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Dwane Marshall Weir II (born July 12, 1990) is an American Hip Hop/R&B Producer and songwriter, professionally known as Key Wane. Wane has produced for artists such as Big Sean, Jazmine Sullivan, Beyoncé, Drake, Jhene Aiko, Wale, Lil Wayne, Young Jeezy, Juicy J, Ariana Grande, Logic, Ty Dolla Sign and Meek Mill among others.[2] Wane signed a co-publishing deal with Warner/Chappell and Big Sean in 2011.[citation needed] Wane also signed a management deal with Roc Nation in 2017.[citation needed] He is best known for producing Drake's "All Me", Beyoncé's "Partition", Jazmine Sullivan's "Let It Burn" & "Insecure", Meek Mill's "Amen", Big Sean's "Guap", "Beware", "IDFWU" and an extensive amount of his albums including Hall of Fame, Dark Sky Paradise, and Twenty 88. [3]

Key Wane
Birth nameDwane Marshall Weir II
Born (1990-07-12) July 12, 1990 (age 29)
Detroit, Michigan
Genres
Occupation(s)Pianist, songwriter, record producer
LabelsFinally Famous, For The Win[1]
Associated acts

Contents

Early lifeEdit

At the age 11, Wane began playing the piano in the church every first Sunday, initially teaching himself melodies before his mom heard him and got involved in his learning. He told XXL, “She ordered me this Yamaha keyboard out of a JCPenney catalog. It got mailed to the house, and I just started making beats on it. Then I started taking piano lessons, and the stuff I learned from my piano lessons, I would combine that with beats, and it really was just something that I loved to do, man. I really didn’t go out a lot cause I was always coming up with stuff."[2] In December 2012, Key Wane graduated from Tennessee State University with a degree in Musical Arts and Sciences.[2]

Musical careerEdit

In 2002, Wane started making beats in his mother's basement.[citation needed] Wane met rapper Big Sean in the 8th grade through his older brother who told Wane to play beats for Sean. Big Sean was friends with Wane's older brother and cousin at their high school, Cass Technical High School in Detroit. Around the same time Wane started taking record production seriously, and begun sending him beats periodically. During mid-2010 before his junior year of college, Wane first became known after producing "Memories" by Big Sean, from his third mixtape Finally Famous Vol. 3: BIG.[4] In 2011, Wane produced and co-wrote Tyga's "Drink the Night Away" featuring The Game and Mario, "Don't Wake Me Up" and "Hypnotized", all of which featured on his mixtape Black Thoughts Vol. 2.[5][6] In November 2011, Warner/Chappell and Big Sean signed Wane to a co-publishing deal as a song-writer and record producer.[7][8]

In early 2010, Wane produced the controversial[to whom?] track "Amen" for Meek Mill after running into him while in New York. Meek Mill picked it up and released it as the lead single from his debut album Dreams and Nightmares. Many Christian hip hop artists and religious leaders commented negatively on the song.[9][10] However the song peaked at number 57 on the Billboard Hot 100.[11] After his significant contributions over the years, XXL named Wane one of hip-hops most must-watch producers.[12] Wane was also included in XXL's Freshman Producer Class of 2013.[13]

In December 2012, Wane confirmed working with Drake, Jhene Aiko, Big Sean and Beyoncé on their upcoming albums. On August 1, 2013 Drake released a song titled "All Me" produced and co-written by Wane, featuring 2 Chainz and Big Sean, from his upcoming third studio album Nothing Was the Same.[14] He had originally produced the instrumental for himself, but after the record had sat for a couple months, Wane sent the instrumental to Drake, who immediately picked up the beat.[15] Along with No ID, Wane produced the majority of Big Sean's second studio album Hall of Fame (2013), including the highest charting singles of the album, "Guap" and "Beware" featuring Jhene Aiko and Lil Wayne. He contributed production to six songs in total.[16][17][18] Key Wane co-produced Big Sean's "IDFWU" as well. In December 2014, Wane was nominated for his first Grammy for his production contribution on the Grammy nominated "Beyonce" for Album of the Year.[19] In December 2015, Wane was nominated the following year at the Grammy's for his production on Jazmine Sullivan's "Let It Burn" for Best R&B Song of the Year.[20]

Production styleEdit

Key Wane's production has been described as "soulful instrumental music".[21] His production is based around a melodic piano driven sound and a kickdrum.[2][7]

Awards and nominationsEdit

Grammy NominationsEdit

Year Nominee/Work Award Result
2015 "BEYONCÉ" Album Of The Year Nominated
2016 "Let It Burn"

(Jazmine Sullivan)

(Prod. Key Wane)

Best R&B Song Of The Year Nominated

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BET Hip Hop AwardsEdit

Year Nominee/Work Award Result
2015 "IDFWU"

(Big Sean featuring E-40)

(Prod. DJ Mustard, Key Wane, Kanye West & DJ Dahi)

Best Club Banger Won
Best Track Of The Year Nominated

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CertificationsEdit

Title Year Certifications Album
"Amen"

(Meek Mill featuring Drake)

(Prod. Key Wane)

2012 Dreams and Nightmares
"Guap"

(Big Sean)

(Prod. Key Wane Co-Prod. Young Chop)

  • RIAA: Platinum[4]
Hall of Fame
"Beware"
(Big Sean featuring Lil Wayne & Jhene Aiko)

(Prod. Key Wane Co-Prod. Mike Dean)

2013
"All Me"
(Drake featuring Big Sean & 2 Chainz)

(Prod. Key Wane)

Nothing Was the Same
"Partition"
(Beyoncé)

(Prod. Beyoncé Knowles, Boots, Justin Timberlake, Timbaland, Jerome "J-Roc" Harmon, Key Wane & Mike Dean)

2014 Beyoncé
"IDFWU"

(Big Sean featuring E-40)

(Prod. DJ Mustard, Key Wane, Kanye West & DJ Dahi)

Dark Sky Paradise
"I Know"

(Big Sean featuring Jhené Aiko)

(Prod. DJ Mustard & Key Wane)

2015
  • RIAA: Gold
"Play No Games"

(Big Sean featuring Chris Brown & Ty Dolla Sign)

(Prod. Key Wane & Jay John Henry)

2016
  • RIAA: Gold
"Jump Out The Window"

(Big Sean)

(Prod. Key Wane & Camper)

2017
  • RIAA: Gold
I Decided

DiscographyEdit

MixtapesEdit

List of mixtapes
Title Album details
Student of the Year
So Many Keys Vol. 1
  • Released: February 4, 2013
  • Label: Finally Famous
  • Format: Digital download
A Little Something For Everybody[28]
  • Released on June 5, 2013
  • 3-track EP collaboration with Detroit vs. Everybody clothing line
  • Format: Digital download
The Everyday Key Wane EP
  • Released: March 19, 2015
  • Label: For The Win
  • Format: Digital download

Production DiscographyEdit

Singles ProducedEdit

Year Title Chart positions Album
US
US R&B/HH
US Rap
UK R&B
2012 "Amen"

(Meek Mill featuring Drake)

(Prod. Key Wane)

57 5 4 Dreams and Nightmares
"Guap"

(Big Sean)

(Prod. Key Wane Co-Prod. Young Chop)

71 21 17 Hall of Fame
2013 "All Me"
(Drake featuring Big Sean & 2 Chainz)

(Prod. Key Wane)

20 6 4 33 Nothing Was the Same
"Beware"
(Big Sean featuring Lil Wayne & Jhene Aiko)

(Prod. Key Wane Co-Prod. Mike Dean)

38 10 7 _ Hall of Fame
2014 "Partition"
(Beyoncé)

(Prod. Beyoncé Knowles, Boots, Justin Timberlake, Timbaland, Jerome "J-Roc" Harmon, Key Wane & Mike Dean)

23 9 15 Beyoncé
"IDFWU"

(Big Sean featuring E-40)

(Prod. DJ Mustard, Key Wane, Kanye West & DJ Dahi)

11 1 67 Dark Sky Paradise
2015 "Let It Burn"

(Jazmine Sullivan)

(Prod. Key Wane)

22 Reality Show
"Play No Games"

(Big Sean featuring Chris Brown & Ty Dolla Sign)

(Prod. Key Wane & Jay John Henry)

84 28 Dark Sky Paradise
2016 "On The Way"

(Twenty88)

(Prod. Key Wane)

Twenty88
"Déjà Vu"

(Twenty88)

(Prod. Key Wane & Cam O'bi)

21 Twenty88
2017 "Jump Out The Window"

(Big Sean)

(Prod. Key Wane & Camper)

76 I Decided
"Insecure"

(Jazmine Sullivan & Bryson Tiller)

(Prod. Key Wane)

19 HBO: Insecure Soundtrack

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Key Wane's ProductionEdit

Year Artist Song Project
2009 Big Sean "4 My People" XXL's 10 Freshman For '10 Mixtape
2010 Big Sean My Closet Finally Famous Vol. 3: BIG
"Almost Wrote You a Love Song" (co. produced by No ID)[30]
Memories
2011 Tyga Don't Wake Me Up Black Thoughts Vol. 2
Hypnotized
Drink The Night Away
Mickey Factz "The Finer Things"[31] N/A
Big Sean Intro Finally Famous
Chevy Woods Down The Cookout
2012 Tyga "Potty Mouth" (featuring Busta Rhymes; addition production by Jess Jackson) Careless World: Rise of the Last King
Rockie Fresh "So Long"[32] Driving 88
King Chip "Pocket Full"[32] Tell Ya Friends
Meek Mill "Amen" (featuring Drake; co-produced by Jahlil Beats) Dreams and Nightmares
Chevy Woods "Ace N Mitch" Gang Land
Roscoe Dash "MoWet" (featuring French Montana) 2.0
Big Sean "Higher" Detroit
"24 Karats of Gold" (featuring J. Cole)
"Woke Up" (co-produced by BP & Young Chop)
"I'm Gonna Be" (featuring Jhené Aiko)
"RWT" (co-produced by Southside)
"Guap" (co-produced by Young Chop; additional production by DJ Camper & Rob Kinelski)
Alley Boy "I'm That" War Cry
Lil Wayne "Awkward" (co-produced by Jahlil Beats)[33] The Appreciation Vol. 5: Holiday Edition
Wale "Money Changes" Folarin
Young Jeezy "Knob Broke" (co-produced by Jahlil Beats) It's Tha World
2013 Logic "Life Is Good" Young Sinatra: Welcome to Forever
Big Sean "Higher" Hall of Fame
"10 2 10" (add. production)
"Beware" (featuring Jhené Aiko & Lil Wayne) (co-produced with Mike Dean)
"It's Time" (featuring Young Jeezy & Payroll)
"World Ablaze" (co. produced with No ID)
"Guap" (co-produced by Young Chop; additional production by DJ Camper & Rob Kinelski)
Drake "All Me" (featuring 2 Chainz & Big Sean) (additional production by Noah "40" Shebib) Nothing Was the Same
Meek Mill "Dope Dealer" (featuring Nicki Minaj & Rick Ross) Dreamchasers 3
Beyoncé Knowles "Yoncé" / "Partition" (co-produced by Timbaland, Jerome "J-Roc" Harmon, Justin Timberlake and Beyoncé Knowles) Beyoncé
"Mine" (co-produced &written by Noah "40" Shebib, Drake, Beyoncé, Majid Jordan, Sidney "Omen" Brown and Key Wane)
Diggy Simmons "Mama Said" (featuring B.o.B and Key Wane) TBA
2014 Big Sean "1st Quarter Freestyle" (co-produced by Travi$ Scott)[34] non-album singles
"4th Quarter"[35]
Ariana Grande "Best Mistake" (featuring Big Sean) My Everything
Jhené Aiko "My Afternoon Dream" Souled Out
"Eternal Sunshine"
"Mirrors"
2015 Jazmine Sullivan "Dumb" (featuring Meek Mill) (co-produced with Salaam Remi) Reality Show
"Mascara"
"Silver Lining"
"Let It Burn"
"Veins"
Big Sean "I Don't Fuck with You" (featuring E-40) (add. production) Dark Sky Paradise
"Play No Games" (featuring Chris Brown and Ty Dolla $ign) (co-produced with Jay Henry)
"I Know" (featuring Jhené Aiko) (co-produced with DJ Mustard)
"Deep" (featuring Lil Wayne) (co-produced with DJ Mustard)
"Platinum & Wood"
Jordin Sparks "Work From Home" (featuring B.o.B) Right Here, Right Now
"100 Years"
Ne-Yo "Run" Non-Fiction
2016 Twenty88 "Déjà Vu" Twenty88
"On The Way"
"London Bridge"
French Montana "Holy Moly" Wave Gods
Dreezy "Bad Bitch" No Hard Feelings
DJ Khaled "Tourist" (featuring Travis Scott & Lil Wayne) Major Key
2017 Jhené Aiko "Sing To Me" (featuring Namiko Love) Trip
Gucci Mane "Changed" (featuring Big Sean) Mr. Davis
Jazmine Sullivan "Insecure" (featuring Bryson Tiller) HBO: Insecure Soundtrack
Big Sean "Jump Out The Window" I Decided
2018 Royce Da 5'9 "Woke" Book Of Ryan
"1st Of The Month" (featuring T-Pain & Chavis Chandler)

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ TAP & HOLD TO COPY URL
  2. ^ a b c d Key Wane Goes From Remixing Songs In Class To Working On Big Sean's 'Hall Of Fame' - XXL
  3. ^ http://www.mtv.com/news/2861271/key-wane-producing-twenty88-big-sean-jhene-aiko-new-music/
  4. ^ Big Sean "Memories" (2010) — Key Wane Tells All: The Stories Behind His Biggest Hits | Complex
  5. ^ Tyga f/ The Game and Mario "Drink The Night Away" (2011) — Key Wane Tells All: The Stories Behind His Biggest Hits | Complex
  6. ^ Tyga "Hypnotized" (2011) — Key Wane Tells All: The Stories Behind His Biggest Hits | Complex
  7. ^ a b Production Credit: KeY Wane Talks "Amen," Signing Publishing Deal With Big Sean And Upcoming Work - XXL
  8. ^ KillerHipHop Exclusive: Key Wane Interview : KillerHipHop.com
  9. ^ Meek Mill Apologizes, Pastor Calls Off ‘Amen’ Boycott
  10. ^ Listen: Meek Mill Debates With Philadelphia Pastor Who Rallied For "Amen" Boycott | Complex
  11. ^ Meek Mill and Drake - Amen - Music Charts
  12. ^ KeY Wane Talks Producing Big Sean's "Guap," Detroit's Reception and Hall Of Fame - XXL
  13. ^ "iStandard Producers Weigh In On XXL's 2013 Freshman Producers List - XXL". XXL Mag. Retrieved 2016-08-01.
  14. ^ Revolt TV News | Producer Key Wane Speaks On Making Drake’s “All Me” Archived 2013-08-06 at the Wayback Machine
  15. ^ Interview: Key Wane Explains How 'All Me' Landed In Drake's Hands | Vibe
  16. ^ http://www.xxlmag.com/news/2013/08/key-wane-talks-big-seans-hall-of-fame-making-beware-and-remixing-songs-in-class/
  17. ^ Big Sean on Kanye West, Threesomes, and His 'Classic' New LP 'Hall of Fame' | Music News | Rolling Stone
  18. ^ Big Sean Says New Single Will Be Produced by Key Wane, Touts Him ‘Greatest Producer’
  19. ^ https://www.grammy.com/files/pages/57thpresslist12042014-with_aoy.pdf
  20. ^ "Grammys". Archived from the original on 2014-12-07.
  21. ^ http://www.xxlmag.com/rap-music/2013/05/istandard-producers-weigh-in-on-xxls-2013-freshman-producers-list/10/
  22. ^ https://www.grammy.com/grammys/artists/key-wane
  23. ^ http://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/the-juice/6729419/BET-hip-hop-awards-2015-winners
  24. ^ "Gold & Platinum - RIAA". Retrieved 2016-07-31.
  25. ^ "Every Drake Single To Go Platinum". Retrieved 2016-07-31.
  26. ^ "Beyonce 'Partition' Single Goes Platinum". Louie V Reveals. 2015-01-25. Retrieved 2016-07-31.
  27. ^ CliffSkighwalker.com » Blog Archive » New Music: KeY Wane “Student Of The Year” Mixtape | @KeY_Wane
  28. ^ http://respectthefresh.com/key-wane-x-detroit-vs-everybody-presents-a-little-something-for-everybody-ep-2/
  29. ^ a b https://www.discogs.com/artist/2220761-Key-Wane
  30. ^ http://www.complex.com/music/2012/11/key-wane-tells-the-stories-behind-his-biggest-hits/
  31. ^ http://djbooth.net/tracks/review/mickey-factz-finer-things
  32. ^ a b http://www.datpiff.com/Key-Wane-So-Many-Keys-mixtape.450911.html
  33. ^ http://www.hotnewhiphop.com/lil-wayne-awkward-prod-by-jahlil-beats-and-key-wane-new-song.1099364.html
  34. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F7sB6J7azKM
  35. ^ https://soundcloud.com/bigsean-1/4th-quarter-prod-key-wane

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