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EDITORS’ NOTES

Best known for his breakout work with the North Carolina group Little Brother, 9th Wonder has successfully transitioned from underground favorite to mainstream beatmaker to the stars (Jay-Z, Mary J. Blige, etc.), and he continues to churn out some of the game’s most soulful hip-hop productions. After two quality compilation-style albums (The Dream Merchant Vols. 1 & 2), 9th returns with the heavily anticipated third round. The Wonder Years showcases most of the artists on his label, as well as some of his favorite emcees from both coasts. Wu-Tang is represented by both Raekwon ("No Pretending" with Big Remo) and Masta Killa ("Loyalty" featuring Halo). Three generations of Golden State VIPs (Warren G, MURS, and Kendrick Lamar) get busy on "Enjoy (West Coastin')," his old LB homie Phonte appears on "Band Practice Pt. 2" and "One Night," and futuristic songstress Erykah Badu goes off on "20 Feet Tall (Remix)." Exceptional beats and quality rhymes dominate, with great performances from Blu, Skyzoo, Mac Miller, Tanya Morgan, Holly Weerd, Talib Kweli, and more.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Best known for his breakout work with the North Carolina group Little Brother, 9th Wonder has successfully transitioned from underground favorite to mainstream beatmaker to the stars (Jay-Z, Mary J. Blige, etc.), and he continues to churn out some of the game’s most soulful hip-hop productions. After two quality compilation-style albums (The Dream Merchant Vols. 1 & 2), 9th returns with the heavily anticipated third round. The Wonder Years showcases most of the artists on his label, as well as some of his favorite emcees from both coasts. Wu-Tang is represented by both Raekwon ("No Pretending" with Big Remo) and Masta Killa ("Loyalty" featuring Halo). Three generations of Golden State VIPs (Warren G, MURS, and Kendrick Lamar) get busy on "Enjoy (West Coastin')," his old LB homie Phonte appears on "Band Practice Pt. 2" and "One Night," and futuristic songstress Erykah Badu goes off on "20 Feet Tall (Remix)." Exceptional beats and quality rhymes dominate, with great performances from Blu, Skyzoo, Mac Miller, Tanya Morgan, Holly Weerd, Talib Kweli, and more.

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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
  • GENRE
    Hip-Hop/Rap
  • BORN
    January 15, 1975

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