You may not know producer Alex Da Kid by name just yet, but trust us, it’s a temporary situation that’s about to change in 2011. The London-born 26-year-old is the man behind the beats in Emimen and Rihanna’s “Love The Way You Lie” and B.o.B and Hayley Williams’“Airplanes”—two of this year’s summer radio staples that have now earned work the onetime professional soccer player (real name: Alexander Grant) was involved infive Grammy nominations.
In our sitdown with hip hop’s rising behind-the-scenes star, he discussed his recent productions (like Diddy-Dirty Money’s “Coming Home” and Dr. Dre and Eminem’s “I Need A Doctor”), what he learned after the way things went down with Nicki Minaj’s debut single“Massive Attack” and the possibility of working on Christina Aguilera’s new material. He also sang the praises of his frequent collaborator and recent signing Skylar Grey. “She plays like nine or ten instruments,” says Alex. “She writes amazing songs. She’s the real deal.”