Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Some call him Patrick Douthit, but most of us call him 9th Wonder a.k.a Mr. Fruity Loops. When it comes to my favorite’s list of top producers, 9th Wonder is definitely on it! In my opinion, Little Brother and the Justus League put life back into the rap genre that seemed to be going pretty stale before their arrival. 9th’s soul production sound was the backbone of the whole NC hip-hop movement. These guys from the country were on a mission to show that not all artists from the South only talk about trapping, riding on 24s and snap dancing. I actually think they have proven themselves up to this point. A lot of things have changed since Little Brother originally hit the music scene back in 2002 though. Over the last couple of years I have been noticing plenty of 9th Wonder bashing going on around the internet. Statements like “all of his production sounds the same” and “his style seems dated” are constantly posted all over the internet forums, blogs and web sites around the world. A lot of folks think he’s overrated, which is just another way to say that you don’t like someone without shitting on their track record in my opinion. Here’s my 10 cents on these statements…Every good producer has a production sound. That’s like their musical signature, and everyone from The Neptunes to Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis to Kanye West has one. 9th normally uses his signature beat patterns and soulful hook samples when making his beats, so there will be times when some of his production sounds similar. Who cares though if the beat is tight? As far as his production style being viewed as dated, 9th Wonder's production has that throwback to what the 90’s era appeal of hip-hop used to sound like. It’s kind of refreshing to me actually, plus 9th Wonder’s sample game is on point. The way he flips a sample is unparalleled in my opinion, so he mad props for that alone. An last, but no least 9th has been given the stamp of approval by producers that I totally respect like Questlove, Pete Rock, Marley Marl and DJ Premier. Nuff said...

The only bad thing I will say about 9th Wonder is that I think he was pretty selfish to leave Little Brother. Just my opinion though. As Phonte explained how things went down in an interview just after the break-up, he and Big Pooh both wanted to take the Little Brother sound to a new level. They had no doubts that 9th could step his game up a little due to his strong background in music. When they spoke to 9th about this transition for the new album, he seemed hesitant about changing his sound. 9th makes pretty good money producing for other artists that pay him swell for his sound just way it is, so why should he change anything? Talks of change seemed to put some distance between these long time college friends. It was obvious that they were now going in different directions as artists. Sadly, change is normally the reason why most groups break-up just behind enormous egos. Phonte swears that there in no beef between them and 9th Wonder, but I guess time will tell. I don’t agree with 9th’s final decision to leave the Little Brother group, but I understand. Sometimes, a man has to do what a man has to do, so I wish him well on his future endeavors. Now, that the synergy of the Little Brother trio has shifted, I hope that 9th can keep up the good work that he’s done in the past? With both Little Brother and 9th Wonder dropping new albums in 2007, it will be interesting to hear who’s going to come out on top! Hip-Hop needs both of these projects to do well actually. Either way I am buying them both. D.M. Vol. 1 was pretty tight, so I have high expectations for his upcoming Dream Merchant 2 project as well, which hits the streets on 10-09-07! I normally enjoy compilation albums that are held down by one dope producer, so I expect that 9th will deliver a banger project for us to enjoy. Oh yeah, and for those that didn't know, there was a Dream Merchant 1 project

Dream Merchant 2 Track List:
01. "Mr. Dream Merchant Intro"
02. "Shots" - Big Dho & Sean Price
03. "Merchant Of Dreams" - The EMBASSY, Skyzoo & Torae
04. "Brooklyn In My Mind" - Mos Def, Jean Grae & Memphis Bleek
05. "Sunday" - Keisha Shontelle & Chaundon
06. "Baking Soda" - Big Treal
07. "Reminisce (Take Time)" - Big Remo & The Great Novej of the A.L.L.I.E.S.
08. "No Time To Chill" - Little Brother
09. "It Aint Over" - Jozee Mo & Tyler Woods
10. "The Last Time" - Royce the 5'9, Naledge & Vandalyzm - The D, The Chi & The Lou
11. "Saved" - Saigon & Joe Scudda
12. "Milky Lowa" - Camp Lo
13. "Backlash" - Sean Boog & Buckshot
14. "Thank You" - D.O.X & O-Dash
15. "Let It Bang" - Ness & Skyzoo
16. "What Makes A Man" - Rapper Big Pooh & Buddy Klein

Since, this post is getting kind of long let me cut straight to the mixx. I call this mixx "9th Produced It" because all of these tracks are produced by Mr. Fruity Loops himself. These joints are some of my favorites from over his production career, so if you like hip-hop music you need to put your ears on this one for sure.

01~Tightman - Welcome The Underdawgs
02~Cesar Comanche - Drought (Remix)
03~Phonte - Too Late
04~Thirstin Howl III - Old English
05~De La Soul - Church
06~Binky feat. Phonte - Ladies Man
07~Kingz Kounty - Love Is Gone (Remix)
08~Thyrday - Good Music
09~AI - Were In
10~Little Brother - For U
11~Murs - Freak These Tales
12~Keisha Shontelle feat. Chaundon - Sunday
13~Little Brother feat. Darien Brockington - All For You
14~L.E.G.A.C.Y. - Third Person
15~Median - Give A Little Bit
16~Pooh - Dream Merchant
17~Cesar Comanche feat. Joe Scudda - Up & Down
18~EA Floe - The Torch
19~Slum Village - Look of Love (Remix)
20~Little Brother feat. L.E.G.A.C.Y. - Gotta Get It
21~Boot Camp Clik - So Focused
22~Sean Price - Heartburn
23~Common feat. Macy Gray - Ghetto Heaven (Remix)
24~9th Wonder - Miss Me (Instrumental)


Oh yeah, and just in case you missed it, also checkout The Justus League Mixx I posted a year ago...



Big Homie said...

LMAO at the .... > 9th Wonder over at Nah the other day. Anyways, definitely copping this album. Great post and ill mixes.

Rahlow said...

Tight mix! I like 9th Wonders beats, so thanks for the hook up on the music. I hope LB does better though---LOL