Jay Z - Threat
"Threat" wasn't just one of 9th Wonder's big breaks, but it's also a compelling story. Peep the track and watch 9th Wonder detail its creation.
Ludacris featuring Common & Spike Lee - Do The Right Thing
Ludacris tapped 9th Wonder for a beat on a song that featured both Common and Spike Lee. "Do The Right Thing," the title of the track and also one of Lee's most famous movies, sees the two MCs rhyming ace bars, the director dropping some spoken word, and of course 9th Wonder issuing an incredible beat.
9th Wonder - Rise (Instrumental)
This is the instrumental of a song that Lecrae went in on, but we felt the need to drop the instrumental for ya. Instrumental hip-hop doesn't quite get the love it deserves. These beats really make the songs we love, and usually outshine the lyrics on top of them. "Rise" is a phenomenal instrumental, like most of 9th's beats, and can be enjoyed by itself.
Take a look at the list of winners as they're announced for the 2015 Grammy awards.
North Carolina's Patrick Douthit isn't like most hip-hop stars. He's uninterested with chains, fame, cars, clothes and objectifying women. He's concerned with honoring classic soul music through his sample-based hip-hop beats. That has been enough to catch the attention of Jay Z, Beyonce, De La Soul, Kendrick Lamar, Big K.R.I.T., Erykah Badu and many more.
But not all music can be for everyone, and 9th Wonder isn't going to compromise his integrity to go with the flow of mainstream rap music. Instead he speaks his mind, peacefully and truthfully, while making a crazy amount of music. We're thankful for dudes like Patrick Douthit, because without him, who knows if hot, new hip-hop music would even exist?