9th Wonder Profile
In the United States there are millions of Black Americans between the ages of 28-40 that grew up in a time where hip-hop was diverse, informative, and soulful. These same individuals have gone on to become doctors, lawyers, accountants, dentists, etc., and still have a love of what hip-hop used to be. The media has demonized hip-hop in the last 10 years; so many Black Americans tend to shy away from the picture that the media has created for hip-hop. True School has changed the minds of the generation before us (50′s and 60′s babies) and let them know that emcees like Chuck D, Rakim, KRS ONE, The Native Tongues, Outkast, and countless others have had much of an affect on our lives as our teachers and educators.
(9th Wonder- True School)
Born Patrick Denard Douthit in Winston-Salem, NC, 9th Wonder is a Grammy Award Winning Producer, DJ, College Lecturer, and Social Activist. Since his introduction to hip-hop in 1982, 9th has been immersed in the music and culture of the art form, while gaining experience in music theory throughout middle and high school. 9th attended North Carolina Central University, where he decided to pursue a career in music. He, along with Phonte Coleman and Thomas Jones (Rapper Big Pooh), formed the hip-hop trio Little Brother in 1998.
In 2003 Little Brother released the critically acclaimed album The Listening, which received 4 mics in Source Magazine. That same year he released an unofficial mixtape of Nas' 2002 album God's Son entitled God's Stepson. The online release of the mixtape brought further recognition to 9th Wonder, and he is credited as the first producer to popularize releasing online mixtapes of whole albums.
Young Guru introduced 9th to Jay-Z, leading to the release of "Threat" on Jay-Z's 2003 release: The Black Album. In 2005, 9th released his second album with Little Brother, entitled The Minstrel Show along with his first solo compilation album, The Dream Merchant, Vol. 1. The Minstrel Show caused a few controversies in the industry, the first was a dispute between the editor and executives over the rating of the album in the Source Magazine. This dispute led to the retirement of its Editor-In-Chief Joshua "Fahiym" Ratcliffe in 2005. Another debate associated with The Minstrel Show was the refusal of BET to air the video of the hit single "Lovin' It", deeming it "too intelligent." When Little Brother's third album Getback was being prepared for release in January 2007, 9th Wonder and Little Brother parted ways.
9th released The Dream Merchant, Vol. 2 shortly after the split and made an appearance on BET's Rap City with Talib Kweli, Madlib, Jean Grae and Erykah Badu in October 2007. 9th also collaborated with Kanye West, Mick Boogie, and Terry Urban on Kanye's 2007 mixtape, The Graduate. In 2004, 9th also produced several tracks on Destiny's Child's 2004 Destiny Fulfilled. (Girl, Is She The Reason, Game Over), won a Grammy with Mary J. Blige for her album "The BreakThrough" (Good Woman Down), Erykah Badu's "Honey" and "20 Ft. Tall" on the album New Amerykah 1 and 2, Ludacris' "Do The Right Thang", a song featuring Common and Spike Lee. 9th also has 3 albums with MURS, an Emcee that hails from MidCity, CA, in which all three albums have received critical acclaim.
9th was chosen by Aaron McGruder to score music for the critically acclaimed series "The Boondocks". 9th Wonder was one of 12 individuals selected by The Pepsi Corporation for the African American Calender, "The First Of Many". 9th is also worked on an album with Hollywood actor Idris Elba.
In 2006 9th Wonder and six other individuals founded the True School Corporation to celebrate the music, culture, and film of 70's babies and The Spike Lee Era. True School has changed the minds of the generation before us (50′s and 60′s babies) and let them know that emcees such Chuck D, Rakim, KRS ONE, The Native Tongues, Outkast, and countless other has had much of an effect on our lives as our teachers and educators.
9th was appointed Artist in Residence by former North Carolina Central University Chancellor James Ammons (now President of Florida A&M University) in the fall of 2006. An Artist in Residence is someone involved heavily in the music industry to conduct a course or seminar of a particular subject. He is now currently an Adjunct Professor at Duke University while still traveling the country lecturing at different universities.
In 2008, he produced tracks and mixtapes for artists including E.Ness, Cans, NYOIL, Ludacris, Common, and Murs. In 2009, 9th Wonder announced his plans to start two independent record labels, Jamla and the Academy; under his imprint: It's a Wonderful World Music Group (IWWMG). Jamla was eventually absorbed into the Academy, and the production team for IWWMG was announced in July 2010 as the Soul Council. Late 2009 also saw the debut of 9th Wonder's rapping alter-ego 9thmatic. In January 2010, 9th Wonder returned to the classroom with Professor Mark Anthony Neal at Duke University and to co-teach a course called "Sampling Soul". He also serves as a spokesperson for Durham-P'Tones Records Studio, a collaborative studio with NCCU to provide music programs at no cost to Durham's inner city youth, which began in February 2011. He was also followed by independent filmmaker Kenneth Price in 2010, leading to the documentary film titled The Wonder Years, which featured 9th Wonder in his travels, in the classroom, in performances at the 2010 Rock the Bells Festival and in candid interviews about his life and career. He also collaborated with rap artist David Banner on the 2010 album Death of a Popstar.
In July 2011, 9th Wonder beats were featured in a rap recording by Chris Brown and featured on his mixtape Boy In Detention. On September 27, 2011, 9th released his fourth solo compilation album, the Wonder Years, featuring several artists he had collaborated with in the past including Phonte, Murs, Thee Tom Hardy and GQ.
9th Wonder explains:
"You have to see one to be one." Hip-Hop is now making its 20yr generational turn, and there are a new breed of artists who are children of the first hip-hop generation, that have studied that generation's sound, look, and feel. "If the younger generation..." he continues. With President Barack Obama's message, and the new movement of hip-hop hipsters... "Along with several colleagues, I plan to have Summits, Festivals, and lecture panel series throughout the year, to show kids the true manifestation of the hip-hop culture and lifestyles," 9th says.
"Hip-Hop is the voice of at least 2 generations. At one time, it was the POSITIVE voice, as stated earlier. Chuck D was the black history teacher I never had, along with countless other black Americans my age. It can be that again, but with the right voices and the right players. As the late Curtis Mayfield said, "We must educate and Well as Entertain."
2003- Produced Little brother's debut album The Listening.
2003- Produced "Threat" for Jay-Z's 2003 The Black Album.
2004- Produced "Girl," "Is She the Reason," and "Game Over" on Destiny's Child's 2004 album Destiny Fulfilled.
2005- Released his second album with Little Brother, entitled The Minstrel Show along with his first solo compilation album, The Dream Merchant, Vol. 1.
2007- Made appearance on BET's Rap City alongside collaborator Talib Kweli.
2007- Collaborated with Kanye West on The Graduate mixtape.
2007- Appointed Artist-In-Residence by the Chancellor of North Carolina Central University.
2009- Announced plans to start two independent record labels, Jamla and The Academy under Its A Wonderful World Music Group (IWWMG).
2010- Independent filmmaker Kenneth Price documented 9th Wonder's travels for an entire year and releases The Wonder Years, a documentary on 9th's life and travels.
2010- Returned to the classroom with Professor Mark Anthony Neal at Duke University and to co-teach a course called "Sampling Soul".
2010- Death of a Pop Star, a collaboration album between 9th Wonder and David Banner is released.
2010- Appeared on BET's 106 & Park countdown with David Banner.
2011- Serves as a spokesperson for Durham-P'Tones Records Studio, a collaborative studio with NCCU to provide music programs at no cost to Durham's inner city youth.
2011- Released his fourth solo compilation album, The Wonder Years.
2013- 9th started 2013 strong, releasing a remix tape titled Black American Gangster with the new year, which gave the sound of Jay-Z's 2005 album American Gangster a trip to the 70s. Cypher League covered his recently released single with Big K.R.I.T, and Now 9th Wonder presents "The Town", teaming up with Oakland emcee GQ. The track will be on GQ's debut album Death Threats and Love Notes, scheduled to drop March 26th.
1. 9th Wonder - Easy to Fly
2. 9th Wonder - Honey (Instrumental)
3. 9th Wonder - Just for You
4. 9th Wonder - No Time to Chill feat. Little Brother
5. 9th Wonder - Please don't go
6. 9th Wonder - Special
7. 9th Wonder - Sun is in the Sky
8. 9th Wonder - Wonderful
9. 9th Wonder & Buckshot - Hold it Down feat. Talib Kweli
10. 9th Wonder - Close Your Eyes (Instrumental)
11. 9th Wonder & David Banner - Slow Down feat. Heather Victoria
12. 9th Wonder & MURS - I Used to Love Her (again)
13. 9th Wonder & MURS - Love and Appreciate
14. Jay-Z - Blue Magic feat. Cyrus
2005 Dream Merchant Vol. 1
2007 Dream Merchant Vol. 2
2010 9th's Opus: It's a Wonderful World Music Group Vol.1
2011 The Wonder Years
2003 The Listening (with Little Brother)
2003 Shake N Beats (Instrumental LP) (with Spectac)
2003 Legsclusives (with L.E.G.A.C.Y.)
2004 Murs 3:16: The 9th Edition (with Murs)
2005 The Minstrel Show (with Little Brother)
2005 Chemistry (with Buckshot)
2005 Spirit of '94: Version 9.0 (with Kaze)
2005 9th Gate (with Access Immortal)
2006 Murray's Revenge (with Murs)
2006 Cloud 9: The Three Day High (with Skyzoo)
2007 Class is in Session (with Pete Rock)
2008 The Formula (with Buckshot)
2008 Jeanius (with Jean Grae)
2008 Sweet Lord (with Murs)
2008 The Corner of Spec & 9th (with Spectac)
2010 Fornever (with Murs)
2010 Death of a Pop Star (with David Banner)
2012 The Solution (with Buckshot)
2006 Battle of the Beats Round 1-2 (with The Alchemist & DJ E.Nyce)
2007 9th Year Freshman (with Chops)
2007 The Graduate (with Kanye West, Mick Boogie & Terry Urban)
2008 The W.ide W.Orld of W.Rap (with E.Ness)
2008 Album Mixtape Volume One (with Cans)
2008 9 Wonders (NYOIL verses 9th Wonder) (with NYOIL)
2009 The R&B Sensation Mixtape (with Tyler Woods)
2009 Back to the Feature (with Wale & LRG)
2009 The Hardy Boy Mystery Mixtape: Curse of Thee Green Faceded (with Thee
Tom Hardy & Don Cannon)
2010 To Hanses Mall (with Akello Light)
2010 Album Mixtape Part 2 (with Cans)
2010 The (Free)EP (with Actual Proof)
2011 TP is my Hero (with TP)
2011 Spring Cleaning (with Mike Schpitz)
Compiliation and Remix Albums
2003 9th invented the Remix
2003 God's Stepson - Nas (remix of Nas's album God's Son)
2004 Black Is Back! - Jay-Z (Remix of Jay-Z's The Black Album)
2005 The Remix EP (Remixed Songs of Smif-N-Wessun)
2005 St. Marxmen - MOP
2009 Wonder Years - 9th Wonder Golden Years Remix LP
2010 9th invented the Remix...Again
2010 Loose Joints
2010 Food for Thought
Year Song (Album) Artist
1997 Night Riders Boot Camp Clik ft. Aaliyah
2003 Make Your Move Hieroglyphics Full Circle
2003 Threat ( The Black Album) Jay-Z
2004 Supa Love, "Don't Rush Me" - ( This Week) Jean Grae
2004 Good Ol' Love - (A Long Hot Summer) Masta Ace
2004 Illuminate Part 1 (ft. Vursatyl) - (Never Square) Lightheaded
2004 I See Now (Take 'Em to the Consequence ft. Kanye West & Little Brother
2004 "Girl", "Is She The Reason", "Free", "Game Over" - (Destiny Fulfilled)
2004 Church (The Grind Date) De La Soul featuring Spike Lee
2005 Carolina Agents Little Brother NBA 2K6: The Tracks
2005 Good Woman Down (The Breakthrough) Mary J. Blige
2005 Heartburn (Monkey Barz) Sean Price
2005 Smoke the Pain Away, "Alright" ( 534) Memphis Bleek
2005 Sugar (ft. Mother Nature) & "Rain Sleet Hail Snow" Beyond
2005 Hey Young World Pt. 2 (Love Life?) Dave Ghetto ft. Phonte & Mystic
2006 Dreams (The Return Of The Yardfather) Saigon
2006 Live from Amsterdam Memphis Bleek
2006 Special (The Healing) Strange Fruit Project
2006 Here We Come, "Take a Look (In the Mirror)", "So Focused Boot Camp Clik
2006 One Night Stand ( Rotten Apple) Lloyd Banks
2006 Instigator (Ghetto Warfare) M.O.P.
2007 Brooklyn In My Mind Crooklyn Dodgers]
2007 Nowhere No More (The Setup) Eternia
2007 P-Body, "Violent", "You Already Know", "Let It Be Known" (Jes Sean Price
2007 First They Love You -(N*gger Nois Bishop Lamont featuring Prime and Indef
2007 I Just Want the Money (The Pope Mobile) Bishop Lamont ft. Bokey
2007 I Need More (Casualties of War) Boot Camp Clik
2007 Breakin' My Heart (Getback) Little Brother ft. Lil Wayne
2007 Think Good Thoughts (Comeback Season/"This Is Me")
Drake ft. Phonte and Elzhi
2008 Cold Success ("Viva La Hova") Jay Z & Coldplay
2008 Honey (New Amerykah) Erykah Badu
2008 Be prepared ( Absolute Value) Akrobatik feat. Little Brother
2008 Here We Go (Picture This) DJ K.O. feat. East & Silent Knight
2008 "There You Go", "Water feat. Edgar Allen Floe & Lazurus"
("The Summer Sessions EP") Kooley High
2008 Do the Right Thang Ludacris feat. Common & Spike Lee
2008 What Is, "So Far", "Shine" (The Streetwise LP) Edgar Allen Floe
2008 Left 4 Dead (We Mean Business) EPMD feat. Skyzoo
2008 I'm Innocent, "Love and Appreciate II", "Breakthrough" (Murs for President)
2008 On The Low Royce Da 5'9" The Album
2009 Meet Me In The Zone (Not The Average Joe (Street Album)/President MoeRoc 2009 Rear View Mirror (The Delightful Bars) Rapper Big Pooh
2009 "Wonder Why" (feat. Wale, Big Sean & Mike Posner), "Sum Ish For Dave"
(feat. Haysoos) (It's Still Real (mixtape)) Kenn Starr
2009 "Do Remember", "We Are", "We Belong" (The Power Of Words) Skyzoo
2009 Past Present Future ("Survival Skills - Collaboration Album")
KRS-One And Buckshot (feat. Melanie Fiona & Naledge)
2009 S.P.I.T. (EA Sport NBA Live Mixtape) David Banner & GQ
2009 Tito Santana (Escape Route) Joe Budden
2010 Slow Down (Death Of Pop Star) David Banner
2010 20 Feet Tall- (New Amerykah Part Two (Return of the Ankh)) Erykah Badu
2010 X And Bill (Brand Nubian) (La Coka Nostra/Non Phixion) ("Wild Cowboys II")
Sadat X Ft Ill Bill
2010 Shinin (4:57 PM) Laws
2010 Every Rapsody
2010 Move On Em (feat. Marvwon & Gotta Be Karim) - ("Megatron Major R
2010 Beast Wale
2010 Actual Proof (The Free EP)
2010 The Way We Feel (Previously Unreleased) Christopher Williams
2011 The Sender Median
Year Album Artist # of Tracks Produced
2001 Paper Gods Cesar Comanche 10 of 17
2004 Sleepers Rapper Big Pooh 6 of 14
2005 The Ripple Effect Splash 7 of 14
2005 Squirrel In The Aces Cesar Comanche 5 of 17
2005 Project Mayhem L.E.G.A.C.Y. 11 of 19
2005 Wooden Nickels 1998–1999 Revisited Cesar Comanche 9 of 16
2006 Separate But Equal DJ Drama & Little Brother 5 of 22
2006 Where's Calvin Binky Fingers 9 of 15
2006 Floe Almighty Edgar Allen Floe 5 of 12
2007 Median's Relief Median 4 of 16
2007 Jesus Price Supastar Sean Price 4 of 16
2008 Carnage Chaundon 4 of 14
2009 Die In Your Lap Cesar Comanche 5 of 15
2009 In The W.ide W.orld Of W.rap E.Ness 9 of 12
2009 The Salvation Skyzoo 5 of 16
2010 Entrapment Big Remo 4 of 16
2010 Victoria's Secret Heather Victoria 2 of 14
2010 Return Of The B-Girl RapSody 14 of 20
2010 Light Beers Ahead Of You Sean Boog 5 of 22
2011 Talented Tenth Actual Proof 5 of 20
2011 Mahogany Experiment Tyler Woods 13 of 14
2011 Heat Writer 2 HaLo 4 of 14
2011 Graffiti Diary Heather Victoria 2 of 13
2011 Phantom of the Jamla Sean Boog 4 of 16
2011 Robinhood Ree Big Remo 8 of 22
2011 Thank H.E.R. Now Rapsody 10 of 20
2011 Boy In Detention Chris Brown 2 of 21
2011 Still Hotter Than July Actual Proof 4 of 21
2011 Charity Starts At Home Phonte 4 of 12
Murs & 9th Wonder - Used To Love H.E.R. Again
Ghostly - 9th Wonder
Blue Magic - Jay-Z feat. Curtis Mayfield (9th Wonder Remix)
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Easy to Fly - 9th Wonder
Interview: Think Outside the Blocks - 9th Wonder
Band Practice - 9th Wonder ft.Phonte & D.J. Flash
Hold it Down - 9th Wonder & Buckshot ft. Talib Kweli
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