Behind the Beats: Alex Da Kid
At this rate, Alex Da Kid might want to consider changing his name to Alexander Da Great pretty soon.
The British beatsmith was nominated for five Grammys this week for his work on B.o.B's blockbuster hit "Airplanes" and Eminem's chart-topper "Love the Way You Lie."
He also produced Nicki Minaj's "Massive Attack."
While he only has a few placements under his belt, the producer has a knack for knocking what he does do out of the park.
His next big single comes courtesy of his work with Dr. Dre.
The veteran hip-hop producer invited Alex Da Kid to work with him on a track for his forthcoming Detox project, "I Need a Doctor" featuring Eminem.
"That was amazing," ADK told Mixtape Daily about the experience. "He's one of my favorite producers of all time. Everybody knows how much of a perfectionist he is: He's been working on his album for 11 years. For him to bring me in, trust me, not micro-manage me, and let me bring what I do to the table, I can't even describe how that makes me feel."
The song recently arrived online, and on the number, Eminem attempts to turn the tables on his mentor. The MC credited Dre with being one of the people to help him out of his funk the past few years, so on "I Need a Doctor," Em looks to repay the producer.
"It hurts when I see you struggle/ You come to me with ideas/ You say they're pieces, so I'm puzzled," Eminem raps on the track. " 'Cause the sh-- I hear is crazy/ But you're either getting lazy/ Or don't believe in you no more/ Seem like your own opinion is not one you can form/ Can't make a decision/ You keep questioning yourself, second guessing/ It's almost like you're begging for my help/ Like I'm your leader; you're supposed to be my mentor/ I can endure no more/ Don't you remember who you are?"
"I think it's gonna be huge," Alex Da Kid said. "It's just my opinion, but it's one of my favorite songs that I did and just what it means for hip-hop."
Next Wave of Flav
» On T.I.'s "Castle Walls": "I feel like they both relate to the song: Both T.I. and Christina Aguilera are on a comeback, and they could really relate to the message on the hook. And they're both iconic, to me, so you can never count an icon out."
» On Diddy-Dirty Money's "Coming Home": "That's the most-added at radio over the last three weeks, which is cool."
» On Rihanna's "Love the Way You Lie (Part II)": "That may be a single soon."
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