Hip-hop producer/rapper 9th Wonder grew from his D.I.Y. roots of releasing unofficial remixes to becoming one of the more influential producers in rap. His beatmaking style, marked by smooth soul samples and huge basslines, would grow to define entire eras of hip-hop. Over the years, 9th Wonder has worked on hits with Jay-Z, Beyonce, Kendrick Lamar, Erykah Badu, Mary J. Blige, and many other icons of hip-hop, R&B, and mainstream pop. 9th Wonder grew up Pat Douthit in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. As a child he performed in the school band and also played keyboards at home. Initially, while a student at North Carolina Central University, Douthit planned on saving his money for the producer's favorite tool, the MPC, but after a friend showed him that he could make the beats he wanted on a computer, he decided to use that instead. In 1998 ...
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