After an incredible running with the now infamous hip-hop trio Little Brother, production credits for Mary J. Blige, Jay-Z, and Destiny’s Child, and a Grammy under his belt, North Carolina-based Patrick Douthit, known to his fans as 9th Wonder, is finally releasing his debut solo album. Dream Merchant Volume 2 includes the soulful beatscapes Douthit made a name for himself with, but it isn't just an instrumental album. Every track features a mass of different MCs, from Mos Def to Camp Lo to Memphis Bleek, and beyond, and if a Grammy for best underground hip-hop collection existed, Dream Merchant Volume 2 would most likely be in the running.
Instead of opting to work with artists who have the biggest recording budgets, Douthit chose known and lesser-known MCs who simply wanted to work with him. Whether or not Dream Merchant will break the charts remains to be seen, but when a hip-hop producer creates for the sake of making beats that the kids can vibe with, you know the impact may be nothing short of monumental (even if Lloyd Banks didn't make the cut).
Dream Merchant 2 is out October 9, 2007 on Six Hole.
1. Mr. Dream Merchant
2. Shots Feat. Big Dho and Sean Price
3. Merchant of Dreams Feat. The Embassy, Skyzoo, and Torae
4. Brooklyn In My Mind Feat. Mos Def, Jean Grae, and Memphis Bleek
5. Sunday Feat. Keisha Shontelle and Chaundon
6. Baking Soda Feat.Big Treal
7. Reminisce (Take Time) Feat. Big Remo and The Great Novej
8. No Time To Chill Feat. Little Brother
9. It Ain’t Over Feat. Jozee Mo and Tyler Woods
10. The Last Time Feat. Royce the 5'9, Naledge and Vandalyzm, The D, The Chi, and The Lou
11. Saved Feat. Saigon and Joe Scudda
12. Milky Lowa Feat. Camp Lo
13. Backlash Feat. Sean Boog and Buckshot
14. Thank You Feat. D.O.X and O-Dash
15. Let It Bang Feat. Ness and Skyzoo
16. What Makes A Man Feat. Big Pooh and Buddy Klein