Born Patrick Denard Douthit in Winston-Salem, NC, 9th Wonder is a Grammy Award-winning producer, DJ, college professor and social activist. In grade school, he was introduced to hip-hop and learned music theory but it was not until he attended North Carolina Central University, that he decided to pursue a career in music.
Years later, in the fall of 2006, 9th was appointed to be an Artist in Residence at his alma mater North Carolina Central University. As an Artist in Residence, he taught the popular course, “Hip Hop History.” Shortly afterwards, he developed a course called “Hip Hop in Context, 1973-1997”, a study of the development and cultural history of Hip-Hop.
Currently, 9th is an Adjunct Professor at Duke University and has been awarded a fellowship at Harvard University’s Hip Hop Archive at the W.E.B. Dubois Institute. While at Harvard, he has been teaching a course entitled, “The Standards of Hip-Hop”, conducting research for his thesis “These are The Breaks” and creating The Hip-Hop Fellow; a forthcoming documentary that follows his tenure as a Hip-Hop fellow and explores the significance of incorporating hip-hop studies in academia.
9th Wonder, along with Phonte Coleman and Thomas Jones (Rapper Big Pooh), formed the hip-hop trio Little Brother in 1998. The group released the critically acclaimed album The Listening. In 2003, 9th Wonder landed his first major label placement on Jay-Z’s Black Album. Next, 9th produced three songs for the R&B Supergroup Destiny’s Child on their album Destiny Fulfilled. 9th’s production of “Good Woman Down” for Mary J. Blige’s The BreakThrough, garnered him his first Grammy win in 2005. Additionally, 9th has produced 3 critically acclaimed albums with underground hip-hop artist MURS, as well as released 5 solo albums. Most recently, 9th Wonder has released a compilation album entitled 9th Wonder Presents: Jamla Is The Squad featuring artists signed to his Jamla Records and outside talents such as Talib Kweli, Statik Selektah and LeCrae.
Outside of music production, 9th’s accomplishments span from scoring music for television and video games to being appointed as the National Ambassador For Hip-Hop Relations and Culture for the NAACP. He has worked as the music supervisor for Sunny Anderson’s Home Made in America on The Food Network. More than that, he has also released The Wonder Year, a documentary that chronicles his super producer lifestyle over the duration of a year.
9th Wonder is the president, founder and CEO of It’s a Wonderful World Music Group, which caters to the 28 to 40 year old demographic of hip-hop music lovers. IWWMG is the parent company of Jamla Records. In 2006, he co-founded The True School Corporation with six other individuals to celebrate the music, culture, and films of 70’s babies and The Spike Lee Era.
9th currently resides in Raleigh, North Carolina.