9th's Opus - It's a Wonderful World Music Group, Vol. 1 by 9th Wonder on Apple Music

12 Songs

EDITORS’ NOTES

From his humble beginnings making dorm-room beats on Fruity Loops, North Carolina's 9th Wonder has had a wild ride en route to rap stardom. His group Little Brother were one of the first to really blow up online, using message boards and blogs to propel themselves into a record deal; that led to several excellent LB albums, production deals with Jay-Z and Destiny's Child, and eventually a GRAMMY® Award for his work with Mary J. Blige. Always down to discover and mentor new artists, he introduces his latest protégés on 9th's Opus, showcasing young blood he's signed to his new label It's A Wonderful World Music Group. As such, most of the featured voices here (with the exception of Skyzoo and the Away Team) are complete unknowns, plucked from obscurity and set loose over 9th's trademark beats loaded with lush samples, mid-tempo BPMs, and simple drums. Thee Tom Hardy shines on the relentlessly positive "Grinnin'," Big Remo does his thing on the chop-heavy "It's Real," R&B singer Heather Victoria impresses on the Bob James-sampling "I Will Always Be Down," and 9th himself takes to the mic on "1000ft."

EDITORS’ NOTES

From his humble beginnings making dorm-room beats on Fruity Loops, North Carolina's 9th Wonder has had a wild ride en route to rap stardom. His group Little Brother were one of the first to really blow up online, using message boards and blogs to propel themselves into a record deal; that led to several excellent LB albums, production deals with Jay-Z and Destiny's Child, and eventually a GRAMMY® Award for his work with Mary J. Blige. Always down to discover and mentor new artists, he introduces his latest protégés on 9th's Opus, showcasing young blood he's signed to his new label It's A Wonderful World Music Group. As such, most of the featured voices here (with the exception of Skyzoo and the Away Team) are complete unknowns, plucked from obscurity and set loose over 9th's trademark beats loaded with lush samples, mid-tempo BPMs, and simple drums. Thee Tom Hardy shines on the relentlessly positive "Grinnin'," Big Remo does his thing on the chop-heavy "It's Real," R&B singer Heather Victoria impresses on the Bob James-sampling "I Will Always Be Down," and 9th himself takes to the mic on "1000ft."

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About 9th Wonder

Growing up in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, the boy who would become producer 9th Wonder, Pat Douthit, performed in the school band and also played keyboards at home. Initially, while a student at North Carolina Central University, Douthit planned on saving his money for the producer's favorite tool, the MPC, but after a friend showed him that he could make the beats he wanted on a computer, he decided to use that instead. In 1998 he met classmates and future bandmates Phonte and Big Pooh, and with them soon formed Little Brother. Their first album, The Listening, was released in 2003, and 9th Wonder began to receive further attention after he remixed Nas' 2002 album, God's Son, naming it God's Stepson, as well as the track "Threat," which he produced on Jay-Z's seminal The Black Album. Work with Murs, Buckshot, Jean Grae, Destiny's Child, and Mary J. Blige followed, as well as another Little Brother record, 2005's Minstrel Show, the same year his proper solo debut, Dream Merchant, Vol. 1, came out. In 2007, 9th Wonder left Little Brother and spent his time both producing tracks for the likes of Erykah Badu and Sean Price, and teaching a class on hip-hop at NCCU and collaborating with Boot Camp Clik's Buckshot for an album called The Formula, which was released in the spring of 2008. Two collaborative albums arrived in 2010, with Fornever featuring Murs and Death of a Pop Star featuring David Banner. The proper solo effort The Wonder Years followed in 2011, while the 2012 release, The Solution, teamed the producer with rapper Buckshot. Another collaborative effort with Murs, The Final Adventure, also arrived in 2012, while 2015 was the year he dropped the album Indie 500 with Talib Kweli. ~ Marisa Brown

  • ORIGIN
    Winston Salem, NC
  • BORN
    Jan 15, 1975

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