9th Wonder (Patrick Denard Douthit) got his start in music as an up-and-coming producer from North Carolina. He first gained the attention of the music industry and the Internet alike with an unofficial remix of Nas‘ 2002 album God’s Son, aptly named God’s Stepson. With one project under his belt, 9th Wonder began working as the main producer for the group Little Brother, an endeavor that caught the ear of Jay-Z’s studio engineer, Young Guru. 9th Wonder scored a major production credit on Jay-Z’s 2003 release, the Black Album, resulting in him also lending his talents on Destiny Child’s 2004 album, Destiny Fulfilled. With his career gaining momentum, he chose to leave Little Brother and refocus his energy on his individual legacy, creating Jamla Records under his own imprint Its a Wonderful World Music Group (IWWMG). After working on the soundtrack for the video game NBA Elite in 2009, along with J. Cole and E. Jones, he debuted his rapping alter-ego 9thmatic. Additionally producing for Jill Scott, Dilated Peoples, Murs, Jean Grae, Buckshot, Talib Kweli, OutKast’s Big Boi, Anderson .Paak, and more, he also recruited his own production team for IWWMG. Later on in his career, 9th Wonder began teaching a hip-hop history class at North Carolina Central University, a foray that led him to co-teaching at Duke University and later Harvard University. From his extensive discography of solo and collaborative albums alike to his dedication to educating the youth, 9th Wonder’s influence is one to be cherished, even landing him an exhibit at The National Museum of African American History and Culture at The Smithsonian.

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