Key Wane

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Key Wane
Background Information
Birth Name Dwane Marshall Weir II
Born July 12, 1990 (Age 26)
Origin Detroit, Michigan
Genres
Occupation(s) Piano, Songwriter, Record Producer
Associated Acts Drake, Beyoncé, Big Sean, Meek Mill, Jhene Aiko, Travis Scott,

Dwane Marshall Weir II (born July 12, 1990) is an American hip hop record 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.<ref name=autogenerated1>Key Wane Goes From Remixing Songs In Class To Working On Big Sean's 'Hall Of Fame' - XXL</ref> Key Wane signed a co-publishing deal with Warner/Chappell and Big Sean back in 2011. He is best known for producing Drake's "All Me", Beyoncé's "Partition", Jazmine Sullivan's "Let It Burn", 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. <ref>http://www.mtv.com/news/2861271/key-wane-producing-twenty88-big-sean-jhene-aiko-new-music/</ref>

Early life

At the age of 11 Key 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 would tell 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."<ref name=autogenerated1 /> In December 2012, Key Wane graduated from Tennessee State University with a degree in Musical Arts and Sciences.<ref name=autogenerated1 />

Musical career

In 2002, Key Wane started making beats in his mom's basement. Key Wane met rapper Big Sean in the 8th grade through his older brother who would always tell 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, Key Wane first became known after producing "Memories" by Big Sean, from his third mixtape Finally Famous Vol. 3: BIG.<ref>Big Sean "Memories" (2010) — Key Wane Tells All: The Stories Behind His Biggest Hits | Complex</ref> In 2011, Key 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.<ref>Tyga f/ The Game and Mario "Drink The Night Away" (2011) — Key Wane Tells All: The Stories Behind His Biggest Hits | Complex</ref><ref>Tyga "Hypnotized" (2011) — Key Wane Tells All: The Stories Behind His Biggest Hits | Complex</ref> In November 2011, Warner/Chappell and Big Sean signed Wane to a co-publishing deal as a song-writer and record producer.<ref name=autogenerated4>Production Credit: KeY Wane Talks "Amen," Signing Publishing Deal With Big Sean And Upcoming Work - XXL</ref><ref name=autogenerated2>KillerHipHop Exclusive: Key Wane Interview : KillerHipHop.com</ref>

In early 2010, Key Wane produced the controversial track "Amen" for Meek Mill after running into him while in New York. Meek Mill picked it up and would release 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.<ref>Meek Mill Apologizes, Pastor Calls Off ‘Amen’ Boycott</ref><ref>Listen: Meek Mill Debates With Philadelphia Pastor Who Rallied For "Amen" Boycott | Complex</ref> However the song would end up peaking at number 57 on the Billboard Hot 100.<ref>Meek Mill and Drake - Amen - Music Charts</ref> After his significant contributions over the years, XXL named Key Wane one of hip-hops most must-watch producers.<ref>KeY Wane Talks Producing Big Sean's "Guap," Detroit's Reception and Hall Of Fame - XXL</ref> Key Wane was also included in XXL's Freshman Producer Class of 2013.<ref>"iStandard Producers Weigh In On XXL’s 2013 Freshman Producers List - XXL". XXL Mag. Retrieved 2016-08-01. </ref>

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 Key Wane, featuring 2 Chainz and Big Sean, from his upcoming third studio album Nothing Was the Same.<ref>Revolt TV News | Producer Key Wane Speaks On Making Drake’s “All Me” Archived 2013-08-06 at the Wayback Machine.</ref> He had originally produced the instrumental for himself, but after the record had sat for a couple months Key Wane sent the instrumental to Drake, who immediately picked up the beat.<ref name="autogenerated3">Interview: Key Wane Explains How 'All Me' Landed In Drake's Hands | Vibe</ref> Along with No ID, Key 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.<ref name="autogenerated6">http://www.xxlmag.com/news/2013/08/key-wane-talks-big-seans-hall-of-fame-making-beware-and-remixing-songs-in-class/ </ref><ref>Big Sean on Kanye West, Threesomes, and His 'Classic' New LP 'Hall of Fame' | Music News | Rolling Stone</ref><ref>Big Sean Says New Single Will Be Produced by Key Wane, Touts Him ‘Greatest Producer’</ref> Key Wane co-produced Big Sean's "IDFWU" as well. In December 2014, Key Wane was nominated for his first Grammy for his production contribution on the Grammy nominated "Beyonce" for Album of the Year.<ref>https://www.grammy.com/files/pages/57thpresslist12042014-with_aoy.pdf</ref> In December 2015, Key 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.<ref>"Grammys". Archived from the original on 2014-12-07. </ref>

Production Style

Key Wane's production has been described as "soulful instrumental music."<ref>http://www.xxlmag.com/rap-music/2013/05/istandard-producers-weigh-in-on-xxls-2013-freshman-producers-list/10/</ref> His production is based around a melodic piano driven sound and soulful samples.

Awards and nominations

Grammy Nominations

Year Nominee/Work Award Result
2014 "Nothing Was The Same" Best Rap Album Nominated
2015 "BEYONCÉ" Album Of The Year Nominated
2016 "Let It Burn"

(Jazmine Sullivan)

(Prod. Key Wane)

Best R&B Song Of The Year Nominated
2017 "Major Key" Best Rap Album

<ref>http://www.billboard.com/articles/news/5819883/grammy-awards-2014-full-nominations-list-complete-nominees</ref> <ref>"Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-12-07. Retrieved 2016-01-28. </ref>

BET Hip Hop Awards

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

<ref>http://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/the-juice/6729419/BET-hip-hop-awards-2015-winners</ref>

Certifications

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

EP

The Everyday Key Wane EP

List of EP's
Title Album details
The Everyday Key Wane EP
  • Released: March 19, 2015
  • Label: For The Win
  • Format: Digital Download

<ref>https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/everyday-key-wane-ep/id978787037</ref>

Production Discography

Singles Produced

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)

30 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)

Twenty88

<ref name="discogs.com">https://www.discogs.com/artist/2220761-Key-Wane</ref>

Key Wane's Production

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)<ref name=":0">http://www.complex.com/music/2012/11/key-wane-tells-the-stories-behind-his-biggest-hits/

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Memories
2011 Tyga Don't Wake Me Up Black Thoughts Vol. 2
Hypnotized
Drink The Night Away
Mickey Factz "The Finer Things"<ref name=":1">http://djbooth.net/tracks/review/mickey-factz-finer-things

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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"<ref name=":3">http://www.datpiff.com/Key-Wane-So-Many-Keys-mixtape.450911.html

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Driving 88
King Chip "Pocket Full"<ref name=":3"/> 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)<ref name=":4">http://www.hotnewhiphop.com/lil-wayne-awkward-prod-by-jahlil-beats-and-key-wane-new-song.1099364.html

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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)<ref name=":5">https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F7sB6J7azKM

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non-album singles
"4th Quarter"<ref name=":6">https://soundcloud.com/bigsean-1/4th-quarter-prod-key-wane

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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

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