi tip-toed into rap production after discovering a love of the form while moonlighting as a DJ in college. He got a little buzz producing for local luminaries like Pac Div, TiRon, and Fashawn. But his first big break was "My Kind of Party," a key cut off Dom Kennedy's beloved summer 2012 project, The Yellow Album. "My Kind of Party" laid cloudy layers of synth haze over wonky, synthetic drums for a beat that matched Dom's giddy party raps for faded bliss.
Dahi also blessed Schoolboy Q with the frenetic soundscape for Habits and Contradictions' "Sexting," which led to his next breakthrough: "Money Trees" off Kendrick Lamar's now-platinum good kid, m.A.A.d city. The barely recognizable flip of the indie rock group Beach House's "Silver Soul" at the heart of the song showcased both Dahi's wide-roaming ear for sounds and ha knack for clever manipulation of off-beat source material, and it surely got him the attention of all the industry heads he's currently entertaining this year.
Dahi's 2013 is looking great. He got called to work with Drake on Nothing Was the Same and turned in the quirky stop-start synth and click underpinning for "Worst Behavior," a standout track on an album whose production exhibits the subtlest touch of any rap project released this year. Dahi's currently rumored to be doing sessions with everyone from Big K.R.I.T. to Elle Varner, and if his rocket-like rise over the last two years is any indication, we'll be hearing a lot more from him in the months to come.