DJ Khalil

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DJ Khalil
Birth name Khalil Abdul-Rahman
Also known as DJ Khalil, Khalil, Khalil Hazzard
Origin Los Angeles
Genres Hip hop, soul
Occupations Record Producer, disc jockey
Instruments Keyboard, Sampler
Years active 1997 - present
Labels Angeles Records, Self Scientific, Aftermath Entertainment
Associated acts Self Scientific, The New Royales, Kobe Honeycutt, Dr. Dre, 50 Cent, Eminem

Khalil Abdul-Rahman, professionally known as DJ Khalil, is an American hip hop and soul music producer from Los Angeles, California. Khalil is the instrumental half of the hip hop duo Self Scientific, together with rapper Chace Infinite. He is perhaps best known for his production on American rapper Eminem's 2010 and 2013 albums, Recovery and The Marshall Mathers LP 2, producing four tracks on the former and the second single on the latter. Along with Liz Rodrigues, Erik Alcock and Pranam 'Chin' Injeti, he is a member of the music group The New Royales. He is also the third born son of former UCLA player and coach and NBA player Walt Hazzard.

Production style[edit]

DJ Khalil has established a couple of well recognizable elements in his productions. He often uses analog drum sounds and adds Cymbals on the every beat of his four-four time loops to create some kind of march rhythm. Khalils production feature heavily filtered synthesizer leads and choir pads which serve as an antithesis to the warm drum sounds. Another common element in his productions are space effects.

On his more recent productions, an increasing use of analog instruments like electric guitars is apparent.

American singer Kobe's vocals are often featured on most of Khalil's productions. Kobe often does reference tracks for other singers, such as how he can be heard on an early demo version of "I'll Still Kill" by 50 Cent, singing the chorus that would be eventually replaced by Akon.


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