After years of speculation and delays, multi-platinum, Grammy award winning producer 9th Wonder is set to release his long awaited solo album The Wonder Years via his own label It’s A Wonderful World Music Group. The former Little Brother member brings a star-studded cast to the album that includes Erykah Badu, Raekwon, Talib Kweli, Murs, Mac Miller, Saigon, Kendrick Lamar, Warren G, Big K.R.I.T., Pharoahe Monch, Marsha Ambrosius, Skyzoo, Big Remo, Rapsody, and former Little Brother groupmate Phonte Coleman.
In addition to a string of critically acclaimed albums with Little Brother, as well as a number of collaborative projects with Murs and Buckshot, 9th Wonder has also produced for some of the biggest stars in the world, a list that includes Jay-Z, Destiny’s Child and Erykah Badu.
After a mutual decision to part ways with Little Brother before the groups final album, 9th has put his focus on both on his long awaited solo album, as well as launching the careers of his IWWMG/Jamla signees Rapsody, Big Remo, Thee Tom Hardy and more.
9th Wonder’s cultural influence goes well beyond reaching fans through his music. The producer is currently a professor at Duke University, and recently had a documentary entitled The Wonder Year released that followed a year in the life of 9th Wonder.
“If there was ever a better time to express how I feel about hip-hop music, black music, or just music in general … it would be to do it now … on this project. My career has been from the depths of the underground, to the pop charts, but it has always stayed my sound, and what I believed in to be pure … welcome to the Wonder Years,” says 9th Wonder.
01. Make It Big feat. Khrysis
02. Band Practice Pt. 2 feat. Phonte & Median
03. Enjoy(West Coastin’) feat. Warren G, Murs & Kendrick Lamar
04. Streets Of Music feat. Tanya Morgan & Enigma of Actual Proof
05. Hearing The Melody feat. Skyzoo, Fashawn & King Mez
06. Loyalty feat. MastaKilla & Halo
07. Now I’m Being Cool feat. Mela Machinko & Median
08. Never Stop Loving You feat. Terrace Martin & Talib Kweli
09. Piranhas feat. Blu & Sundown of Actual Proof
10. Peanut Butter & Jelly feat. Marsha Ambrosius
11. One Night feat. Terrace Martin, Phonte & Bird & The Midnight Falcons
12. Your Smile feat. Hollyweerd & Thee Tom Hardy
13. No Pretending feat. Raekwon & Big Remo
14. 20 Feet Tall (Remix) feat. Erykah Badu & Rapsody
15. That’s Love feat. Mac Miller & Heather Victoria
16. A Star U R feat. Terrace Martin, Problem & GQ
The album 9th Wonder “The Wonder Years” (It’s A Wonderful World Music Group) has been released September 23, 2011.