Interview: Kemet High
Editor’s note: This story originally appeared in the Spring 2021 issue of XXL magazine, on the stands now.
With a production style that mixes trap, gospel, R&B and Chicago juke music, DY Krazy, 26, helped shock the pulse in songs like little baby and IS Gee‘s “Real As It Gets,” Juice world‘s “Titanic” and Little Uzi Vert‘s “Lullaby”. Here, Krazy talks about his growing track record in the 808 Mafia great team.
XXL: What did you think of Lil Baby and EST Gee’s performance on “Real As It Gets”?
DY Krazy: I fuck with that. Lil Baby is one of the main artists I work with. I knew he was going to do his part on the beat because I imagined him on it. And then IS Gee… when I heard his verse, I was like, “Shit, he really showed up on that muthafucka.” He doesn’t get carried away. He came with it.
How would you describe the feeling of working with an artist as they arise and level up?
Yeah, that’s all I’ve ever done, though, forever. Me and South side and TM88 and 808 Mafia. We work with disruptive artists who are truly disruptive. We are the ones who let everyone in the industry know that these people are talented. The people we believe in always end up being the greatest artists in the game. And we see it before anyone sees it.
What do you think are your top five beats?
I have to say “Never Gon Lose” because it’s the first beat I ever did for Future. It was a big inspiration and a big dream for me and then it happened. I can say “Home Body” is one of them. [Lil] Durk wasn’t like the sexiest artist in the game when he let that go. He was just working hard, building his craft and discovering his sound. And that song was one of the things that built his sound. “Wake up in the sky”, for sure. For Bruno Mars, getting on my different pace was just huge. “Drive himself”, it was on the Superfly movie soundtrack. Hearing my beats on a movie is huge. And then my last one would be “BP / No Judgment” with Chris Brown. It shows my other side of my production. I don’t just do rap beats.
How did you end up with “Titanic” and “Can’t Die” on Juice Wrld’s posthumous debut album, Legends never die?
I’ve never seen anyone like Juice Wrld. This man was the best artist in life. The way I started working with him is because he came from under our envelope with G Herbo. Juice Wrld was another person who recognized that DY isn’t all about trick beats. DY has a different sound. He recognized it too.
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