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Rahki in 2020
Background information
Birth nameColumbus Smith III
Also known as
  • Rahki Beats
BornMinneapolis, Minnesota, United States
OriginLos Angeles, California, United States
  • Record Producer
  • Songwriter
  • Drummer
Years active2009–Present
Associated acts

Columbus Smith III, better known by his stage name Rahki (sometimes Rahki Beats), is a Grammy award-winning American record producer and songwriter from Los Angeles, California. He is known for his work with mentor DJ Khalil and acts such as Eminem, Kendrick Lamar, Currensy, Evidence, Schoolboy Q, 50 Cent, Domo Genesis, Lecrae, Aloe Blacc, and more.[1] In 2018, Rahki was the executive producer on Rejjie Snow's album titled, Dear Annie.[2] Rahki was also responsible for curating the cover artwork for the album, and his son contributed vocals to the opening song "Hello".

Rahki in 2020

Songwriting and Production credits[edit]

Title Year Artist(s) Album Credits
"Wolves" 2019 Jensen McRae Wolves - Single Producer
"White Boy" 2019 Jensen McRae White Boy - Single Producer
"Bitch Ass" 2019 Pell Bitch Ass Producer
"Pass By" 2019 Pell Gravity Producer
"Sip" 2019 Pell Gravity Producer
"NOLA Grown" 2019 Pell Gravity Producer
"Fields" 2019 EARTHGANG, Malik Mirrorland Producer
"7th Heaven" 2019 QUIN non-album single Producer
"MEDICATED" 2019 Kari Faux CRY 4 HELP Producer
"Annie" 2018 Rejjie Snow, Jesse Boykins III Dear Annie Producer
"Greatness" Rejjie Snow, Micah Freeman
"Spaceships" Rejjie Snow, Ebenezer
"23" Rejjie Snow, Caroline Smith
"SURVIVOR" Elley Duhé Dragon Mentally Producer
"Can You Touch" non-album single Producer
"Everybody's Hero" 2017 Sampa The Great, Estelle HERoes Act 2 Producer
"The Plug"
"Paved In Gold"
"Crooked Cops" Rejjie Snow non-album single Producer
"Man" "Star" Cast non-album single Producer
"Insecurities" Syd Fin Producer
"INvocation" 2016 Ab-Soul, Kokane Do What Thou Wilt Producer
"Resurrection" Hodgy Fireplace: TheNotTheOtherSide Producer
"Swear Jar" ILLY Two Degrees Producer
"D.R.U.G.S." Rejjie Snow non-album single Producer
"Pink Beetle"
"All I Got" Sonreal The Name Producer W/ Matt Rad
"Hot Air Balloon" Producer
"Ocean Song" 2015 Talib Kweli, Mela Machinko Train of Thought: Lost Lyrics, Rare Releases & Beautiful B-Sides Vol.1 Producer
"i" Kendrick Lamar To Pimp a Butterfly Producer
"Institutionalized" Kendrick Lamar, Bilal, Anna Wise, Snoop Dogg To Pimp a Butterfly Producer W/ Tommy Black
"Light" Brenna Whitaker Brenna Whitaker Producer
"Stigmata" 2014 AB-Soul, Asaad, Action Bronson These Days... Producer
"Happy Birthday" Mac Miller Faces Producer
"Perfect Words" Thurz, Kelsey Burkin Designer EP Producer
The Man 2013 Aloe Blacc Lift Your Spirit Producer (Drums)
"Can You Do This"
"The Hand is Quicker"
"'Hell of a Night" Travis Scott Owl Pharaoh Producer W/ DJ Dahi, Rey Reel, Travis Scott
"Lost in The Bossness" 2012 Curren$y The Stoned Immaculate Producer W/ Butcher Brown
"Black Boy Fly" Kendrick Lamar Good Kid M.a.a.D City Producer


Gravity Producer
"Swagg" Precious Paris From Paris With Love Producer
"My City" Rocky Diamonds The Diamond Life 2 Producer
"Diamond Life" Styles P The Diamond Life Producer
"#Jetsgo" 2011 Curren$y Weekend at Burnie's Producer
"Echo" Bad Meets Evil Hell: The Sequel Additional Programming
"It Wasn't Me" Evidence Cats & Dogs Producer
"Falling Down"
"Ricky" The Game The RED Album Producer (Drums)
"Mission Statement" Domo Genesis Under The Influence Producer
"Dreaming" Slim The Mobster War Music Producer
"50s My Favorite" 50 Cent Street King Energy Drink Producer
"Won't Back Down" 2010 Eminem Recovery Additional Programming


Grammy Awards
Year Nominee / work Award Result
2011 Recovery (Writer, Programming & Keyboards) Best Rap Album Won
"Recovery" (Writer, Programming & Keyboards) Album of the Year Nominated
2013 Gravity (Drums) Best Gospel Album Won
2014 "Good Kid, M.A.A.D City" (as producer) Album of the Year Nominated
"Good Kid, M.A.A.D City" (as producer) Best Rap Album Nominated
2015 "i" (as producer) Best Rap Song Won
"Lift Your Spirit" (Drums) Best R&B Album Nominated
2016 "To Pimp a Butterfly" (as producer) Album of the Year Nominated
"To Pimp a Butterfly" (as producer) Best Rap Album Won


  1. ^ "Beat Construction: Rahki Talks Producing Kendrick Lamar's "i"". The FADER. Retrieved October 29, 2018.
  2. ^ "Rejjie Snow - Dear Annie". Discogs. Retrieved October 29, 2018.