Jahlil Beats talks increased workload, working w/ Jay-Z | Music News

Since signing to Roc Nation this past October, 24-year-old Jahlil Beats has gone from a relative unknown to one of the most sought producers in Hip-Hop. The triumphant horns of “I’m A Boss” grabbed everyone’s attention, giving Meek Mill his biggest record to date and giving young Jahlil the distinction of “hitmaker.” Now the kid from Chester, PA, talks with XXL about how he’s been in the studio with just about everybody, from rap rookies to seasoned vets.

“Roc Nation treating me good,” he said.

“They got me working for real. I did some stuff with J. Cole, we cut a couple joints. Big Sean. Busta Rhymes. I was out in London working with Leona Lewis and somebody else that we ain’t really gonna talk about right now, but it’s ridiculous. I’m also working with ‘Kiss, Styles. I got Ross. We just dropped Ace Hood’s single for his album. I’m on Khaled’s album. DJ Drama,” he added.

Revered producer No I.D. has apparently also taken notice of Jahlil’s talents and wants to tutor the young beatsmith.

“He about to take me under the wing like he did with Kanye,” Jahlil says. “He gonna help me on different angles of production, ’cause there’s always room to improve. I’m 24. I’m a student to the game.”

Of course, you can also add Roc Nation boss Jay-Z to that who’s-who of collaborators, as Jahlil says the two have “been going back and forth.”

“He picked a couple of my joints that he’s working on,” Jahlil said. “I don’t even wanna say too much about Jay, but we definitely working on some stuff. I haven’t even sent him a bunch of beats. I sent him my favorite stuff. He hit me right back like, ‘Yo, I’ma go in on this,’ or, ‘I like this.’”

Jay-Z’s website Life+Times recently debuted Streets Is Watching: Jahlil Beats, a mini-documentary exploring the producer’s journey from preteen beatmaker to Roc Nation signee. Watch it here.