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9th Wonder


9th Wonder is a producer, DJ, lecturer, and CEO of Jamla Reocords. Originally from Winston-Salem, North Carolina, he began his career as the main producer for the group Little Brother. Since then he has worked with Destiny’s Child, Mary J Blige, Jay-Z, Jean Grae, Wale, Murs, Drake, Buckshot, Chris Brown, Kendrick Lamar, Erykah Badu, Ludacris, Mac Miller, and David Banner.
9th Wonder went into music academia in 2007 at North Carolina Central University, where he currently is still a professor, teaching a class titled “Hip--Hop History.” In 2010 his role as a music professor expanded with the announcement that he would co-teach a class titled “Sampling Soul” with Dr. Mark Anthony Neal at Duke University.  He was awarded the Nasir Jones Fellowship to lecture at Harvard University and is currently researching at the Hip Hop Archive.
In 2005, his contributions to Mary J Blige’s 7th studio album, Breakthrough, in which he produced “Good Woman Down” earned him a Grammy ®. With his smooth and soulful production style, four solo studio albums, a host of instrumental projects, and remix albums, 9th Wonder is hailed for his work

Watch Past Performances

Video 7/9/2015: Beat Sessions: J Dilla

A panel discussion that takes an up-close look at the music and life of James Dewitt Yancey (aka J Dilla) from the unique perspective of fellow music producers, highly-respected DJs, incredible artists, and special guests. Guests include Amp Fiddler, Slum Village, Musiq Soulchild, DJ Spinna, Georgia Anne Muldrow, 9th Wonder and Timothy Anne Burnside (Smithsonian NMAAHC). This program may contain mature themes and strong language. Part of D.C. Hip-Hop Theater Festival and the 10th Annual D.C. Loves Dilla festivities at the Kennedy Center and The Howard Theatre.

9th Wonder