Mike Ladd

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Mike Ladd
Born Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Origin Paris, France
Genres Hip hop
Occupation(s) Rapper, producer
Years active 1997–present
Labels Scratchie Records, Ozone Music, Likemadd Music, Big Dada, Definitive Jux, Studio !K7, Thirsty Ear, ROIR, Marathon of Dope
Associated acts Vijay Iyer, Alexandre Pierrepont, Sleeping in Vilna, The Infesticons, The Majesticons, Anarchist Republic of Bzzz

Mike Ladd is an American hip hop artist from Boston, Massachusetts.[1] The Guardian described him as "the king of the hip-hop concept."[2] He has released several collaborative albums with jazz pianist Vijay Iyer.[3]

Life and career[edit]

Mike Ladd was born in Boston, Massachusetts.[4] He is based in Paris, France.[5]

Mike Ladd's first studio album, Easy Listening 4 Armageddon, was released in 1997.[6] He released Welcome to the Afterfuture in 2000.[7] Nostalgialator was released in 2004.[8] In 2005, he released Negrophilia: The Album, which was inspired by Petrine Archer-Straw's book of the same name.[9] In that year, he also released Father Divine on ROIR.[10]

Style and influences[edit]

Mike Ladd's influences range from Funkadelic to King Tubby, Minor Threat, and Charles Stepney.[11]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

  • Easy Listening 4 Armageddon (1997)
  • Welcome to the Afterfuture (2000)
  • Gun Hill Road (2000) (as The Infesticons)
  • Beauty Party (2003) (as The Majesticons)
  • Nostalgialator (2004)
  • In What Language? (2004) (with Vijay Iyer)
  • Negrophilia: The Album (2005)
  • Father Divine (2005)
  • Still Life with Commentator (2007) (with Vijay Iyer)
  • Maison Hantée (2008) (with Alexandre Pierrepont)
  • 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: The Veteran's Dreams Project (2013) (with Vijay Iyer)

Live albums[edit]

  • Live from Paris (2000)

EPs[edit]

  • Vernacular Homicide (2001)
  • Kids and Animals (2011)

Singles[edit]

  • "Blah Blah" (1998)
  • "5000 Miles" b/w "Planet 10" (2000)
  • "Activator Cowboy" (2001)
  • "Wild Out Day" b/w "Jet Pack" (2003)
  • "Housewives at Play" (2004)
  • "Shake It" (2004)

Guest appearances[edit]

Remixes[edit]

  • Enrico Macias - "Le Vent Du Sud (Mike Ladd Remix)" from Enrico Experience (2000)
  • Yo La Tengo - "Nuclear War (Version 4)" (2002)
  • Antipop Consortium - "Ghostlawns (Mike Ladd Mix)" (2002)
  • Yameen - "Spirit Walker (Mike Ladd Remix)" from Never Knows More (2009)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Fortune, Drew (April 25, 2008). "Mike Ladd: Sci-Fi Hip Hop Futurist". Alarm. Retrieved April 1, 2015. 
  2. ^ Simpson, Dave (July 23, 2004). "Mike Ladd, Nostalgialator". The Guardian. Retrieved April 1, 2015. 
  3. ^ Barton, Chris (September 10, 2013). "Review: 'Holding It Down' awakens us to veterans' dreams". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved April 1, 2015. 
  4. ^ Rutledge, Bryant (November 30, 2007). "Mike Ladd "Trouble Shot"". XLR8R. Retrieved April 1, 2015. 
  5. ^ Siwek, Daniel (January 29, 2008). "Mike Ladd Nostalgialator". XLR8R. Retrieved April 1, 2015. 
  6. ^ LeRoy, Dan. "Mike Ladd - Easy Listening 4 Armageddon". AllMusic. Retrieved April 1, 2015. 
  7. ^ P., Ethan (March 7, 2000). "Mike Ladd: Welcome to the Afterfuture". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved April 1, 2015. 
  8. ^ Sawdey, Evan (January 24, 2008). "Mike Ladd: Nostalgialator". PopMatters. Retrieved April 1, 2015. 
  9. ^ Kellman, Andy. "Mike Ladd - Negrophilia: The Album". AllMusic. Retrieved April 1, 2015. 
  10. ^ Tangari, Joe (November 13, 2005). "Mike Ladd: Father Divine". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved April 13, 2015. 
  11. ^ Bush, John. "Mike Ladd - Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved April 1, 2015. 

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