Alex da Kid

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Alex da Kid
Birth name Alexander Grant
Origin London, England
Genres Alternative rock, hip hop, pop, R&B
Occupation(s) Record producer
Instruments Keyboard, drum machine, sampler
Years active 2008–present
Labels KIDinaKORNER, Interscope
Associated acts Imagine Dragons, Jamie N Commons, Skylar Grey, X Ambassadors
Website alexdakid.com

Alexander Grant, professionally known as Alex da Kid, is an English musician and record producer from London. He has gained recognition for producing singles for Dr. Dre ("I Need a Doctor"), Nicki Minaj ("Massive Attack"), B.o.B ("Airplanes" featuring Hayley Williams), Eminem ("Love the Way You Lie" featuring Rihanna), and Imagine Dragons ("Radioactive").

Even though he now lives in Los Angeles, The Evening Standard named him one of "London's Most Influential People in 2011." He has been nominated for numerous Grammy Awards including "Album of the Year" for his work on Rihanna's Loud. His record label, KIDinaKORNER, is under the umbrella of Interscope Records.[1][2]

In July 2013, Grant (as owner of KIDinaKORNER Records) was chosen by Billboard Magazine for their "Top 40 Under 40" of the year.[3]

Early life[edit]

Grant was a professional footballer, playing for Bristol City[4] until when, at 19 years of age, his friend introduced him to the digital music editing software Fruity Loops, which prompted an interest in music production.[5] He then attended University of West London to study towards a master's degree in audio technology, now called MA Advanced Music Technology.

Universal Music Publishing Group's Jessica Rivera first heard about him through Grant's lawyer Scott Felcher.[6] On request Grant sent Rivera some of his music, and the publishing executive later related her reactions to HitQuarters: "It hit me right away that this dude had something different to bring to the table ... He wasn't just straight up hip-hop – his sound was very different and transcended genres."[6]

KIDinaKORNER records[edit]

Grant started KIDinaKORNER Records in 2011 to work on and release passion projects that he has produced. He first signed Skylar Grey to the record label and in January 2011, KIDinaKORNER Records released Skylar Grey's first single entitled "Dance Without You." KIDinaKORNER has since signed Imagine Dragons and released their first album, Night Visions, in 2012.[7]

Writing and production credits[edit]

Title Year Artist(s) Album Writer(s) Producer(s) Ref
"Going In" 2008 Kardinal Offishall Not 4 Sale Alexander Grant, Jason Harrow Alex da Kid [8]
"I'm Leavin'" Rock City, Akon, Swizz Beatz N/A Timothy Thomas, Theron Thomas, Aliaune Thiam, Kasseem Dean, Alexander Grant Alex da Kid, Swizz Beatz
"All Out of Tune" 2009 Alesha Dixon The Alesha Show Alex da Kid
"Massive Attack" 2010 Nicki Minaj, Sean Garrett N/A Alexander Grant, Sean Garrett, Onkia Maraj Alex da Kid, Sean Garrett [9]
"Airplanes" B.o.B, Hayley Williams B.o.B Presents: The Adventures of Bobby Ray Jeremy Dussolliet, Justin Franks, Ian Brieck (piano), Alexander Grant, Bobby Ray Simmons, Jr., Tim Sommers Alex da Kid, DJ Frank E [10]
"Airplanes, Part II" B.o.B, Eminem, Hayley Williams Jeremy Dussolliet, Justin Franks, Alexander Grant, Marshall Mathers, Luis Resto, Bobby Ray Simmons, Jr., Tim Sommers Alex da Kid, DJ Frank E, Luis Resto [11]
"Love the Way You Lie" Eminem, Rihanna Recovery Alexander Grant, Holly Hafermann, Marshall Mathers Alex da Kid [12]
"Love the Way You Lie (Part II)" Rihanna, Eminem Loud Alexander Grant, Holly Hafermann, Marshall Mathers Alex da Kid [13]
"Castle Walls" T.I., Christina Aguilera No Mercy Alexander Grant, Holly Hafermann, Clifford Harris Alex da Kid [14]
"Coming Home" Diddy – Dirty Money, Skylar Grey Last Train to Paris Shawn Carter, Jermaine Cole, Alexander Grant, Holly Hafermann Alex da Kid, Jay-Z [15]
"I Need a Doctor" 2011 Dr. Dre, Eminem, Skylar Grey N/A Alexander Grant, Holly Hafermann, Marshall Mathers, Andre Young Alex da Kid [16]
"Words I Never Said" Lupe Fiasco, Skylar Grey Lasers Alexander Grant, Holly Hafermann, Wasalu Jaco Alex da Kid [17]
"Rise Above 1" Reeve Carney, Bono, The Edge Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark Alex da Kid, Bono, The Edge
"Dance Without You" Skylar Grey N/A Alexander Grant, Holly Hafermann Alex da Kid [18]
"Invisible" Alexander Grant, Holly Hafermann, Robert Thomas Alex da Kid [19]
"Farewell" Rihanna Talk That Talk Esther Dean, Alexander Grant Alex da Kid [20]
"Love the Way You Lie, Pt. III (Original Demo)" 2012 Skylar Grey The Buried Sessions of Skylar Grey Alexander Grant, Holly Hafermann, Marshall Mathers Alex da Kid
"Coming Home, Pt. II" Shawn Carter, Jermaine Cole, Alexander Grant, Holly Hafermann Alex da Kid [21]
"Words" Alexander Grant, Holly Hafermann Alex da Kid [22]
"Radioactive" Imagine Dragons Continued Silence Alexander Grant, Benjamin McKee, Joshua Mosser, Daniel Reynolds, Wayne Sermon Alex da Kid [23]
"Demons" Alexander Grant, Benjamin McKee, Joshua Mosser, Daniel Reynolds, Wayne Sermon Alex da Kid [24]
"On Top of the World" Alexander Grant, Benjamin McKee, Daniel Reynolds, Wayne Sermon Alex da Kid [25]
"Round and Round" Alexander Grant, Benjamin McKee, Daniel Reynolds, Wayne Sermon Alex da Kid [26]
"Radioactive" Night Visions Alexander Grant, Benjamin McKee, Joshua Mosser, Daniel Reynolds, Wayne Sermon Alex da Kid [23]
"Demons" Alexander Grant, Benjamin McKee, Joshua Mosser, Daniel Reynolds, Wayne Sermon Alex da Kid [24]
"On Top of the World" Alexander Grant, Benjamin McKee, Daniel Reynolds, Wayne Sermon Alex da Kid [25]
"Round and Round" Alexander Grant, Benjamin McKee, Daniel Reynolds, Wayne Sermon Alex da Kid [26]
"Bleeding Out" Alexander Grant, Benjamin McKee, Joshua Mosser, Daniel Reynolds, Wayne Sermon Alex da Kid [27]
"Beautiful Sinner" Nicki Minaj Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded Esther Dean, Alexander Grant, Onika Maraj Alex da Kid [28]
"Under the Sun" Cheryl Cole A Million Lights Alex da Kid
"Our House" Slaughterhouse, Eminem, Skylar Grey Welcome to: Our House Alex da Kid
"Rescue Me" Slaughterhouse, Skylar Grey Alex da Kid, Eminem
"Lost Cause" Imagine Dragons Frankenweenie Unleashed! Alex da Kid
"Building a Monster" Skylar Grey Alexander Grant, Holly Hafermann Alex da Kid [29]
"Invincible" MGK, Ester Dean Lace Up Richard Baker, Alexander Grant, Esther Dean Alex da Kid [30]
"Lotus Intro" Christina Aguilera Lotus Alex da Kid, Dem Jointz
"Make the World Move" Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green Alex da Kid, Mike Del Rio, Jayson DeZuzio
"Cease Fire" Christina Aguilera Alex da Kid
"Circles" Alex da Kid
"Best of Me" Alex da Kid, Jayson DeZuzio
"Light Up the Sky" Alex da Kid
"Shut Up" Alex da Kid, Mike Del Rio, Nate Campany
"Ready, Aim, Fire" 2013 Imagine Dragons Iron Man 3: Heroes Fall (Music Inspired by the Motion Picture) Dan Reynolds, Wayne Sermon, Ben McKee, Daniel Platzman,Alex Da Kid Alex da Kid
"Rumble and Sway" Jamie N Commons Rumble and Sway EP Alex da Kid
"Wash Me in the Water" Alex da Kid
"Worth Your While" Alex da Kid
"Have a Little Faith" Alex da Kid
"Caroline (Early Demo)" Alex da Kid
"The Preacher" Alex da Kid
"Final Warning" Skylar Grey Don't Look Down Holly Brook Haferman, Alex Da Kid Alex da Kid
"C'mon Let Me Ride" (featuring Eminem) Hafermann, Grant, Mike Del Rio, Marshall Mathers, Freddie Mercury Alex da Kid
"Sunshine" Hafermann, Grant, Jayson DeZuzio Alex da Kid DeZuzio Hafermann
"Glow in the Dark" Hafermann, Grant, Del Rio Alex da Kid, Del Rio
"Shit, Man!" (featuring Angel Haze) Hafermann Grant, DeZuzio, Raykeea Wilson Alex da Kid, Dezuzio
"Clear Blue Sky" Hafermann, Grant, Lauren Christy, Clare Maguire Alex da Kid
"Tower (Don't Look Down)" Hafermann, Grant Alex da Kid
"Unconsolable" X Ambassadors Love Songs Drug Songs EP Alex da Kid
"Love Songs Drug Songs" Noah Feldshuh, Casey Harris, Sam Harris, Alex da Kid, Adam Levin Alex da Kid
"Down With Me" Alex da Kid
"Stranger" Noah Feldshuh, Casey Harris, Sam Harris, Alex da Kid, Adam Levin, Dan Reynolds Alex da Kid
"Litost" Alex da Kid
"Brother" Alex da Kid
"(Don't Turn on Me) Warning You" 50 Cent N/A Alex da Kid, Holly Haferman, 50 Cent Alex da Kid
"Asshole" Eminem The Marshall Mathers LP 2 Alex da Kid
"Desperation" Alex da Kid
"Wicked Ways" Alex da Kid
"Witch Doctor" Tinie Tempah Demonstration Alex da Kid
"Monster" Imagine Dragons N/A Alex da Kid
"Who We Are" Imagine Dragons The Hunger Games: Catching Fire – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Alex da Kid
"Free and Lonely" 2014 X Ambassadors The Reason EP Noah Feldshuh / Casey Harris / Sam Harris / Alex Da Kid / Adam Levin Alex da Kid
"The Business" Noah Feldshuh / Casey Harris / Sam Harris / Alex Da Kid / Adam Levin Alex da Kid
"Giants" Noah Feldshuh / Casey Harris / Sam Harris / Alex Da Kid / Adam Levin Alex da Kid
"Unsteady" Noah Feldshuh / Casey Harris / Sam Harris / Alex Da Kid / Adam Levin / Alex da Kid
"Shining" Noah Feldshuh / Casey Harris / Sam Harris / Alex da Kid / Adam Levin / Alex da Kid
"Jungle" X Ambassadors, Jamie N Commons N/A Jamie N Commons / Sam Harris / Alex da Kid / Mike Del Rio Alex da Kid
"Jungle (Remix)" (featuring Jay-Z) X Ambassadors, Jamie N Commons N/A Jamie N Commons / Sam Harris / Alex da Kid / Mike Del Rio / Sean Carter Alex da Kid
"I Bet My Life" Imagine Dragons N/A Dan Reynolds, Daniel Wayne Sermon, Ben McKee, Daniel Platzman, Alex da Kid Alex da Kid
"Bed of Lies" (featuring Skylar Grey) Nicki Minaj, Skylar Grey The Pinkprint Nicki Minaj, Holly Hafermann, Alex da Kid Alex da Kid

Singles produced[edit]

List of singles as either producer or co-producer, with selected chart positions and certifications, showing year released, performing artists and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
US US
R&B
US
Rap
AUS CAN FRA GER NZ SWE UK
"Hello Heartbreak"
(Michelle Williams)
2008 Unexpected
"Massive Attack"
(Nicki Minaj)
2010 122 65 non-album single
"Airplanes"
(B.o.B featuring Hayley Williams of Paramore)
2 65 2 2 2 89 8 1 10 1 B.o.B Presents: The Adventures of Bobby Ray
"Love the Way You Lie"
(featuring Rihanna)
1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 2
  • RIAA: 11× Platinum
    (Diamond)[34]
  • ARIA: 9× Platinum[35]
  • BPI: 2× Platinum
  • BVMI: Platinum
  • IFPI SWI: 3× Platinum
  • RIANZ: 2× Platinum
Recovery
"Coming Home"
(Diddy-Dirty Money featuring Skylar Grey)
11 83 21 4 7 8 4 5 8 4
  • RIAA: 2× Platinum
  • ARIA: 3× Platinum[36]
  • BPI: Silver
Last Train to Paris
"I Need a Doctor"
(Dr. Dre featuring Eminem and Skylar Grey)
2011 4 124 16 12 8 29 25 23 56 8
  • RIAA: 2× Platinum[37]
  • BPI: Silver[38]
non-album single
"Words I Never Said"
(Lupe Fiasco featuring Skylar Grey)
89 Lasers
"Rise Above 1"
(Reeve Carney featuring Bono and The Edge)
74 71 Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark
"Dance Without You"
(Skylar Grey)
non-album singles
"Invisible"
(Skylar Grey)
86 63
"Invincible"
(MGK featuring Ester Dean)
108 Lace Up
"Under The Sun"
(Cheryl)
12 A Million Lights
"C'mon Let Me Ride"
(Skylar Grey featuring Eminem)
2012 82 17 Don't Look Down
"Radioactive"
(Imagine Dragons)
3 6 2 28 4 4 1 12
  • RIAA: 9× Platinum
  • ARIA: 4× Platinum
  • BPI: Platinum
  • BVMI: Platinum
  • IFPI SWE: 6× Platinum[39]
  • IFPI SWI: Platinum
  • MC: 3× Platinum
  • RMNZ: 3× Platinum[40]
Night Visions
"Demons"
(Imagine Dragons)
2013 6 11 4 15 15 12 7 13
  • ARIA: 2× Platinum
  • BPI: Silver
  • IFPI SWE: 4× Platinum[41]
  • IFPI SWI: Gold
  • MC: Platinum
  • RMNZ: Platinum[42]
"On Top of the World"
(Imagine Dragons)
79 10 43 35 13 10 40 34
  • ARIA: 3× Platinum[43]
  • BPI: Silver
  • IFPI SWE: 2× Platinum[44]
  • RMNZ: Platinum[45]
"Final Warning"
(Skylar Grey)
Don't Look Down
"Monster"
(Imagine Dragons)
78 41 non-album single
"Jungle (Remix)"[46]
(X Ambassadors & Jamie N Commons featuring JAY Z)
2014 non-album single
"I Bet My Life"
(Imagine Dragons)
53 36 19 42 28 non-album single
"Bed of Lies"
(Nicki Minaj featuring SKylar Grey)
70 15 153 32 The Pinkprint
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

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