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Pardon The Introduction: Jahlil Beats Talks Getting Into Music, Working With Chris Brown, Meek Mill And Mixtape

Chester, PA native Jahlil Beats has been earning his stripes with street bangers like Chris Brown's "Holla At Me"  and Jae Millz' “Green Gobblin" under his belt. He admits he's only about a year deep into the beat-making game but judging from his catalogue, he’s paying his dues one song at a time. After talking to this 23-year old , you can tell he walks the line of humble and confident as well as anybody in the game that wants to stay relevant. Vibe talked to the new comer about his beginnings in producing, how his infamous tag came about, working with Meek Mill & Chris Brown, his 80 song mixtape, and more. — Storm


VIBE: Give us some background on what sparked your interest in producing.

Jahlil: My pop — he’s a producer and a certified engineer. He used to have a band back in the day so he had a musical background. He was into music heavy at a young age as well. So I was kind if born into it. He had a home studio in the crib and he used to have us cut demos, rap and sing; I cut my first demo when I was like 4 years old [laughs]. I really didn’t get into it until I was 12-years old. My pop had given me this program, FL Studio, which is on the PC, and I started making beats on there and then I just got hooked. Then we started making little mixtapes and giving them out when I was in high school, and that’s when I really started taking this seriously.

How did you go about crafting your sound? Was there anybody you patterned yourself after?

When I first started, I was sampling-based. I was strictly doing sample music —70’s R&B, old rock ‘n’ roll, etc. That helped me develop my style that I have now. I started to shy away from the sampling and do strictly original beats. I get a lot of influence from Swizz Beatz to Mannie Fresh and The Neptunes. After awhile I started making original music, and as I got older I started to get into the clubs and started to see the atmosphere of how the music makes the people move so I started to make a lot of club music and that’s where I got most of my buzz from, making music for the club and the radio. I had moved to Atlanta when I was 19 and I went to college in Buckhead; I kind of grasped their sound — the down south 808’s — and I brought it back home. Around that time in Philly, they had a NY-type sound when Jay-Z was running the game with State Property, Beanie Sigel, and all of them. When my partner Meek Mill came out it kind of changed the game in the Tri-State area.

How did you come up with your signature tag?

When I was doing songs with cats they weren’t shouting me out so nobody would know who did the beat.  What I did was I got my niece in the studio, I recorded her just rapping or something and it just came out organically. I was just listening to it one night and said to myself I should make this into a tag and put it in front of my beats so everyone would know I did the track. I think that’s the most important part of the track nowadays! I got little kids saying it nowadays!

Describe your big breakout beat in your opinion.

I had produced several songs for Soulja Boy and I did some stuff for Lil’ Wayne and Fabolous, but the biggest track was Chris Brown’s “Holla at Me.” That was like the biggest track I had done. For one: it was a real strong song for his comeback, and then second: he was rapping on it, and then third: the track was just crazy.

Talk about the relationship/chemistry with people you have worked with on multiple ocassions: Meek Mill, Tyga, Chris Brown. Also, did you actually work in person in the studio with them or were these tracks done via email, etc?

With Meek Mill, I met up with him through MySpace. He had just dropped a mixtape called Flamers 1 and it was real heavy in the streets of Philly; this is when he just started buzzing so I hit him up that the mixtape was dope and I had little snippets of beats on my MySpace page, and Meek Mill hit me back like “Yo send me some tracks,” so I sent him three beats and they all made it on his next mixtape called Flamers 2, which was his biggest mixtape to date. Then Meek Mill had got locked up so he was gone for like 8 or 9 months and I never met Meek until he got out, then we went into the studio for about 2 months straight just doing songs everyday! We were in the studio from like 12-9 everyday. That’s how we built our bond. It’s more than the music, that’s my homie on another level. As far as the other songs, me and Meek Mill did a song called “Willy Wonka,” and it was buzzing around here in Philly. Meek had made a video for it and it made it on Worldstar Hip-Hop. There’s a cat out in LA who’s one of the biggest internet DJ’s by the name of DJ Ill Will, he had put out on his Twitter, “Who did the ‘Willy Wonka’ beat? I would love to put Wayne and Gudda on it.” My boy KP from DatPiff.com hit DJ Ill Will up, “Yo, I know the cat that did the beat,” and he was like, “Get that track for me.” KP had hit me up and I sent it to him immediately and he gave it to Ill Will, who gave it to Gudda, who got Wayne on it I think like the same night. The next morning I got a text from both of them, “Yo Wayne got on the track and spazzed on the track and Gudda got on it and we’re going to drop it real soon.” Then I had seen Wayne like a week later at the “We Are The World” recording in Hollywood, and I told him I did the track and we had exchanged info and all that, but then Wayne had went to jail and they just ended up putting the track out even though he was going to put it on the Carter IV, but[there were] legal issues and all that.

So are you going to be working with Wayne on Tha Carter IV?

I’m already doing stuff with Wayne, so hopefully it can make the cut. I’m doing stuff with the bulk of the Young Money camp. But I never got actually in the studio with Wayne. But I did get in the studio with Chris Brown throughout the whole Fan of a Fan.

What was that process like behind the scenes recording that mixtape?

I was there when “Deuces” was made. Chris was real cool, Tyga was real cool. We cut a lot of joints. I was there with the homie K Mack (Kevin McCall), he’s really picking up (as a producer). He produced “Deuces;” he also had the last verse on the song. Chris, when he does rapping too he doesn’t even write; he’s just straight from the top of the head!

Are you going to be contributing to Chris' F.A.M.E. album?


I’m just working hard right now to get on the F.A.M.E. album. We still working things out. If not, we’re still going to work together. The mixtape circuit is so heavy, either way I’m going to get my shine!

What are your thoughts on Meek Mill’s signing to Maybach Music?

When Meek got this situation with Ross, which is a real situation this time he’s actually signed to Ross, now it’s nothing really different but now we just got to work harder. Ross got Meek working with other producers as well. I’m just waiting for Meek to give me that call when he wants that “special” track! We already got his first single out featuring Rick Ross called “I’m a Boss.” I think that’s going to be the one that really going to hit hard national; it’s already hitting the clubs here heavy.

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Killer Mike Gives Emotional Speech Urging Peaceful Protests Amid Unrest In Atlanta

Killer Mike joined T.I., and Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms in delivering emotional pleas to discourage ATLiens from burning the city as protests broke out on Friday (May 29) in response to the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and countless victims of police brutality.

“I don’t want to be here,” began Killer Mike. “I’m the son of an Atlanta city police officer, my cousin is a police officer…I got a lot of love and respect for police officers down to the original eight [Black] police officers in Atlanta that, even after becoming police, had to dress in a YMCA because white officers didn’t want to get dressed with ni**ers. And here we are, 80 years later and I watched a white officer assassinate a Black man and I know that tore your heart out. I know it’s crippling and I have nothing positive to say in this moment because I don’t want to be here.”

The Atlanta native went on to share background on his family’s involvement in the Civil Rights Movement, and other social justice issues. “I’m duty-bound to be here to simply say, 'It is your duty not to burn your own house down for anger with the enemy.’”

In what turned out to be another viral moment, Tip called Atlanta “Wakanda” while imploring demonstrators not to destroy the city. “Atlanta has been here for us, this city don’t deserve that. I understand that a lot of others do, but we can’t do this here, this is Wakanda. It’s sacred. It must be protected,” said the 39-year-old rapper.

Mayor Bottoms simply told protestors to simply “go home.”

“Above everything else, I am a mother to four Black children in America, one of whom is 18 years old,” she said. “When I saw the murder of George Floyd, I hurt like a mother would hurt. Yesterday, when I heard there was a rumor about violent protests in Atlanta, I did what a mother would do: I called my son and I said ‘where are you?’ I said ‘I cannot protect you and Black boys shouldn’t be out today.’ So you’re not going to out-concern me, and out care about where we are in America.

“I wear this each and every day and I pray over my children each and every day. What I see happening on the streets of Atlanta is not Atlanta. This is not a protest. This is not in the spirit of Martin Luther King Jr. This is chaos.”

WATCH: "If you love this city, go home!" https://t.co/c8cPBZLATJ pic.twitter.com/v9IEBVoXpB

— WSB-TV (@wsbtv) May 30, 2020

At the request of Mayor Bottoms, Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp issued a state of emergency in Fulton County, and deployed 500 troops from the state's national guard.

They will deploy immediately to assist @ga_dps, @GaDNRLE, @GA_Corrections & local law enforcement who are working tirelessly to subdue unlawful activity & restore peace. We will continue to make all state resources available to local leaders during this emergency situation. (2/2)

— Governor Brian P. Kemp (@GovKemp) May 30, 2020

See Killer Mike's full statement below as well as photos and video of the protests.

A powerful scene in Atlanta right now, this gives me chills. pic.twitter.com/SK7oOvzs8g

— Everything Georgia (@GAFollowers) May 29, 2020

More shots from Atlanta tonight pic.twitter.com/TmUmW5nXxZ

— kieron (@kieroncg) May 30, 2020

The chief of police in Atlanta talking and listening to everyone that has something to say#ATLFORUS #AtlantaProtest pic.twitter.com/qirbQRgViU

— Lilly - BLACK LIVES MATTER (@joonhopekook) May 29, 2020

It’s not just Minneapolis, we are now seeing protests in cities across the country over the death of George Floyd. This is in Atlanta as some smash the glass at our downtown CNN headquarters. #GeorgeFloyd pic.twitter.com/iwJxFaUfxW

— Omar Jimenez (@OmarJimenez) May 30, 2020

Police cars getting literally destroyed in Atlanta outside the CNN Center pic.twitter.com/x5zRxZVQpb

— Fernando Alfonso III (@fernalfonso) May 29, 2020

Downtown Atlanta right now.... PEACEFUL PROTEST ! #BlackLivesMatter ! pic.twitter.com/6nejzqccVE

— KP 🦋. (@kailynnlee) May 29, 2020

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Breonna Taylor’s Family Vows To Continue Fight For Justice: “Please Keep Saying Her Name”

Breonna Taylor must not be forgotten. The family of the 26-year-old EMT who was shot and killed by Louisville police officers in March, released a statement encouraging peaceful protests and the continued fight for justice.

Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear read the statement from Taylor’s mother, Tamika Palmer, on CNN on Friday (May 29).

“Breonna devoted her own life to saving other lives, to helping others, to making people smile, and to bringing people together,” the statement reads. “The last thing she’d want right now is any more violence. Changes are being made, but it’s not enough. We will not stop until there is truth, justice and accountability. Breonna’s legacy will not be forgotten. And it’s because of all of us saying her name and demanding justice. We are saying her name more each day. Thank you.

“Please keep saying her name. Please keep demanding justice and accountability, but let’s do it the right way without hurting each other. We can, and we will make some real change here. Now’s the time. Let’s make it happen.”

Seven people were shot during a protest for Taylor in Louisville on Thursday (May 28). The shooting victims were treated and are in stable condition, according to Louisville Mayor Greg Fisher. Fisher also reposted a video message from Taylor’s family urging peace amid the protests.

A message from Breonna Taylor’s family urging protestors to be peaceful, go home and keep fighting for truth. pic.twitter.com/if5MH5UcCW

— Mayor Greg Fischer (@louisvillemayor) May 29, 2020

On March 13, 2020, Louisville police officers kicked in Taylor’s door without warning and opened fire. Authorities claim that they were executing a “no-knock” search warrant stemming from an alleged drug investigation involving another man who did not live in Taylor’s home, and had already been arrested.

“Police just unloaded 25 to 30 rounds, I mean they’re shooting from the front door, they’re shooting from the window, they’re shooting from the patio,” attorney Benjamin Crump told Essence on Friday. “They’re so reckless, they shoot a bullet into the next door neighbor’s apartment where their five-year-old daughter is asleep in her room. “They didn’t even have to come in her [Taylor's] apartment. They already had the person they were searching for in custody.”

Taylor’s family filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the LMPD accusing the department of excessive force and gross negligence. In wake of Taylor’s murder going public, LMPD has changed its policy and will now require no-knock warrants to have a police chief’s signature. The department also made it mandatory for LMPD officers to wear body cameras.

A 911 call made by Taylor’s boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, after the shooting was made public on Thursday. “I don’t know what’s happening somebody kicked in the door and shot my girlfriend,” Walker can be heard saying through tears. Police arrested Walker for shooting at cops whom he assumed were robbers. The charges were later dropped.

Listen to the emotional 911 call below.

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Fired Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin Arrested For Murder Of George Floyd

Fired Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was arrested for the murder of George Floyd on Friday (May 29), Hennepin County D.A. Mike Freeman confirmed at a press conference.

“Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin has been charged with murder and with manslaughter. He has been charged with third-degree murder,” said Freeman.

“There could be more charges later. The investigation is ongoing. We felt it important to focus on the most dangerous perpetrator,” Freeman said when asked if the three additional fired MPD officers will be charged in Floyd’s murder. The third-degree murder charge suggests that Chauvin had no intent to kill Floyd. If convicted, the charge carries a maximum sentence of 25 years.

Chauvin's arrest follows three days of protests in an around Minneapolis. On Thursday (May 28), the MPD’s third precinct went up in flames.

The Minneapolis Police Department’s Third Precinct has been set on fire pic.twitter.com/h85rjffLgc

— philip lewis (@Phil_Lewis_) May 29, 2020

“We have never charged a case in that time frame. We can only prove a case when we have substantial evidence,” added Freeman who maintained that the timing of the arrest was a result of a final piece of evidence, although he refused to go into detail. “We have now been able to put together the evidence that we needed. Folks, I’m not gonna’ talk specifically about this piece of evidence, or that piece of evidence. You will see.”

Freeman did however state the that evidence collected in the case includes citizen video, officer body cam footage, witness statements, and a “preliminary report” from the medical examiner.

Chauvin was the officer filmed jamming his knee into Floyd’s neck as he gasped for air and pleaded, “Please! Please! I can’t breathe!”

The fatal incident unfolded on Monday (May 25) afternoon. Police were called to Cup Food grocery store after Floyd allegedly tried to use a fraudulent $20 bill. MPD claimed that Floyd resisted arrest but a security camera recording shows him walking calmly in handcuffs while being escorted to a patrol car by an MPD officer.

Video footage release by store owner who stated George did not resist arrest as stated on the police report #GeorgeFloyd #BlackLivesMatters pic.twitter.com/aqFzkPmnEp

— Que ™ (@RealQDaKidd) May 27, 2020

Additional footage, recorded by a teenage bystander, captured Floyd's last few minutes alive. Floyd, 46, was pronounced dead at a local hospital.

Chauvin may have already known Floyd as they both worked security for the Minneapolis club, El Nueva Rodeo.

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