DJ Dahi may not be a name you're too familiar with at the moment, but soon, I promise you will be. The producer has done records for up & comers in the rap game (Tiron & Ayomari), as well as more established artists (Kendrick Lamar). You'll probably know him best as the dude who produced Kendrick Lamar's banger, “MoneyTrees” featuring Jay Rock.Dahi definitely has a modern sound on his beats, which works perfectly with the often-times experimental rappers he works with. The likes of Pac Div, ScHoolboy Q, Freddie Gibbs and Dom Kennedy have also been graced with Dahi's beats.
Dahi, who has been producing professionally for the past five years, unlike others on this list,does not mind using a sample. In fact, he says most of his favorite beats utilize a sample,“pretty much all my favorite beats have a sample in it of some sorts. I believe, whatever sounds dope, use it. The key in producing that I've learned is how to really keep your ears open to your surroundings.Like, if I’m down the street and I hear a song [at] a store that’s really dope, I’ll pull out my phone and use shazam and figure what song it is. Then I'll go to the studio and see if I can use the song or be inspired by it to make something new. I don’t sample as much as I us to. But if it works. I’ll use it in some capacity.” Dahi's modern and new-age influence on records is not all that surprising, as the producer says, “I listen to a lot of alternative or electronic music. So in a lot of my beats, you can hear some type of influence in my sound.” The obvious result from this is that Dahi's record are hardly ever mellow. When asked what kind of beats are his favorite to make, Dahi says, “the ones that make me do some weird dance in the studio after I make it.I really like making beats that honestly have emotion. Anything that makes me feel good or puts me in a positive state is my favorite style of beats.” This is obvious from most of his records, which are up-beat and get your head-nodding. Freddie Gibbs' “Bout It Bout It,”Pac Div's “Posted”[-- on a side note, Dahi mentions “Posted” as being one of his favorite beats to create: “I like that beat a lot because of how it came together. It was the last day before the group had to turn in the album and it was super crunch time. Originally they were going to use another beat but for some reason they couldn't use it anymore.So like and I just started from scratch and came up with something pretty creative. I take pride in the process of making a record more than the result for the most part.”] & ScHoolboy Q's “Sexting”all have that weird-dancing potential Dahi refers too. These beats reflect his own personality, as he says, “for the most part I’m a happy and positive person so I try to have my music reflect that.”That's not to say he can't create a more low-key cut-- Dom K's “P+H,”Tiron& Ayomari's “Jack Kerouac,”& Pac Div's “Number One”are both more smoother, but you can still hear that modern or electronic influence on them.