9th Wonder Joins Peter Rosenberg and Cipha Sounds on Juan Epstein For Interview About Jamla Records And More

Posted: February 9, 2014 by ericbernsen in Interviews, Music
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We’re a little late on this one, but an in-depth conversation with 9th Wonder about his career (past/present/future) is something that cannot be missed. This is exactly what happened when 9th Wonder (joined by Rapsody and Add-2) paid a visit to the Juan Epstein podcast for an interview with Peter Rosenberg and Cipha Sounds. The Grammy award winning producer discussed a number of different topics from his role in the recently released Jamla Is The Squad project (which we recently reviewed), what life is like as a college professor, as well as experiences he has had working with artists such as Jay Z and Phonte. 9th Wonder shared a ton of musical knowledge in the detailed interview and this is essential listening for die-hard fans of the much respected producer. 

The discussion started with 9th Wonder talking about his role as the leader of Jamla Records and the release of their latest compilation project Jama Is The Squad. From there it was free reign for questions regarding 9th Wonder’s early career as a member of Little Brother and how they were one of the first hip-hop groups to “blow up” through the power of the Internet (partially thanks to Questlove and Young Guru). The Young Guru connection is what landed 9th Wonder the opportunity to land a production spot on Jay Z’s The Black Album with the song “Threat”, and he goes into detail about his studio sessions with Hova. Then the natural historian in 9th Wonder came out as he discussed his life as a professor at both Harvard and Duke, where he teaches students about the origins of hip-hop (he detailed what the first day of class is like for his students).

From there 9th Wonder answered questions about his previous fellow group member Phonte and why his partner never rose to popularity in the mainstream space. One artist who considers Phonte as a huge influence in his career is Drake, so of course the question regarding their connection is a common one. The interview finally came full circle as Rapsody was brought into the mix in terms of how she met 9th Wonder and her contributions to the Jamla Is The Squad project. The hour long discussion had plenty of gems in it and it clearly spells out why 9th Wonder has had such a monumental impact in the genre of hip-hop.

Take a listen to the interview below and let us know what you think! 






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