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Kerry Brothers Jr.

Kerry "Krucial" Brothers

Kerry Brothers Jr. (born October 1, 1970) better known as "Krucial",[1] is an American record producer, songwriter, and hip hop artist. Brothers and singer-songwriter Alicia Keys began a musical partnership in the late 1990s, co-writing and co-producing together a number of songs from her first four albums.[1] Brothers and Keys co-own a production company, KrucialKeys, based in New York.[1] In addition to Keys, Brothers has worked with R&B and hip hop artists including Mario, Rakim, Angie Stone, Nas, Keyshia Cole, Goapele, Drake and K'naan. Brothers has produced, written, arranged and composed songs that have appeared on motion picture soundtracks such as Dr. Dolittle, Drumline, Shaft, and Ali.[2] His collaborative work with Keys earned him two Grammy Awards: Best R&B Album (Songs in A Minor) and Best R&B Song ("No One").[citation needed]

Production discographyEdit

Songs written with Alicia KeysEdit

Brothers co-wrote and co-produced songs from Alicia Keys's albums. Additional writers and producers are listed below.

Songs in A Minor
  • "Troubles"
  • "Rock wit U" (Taneisha Smith)
  • "The Life" (Taneisha Smith)
  • "Ghettoman" (Syl Johnson, Jimmy Jones, Bernard "Doss" Malik, Glenn Watts)
  • "I Won't (Crazy World)"
  • "Juiciest (Mixtape Version)" (James Mtume)
  • "Typewriter"
The Diary of Alicia Keys
  • "Karma" (Taneisha Smith)
  • "Diary"
  • "Wake Up"
  • "When You Really Love Someone"
As I Am
The Element of Freedom
Other Songs


  1. ^ a b c Leroy, Dan (December 7, 2005). "Alicia Collaborator Krucial Goes Solo". Rolling Stone. Retrieved April 4, 2018. 
  2. ^ "Artist Profile – Kerry Brothers Jr". EMI Music Publishing. Archived from the original on 2007-09-27. Retrieved 2007-09-02.