9th Wonder Biography
9th Wonder born Patrick Denard Douthit, is a renowned hip hop record producer, record executive, Lecturer, DJ, as well as a rapper from Midway, North Carolina, the U.S. He began his career journey as the main producer for the group ‘Little Brother’ in Durham, North Carolina.
Over the years, he has worked with outstanding artists such as Erykah Badu, Mary J. Blige, Jean Grae, Wale, The late Mac Miller, Jay-Z, Murs, Drake, Buckshot, Chris Brown, Destiny’s Child, J. Cole, Kendrick Lamar, Ludacris, David Banner, Lecrae, Jill Scott, Big Boi, Rapsody, and Anderson.Paak. As of 2010, 9th Wonder raps under the name of 9thmatic. 9th Wonder has a smooth and soulful production style that builds on samples from artists with a soulful vibe such as Al Greenand Curtis Mayfield.
9th Wonder Age | Birthday
He was born on January 15, 1975, in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. He is 44 years old in 2019.
9th Wonder & Nas
in the year 2003, is when 9th Wonder’s first significant career breakthrough came when, as an up-and-coming producer, he released an unofficial remix album of Nas’ 2002 album God’s Son entitled God’s Stepson. Released through internet outlets, the album garnered significant attention and acclaim. The producer has said that he was not thinking in terms of using it to generate a buzz or promote his skills at that point: “I never thought any of this of me as a producer was going to happen.”The album has since been credited as starting the now regular trend for unofficial ‘home-made’ remixes of whole albums.
9th Wonder Little Brother
9th Wonder began his career as the main producer for the group Little Brother. As part of Little Brother, he gained recognition and critical acclaim for his production on their debut 2003 release, The Listening. After listening to the album, Jay-Z’s studio engineer Young Guru was impressed with his work and contacted 9th Wonder, which led to 9th Wonder producing “Threat” for Jay-Z’s 2003 The Black Album. 9th Wonder left Little Brother in 2007.
9th Wonder Net Worth
His net worth is estimated to be 5 million dollars in 2019, with the majority of his income streaming from the sales of his music as well as music production.
9th Wonder Destiny’s Child
After successfully producing Jay-Z’s Album with mass appeal, The album proved to be a mainstream breakthrough for 9th Wonder, most immediately in the major production role he secured on Destiny’s Child’s 2004 Destiny Fulfilled album that Jay-Z was instrumental in helping bring about. On the album, 9th Wonder produced the tracks “Girl” and “Is She the Reason,” plus the bonus track “Game Over”.
9th Wonder BET
On October 29, 2007, 9th Wonder made a rare public appearance on BET’s Rap City, alongside collaborator Talib Kweli. Madlib, Jean Grae, and Erykah Badu appeared as well. In 2010, he appeared on BET’s 106 & Park countdown with David Banner.
9th Wonder EA Sports
9th Wonder, E. Jones, and rapper J. Cole served as the lead producers of the soundtrack to the EA Sports video game NBA Elite 11. 9th Wonder and J. Cole also appear as “secret characters” in NBA Jam with a team name of Cole & Wonder.
9th Wonder 9thmatic
9th Wonder debuted his rapping alter-ego 9thmatic in late 2009. 9thmatic appeared on songs with Khrysis and Sean Boog, Big Remo, Murs, and Thee Tom Hardy.
9th Wonder worked with Mississippi rapper David Banner on a collaborative album entitled Death of a Pop Star which was released on December 21, 2010. After forming Jamla Records in 2010, he then went on produce for Jill Scott, Dilated Peoples, Big Boi of Outkast, and Anderson.Paak.
9th Wonder It’s A Wonderful World Music Group
9th Wonder Jamla
In January 2009, 9th Wonder announced plans to start two independent record labels, Jamla and The Academy, under his imprint It’s A Wonderful World Music Group (IWWMG). Jamla originally consisted of Skyzoo, GQ, Rapsody, Tyler Woods, and Big Remo, while The Academy consisted of Thee Tom Hardy, Actual Proof that features Sundown & Enigma, TP, and The Away Team features Khrysis & Sean Boog. The Academy artists were later folded into the Jamla label. Halo and Heather Victoria were announced as the newest members of IWWMG in October 2010. Jamla Records now consists of artists GQ, Rapsody, Actual Proof, TP, Halo, & Heather Victoria.
In July 2004, 9th Wonder officially debuted his production team for IWWMG. The Soul Council consists of Khrysis, E. Jones, Ka$h Don’t Make Beats, AMP, Eric G., Nottz, Hi-Tek as well as himself.
9th Wonder & Drake | Take Care
In August 2010, Drake took to Twitter exchanging tweets with the producer, expressing his desire to work with him again as they had previously worked on the production of “Think Good Thoughts” featuring Phonte and Elzhi for his 2007 mixtape “Comeback Season”. It was revealed in October 2010 that 9th Wonder would be producing for Drake on his second album Take Care, which was released on November 15, 2011. A month prior to the release, however,9th Wonder said in an interview that he would not appear on Take Care due to issues regarding Artists and Repertoire.
Murs And 9th Wonder
Murs and 9th wonder have collaborated over the years making 7 albums as of 2019.
March 2019 makes it 15 years since Murs and 9th Wonder partnered for Murs 3:16: The 9th Edition.
Both Murs and 9th have been prolific artists in the space. They released five additional albums since Murs 3:16. That journey includes major label distribution (2006’s Murray’s Revenge), free giveaways to fans (2008’s Sweet Lord), and sneak attack releases (2015’s Brighter Daze). The extensive catalog has also included an appearance from 9th’s rapping alter-ego (“9th Matic”) on video single “Asian Girl,” along with guest spots by a cross-section of Rap including Suga Free, Phonte, Rapsody, and Kurupt. Although titles like 2012’s The Final Adventure previously hinted at an end to the series, these two trusted artists seemingly refuse to break up their chemistry.
In March 2019, Murs announced on Instagram that a seventh collaborative album is on its way. With music reportedly starting to arrive around March 8, the pair will release The Illiad Is Dead And The Odyssey Is Over. The title references the two epic poems that are attributed to Greek author Homer.
9th Wonder &Kendrick Lamar
In 2017, Kendrick Lamar hit up 9th Wonder to produce DUCKWORTH., the final track on his 4th studio album, DAMN, where Kendrick tells the backstory of the meeting between his father and Anthony Tiffith, also known as “Top Dawg” from TDE.
9th Wonder Professor
9th Wonder was appointed as an Artist-In-Residence by the Chancellor of North Carolina Central University and began instructing a hip hop history class in NCCU’s Music Dept. His role as a music professor has proven an ongoing one as in January 2010 it was announced that 9th Wonder would co-teach a class titled “Sampling Soul” with Dr. Mark Anthony Neal at Duke University.
He has only continued his trek into the world of education, recently receiving acceptance from Harvard University to become a fellow in the Hip Hop Archive. 9th will spend three years working on a research project at Harvard’s W.E.B. Dubois Institute. For 9th’s project titled “These Are The Breaks” he will be researching the original records that created his top 10 produced albums. A documentary also created by Kenneth Price, “The Hip-Hop Fellow” chronicled 9th becoming a W.E.B. Dubois Fellow at Harvard University under the direction Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Dr. Marcy Morgan at the Dubois Institute at The Hutchins Center.
He has continued his involvement with higher education by lecturing at various universities across the United States. In September 2012, 9th Wonder visited the University of Michigan to speak on his beginnings in the music industry and hip hop’s role in the classroom. His involvement with some of the top academic institutions in the country has validated hip hop as a true art form. 9th Wonder served as Artist In Residence at the University of Pennsylvania in the Spring of 2016. In March 2017, 9th Wonder was the Artist in Residence at the University of Virginia, giving his final lecture in The Rotunda on the University grounds.
9th is currently Artist of Residence at North Carolina Central University and Duke University.
9th Wonder Albums
- 2005: Dream Merchant Vol. 1
- 2007: Dream Merchant Vol. 2
- 2011: The Wonder Years
- 2012: Tutankhamen (Valley of the Kings)
- 2013: Bladey Mae (Grandma’s Blades)
- 2016: Zion
- 2017: Zion II
- 2018: Zion III
- 2003: The Listening (with Phonte and Rapper Big Pooh as Little Brother)
- 2005: The Minstrel Show (with Phonte and Rapper Big Pooh as 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: 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 3 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)
- 2012: The Final Adventure (with Murs)
- 2013: Where Do I Come From? (with Explicit)
- 2015: Indie 500 (with Talib Kweli)
- 2015: Brighter Daze (with Murs)
- 2017: The Lost Tapes – EP (with Mr. Cheeks