DJ Khalil

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Not to be confused with DJ Khaled.
DJ Khalil
Birth name Khalil Abdul-Rahman
Also known as Khalil Hazzard
Origin Los Angeles, California, United States
Genres Hip hop, soul
Occupation(s) Record producer, disc jockey
Instruments Keyboard, Sampler
Years active 1997–present
Labels Aftermath, Angeles, Self Scientific
Associated acts The New Royales, Self Scientific, 50 Cent, Eminem, Kobe

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 (along with rapper Chace Infinite) and a member of the group The New Royales, which also includes Liz Rodrigues, Erik Alcock and Pranam Chin Injeti. He is perhaps best known for his production on American rapper Eminem's 2010 and 2013 albums, Recovery and The Marshall Mathers LP 2, as well as his production of the multi-platinum single "The Man" by Aloe Blacc. He is the third born son of former UCLA player and coach and NBA player Walt Hazzard.

Early life[edit]

DJ Khalil was born Khalil Abdul-Rahman in Seattle, Washington, and raised in Los Angeles, California. His father, Walt Hazzard, who later changed his name to Mahdi Abdul-Rahman, was a professional basketball player in the National Basketball Association. At age 13, at a party thrown by his parents, he met Dr. Dre, for whom he would later become a staff producer.[1] Khalil played basketball at the high school and collegiate level, as a point guard at North Hollywood High School and Morehouse College.[2]

Musical career[edit]

Khalil began his career as a disc jockey (DJ), and graduated to producing music. He began creating tracks on the Ensoniq ASR-10 sampler workstation, later working in Propellerhead Reason.[3] He has produced for a large number of major artists in the hip-hop, R&B and pop genres, including 50 Cent, Pink, The Game, ASAP Rocky, Drake, Eminem, G-Unit, Wale, and Usher.



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