June 17, 2024

True to our site’s name, sometimes we catch a vibe with the stars we interview and they drop more gems than we’re able to use. “Outtakes” is a series of excerpts from VIBE profiles, Q&As, and cover stories that we just couldn’t leave on the cutting room floor. 

With subjects as accomplished as Dernst “D’Mile” Emile II, it’s nearly impossible to tell their stories without writing entire books about them. In my Yellow Diamonds interview with the R&B beat-maker, I would have loved to speak with him about his early days being mentored by Rodney “Darkchild” Jenkins. Or what it was like for him to have two of his own songs face off in the same Grammy category not once but twice (in 2019, Lucky Daye’s “Roll Some Mo” and H.E.R.’s “Could’ve Been” were both nominated for Best R&B Song, and in 2022, H.E.R.’s “Fight For You” and Silk Sonic’s “Leave The Door Open” were both nominated for Song of the Year—D’Mile produced all four records).

Instead of interviewing him for his memoir, though (which I’m down to co-write if he’s interested), I used my limited time with the hot-handed producer to talk about love songs—his specialty and my favorite subject. In that conversation, he gave props to Muni Long, defended Bruno Mars, and speculated on whether Lucky Daye is the king of male R&B.

Those quotes had to be cut for brevity, but you can read them in full below.

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