"I can definitely say I'm the best right now," he tells The BoomBox on the red carpet at the 2012 BET Hip Hop Awards. "I got my little brother, the Beat Bully, who produced [Rick Ross'] 'So Sophisticated' and [Meek Mill's] 'House Party. He's got a couple joints under his belt too."
Seems like it wasn't too long ago when hip-hop heads were saying the same thing about Jahlil.
The 24-year old has been caught up in a whirlwind of success ever since he produced Meek's "I'ma Boss," which hit the airwaves in 2011. A few months later, he signed with Roc Nation, accepting a publishing deal through the company.
One could say that Jahlil and Meek shared the grind since 2008, and now they're enjoying the spoils together. The beatsmith still reflects on his ride to present-day accomplishments from time to time.
"It's crazy because everything changed for me and Meek so fast," he says incredulously. "So it's just like, that wasn't my plan. I was just happy making music and hearing my stuff on the radio. Everything else is just a plus right now. It's just a blessing."
In the coming months, Jahlil can look forward to hearing even more of his work blasting from stereo speakers. The producer has scored placements on Meek's debut LP, Dreams and Nightmares, arriving Oct. 30. He's also mixing things up before 2012 comes to a close. Jahlil has paired up with Leona Lewis on her upcoming album, Glassheart, due Oct. 12, as well as worked with Rihanna, J. Cole, Big Sean, T.I. and French Montana on songs for their respective forthcoming albums.
- Nas, Life Is Good
- Elle Varner, Perfectly Imperfect
- Curren$y, The Stoned Immaculate
- Frank Ocean, Channel Orange
- Odd Future, The OF Tape Vol. 2
- Emeli Sande, Our Version of Events
- Ab-Soul, Control System
- R. Kelly, Write Me Back
- B.o.B., Strange Clouds
- Rick Ross, God Forgives, I Don't
- Usher, Looking 4 Myself
- Schoolboy Q, Habits & Contradictions
- Robert Glasper Experiment, Black Radio
- Big K.R.I.T., Live From the Underground
- BJ the Chicago Kid, Pineapple Now-Laters
- Lecrae's Favorite Rappers
- Lauryn Hill
- Tupac Shakur
- Lupe Fiasco
- Talib Kweli's Favorite Vinyl
- 'People's Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm,' A Tribe Called Quest
- 'Power,' Ice-T
- 'Don't Believe the Hype,' Public Enemy
- 'Do This My Way,' Kid 'n Play
- 'The Great Adventures of Slick Rick,' Slick Rick