Brothers Jahlil and Tone Beats Are Making Beats for the Biggest Names in the Game

By Elliott Sharp
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“Jahlil Beats. Holla at me!”

If you didn’t hear those words kick off a song last year, you didn’t listen to rap music. There was no escaping it—the club, the car, the street—especially in Philadelphia.

We heard it right before Philly’s biggest young rapper, Meek Mill, charged into the beat—“Look, I be ridin’ through my old hood, but I’m in my new whip/ Same old attitude, but I’m on that new shit”—on “Ima Boss,” his breakthrough hit with Maybach Music boss Rick Ross.

It’s the catchphrase of the song’s producer, who places it at the beginning of his tracks. Recorded six years ago, the voice belongs to Jahlil Beats’ niece, who was 3-years-old at the time. Jahlil Beats (born Orlando Tucker) is the 23-year-old from Chester, Pa., who produced “Ima Boss.” On Oct. 16, 2011, Orlando Tweeted a picture of himself standing next to Jay-Z at the New York headquarters of Jay’s entertainment company, Roc Nation. He had just been signed.

Soon after, another banger from Meek’s Dreamchasers, “House Party,” began booming—the club, the car, the street. But while “Ima Boss” was menacing and hard—built for rappers to boast about bossing a city—“House Party” was playful and irresistibly danceable—designed for rappers to cut loose after a grueling week of street work. It was produced by the Beat Bully, aka Tone Beats. Born Anthony Tucker, he’s Orlando’s 20-year-old brother. Among other offers, he’s currently considering a deal with Maybach.

“Our pop made beats, so it was only right we got into music,” says Anthony. “He gave our cousin this program called FL Studio, so then Jahlil and I picked up on it. I started messing with it when I was 13.”

Their father’s production career never launched, but the music environment they grew up in rubbed off. “He helped my career every step of the way,” Orlando says on the phone from Los Angeles, where he’s working on Meek’s official debut album. “Pop started me out and I made my first beat when I was 11.”

As Chester High School students, the Tucker brothers gave beats to friends to rhyme over (Orlando also MCs). Orlando’s first big production was “I’m So Fly” on Meek’s Flamerz 2 (2009) mixtape. “That put me on the map,” he says. “Then, I originally made “Ima Boss” for Young Jeezy. I played it for Meek first, and the rest is history.”

He made it in under 30 minutes.

His sound’s often compared to 20-year-old Virginia producer Lex Luger, whose work with Waka Flocka Flame, Jay-Z and Ross earned him the spotlight this year. “Luger makes hardcore street music, and that’s what me and Meek did,” Orlando says about the comparison. “But he’s a trap producer, and I have more diverse styles. He has a lot of orchestra sounds, I use a lot of synths, and his 808s is different than mine.”

Now you can hear “Jahlil Beats. Holla at me!” open songs by Soulja Boy, Fabolous, Chris Brown, Lil Wayne, Lil Kim and, most recently, 50 Cent’s “Put Your Hands Up.”

“It’s been a dream come true,” Orlando says about his recent success. “I’m humbled, and motivated to work harder and go to higher levels. I’m working right now.”

“People don’t believe me,” says Anthony, “but I’ve only produced like three or four songs.” In addition to a few records on Dreamchasers—he made “House Party” in four minutes—he’s worked for Bow Wow and 76er Louis Williams.

He recently produced “Stay Schemin,” a collab between Ross, Drake and French Montana for Ross’ Rich Forever mixtape. Early last week, Common rapped over it as part of his ongoing beef with Drake. “No comment,” says Anthony. A few days later, Gucci Mane spit over “House Party,” but Anthony hadn’t heard it yet.

Like his big brother, Anthony composes his own beats rather than use samples. “It takes away royalties,” he says, “and if I wanna make a hit record, I’m not gonna sample. I’d rather play the sample melody myself, and then switch it up, add my own twist.”

“I’m determined,” Anthony says about a career in the music industry. “Last year I wasn’t taking music seriously, but now my shit’s blowing up. Some dudes’ sounds get old fast, but I’m gonna keep making these beats and stay consistent. Soon I wanna move to L.A. or Miami, get a nice house and have a million in the bank for my son.”

Follow Jahlil Beats on Twitter @jahlilbeats and Tone Beats @TheBeatBully

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