9th Wonder Releases Free Music from his labels: Jamla & The Academy - Idol Threat: Warning Shots at the Mainstream


Wednesday, May 05, 2010

9th Wonder Releases Free Music from his labels: Jamla & The Academy

Man 9th Wonder is making me WORK! For the past few months (and especially the past week) 9th has been releasing a steady stream of free music via his Facebook and Twitter pages. There’s so much content I could barely keep up, I had to wait until now to even think about posting it all. I was going to put everything up all at once but there’s seriously way too much so I’m going to try and break it up between 4 or 5 posts. I had the pleasure of helping show 9th Wonder and his friends around during one of his visits to Chicago and I can tell you that this man is serious about Hip Hop, which would explain why he’s teaching a Hip Hop history class at North Carolina Central University. (He can also grill some mean chicken wings.)

If you’re wondering why he all of sudden started releasing all this free music he basically explained to 2dopeboyz.com that he has tons of music lying around and was tired of holding on to it. I remember him playing instrumentals during his visit that I not only haven’t heard released yet, but sound waay different than his normal stuff, so he’s obviously still sitting on a huge stockpile of unreleased gems.

For those that don’t know 9th Wonder was a founding member of the North Carolina group “Little Brother” and also the producer for many hits by artists such as Jay Z, Destiny’s Child, Mary J. Blige, De La Soul, Mos Def, Memphis Bleek, and Buckshot from Black Moon. He first broke into the scene by putting out a remix album of Nas’ 2002 album God’s Son entitled God’s Stepson, which was the album that started the trend of themed/fully remixed albums a la the Beatles/Jay Z mash-up “The Grey Album.”

9th Wonder has recently been working on starting up his own record label. Not only has he succeeded in starting a label, but true to form the hard working Producer decided to start TWO labels: Jamla and The Academy. The free music that I will be posting throughout the week will mostly be releases from his stable of artists, but I will also include 9th Wonder’s collaborations with other industry artists such as David Banner. When asked about some of his highly-anticipated upcoming collaborations, 9th had this to say to HipHopDX.com:

“That album’s been done, man. We just got to put it out,” he said with a laugh, speaking on the Jean Grae collaboration, a follow-up to Jeanius. As mentioned, though, his album with David Banner is also anticipated.” (read the full interview here:

In this post you’ll find 2 tracks from David Banner and 9th Wonder’s upcoming project “Death of a Pop Star” as well as a couple of other 9th Wonder produced tracks by artists Big Remo & TP. I’m also posting up a mixtape that was released to coincide with the 3rd Season of The Boondocks (an Adult Swim Cartoon series that 9th has contributed music to in the past.) “Hip-Hop Docktrine 3: The Final Chapter" is the unofficial official Boondocks Mixtape hosted by David Banner & Killer Mike and brought to you by Dub Floyd & Wally Sparks in conjunction with HighOffLife.com and BoondocksBootleg.com. It features exclusive jams from 9th Wonder and Jamla/Academy artist Rapsody, Big Remo, Thee Tom Hardy, & TP. Below you'll find an excerpt from 9th's Myspace blog explaining the fruition of his two labels, and the downloads will be after that. You can also peep a video after the downloads featuring some of the aforementioned artists. Enjoy and stay tuned to Idol Threat for more 9th Wonderfulness:

"Starting in 2009, and with the blessings of Egon, PBW, and Dru Ha, I will be launching 2 labels at once, The Academy/Stones Throw and JamLa/Duckdown. This will be my shot, to put more music into the atmosphere, with the artists that I believe have what it takes. They are not striving to be mega PLATINUM superstars, but instead to make a noise loud enough to create a fanbase, a following, and to make money. Each label will have 2 different agendas, and 2 different paths, with an attempt NOT to cross the streams (see Egon in Ghostbusters). I believe that internet has created SO many pockets and demographics that crossing the streams will not become a factor, and each artist can reach the EXACT audience they want to reach..."

Download the Boondocks Mixtape Here: Hip-Hop Docktrine 3: The Final Chapter

David Banner – Strange f. Big Remo (prod. 9th Wonder)
Download “Strange” here

David Banner – Slow Down (prod. 9th Wonder)
Download “Slow Down” here

Big Remo - Handle My Biz (prod. 9th Wonder)
Download “Handle My Biz” here

TP - The Fresh Prince Is Back (prod. 9th Wonder)
Download “The Fresh Prince is Back”

Obligatory Club Scene Video Featuring Jamla/The Academy artists:

Purchase 9th Wonder Music here: 9th Wonder Music at Amazon

9th Wonder’s Myspace:

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