The hitmaker also discusses how IBM's Watson program helped initiate the writing process of his new single, "Not Easy."
"The way I create is based around me making fictitious partnerships up in my mind," says Alex Da Kid. "Like, what would happen if Wu-Tang Clan and Kings of Leon made a song together? I love the idea of mixing things that haven't been mixed before. That, to me, is the fun part of making music."
On the latest Billboard Chart Beat Podcast, the British-born writer, producer and artist chats with Billboard co-director of charts Gary Trust about his chart-conquering career, which has been infused with genre-bending collaborations, from his first smash, B.o.B's "Airplanes," featuring Paramore's Hayley Williams, to the recent Suicide Squad hit "Sucker for Pain" by Lil Wayne, Wiz Khalifa and Imagine Dragons (with Logic and Ty Dolla $ign and featuring X Ambassadors). The Grammy and Emmy Award-winning Alex Da Kid also crowned the Hot 100 for seven weeks in 2010 as producer and writer of Eminem's "Love the Way You Lie," featuring Rihanna.