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9th Wonder, The Wonder Years

What a week for North Carolina hip-hop. Impressive, to say the least. Alongside J. Cole’s coming out party and the release of Phonte’s solo venture, producer 9th Wonder looked to make a splash of his own with the highly anticipated LP, The Wonder Years, a collaborative record infused with 9th’s trademark soulful sampling and robust melodies. 9thmatic (the producer's moniker when he raps) gets things started with “Make it Big,” and over a stammering sample, carries the listener along on a narrative of his own golden years from 6th grade to his breakthrough on Jay-Z’s Black Album to linking up with ...

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