The Buffalo native is ready to put on for his city …
HOMETOWN: Buffalo, New York
“I Been On” – Beyonce [Co-production]
“Let’s Talk” – Omarion ft. Rick Ross
HHW: You’re still relatively new in the game, how did you get your start in production?
KEYZ: I’m originally from New York, but I graduated high school in 2009 and came down to Atlanta. I been here for like the last three years. I’ve been doing music ever since I can remember. I been playing the drums since I was a little kid and I gravitated toward the keys. My dad played, my aunt played and I eventually moved over to dealing with artists. I started making tracks at about 18 and just ran with it.
HHW: You have work with Ross, Meek Mill and R&B singer Jennifer Hudson on the horizon. Which project are you most excited about?
KEYZ: I would have to say the Rick Ross project. My team, which is The Upperclassmen, is supposed to be a part of Mastermind. We’ve been getting a lot of good feedback and I just know Rick Ross is on top right now as far as MCs in the rap game. That’s the one I’m really excited for.
HHW: Tell us about your work on the new Beyonce record, “I Been On.”
KEYZ: Polow the Don, Timberland, Sonny Digital and myself were a part of the “I Been On” record. It’s chopped and screwed with that Houston sound. It was a cool situation, when I met Polow we were working on a different record but he brought up this record and he was like, “Yo, I’m tryna get this to Beyonce.” So we’re in the lab just vibing, Sonny Digital is laying the drums down and Polow is adding stuff and he says, “I want you to lay some keys down here and work on the bridge here.” So just to be a part of that was amazing. All credit goes to Polow and Timberland, they’re the masterminds of it, I was just able to be in the mix of that, and that was huge for me.