2” Feat. Sizzla (Ear Drum). Most recently he delivered 50 Cent’s latest commercial smash hit “I’ll Still Kill” Feat AKON on the multi-platinum selling Curtis LP. In 2008 he picked up right were he left off with his production for Jim Jones commercial single “Love Me No More” Feat Cobe (Harlem’s American Gangster) and a musical score of the horror film titled “The Portal”. He also created tracks for an upcoming animated feature film, “The Blockheads” Early production is already in the mix with Dr. Dre’s highly anticipated “Detox”, NAS, Kelis, and Busta Rhymes among several others.
These recent accomplishments have catapulted his name as one of the music industry hottest new producers. Rewind to his early days, Khalil’s passion for music began as a youth growing up in Los Angeles listening to everything from “NWA” to “A Tribe Called Quest” exposing him to the best of what hip hop music was delivering from both coasts during a time which is now remembered as “The Glory Years” in hip hop. It was during this time that a young DJ Khalil was heavily influenced and knew he wanted to be a part of the rapidly growing hip hop movement that influenced many kids during this era. After purchasing his first pair of technique turntables and years of perfecting his skills as a DJ, Khalil would be influenced by the likes of DJ Premiere, Pete Rock, & Ali Shaheed. These incredible individuals would eventually spark the passion he had in him to produce his own music. This led to the purchase of his first beat machine, the ASR10 made by Ensoniq.
Making his transition from DJ to producer and giving birth to his official production/artist name, DJ Khalil. He developed his passion for music from his father who to this day possesses an incredible jazz collection. This not only inspired the young producer but it exposed him to thousands of famous Jazz musicians, which helped develop and mold his sound to what you hear today. While still in High School he shared a bond with another talented up and coming artist from Los Angeles by the name of Chace Infinite.
The two met mutually through the friendship their parents shared and the love for their first passion as youth, Basketball. It was during this time that Khalil finally had someone he could bounce and share ideas with musically and begin his long journey through the winding roads of the music industry. Upon graduation from North Hollywood High, he enrolled in the Historically Black University, Moorehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia. The move would prove to be beneficial for him. At Moorehouse College he shared the same hallways with the likes of many striving young artist and soon to be executives who are currently major players in the music business today.
It would also prove to be a time where the majority of his growth and experimentation as a Producer would play a significant role in what is now known as his unique signature sound. He continued to develop as an artist eventually forming a group called “Self Scientific” in the early 90’s exposing the Hip Hop community to a series of underground produced classics. However, it wasn’t until 1993 when Khalil produced the underground hit “Return” that they made their official introduction and solidified him as one of the newest producers to keep an ear open for. After the success of ‘Return” and a series of 12’ vinyl singles his group eventually landed a development deal with Loud Records in1995.
Although things didn’t pan out like he expected, the knowledge he gained would give him the inspiration to produce two classic Self Scientific albums. “The Self Science” in 2000 and “Change” in 2006. In 2003 while continuing to establish himself as a young producer on the rise, Khalil caught the attention of west coast Legend and co- founder of NWA, Dr. Dre. Dr.
Dre saw great potential in Khalil as a producer and felt with his guidance he could help develop his sound to great heights. “I want to sign you as a staff producer” Dre told Khalil, “I want you as a part of the family” Persistence and countless hours perfecting his sound paid off landing him a slot on Dr. Dre’s production staff at Aftermath Records. “I grew up listening to Dre, so to be working with him and the fact that he really like my music is dope”, explains Khalil.
His new affiliation would allow him to produce for the likes of major artist like Keith Murray “Candi Bar”, Cypress Hill “The Only Way”, XZIBIT “Beware Of Us”, Raekwon “Ice Cream Part 2”, and G-Unit’s 50 Cent “Lay You Down”. Even though he was beginning to receive early success with mainstream artist he still continued to inject underground artists with his infectious sound. Ras Kass “Kiss Of Death”, Sway & King Tech “Better Days”, Planet Asia “It’s On”, Strong Arm Steady (Blacksmith/Warner Bros.), Evidence (“All Said & Done”/The Weatherman LP) and newly acquired Aftermath Recording Artist Bishop Lamont have and are still benefiting from this musical talent. Khalil’s never ending appetite for challenging himself musically has brought him to his most recent personal venture, “The New Royales”.
This hybrid group made up of himself and a group of very talented songwriters / musicians based out of Canada have combined his distinct sound with the “Royales” alternative rock melodies making the match a perfect alliance. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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