Derek Ali, aka ‘MixedByAli,’ is one of the few architects behind Hip-Hop’s contemporary sound, with notable works that span the past decade, leading into the new decennium.
This includes the sum of Kendrick Lamar’s seven studio albums and his initial mixtape “Overly Dedicated,” Nipsey Hustle’s “Victory Lap,” Dr. Dre’s “Compton,” and Drake’s “Take Care,” to name a few.
Ali was born and raised in Los Angeles California, specifically Gardena, which is central located between Compton and Carson, CA. There, he began his musical journey at the age of 16, creating music for fun, which would later become the catalyst for his professional career in audio engineering.
Ali’s proximity, while growing up, also played a crucial role in his progression as an engineer——garnering pivotal relationships with individuals who now make up the better part of Top Dawg Entertainment (TDE).
MixedByAli is integral to the TDE legacy, positioned as the label’s dedicated in-house engineer, and only time will tell where he takes their sound and the sound of Hip-Hop next.