Jahlil Beats

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Jahlil Beats
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Background information
Birth name Orlando Tucker[1]
Born (1988-02-08) February 8, 1988 (age 27)
Origin Chester, Pennsylvania, United States
Genres Hip hop
Occupation(s) Record producer,
Instruments Synthesizer, 808 drums, FL Studio[1]
Years active 2003-present
Labels Roc Nation
Associated acts Jay-Z, Meek Mill, Fabolous, Kid Ink, Chris Brown, Problem

Orlando Tucker (born February 8, 1988) better known by his stage name Jahlil Beats, is an American hip hop record producer and rapper. He is currently signed to Jay-Z's Roc Nation. He has produced for artists such as Jay-Z, Diddy, Lil Wayne, Fabolous, Meek Mill, Chris Brown, Tyga, Rick Ross, Bobby Shmurda, T.I., and 50 Cent among others.[2] He is best known for producing Meek Mill's "Ima Boss" and "Burn", along with Bobby Shmurda's "Hot Nigga".

Early life[edit]

Jahlil Beats grew up in a housing project in Chester, Pennsylvania, a working class city about eight miles outside of Philadelphia. At the age of 12 he started learning audio engineering concepts, and building a passion for music under the guidance of his father (who was in a band) and cousin.[2] By age fifteen he taught his brother, Anthony Tucker (The Beat Bully) how to produce music and they began making beats together. In high school they would give their beats out to friends to rap over.[1] Jahlil would then go on to college before losing his financial aid and having to drop out.[3]

Musical career[edit]

After dropping out of college in 2008, Jahlil Beats returned to his city where he would meet upcoming rapper Meek Mill. Shortly after they frequently collaborated with each other, which Jahlil says was when he started taking music seriously.[3] He first became notable after producing several tracks on Tyga and Chris Brown's collaboration mixtape Fan of a Fan, including "Holla at Me". He then would get what he considers his first big beat placement, which would be "Tonight" off Fabolous' EP There Is No Competition 2: The Grieving Music EP.[4]

In 2011, Jahlil Beats produced Meek Mill's breakout hit "Ima Boss".[5] His production for that song, would later be named the tenth-best instrumental between 2008-2013 by Complex.[6] Later that year following a six-label bidding war, on October 16 he signed a publishing deal with Jay-Z's Roc Nation, who also manages Meek Mill.[7] In the following months he collaborated on songs artists such as Jay-Z, 50 Cent, Rihanna, J. Cole, Busta Rhymes, Meek Mill, Nelly, Big Sean, T.I., Jim Jones, Bow Wow, Willow Smith, and French Montana for their respective forthcoming albums.[4][5][8][9][10] He would also start to closely work under No ID after signing to Roc Nation. He was even one of the first people to confirm working on Jay-Z's twelfth studio album.[11] On July 20, 2012 he released a six-track free EP titled Legends Music.[12]

On November 6, 2012 he released an instrumental mixtape titled Legends Era.[13] On December 25, 2012 he released an instrumental mixtape titled Crack Music 6.[14] He followed that with Legends Era II on April 16, 2013.[15] The second instalment of Legends Era featured vocal guest appearances by Busta Rhymes, French Montana, Young Jeezy, Kid Ink, Juelz Santana, Lil Wayne, Game, Big Sean, Problem, Styles P, Vado, Ace Hood, and Meek Mill among others.[16][17] On August 1 he was scheduled to release his second instrumental mixtape of the year Genius, however its release would be pushed back until September 10, 2013.[18][19] It was met with positive reviews by music critics.[20] On December 25, 2013, Jahlil Beats released the previously announced Legends Era III. The mixtape contained guest appearances by Lil Wayne, Wiz Khalifa, ASAP Rocky, Future, Tyga, Juicy J, The Game, French Montana, Kid Ink, Kirko Bangz, Meek Mill, The LOX, Ab-Soul, Joey Badass, Action Bronson, Problem, Logic, Gunplay, Dizzy Wright, Vado, Ace Hood, Yo Gotti, Smoke DZA, Trae tha Truth, Project Pat, Trina, Rockie Fresh, and Jae Millz among others.[21] On October 31, 2014, he released a mixtape titled Crack Music 7.

Production style[edit]

Early in Jahlil Beats career he would use samples, recently he said he was moving away from using samples in his music, "I ain’t trying to share my publishing. If you sample they might take 80%, leave you with 20. They getting paid off a record they did 20 years ago. So I like to do a lot of my stuff from scratch because I want all my publishing. I’m stingy with mine."[22]In most of his songs, there can be siren heard throughout the beat. His songs also contain a production tag of his then three-year-old niece saying "Jahlil Beats Holla At Me".[1]

Personal life[edit]

His younger brother is record producer The Beat Bully who produced the Rick Ross, Drake, French Montana song "Stay Schemin'", Ross' "So Sophisticated" and Meek Mill's "House Party".[5][8]

Discography[edit]

EPs
  • Legends Music (2012)
Mixtapes
  • Crack Music 1 (2008)
  • On My Grind (2009)
  • Crack Music 2 (2009)[23]
  • Crack Music 3 (2010)
  • Still On My Grind (2011)[24]
  • Crack Music 4 (2011)[25]
  • Crack Music 5 (2011)[26]
  • Legend Season (2012)[27]
  • Legend Era (2012)
  • Crack Music 6 (2012)
  • Legend Era II (2013)
  • Genius (2013)
  • Legend Era III (2013)
  • 808 God (2014)
  • Crack Music 7 (2014)

Singles produced[edit]

Year Title Chart positions Certifications Album
US
US R&B/HH
US Rap
CAN
2009 "Make 'Em Say"
(Meek Mill)
94 Flamerz 2.5: The Preview
2010 "Rosé Red"
(Meek Mill)
103 Flamerz 3: The Wait Is Over
"Money Money Money"
(Red Cafe featuring Diddy and Fabolous)
68 N/A
2011 "Ima Boss"
(Meek Mill featuring Rick Ross)
101 20 17 Dreamchasers
"Ima Boss" (Remix)
(featuring DJ Khaled, T.I., Rick Ross, Lil Wayne, Birdman and Swizz Beatz)
51 N/A
"Let It Go (Dope Boy)"
(Red Cafe featuring Diddy)
76
2012 "Let It Go (Dope Boy)" (Remix)
(Red Café featuring Diddy, French Montana and 2 Chainz)
Hell's Kitchen
"Amen"
(Meek Mill featuring Drake)
57 5 4 Dreams and Nightmares
"Burn"
(Meek Mill feat. Big Sean)
101 86
"Young & Gettin' It"
(Meek Mill feat. Kirko Bangz)
86 25 18
"I Know"
(Styles P)
The World's Most Hardest MC Project
"Lost In The Sauce"
(Kid Ink)
Up & Away
"King Tut"
(Busta Rhymes featuring Reek Da Villian & J-Doe)
Year of the Dragon
"B.L.A.B. (Ballin' Like a Bitch)"
(Ace Hood)
85 Body Bag Vol. 2
"Trouble"
(Leona Lewis featuring Childish Gambino)
7 Glassheart
2013 "Ass Fat"
(Trina featuring Meek Mill)
N/A
"Wu Wuu Wuuu"
(Uncle Murda featuring Rocko)
N/A
2014 "Hot Nigga"
(Bobby Shmurda)
6 1 1 34
  • RIAA: Platinum[28]
Shmurda She Wrote EP
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart.

Other Produced[edit]

2010[edit]

Fabolous - There Is No Competition 2: The Grieving Music EP

  • 08. "Tonight" (featuring Red Café)

Meek Mill - Flamerz 3: The Wait Is Over

  • 04. "I'm Tryna" (featuring Mel Luv & E. Ness)
  • 10. "40 On My Hip" (featuring NH & Nitty)
  • 11. "I'm Clean" (featuring Young Dro)
  • 12. "Make Em Say"
  • 13. "Money Like A Mufucka" (featuring K. Smith & Mel Luv)
  • 16. "I Want Em All (featuring Mel Luv)
  • 23. "I'm Killin' Em" (featuring Red Café)

Chris Brown & Tyga - Fan Of A Fan

  • 06. "48 Bar Rap"
  • 19. "G Shit"
  • 20. "Holla At Me"

Meek Mill - Mr. Philedalphia

  • 02. "Indian Bounce"
  • 03. "Rose Red" (remix) (featuring T.I., Vado, & Rick Ross)
  • 06. "Legggo" (featuring Peedi, Crakk, & Young Chris)
  • 14. "Ballin'" (featuring Shizz & Nitty)
  • 18. "Where Dey Do Dat" (featuring Young Chris)
  • 23. "Bullet Wit Ya Name" (featuring Manny Wellz)

Gucci Mane - Ferrari Music

2011[edit]

Cory Gunz - Son Of A Gun

  • 20. "I'm Fuckin' Wit It" (featuring Young Hash)

Meek Mill - Dreamchasers

  • 08. "Tony Story" (featuring Jahlil Beats)

2012[edit]

Jadakiss - Consignment

Meek Mill - Dreamchasers 2

  • 07. "Flexing"

Roscoe Dash - 2.0

  • 04. "Zodiak Sign" (featuring Lloyd)

Ace Hood - Body Bag Vol. 2

  • 02. "Wanna Beez"

DJ Khaled - Kiss The Ring

  • 01. "Shout Out To The Real" (featuring Meek Mill, Ace Hood, and Plies)

Styles P - The Diamond Life Project

  • 02. "Gripping Over There" (featuring French Montana and Pusha T)

Skyzoo - Theo vs. J.J. (Dreams vs. Reaality)

  • 11. "#FGR (First Generation Rich)"

Avatar Darko - Soviet Goonion

  • 13. "Terminator, Pt. 2"

Skyzoo - A Dream Deferred

  • 06. "Range Over Rhythm"

Yo Gotti - CM7: The World Is Yours

  • 15. "Ain't No Turning Around"

Jeezy - It's Tha World

  • 02. "Knob Broke"

2013[edit]

Ace Hood - Starvation 2

N.O.R.E. - Student of the Game

Kevin Gates - The Luca Brasi Story

  • 21. "What's Understood"

French Montana - Excuse My Fresh

  • 02. "Trap House" (featuring Birdman and Rick Ross)

Ash K - Relationships 101

  • 02. "Bonnie & Clyde 13"

Problem - The Separation

  • 15. "Do It" (featuring Tyga)

Cory Gunz - Datz WTF I'm Taklin Bout

  • 13. "Demons" (featuring Charlie Rock)

Reese - DSNRTRAPN

  • 04. "Wakebake" (featuring Buddy)

Yo Gotti - Nov 19: The Mixtape

  • 08. "Sometimes"

Hardhead - Deliberate Mistakes

  • 09. "Nameless Celebrities" (featuring Kid Ink and K-Shawn)

Trae Tha Truth - I Am King

  • 13. "I Am King"

Casey Veggies & Rockie Fresh - Fresh Veggies

  • 07. "Perception/Love All Around Me" (featuring Kirko Bangz)

Scoe - Tha Influence

  • 03. "Hunnid Thousand"
  • 07. "Where They At"

2014[edit]

Coke Boys - Coke Boys 4

  • 09. "Worst Nightmare" (featuring Diddy)

N.O.R.E. - Noreaster

  • 05. "#FACTS" (featuring Yung Reallie)

Skyzoo & Torae - Barrel Brothers

  • 03. "Make You A Believer"

Young Scrap - Faded Ambition

  • 06. "Hot Nigga" (freestyle)

Ace Hood - Body Bag 3: Beast Mix

  • 06. "Hot Nigga" (Beast mix)

Batgang - 4B's

04. "Where Dey At" (performed by Kid Ink, Shitty Montana, and King Los)

Problem - 354: Lift Off

  • 04. "Hot Nigga" (featuring Bobby Shmurda)

Rich The Kid - Rich Than Famous

  • 04. "Don't Love You"
  • 06. "Wrist Gone Crazy"

2015[edit]

Juicy J - Blue Dream & Lean 2

  • 03. "Throw Dem Racks"

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Sharp, Elliott (January 18, 2012). "Brothers Jahlil and Tone Beats Are Making Beats for the Biggest Names in the Game". Philadelphia Weekly. Retrieved August 4, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Jahlil Beats". Roc Nation. Retrieved August 4, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "Jahlil Beats Recalls Meeting Meek Mill, Signing With Roc Nation". HipHop DX. Retrieved August 4, 2013. 
  4. ^ a b "On the Come Up" 2012 Freshmen Class Edition
  5. ^ a b c Jahlil Beats Touts Himself ‘Best’ Producer, Talks Success, Mentoring
  6. ^ http://www.complex.com/music/2013/09/best-rap-beats-last-5-years/meek-mill-rick-ross-ima-boss
  7. ^ Jahlil Beats Inks Roc Nation Deal [Video] - XXL
  8. ^ a b Jahlil Beats — 25 New Producers To Watch Out For | Complex
  9. ^ Jahlil Beats Talks Roc Nation Signing, "I'm A Boss" Remix - XXL
  10. ^ Big Sean, Willow Smith To Get Jahlil Beats Treatment In 2012 - Music, Celebrity, Artist News | MTV.com
  11. ^ Jahlil Beats Talks Working With Jay-Z - XXL
  12. ^ Mixtape: Jahlil Beats "Legend Music" | Complex
  13. ^ Mixtape: Jahlil Beats "Legend Era" | Complex
  14. ^ Jahlil Beats 'Crack Music Vol. 6' Mixtape [Listen/Download] - XXL
  15. ^ Mixtape: Jahlil Beats "Legend Era 2" | Complex
  16. ^ Jahlil Beats – Legend Era 2 (Mixtape) | HYPETRAK
  17. ^ Jahlil Beats Drops "Legend Era 2" Mixtape [Download Now] - XXL
  18. ^ Jahlil Beats – GENIUS | 2dopeboyz
  19. ^ http://www.datpiff.com/Jahlil-Beats-Genius-mixtape.524367.html
  20. ^ http://thedrop.fm/jahlil-beats-genius-mixtape-review/
  21. ^ http://www.xxlmag.com/news/2013/12/jahlil-beats-releases-new-mixtape-legend-era-3/
  22. ^ Jahlil Beats Details Meek Mill "Dream Chasers 3" Work | Get The Latest Hip Hop News, Rap News & Hip Hop Album Sales | HipHop DX
  23. ^ Jahlil Beats – Crack Music 2 | HipHopSince1987
  24. ^ Jahlil Beats - Still On My Grind // Free Mixtape @ DatPiff.com
  25. ^ Jahlil Beats - Crack Music 4 Hosted by DJ Amir & DatPiff.com // Free Mixtape @ DatPiff.com
  26. ^ Jahlil Beats – Crack Music 5 (Mixtape) | 2dopeboyz
  27. ^ Jahlil Beats - Legend Season. Hosted by DJ Woogie // Free Mixtape @ DatPiff.com
  28. ^ "American single certifications – Bobby Shmurda – Hot Boy". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved November 8, 2014.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH