Focus...

Bernard Edwards Jr. (born November 6, 1972),[1] professionally known as Focus..., is an American music producer from New York City. He gained major recognition in the music industry when he signed with Dr. Dre's Aftermath Entertainment, in 2002. Since then he has produced tracks for several prominent artists, including Dr. Dre, Eminem, Kendrick Lamar, Snoop Dogg, Rick Ross, John Legend, The Game, Ice Cube, Busta Rhymes, Fabolous, 50 Cent, Schoolboy Q, Joe, Christina Aguilera, Jennifer Lopez, Beyoncé, Lil Wayne, Ameriie, Christina Millian, Mac Dre, Marsha Ambrosius among others.[2]

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Background information
Birth nameBernard Edwards Jr.
Born (1972-11-06) November 6, 1972 (age 48)
Manhattan, New York City, U.S.
GenresHip-hop, R&B
Occupation(s)Record producer
Years active1999–present
LabelsAftermath, Interscope, a.Fam Entertainment inc.
Associated actsDr. Dre

Life and careerEdit

Focus... is the son of the late Bernard Edwards, co-founder of disco and R&B band Chic.[2] He was born in Manhattan, New York City, and raised in the Tri-State Region.[2] Edwards Jr. credits his father with his love for the production side of music, which he developed from an early age, attending numerous studio sessions with his father.[2]

Focus...'s production talents were first recognized by Dr. Dre when an artist Edwards Jr. had produced, Daks, greatly impressed the Aftermath label head.[3] He later signed Focus... so that the two could then continue working together.[3]

The beginning of 2009 saw Focus... leave Aftermath after seven years with the label.[4]

In 2014, Focus... returned to Aftermath Entertainment as an official staff producer where he worked side by side with Dr. Dre and collaborators to help craft the Grammy nominated, highly anticipated album Compton. Compton was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).

Focus... is now the CEO of his own entertainment company N|VZXN Entertainment.

ProductionEdit

1999Edit

SoléSkin Deep
  • "I'm Coming" (Intro)
  • "Spell My Name Right" (featuring Mr. Raja) (produced with Tricky Stewart)
  • "Antoine's Interlude" (produced with Tricky Stewart)
  • "Young Niggas" (produced with Tricky Stewart)
  • "Pain" (produced with Tricky Stewart)

2000Edit

JoeMy Name Is Joe
  • "Get Crunk Tonight"
Kandi BurrussHey Kandi...
  • "Introduction"
  • "Hey Kandi"
  • "Pants on Fire"
  • "Talking' Bout Me"
  • "Sucka for You"
  • "Outro"

2001Edit

Montell JordanRush Hour 2
  • "Mine, Mine, Mine"
Christina MilianChristina Milian
Destiny's Child8 Days of Christmas
Various artistsThe Wash
  • "Riding High" (Daksfeaturing R.C.)

2002Edit

Truth HurtsTruthfully Speaking
  • "Next To Me"
  • "Do Me"
Jennifer LopezThis Is Me... Then
Petey PabloDrumline
  • "Club Banger"

2003Edit

Sly Boogy – Judgement Day
Beyoncé KnowlesDangerously in Love

2004Edit

Petey PabloStill Writing in My Diary: 2nd Entry
  • "Roll Off"
Mac DreRonald Dregan: Dreganomics
  • "Get Stupid"
Wylde Bunch – Wylde Tymes at Washington High
  • "Our Lyfe"

2005Edit

The GameThe Documentary
112Pleasure & Pain
OutlawzOutlaw 4 Life: 2005 A.P.
  • "Real Talk" (featuring Focus...)
  • "If You Want 2"
  • "I Dare U" (featuring Focus...)
Sway & King TechBack 2 Basics
  • "Watch Closer" (featuring Chino XL, Tracy Lane)
  • "I Don't Think So" (featuring Kam)
  • "We Don't Give A..." (featuring Kallihan, Hellraiza)
  • "Hands to the Sky" (featuring Verb & Rock)
Tony YayoThoughts of a Predicate Felon
  • "Eastside Westside"
  • "Project Princess" (featuring Jagged Edge)
  • "Live by the Gun"

2006Edit

Stat QuoEminem Presents: The Re-Up
  • "By My Side"

2007Edit

Bishop LamontN***** Noise
  • "Klansmen"
  • "American Dreams"
Salah EdinNederlands Grootste Nachtmerrie
  • "NGN" (featuring Focus...)
  • "T.H.E.O. (Teleurstelling, Haat, Ergernis & Onbegrip)"
  • "Het Land Van..."
  • "Geliefd Om Gehaat Te Worden"
  • "Opgeblazen" (featuring Opgezwolle)
  • "0172"
  • "Zwarte Gat Op Het Witte Doek" (featuring Focus...)
  • "Geld" (featuring Caprice)
  • "Hosselaar"
  • "Vrouwtje Is Een Bitch"
  • "Samen Huilen, Samen Lachen"
  • "Koning Ter Rijk"
  • "Oog Om Oog" (featuring Probz)
  • "Paradijs Is Nu"
La FouineAller-Retour
  • "Intro"
  • "La Danse Du Ghetto"
  • "C'est Pas La Peine"
  • "Contrôle Abusif"
  • "Laissez-Moi Dénoncer"
  • "Partout Pareil"
Keke PalmerSo Uncool
  • "The Game Song"
  • "Music Box"

2008Edit

GirliciousGirlicious
  • "Mirror"
Bishop LamontThe Confessional
  • "The Confessional" (Intro)
  • "Better Than You"
  • "The Name" (featuring Dirty Birdy, Kida, Flii Stylz)

2009Edit

Busta RhymesBack on My B.S.
SlaughterhouseSlaughterhouse
  • "Lyrical Murderers" (featuring K-Young)

2010Edit

Christina AguileraBionic
  • "Morning Dessert" (Intro)
  • "Sex for Breakfast"
Bishop LamontThe Shawshank Redemption/Angola 3
  • "Martin Luther King" (Intro)
  • "Affirmative Action" (featuring Focus...)

2011Edit

Marsha AmbrosiusLate Nights & Early Mornings
  • "Tears"
Schoolboy QSetbacks
Jay RockFollow Me Home
  • "Bout That"
Rapper Big PoohDirty Pretty Things
  • "Right With You" (featuring Focus...)
  • "Real Love" (featuring Focus...)
OutlawzPerfect Timing
  • "Keep It Lit" (featuring Yung Phat Pat)

2012Edit

50 Cent5 (Murder by Numbers)
  • "My Crown"
Busta RhymesYear of the Dragon
  • "Do That Thing"
XzibitNapalm
SkyzooA Dream Deferred
TheKidJ Presents Handsonhiphop (The Street Album)
  • "Love & Hip-hop" (featuring Redd Lettaz)

2013Edit

TGTThree Kings
  • "Interlude" (credited as B. Edwards Jr.)
Slum VillageEvolution
  • "Summer Breeze"
  • "1 Nite" (featuring Vice)
Terrace Martin3ChordFold
  • "Watch U Sleep"

2015Edit

Dr. DreCompton
  • "Intro
  • "Loose Cannons" (featuring Xzibit, COLD 187 um & Sly Pyper)
  • "Issues" (featuring Ice Cube, Anderson .Paak & Dem Jointz)
  • "Deep Water" (featuring Kendrick Lamar, Anderson .Paak & Justus)
  • "One Shot One Kill" (Jon Connor featuring Snoop Dogg)
  • "Medicine Man" (featuring Eminem, Candice Pillay & Anderson .Paak)
Wu-Tang ClanOnce Upon a Time in Shaolin
  • "Hail, Snow & Earthquakes / Rainy Dayz II" (featuring Blue Raspberry)
AmeriieDrive

2016Edit

DJ Mustard Presents – Cold Summer
  • "Another Summer" (featuring Rick Ross, John Legend & James Fauntleroy)
Damian LillardThe Letter O
  • "Thank You" (featuring Marsha Ambrosius, Brookfield Duece & Danny from Sobrante)

2018Edit

Marsha Ambrosius – Nyla
  • "Flood"
  • "I Got It Bad" (produced with Marsha Ambrosius and Stereotypes)
  • "Let Out"
  • "Today" (produced with Best Kept Secret)
  • "Grand Finale"

2019Edit

Little BrotherMay the Lord Watch
  • "Black Magic (Make It Better)"
  • "Goodmorning Sunshine"
  • "Work Through Me" (produced with Blaaq Gold)

2020Edit

Busta Rhymes Extinction Level Event 2: The Wrath of God
  • "Don't Go" (featuring Q-Tip)
Eminem Music to Be Murdered By – Side B (Deluxe edition)
  • "She Loves Me"

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Focus – artist". rateyourmusic.com. Sonemic, Inc. Retrieved November 29, 2019.
  2. ^ a b c d "a.Fam MySpace"
  3. ^ a b "Interview With Focus...", HitQuarters, March 1, 2010.
  4. ^ "Focus... Leaves Aftermath, Focuses on his label a.Fam Entertainment". The Hype Machine. May 25, 2009. Retrieved March 3, 2010.

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