20 Songs, 49 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

A prolific producer/emcee from Oxnard, Calif., Oh No is best known for his long and fruitful association with indie-rap mainstays Stones Throw Records, also home to his brother Madlib. His first solo album (the excellent and totally underrated The Disrupt) dropped back in 2004, followed by the all–Galt MacDermot sample-based Exodus into Unheard Rhythms. Then it was Dr. No's Oxperiment and Dr. No's Ethiopium, both of which showcased his prowess at chopping and reshaping international funk and psych music. More recently, he's been doing the excellent Gangrene project with The Alchemist. Yet on Ohnomite, he enlists an all-star crew of guest emcees—young and old, big and small, east and west—to go off with him over his finely chopped, consistently freaky productions. Subterranean favorites like MF DOOM ("3 Dollars") and Roc Marciano ("The Hitmen") make appearances, as do old-school legends like Phife Dawg ("Dues 'n' Don'ts") and Erick Sermon ("Runnin' the Show"). We also get several great instrumental interludes, most notably "Ohnomite Jazz" and "Piano." It's another impressive effort from one of hip-hop's most constantly compelling artists. 

EDITORS’ NOTES

A prolific producer/emcee from Oxnard, Calif., Oh No is best known for his long and fruitful association with indie-rap mainstays Stones Throw Records, also home to his brother Madlib. His first solo album (the excellent and totally underrated The Disrupt) dropped back in 2004, followed by the all–Galt MacDermot sample-based Exodus into Unheard Rhythms. Then it was Dr. No's Oxperiment and Dr. No's Ethiopium, both of which showcased his prowess at chopping and reshaping international funk and psych music. More recently, he's been doing the excellent Gangrene project with The Alchemist. Yet on Ohnomite, he enlists an all-star crew of guest emcees—young and old, big and small, east and west—to go off with him over his finely chopped, consistently freaky productions. Subterranean favorites like MF DOOM ("3 Dollars") and Roc Marciano ("The Hitmen") make appearances, as do old-school legends like Phife Dawg ("Dues 'n' Don'ts") and Erick Sermon ("Runnin' the Show"). We also get several great instrumental interludes, most notably "Ohnomite Jazz" and "Piano." It's another impressive effort from one of hip-hop's most constantly compelling artists. 

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About Oh No

As if the family weren't busy enough, son Michael (brother of DJ phenom Madlib, son of soul singer Otis Jackson, Sr., and nephew of jazz trumpeter Jon Faddis) also decided to try his hand in the music world. Nicknamed Oh No the Mischievous Rebel by Lootpack MC Wildchild, the youngest Jackson soon shortened his name to simply "Oh No." Hooked on DJ'ing and rapping since age 11, Oh No would practice making beats during breaks at work. The effort paid off when Oh No recorded his first singles with Stones Throw and Groove Attack and started producing for Medaphoar, Aloe Blacc, and Murs. His solo album The Disrupt, which Oh No both produced and MC'ed, was released in 2004, and two years later, Exodus Into Unheard Rhymes, which took its beats from the Galt MacDermot (composer of Hair) catalog, came out. In 2007, after exploring the psychedelic sounds of Turkey, Greece, Lebanon, and Italy, Oh No issued the beat record Dr. No's Oxperiment. Ethiopian funk, jazz, soul, and rock were sampled for his 2009 release Dr. No's Ethiopium, while 2010 found him partnering with producer the Alchemist for Gutter Water, an album released under the project name Gangrene. In 2012, a second, more '70s-themed Gangrene album dubbed Vodka & Ayahuasca arrived, along with two Oh No solo releases, the beat album Dr. No's Tornado Funk, and Ohnomite, an effort built out of samples from Rudy Ray Moore's Dolemite soundtracks. In 2015 he worked with producer the Alchemist on two projects, a third Gangrene effort dubbed You Disgust Me, and Welcome to Los Santos, an album based on music the duo created for the video game Grand Theft Auto V. ~ Marisa Brown

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