Wednesday, February 6, 2008

9th Wonder Dismisses Release Dates, Album Ongoing

Not many people realize that 9th Wonder is label-mates with Cam'ron, Gucci Mane and Shawty-Lo. The North Carolina producer remained with Asylum Records, a division of Atlantic Records and Warner Brothers, after Little Brother's Atlantic debut, 2005's The Minstrel Show.

Although he released last year's The Dream Merchant Volume 2 on the Florida-independent Six-Hole Records, the producer has been hard at work for over the last year on The Wonder Years, the release with major distribution. Despite singles, cover art, pre-order sales and numerous campaigns that the album would be releasing in late January or early February, 9th told HipHopDX that it's still incomplete.
"Me and [Erykah Badu] are gonna do a record for [The Wonder Years]. With her album, she has a lot of stuff goin' on," said 9th. "Travis McCoy [of Gym Class Heroes] is also somebody who said, 'I gotta do a record for it.' He'll have a joint on there. It's called 'Winnie Cooper.' [Laughs] I understand what it means now. I understand where Timbaland, Pharrell and Kanye and Dr. Dre...I understand what they understand - some of. It's nothing you can explain to a normal producer."

The producer elaborated further on perfecting his craft. "I'm learning more about producing. I got too much into making beats, and not putting my all into producing a record. I think that's what separates beat-makers from producers."
Although there is no exact date in sight for the album, 9th Wonder insists that the wait is worth it. "My best friend told me that The Wonder Years is the best record he's heard me produce so far. It's R&B and Hip Hop together. The records are very big, and they sound very big. They show growth. You can hear the growth between The Dream Merchant [Volume 2] and The Wonder Years. The beats sound epic. It fills the room up. That's what The Wonder Years is. It's a cookout record."
In addition to the artists 9th Wonder mentioned, The Wonder Years features Styles P, Jean Grae and The Justus League.