N.O. Joe

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N.O. Joe
Birth name Joseph Johnson
Also known as Joe Kool, N.O. Joe
Born (1975-03-31) March 31, 1975 (age 39)
Origin New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
Genres Hip hop, R&B, Pop, Electro, rock
Occupation(s) Record producer, film/tv scoring, songwriter/arranger, singer, musician, rapper
Instruments Guitar, bass guitar, mandolin, keyboards, rapper, vocals, beatboxing, vocoder, drums/percussions
Years active 1993–present
Labels Gumbo Funk/M-PULSE GLOBAL
Website [1]

Joseph Johnson, known by his stage name N.O. Joe, is a musician, multi platinum Grammy Nominated producer, songwriter, and artist. N.O. Joe was a pioneer of the Southern Hip Hop sound during the 1990s. He operates a production company named Gumbo Funk,[1] which is also a name given to his melange of musical styles.

History[edit]

Johnson was born in New Orleans, Louisiana. While in high school (in New Orleans), he began providing beats to local performers. He was later encouraged to move to New York, where he began an affiliation with Universal Music Group as a producer.[1]

Then known as Joe Kool, Johnson collaborated with Devante Swing, and the production group Da Bassment with that he contributed to Jodeci's first album, Forever My Lady. Johnson went on to work with Brian McKnight, R&B artist Joe and D'Angelo before moving into the rap genre.[1]

Southern hip-hop contributions[edit]

N.O. Joe contributed to the following albums (All Album Contributions not Listed):

Artist roster[edit]

N.O. Joe has also contributed as producer to various labels such as Universal Music Group (1990–2003), and Rap-A-Lot as an independent production entity. N.O. Joe has worked on several platinum songs and albums, including a number 1 single "Pushin Weight", to Ice Cube's album War & Peace Vol. 1, LL Cool J's Grammy-nominated The DEFinition and has worked with:

  • AZ (rapper)
    • In 1995, AZ's album Do or Die peaked on the Billboard as the No. 1 R&B/Hip-Hop Album with chart topping hits such as the title track produced by N.O. Joe, "Doe or Die" which reached the top twenties on the Billboard charts.
  • Bahamadia

"I confess" and "Biggest part of me"

Albums featuring N.O. Joe[edit]

Album information
Somethin' Serious
  • Artist Name: Big Mike
  • Released: 1994
  • Production Credits: "Entire Album except ("Peter Man" and "On the one")
  • Billboard 200: No. 40
  • R&B/Hip-Hop: No. 4
  • RIAA Certified: Gold
The Resurrection
  • Artist Name: Geto Boys
  • Released: April 2, 1996
  • Production Credits: "Entire Album"
  • Billboard 200:
  • R&B/Hip-Hop:
  • RIAA Certified: Gold
Till Death Do Us Part
  • Artist Name: Geto Boys
  • Released: March 19, 1992
  • Production Credits: "Entire Album"
  • Billboard 200: No. 28
  • R&B/Hip-Hop: No. 1
  • RIAA Certified: Gold
The Diary
  • Artist Name: Scarface
  • Released: October 18, 1994
  • Production Credits: Entire Album
  • Billboard 200: No. 2
  • R&B/Hip-Hop: No. 2
  • RIAA Certified: Platinum
Dirty Money
  • Artist Name: UGK
  • Released: November 13, 2001
  • Production Credits: "Tracks 1–9 and 12 "
  • Billboard 200: No. 15
  • R&B/Hip-Hop: No. 2
  • Singles: "One Day"
  • RIAA Certified: Gold
Ridin Dirty
  • Artist Name: UGK
  • Released: July 29, 1996
  • Production Credits: "Entire Album"
  • Billboard 200: No. 15
  • R&B/Hip-Hop: No. 2
  • Singles: "One Day"
  • RIAA Certified: Gold
Doe or Die
  • Artist Name: AZ
  • Released: April 2, 1996
  • Production Credits: "Doe or Die"
  • Billboard 200: No. 15
  • R&B/Hip-Hop: No. 1
  • Singles: "Doe or Die"
The Dude
  • Artist Name: Devin the Dude
  • Released: June 16, 1998
  • Production Credits: "Do What You Wanna Do", "I Can't Quit"
  • Billboard 200: No. 177
  • R&B/Hip-Hop: No. 27
War & Peace Vol. 1
  • RIAA Certified: PLATINUM
  • Artist Name: Ice Cube
  • Released: 1998
  • Production Credits: "Pushin Weight"
  • Billboard 200: No. 26
  • R&B/Hip-Hop: No. 12
  • Hot Rap Singles: No. 1
  • Singles: "Pushin Weight"*RIAA Certified: Gold
The Last of a Dying Breed
  • Artist Name: Scarface
  • Released: October 3, 2000
  • Production Credits: Entire Album
  • Billboard 200: No. 7
  • R&B/Hip-Hop: No. 2
  • RIAA Certified: Gold
Just Tryin' ta Live
  • Artist Name: Devin the Dude
  • Released: January 29, 2002
  • Production Credits: "Fa Sho"
  • Billboard 200: No. 61 [2]
  • R&B/Hip-Hop: No. 11[2]
The DEFinition
  • Artist Name: LL Cool J
  • Released: August 31, 2004
  • Production Credits: "Move Somethin" "Shake it Baby"
  • Billboard 200: No. 4
  • R&B/Hip-Hop: No. 3
  • RIAA Certified: Gold
Operation Stackola
  • Artist Name: THE LUNIZ
  • Released: July 4, 1995
  • Production Credits: "Yellow Brick Road" "I Got Five On It" (REMIX)" "Pimps Players Hustlers"
  • Billboard 200: No. 1
  • R&B/Hip-Hop: No. 1
  • RIAA Certified: Platinum

Soundtracks[edit]

N.O. Joe's music has also been featured on the following soundtracks:

Soundtrack Information
I Dream of Jesus
  • Television Show: Family Guy
  • Released: October 5, 2008
  • Production Credits: Scoring Segments for the Episode (Office Space)
  • Nominations: Episode Nominated for "Outstanding Comedy Series"
  • Episode viewed by 8.5 million viewers and nominated for an Emmy Award

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