Meet Kacey Khaliel. The Sacramento-bred super producer’s name fell into my lap about a month ago, when a production credit on Blac Youngsta and Rich Homie Quan’s “Beat It” found its way into my email. The bouncy synth lines and clinking chords were club-ready, from the Bay to South Beach.
As my fingers searched cyberspace for more, I found that the producer was no rookie to the rap world. With credits to his name like Gucci Mane, Migos, Chris Brown, and Yo Gotti, it became evident that his acclaimed work foreran my eleventh-hour ears.
The 24-year-old began his early days with Memphitz, working under the pilot of Jive Records. And after a successful run with Jive, he eventually veered off, teaming with his best friend Adrian “Jet” Perkins to form the CaliBoyzClub. Having worked with everyone from Desean Jackson, to Kid Cali, to a stint with French Montana, the City of Trees native’s upward mobility through the music realm points to a limitless future for his production abstract.
Carving out a few moments in his busy day, he kicked it with me and dished on his days with Kid Cali, gems for budding producers, and what’s next for the producer powerhouse. Check it out below!
Savannah Britt: What was life like growing up in Sacramento and how did it affect your knack for music?
Kacey Khaliel: Life was cool. I moved a lot but grew up in a pretty modern neighborhood in Natomas. That’s where I started making beats at, in my mom’s living room. There wasn’t much to do or a lot of big music role models to look up to in the city so, there was always an open lane for me to produce and stand out.
SB: Tell us about your time working under Drumma Boy and MempHitz. How did those relationships come together?
KK: I linked with Hitz’s committee through MySpace–just sending off beats to booking emails. I got some over to Huey’s camp and also a few to Mr. CG and Trai’D, artists who were signed to the label at the time.
I met Drumma Boy through Twitter. I sent him some beats and the rest is history. He always showed love and gave me a lot of advice to help me get further in the game. Drumma is dope! That’s my guy.
SB: Do you advise other artists/producers to seek mentorship? If so, why is this important?
KK: Yeah, most definitely. There’s nothing wrong with learning from others. You can learn from anyone especially someone you look up to in the game. Just know your craft and sound. Always want to add to your vision. This game is real competitive but for the most part a lot of producers are humble and down to lookout for people they believe in. You always want to keep good relationships and avenues through the industry. Stay willing to learn.
SB: How did CaliBoyzClub come to be?
KK: The CaliBoyzClub comes from the dedication to staying down for something. I wanted to establish a music group that always held weight for my friends who have been down from day one with me. Over time, I will probably add to it but as of now, it’s my team, my lifestyle, and my music vibe. I used to make beats out of a clubhouse studio in a pool house that my brother Jet and I built. His uncle used to let us just work 24/7 out of there grinding. He believed in our vision, even though it was really noisy at times. The club consists of myself, Jet
. Jet does mixing and mastering, and Flip is one of our A&R’s. I also have other members, inside and out of label, that I work with on production including Juneonnabeat, G Keys, Q Made The Beat, Rizzy, Yung A, and illnoize to name a few.
SB: Name a memorable moment from your days with Jaccpot and Kid Cali.
KK: Maaan I wouldn’t change that time for the world! The music side might have not been structured too well, but Desean always looked out for me in any way he could. I met him through his cousin who I used to play beats for in my apartment complex. Jac moved me out Los Angeles to help me pursue my music career. I met Kid Cali when I moved out here. He and I clicked instantly. We was damn near living in the studio together in Hollywood for a year. He was someone really close and special to me. A “Brother” couldn’t even explain how close we were. He’s a big part of my personality and sound. His spirit was great and will live on forever through us. RIP #EBE
SB: What’s next for Kacey?
KK: Hard work and success. I’m really focused on my job no matter how much I goof off. I have a lot of plans and this is just the beginning. I’m ready for whatever comes my way,
SB: What’s one interview question you’ve never been asked but you wish you were asked?
KK: I haven’t been asked about hip-hop controversies yet, got a few opinions on that, so maybe next time……
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