Mike Ladd

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For the Australian poet, see Mike Ladd (poet).
Mike Ladd
Born Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Origin Chicago, Illinois, United States[1]
Genres Hip-hop
Occupation(s) Rapper, producer
Years active 1997–present[1]
Labels Scratchie,[1] Big Dada, Studio !K7, Definitive Jux, Thirsty Ear, Ozone Music
Associated acts The Infesticons, The Majesticons, Anarchist Republic Of Bzzz

Mike Ladd is a hip-hop artist, and co-owner of the Likemadd label, who resides in Paris, France.


Born in Boston, Massachusetts, Mike Ladd is influenced by Funkadelic, Charles Stepney, Bad Brains, Burt Bacharach, Kraftwerk, Bollywood, Jungle Brothers and Divine Styler.

Mike Ladd has released several solo albums, including Easy Listening 4 Armageddon, Welcome To The Afterfuture, Negrophilia, Father Divine and Nostalgialator. He also released Gun Hill Road and Bedford Park as The Infesticons and Beauty Party as The Majesticons. He released two collaborative albums, In What Language? and Still Life With Commentator, with jazz pianist Vijay Iyer. He has collaborated with artists such as Company Flow, Rob Sonic, Saul Williams, U-God, Busdriver, Blue Sky Black Death, Daedelus, Jackson and his Computer Band, Coldcut, DJ Spooky among others. He has remixed songs for the likes of Yo La Tengo, Antipop Consortium and Enrico Macias. Mike Ladd has toured extensively for several years throughout America, Europe and Asia, establishing a cult following in the process.

Mike Ladd received his B.A. in Black expatriates in the Nineteenth century from Hampshire College and an M.A. in Poetry from Boston University. As a Fellow at the Institute for Arts and Civic Dialogue at Harvard University, he produced and directed Blood Black and Blue, an audio documentary/performance about Black police officers in the United States. In 2005, he completed a fellowship at the Asia Society, where he created a musical/theatrical/visual installation In What Language? with Vijay Iyer. It was a project about people of color in relation to globalization in the context of airports. They also put up another installation Still Life with Commentator, which was commissioned by the Brooklyn Academy of Music for 5 nights of performances.

Mike Ladd has been published in several literary magazines including Long Shot Review and Bostonia. His work is also featured in the book Swing Low, Black Men Writing and several anthologies, including, Aloud: Voices From The Nuyorican Poets Café, In Defense Of Mumia, Bum Rush The Page, Por La Victoire and Everything But The Burden.

Mike Ladd lives in Paris with his wife, daughter and son.[2]



  • Easy Listening 4 Armageddon (1997, Scratchie Records)
  • Live From Paris (2000)
  • Welcome To The Afterfuture (2000)
  • Vernacular Homicide (2001)
  • Nostalgialator (2004)
  • Negrophilia: The Album (2005)
  • Father Divine (2005)
  • Kids And Animals (2011)

Collaboration albums[edit]

  • Gun Hill Road (2000) as The Infesticons
  • Beauty Party (2003) as The Majesticons
  • In What Language? (2004) with Vijay Iyer
  • Still Life With Commentator (2007) with Vijay Iyer
  • Anarchist Republic Of Bzzz (2009) as Anarchist Republic Of Bzzz
  • Bedford Park (2010) as The Infesticons
  • Why Waste Time (2012) as Sleeping in Vilna
  • Holding it Down (2013) with Vijay Iyer

Guest appearances[edit]



  1. ^ a b c "Smashing Pumpkins FAQ v3.00". starla.org. 1997. Retrieved 7 November 2013. ... the Scratchie showcase at the Chicago Metro on June 21, featuring Mike Ladd, Fulflej, Catherine, and the Frogs! 
  2. ^ http://d678410.dn23.directnichosting.com/?page_id=3

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