Dub-L

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Dub-L
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Background information
Birth name Michael Delaney
Born New York, NY
Genres Hip hop, trip hop, R&B, dance
Occupation(s) Producer, songwriter, DJ, MC
Years active 1997–present
Associated acts DJ JS-1
DJ Cassidy
O'Neal McKnight
Cass & Dubs
The Controls
Aesop Rock
C-Rayz Walz
Website Dub-L.com

Michael Delaney, better known by his stage name Dub-L, is an American record producer, DJ, musician, songwriter and MC.

Early life[edit]

Delaney was born and raised in downtown New York City.[1] The name Dub-L comes from his last name, Delaney, which he shortened to Dell for his tag name in high school when he was doing graffiti. People started calling him Double-L, which turned into Dub-L.[2]

Career[edit]

Dub-L produced Aesop Rock's first album, Music for Earthworms, in 1997. Dub-L has said that he is in possession of the masters but will not re-release it, because he likes the fact that it's "rare and legendary."[1]

Also in 1997, Dub-L met fellow New York City native and DJ JS-1, who was a member of the Rock Steady Crew. They immediately began collaborating as Ground Original, releasing their debut album in 2002, also called Ground Original, which featured well-known MCs such as KRS-One, Masta Ace, Kool G Rap and Big Daddy Kane, as well as underground MCs such as C-Rayz Walz and Planet Asia.[3][4] They released Claimstake the next year, which included appearances from Common, J-Live and Jeru the Damaja.[3]

In 2003, Dub-L released his debut solo album, Dub-L's In Town,[2] following it up in 2004 with his second album, Day of the Mega Beast! It features guest appearances from artists including Rahzel, Professor X, Hangar 18, DJ JS-1 and MF Grimm.[5][6][7] Dub-L produced and rapped on his two solo albums.[7]

Dub-L's other work includes the trip hop group The Controls, which he formed with singer Ann Colville in 1998, putting out their debut album the following year. An instrumental version of the album was released in 2012.[8] In 2004, he produced two tracks from MF Doom's second Viktor Vaughn album, Venomous Villain.[7] Dub-L and DJ Cassidy occasionally team up as Cass & Dubs; in 2008, they produced all of O'Neal McKnight's singles, including "Check Your Coat", featuring Greg Nice.[9] Since 2011, he has been independently releasing projects, including the group Monday Morning High, formed with rapper Chase Phoenix.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

  • Ground Original (2002, Yosumi Records) – with DJ JS-1
  • Ground Original Presents: Claimstake (2003, Echelon Records) – with DJ JS-1
  • Dub-L's In Town (2003, Ground Original)
  • Day of the Mega Beast! (2004, Day By Day Entertainment)

Singles[edit]

  • "Beyond" – DJ JS-1 & Dub-L featuring O.C. (2002, Ground Original)
  • "License 2 Ill" b/w "Nowadays" – DJ JS-1 & Dub-L (2002, Fat Beats)
  • "Won’t Stop" – DJ JS-1 & Dub-L feat. Jeru The Damaja (2003, Echelon Records)

Production discography[edit]

Year Song/Album Artist Credits
1997 Music For Earthworms Aesop Rock Producer, mixer
"Bad Samaritan" Aesop Rock Producer, mixer
1999 One Hundred The Controls Producer, musician
2000 "The I.N.I." Jemini The Gifted One Producer, mixer
"Makes The World Go Round" Jemini The Gifted One Producer, mixer
2002 "Disguised Skies" Conglomerates Producer
"While I'm Dancin'" Prime & Common Producer, mixer
2003 "Guess (U Never Knew)" Rahzel Co-producer
"Old Joke" C-Rayz Walz Producer, mixer
"Get It Poppin'" C-Rayz Walz Producer, mixer
"SunRiseSetting / T.O.P." C-Rayz Walz Producer, mixer
Music For Earthworms: The Instrumentals Aesop Rock Producer, mixer
2004 "Ode To Road Rage" Viktor Vaughn Producer
"Bloody Chain" Viktor Vaughn Producer
"Crayzeerock" C-Rayz Walz Producer, mixer
"Rain Forever" C-Rayz Walz Producer, mixer
Cut to the Chase Chase Phoenix Producer, executive producer, mixer
High Heart & Low Estate Baby Dayliner Producer, mixer
2005 "Flying Guillotines" DJ JS-1 Mixer
"Audio Technician" DJ JS-1 Producer, mixer
"Press Rewind" DJ JS-1 Producer, mixer
"The More U Got" DJ JS-1 Vocals, writer, producer, mixer
"New Level" DJ JS-1 Mixer
"Unstoppable" Percee P Co-producer, mixer
2006 "Steven Segal" LoDeck Vocals, writer, mixer
"Body Drop" LoDeck Vocals, writer, producer, mixer
"Drug In My Vein" C-Rayz Walz Producer, mixer
"The Life I Lead" MF Grimm Producer, mixer
"Small Town Halls" Baby Dayliner Producer
"A Public Affair" (Cass & Dubs Remix) Jessica Simpson Producer, mixer
2007 "Qué Hiciste" (Cass & Dubs Remix) Jennifer Lopez Producer, mixer
"Monday Night Live" LoDeck Producer, mixer, vocals
"Written Apocalypse" Taiyamo Denku Producer
2008 "Check Your Coat" O'Neal McKnight feat. Greg Nice Writer, producer, executive producer, mixer
"Check Your Coat (Remix)" O'Neal McKnight feat. Jermaine Dupri & Diddy Writer, executive producer
"Champagne Red Lights" O'Neal McKnight feat. Heavy D & Big Ali Producer, executive producer, writer, mixer
"Champagne Red Lights Part II" O'Neal McKnight feat. Busta Rhymes & Ron Browz Producer, writer, mixer
"Time Don't Pass Me By" O'Neal McKnight Producer, executive producer, writer, mixer
2009 "Looking For Love" O'Neal McKnight Producer, executive producer, writer, mixer
"Wishing on a Sucker MC" Jim Jones feat. Rev Run Co-producer, mixer
2010 Iron Heart Lion Eyes Fivefeet:Perspectives Producer, executive producer, mixer
2011 "Fishing Gear Hookups" Dub-L & LoDeck Vocals, producer, mixer
"Superluva" (Cass & Dubs Remix) Starshell Producer, mixer
"Never Stop" Dub-L feat. DJ M.O.S. & O'Neal McKnight Vocals, producer, mixer
"Feel Good" Dub-L Vocals, producer, mixer
2012 One Hundred Instrumentals The Controls Producer
"Sweat Nobody" Monday Morning High Vocals, producer
2013 "Set You Free" Monday Morning High Vocals, producer
2014 "True Heads Massive" Monday Morning High Vocals, producer

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b “Dub-L interview,” Urban Smarts, November 10, 2004.
  2. ^ a b “Interview With Dub L – Everybody Gather Around – The Dubs In Town,” africasgateway.com, October 14, 2003.
  3. ^ a b Michael Cusenza, “Double Standard: Independent Hip-Hop’s Dynamic Duo,” Tablist, Vol. 2, Issue 1, 2005.
  4. ^ Leah Rose, “Ill Techniques: DJ JS-1,” XXL, June 2003.
  5. ^ HeneC, “Dub-L: Day of the Mega Beast,” YRB, Issue #46, October 2004, p. 108.
  6. ^ Joshua Glazer, “dub-L: Day of the Mega Beast,” URB, January/February 2005, p. 95.
  7. ^ a b c “Interviews: dub-L,” ugrap.de, April 2005.
  8. ^ Neil Drumming, “Music Review,” Washington City Paper, April 23, 1999.
  9. ^ “Singles,” URB, January/February 2009, p. 110.

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