While fighting to get a foothold in the sprawling Miami rap scene, The Renegades had landed a few production credits on mixtapes from smaller We the Best artists such as Red Rum and Rich Kidd. One day, Reazy got a call from Khaled, which he recounted, using his adept Khaled impersonation, "'Yo, this DJ Khaled!,' and I'm like, 'Yo, who's playing with my phone?' And he was like, 'Nah, this really Khaled! I wanna have a meeting with you. Come to the studio." Upon meeting Khaled, they gave him a hard drive full of beats, one of which would soon become "Welcome to My Hood."
"I could never forget that," says Reazy. "Just to have one of those records -- I grew up, like, hearing 'Cash Flow' and all the records that Khaled had and Ace had, like, 'Damn, I love this music.' And when the tables turned, and I felt the presence in the city, it was almost like, I'm thinking about it now -- one of those feelings that's once in a lifetime."
Though Reazy has had comparable placements since, and will continue to do so for years to come, he'll never forget his first big record; "It's that moment that you know what you're supposed to be doing."
As outsiders, we know Khaled for the plethora of hit records he's released since the mid-'00s, his continued ability to unite several stars on the same track, and, of course, his redundant but irresistible ad-libs over each one of his tracks.
Reazy, who's spent countless hours in Khaled's studio, describes him as one might think of Diddy: a man with an unteachable sense of knowing what a hit sounds like and how to produce said sound using the talented friends at his disposal. "Being in there with him is gonna put you at the top."
In addition to being mentored by Khaled, Reazy's early experience in the studio with Ace Hood also helped him set a bar of tireless creativity for himself. True to its name, the Starvation series is a showcase of Hood's relentless hunger. Upon testing out their collaborative chemistry, they continued recording for 40 to 50 days straight, coming out with over 150 songs.
"Ace is literally what he calls himself. He's like a beast. He gets in the studio, he catches his vibe -- he'll pull out 5, 6 songs in one night. He's that guy," said Reezy of the man with whom he's currently prepping Starvation 4. "You'll have what they call the backpack rapper and the rapper that is very intelligent, and then you've got the 'urban.' The real definition of an urban rapper is Ace Hood. Someone who really can rap, but is super urban -- Ace Hood!"
While working on Starvation 3, Reazy decided to begin his career as a solo producer. "I just felt like from the start of our career, I was doing the bulk of the work, and for Starvation 3, it just became me and Ace in the studio." "You have to do what's best for you. I have nothing against my partner Mev...but this was what my heart was telling me that I needed to do."
Hood hasn't had a prolific 2015, at least by his standards, but Reazy confirmed that Starvation 4 will arrive this year ("pretty soon"). The only record that will for sure be on there is June's "H.O.E. (Hell On Earth)," complete with a haunting beat from Reazy Renegade.