Jeff Bhasker (also known as Billy Craven and JB Dickington) is an American record producer and songwriter, as well as a vocalist and multi-instrumentalist from Socorro, New Mexico.
Following his graduation from the Berklee College of Music, Bhasker began a long association with rapper/producer Kanye West. Initially serving as keyboardist and musical director for West's acclaimed Glow in the Dark Tour, Bhasker went on to produce a number of songs for the artist. Prominent album collaborations with West include multiple tracks off of 808s & Heartbreak, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy and the Jay-Z/Kanye West collaboration album Watch the Throne, including "Welcome to Heartbreak". "Lift Off", and "Runaway", among others. He has received the Grammy Award for Best Rap Song twice - for West's "All of the Lights" and the Jay-Z/Rihanna/Kanye West collaboration "Run This Town".
Bhasker's collaborations span multiple genres within the music industry, including writing and producer credits on a number of songs on Grammy-winner Alicia Keys's 2009 album The Element of Freedom, (including hits singles "Try Sleeping with a Broken Heart" and "Wait Til You See My Smile", and other songs "Love Is Blind" and "Like the Sea"). In 2009, Bhasker produced the songs, "Free", "Zombie", "Heaven" for Natalia Kills and also produced and collaborated with Natalia on her song, "Nothing Lasts Forever" on her debut album, Perfectionist under his alter-aliase, Billy Kraven. He worked on the recent work of Grammy-winner Beyoncé songs, "I Care", "Rather Die Young" and "Party" from the album 4, as a writer, musician and producer.
In 2012, he served as lead producer and co-writer for the fun. album Some Nights, for which he received the 2013 Grammy Award for Song of the Year for the song "We Are Young". He was additionally nominated for Album of the Year, Record of the Year for "We Are Young", and Producer of the Year, Non-Classical.
- Even Closer (2002)
- "Things Don't Exist"
- Change It All (2005)
- "First Love"
- "Pieces Of You Interlude" (At the end of the song "Battle Of The Heart")
Awards and Nominations