Capitalizing on his highly publicized work for Jay-Zs The Black Album, producer 9th Wonder is ready to go even further, as he has landed two beats on the upcoming Destinys Child album, Destiny Fulfilled.
The North Carolina native, and member of underground sensation Little Brother, blessed Beyonce, Kelly, and Michelle with instrumentals for Is She The Reason and Girl. Generally seen as a creator of vintage rap backdrops, 9th ensures that his signature sound remains intact. Its still me, but for this project, its the R&B me, 9th explained to AllHipHop.com. You can still tell I did the beats, because you can hear my style throughout the tracks.
Is She The Reason is the more hood of the two records, 9th revealed. Its a song that I can hear a dude riding by pumping in his car. Id compare it to Monicas So Gone. If a dude rides by pumping Mya, youd be like, Aight n***a, whats really going on? That isnt the case with Is She The Reason.
Along with songwriter Sean Garrett (Ushers Yeah, and Ciaras Goodies), 9th completed three tracks (one, Game Over, will be included on the albums international version) with the girls in a Los Angeles studio. All three girls were real down to Earth, so it wasnt like going to work with Destinys Child, 9th said. It was more like going to work out with my homies.
This wasnt his first meeting with Beyonce, though. While recording for The Black Album, Beyonce was with Jay-Z and 9th in the studio. She was feeling my joints back then, 9th said. So, I guess she remembered me and asked Jay to hook it up.
After his work on Destiny Fulfilled is heard, 9th hopes to have opportunities to collaborate with artists such as Faith Evans, Mary J. Blige, and Carl Thomas.
He has no plans of ignoring his rap side, however. In fact, he is busier than ever these days, working on several upcoming projects. He landed two beats on Memphis Bleeks new record and is doing a follow-up to Murs 3:16 with Cali MC Murs (titled Murs Revenge). Additionally, he is crafting an album with Buckshot for Duck Down Records, favoring a sound that is more melodic than the typically darker Boot Camp Clik sound. In the aftermath of the Internet leak suffered by his Jeanius project with Jean Grae, the two have plans to record a brand new record, The Phoenix.
Above all else, though, is Little Brothers major label debut, The Minstrel Show, which is scheduled for release on Atlantic Records as early as spring of 2005. The Minstrel Show will highlight the mic skills of LB rappers Phonte and Big Pooh, but 9th promises a couple of outside guests, as well.
9th promised that being on a major has done little to slow down Little Brothers grind. On ABB Records, we had to grind extra hard, and we are treating this Atlantic situation the same, 9th said. Most people on a major dont want to work. They act like, Im on a major, so they should have my video and everything done! But, when their album flops, they get mad. Well, you should have been at the meetings!