Dawaun Parker: The Art of the Producer
Three-time Grammy Award-winning producer and Berklee alumnus Dawaun Parker ’05 discusses the art of production in this master class, which will be followed by a performance with Phil Beaudreau at 7:30 p.m. this evening in David Friend Recital Hall.
Parker is an American record producer and artist. After attending Berklee on a full scholarship, he got his start professionally as a staff songwriter and producer for Dr. Dre’s Aftermath Entertainment label. Under the aegis of Dr. Dre, Parker has written and produced for Eminem, Jay-Z, 50 Cent, and Snoop Dogg, among others.
Parker contributed several songs on Busta Rhymes’s #1 album, The Big Bang, and Jay-Z's return record, Kingdom Come. In 2009, Parker co-wrote the #1 Grammy Award-winning single, “Crack a Bottle” by Eminem, Dr. Dre, and 50 Cent, and co-produced nearly every track on Eminem’s album Relapse, which also won the Best Rap Album Grammy. Parker earned his third Grammy again working with Eminem in 2010 on the album Recovery.
At the top of 2014, Parker executive-produced Ether, the debut project from Phil Beaudreau, the first and flagship artist on Parker’s imprint, High Renaissance. Most recently, Parker earned another Grammy nomination for being a producer on the Album of the Year-nominated good kid m.A.A.d city by Kendrick Lamar.
Parker and Beaudreau’s first collaboration, “Lost,” garnered the attention of Dr. Dre, who, after hearing it, flew Beaudreau and Parker to Eminem’s studio in Detroit to work on new music. Says Beaudreau, “I never expected there to be any real interest this soon in the game. It’s incredibly encouraging to know that a legend like Dre cares about my work.” Beaudreau draws inspiration from the likes of Pink Floyd, the Beach Boys, Thom Yorke, and Kanye West.