Derek “MixedByAli” Ali is the most valuable member of Top Dawg Entertainment some may not be familiar with. As the studio engineer for the label, he has overseen the sonic appeals of every TDE release over the last several years. He recently participated in VIBE and 1800 Tequila’s Behind The Beats, which hopes to shed a spotlight on his talents.
Taking the cameras around his stomping grounds of Gardena, CA, Ali reveals his Polish background, how he transitioned from the streets to the studio, and how he became MixedByAli. Watch below.