No I.D. (left) with Kanye West (middle) in a recording studio in October 2008.
|Birth name||Ernest Dion Wilson|
|Also known as||Immenslope|
|Born||Chicago, Illinois, United States|
|Origin||Chicago, Illinois, United States|
|Genres||Hip hop, R&B|
|Occupations||A&R, DJ, music arranger, rapper, record producer, songwriter|
|Instruments||Sampler, keyboards, bass guitar|
|Labels||ARTium, Def Jam, Roc Nation, GOOD Music (current)
|Associated acts||Cocaine 80s, Dion & Tony, Big Sean, Common, Dug Infinite, Jermaine Dupri, Kanye West, Jay-Z, Nas|
Ernest Dion Wilson, professionally known as No I.D. (also known as Immenslope), is an American hip hop and R&B music producer from Chicago, Illinois. Wilson is also a disc jockey (DJ), music arranger and rapper, having released an album in 1997, titled Accept Your Own and Be Yourself (The Black Album), under Relativity Records. He is perhaps best known for his early work with Chicago-based rapper Common. He has since become a heavily sought-out and high-profile producer, producing hit singles such as "Smile" by G-Unit, "Outta My System" and "Let Me Hold You" by Bow Wow, "Heartless" by Kanye West, "D.O.A. (Death of Auto-Tune)" by Jay-Z and "My Last" by Big Sean. Wilson, who has served as a musical mentor for several artists, such as Kanye West, is considered "The Godfather of Chicago hip hop".
Wilson was once President of Kanye West's GOOD Music record company and although he would resign from that position, he stayed contracted as an in-house producer. In June 2011, Wilson announced he formed the supergroup Cocaine 80s, alongside Common and several other artists. In August 2011, Wilson became the Executive Vice President of A&R for Def Jam Recordings. He subsequently launched his own record label imprint, ARTium Recordings.
In 1997, Wilson released an album under the pseudonym No I.D., titled Accept Your Own and Be Yourself (The Black Album). The moniker No I.D. is a half-palindrome of his birth name, Dion. He also released a beat tape, titled Invisible Beats. In Wilson's early career he was working as a co-producer (and sometimes ghost producer) for Jermaine Dupri. No I.D. went on to work on hit singles such as "My Boo" by Usher and Alicia Keys and "Let Me Hold You" by Bow Wow featuring Omarion, as well as "Resurrection" and the ode to hip hop "I Used to Love H.E.R.", which garnered Chicago-based rapper Common (formerly Common Sense), his early fame. Wilson also introduced Chicago-based rapper Kanye West to hip hop production, inviting him to his sessions with Common, when West was only beginning. He also introduced West to a long-time friend named Kyambo "Hip Hop" Joshua, who was A&R for Roc-A-Fella Records, who eventually signed West to his imprint Hip Hop Since 1978, which launched West's career as an artist and into stardom. West cites Wilson as his mentor on "Last Call," the outro to his highly acclaimed debut album The College Dropout (2004). West also referenced Wilson's mentorship on songs such as "Big Brother" and "Made in America." Wilson's second official release was with Dug Infinite, a two-album package titled The Sampler, vol. 1 (2002).
In 2007, he was the focus of perhaps the most attention of his career for producing two songs from Jay-Z's album American Gangster. At the time he worked with artists such as Jay-Z, Rhymefest, Plies, Big Sean, Killer Mike, Rick Ross, Drake (Thank Me Later), and Kanye West (808's & Heartbreak, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy), Young Jeezy, and Rihanna on their then-upcoming albums. Wilson produced "D.O.A. (Death of Auto-Tune)", the first single for Jay-Z's eleventh studio album The Blueprint 3 (2009), as well as the second single "Run This Town", which features Barbadian singer Rihanna and Kanye West. He once again teamed up with Common for the first time since 1997, when he handled the production for his ninth album The Dreamer/The Believer (2011). In June 2011, Wilson formed Cocaine 80s, a musical ensemble composed of several musicians, including Common, James Fauntleroy II, Kevin Randolph, Makeba Riddick, Rob "The Mixer" Kinelski, Steve Wyreman, Free Bass, Keys of Coke and Sam Lewis, among several others.
After resigning as President of Kanye West GOOD Music record company, in August 2011, it was announced No I.D. was appointed Executive Vice President of A&R for Def Jam Recordings. In addition, Def Jam has signed an exclusive joint venture label deal for No I.D.’s Artium Recordings. The announcements were made by Barry Weiss, Chairman and CEO of Universal Republic and Island Def Jam Motown and Karen Kwak, EVP / Head of A&R, Island Def Jam Music Group. In 2012, Wislon was an executive producer on New York City-based rapper Nas' critically acclaimed eleventh album Life Is Good, producing five songs, including the twice Grammy Award-nominated single "Daughters", as well as "Loco-Motive" and "Accident Murderers".In April 2013, it was revealed Wilson signed up-and-coming rapper Logic, to Def Jam. In 2013, Wilson served as the primary producer of GOOD Music recording artist Big Sean's second album Hall of Fame. In a August 2013 interview with Complex, Wilson said he was currently working on Jhene Aiko and Logic's upcoming respective debut albums. Since the inception of Artium, Wilson has signed Common, Los Angeles-based singer Jhené Aiko and singer Elijah Blake.
|Founder||No I.D. (CEO)|
|Distributor(s)||Def Jam Recordings|
|Genre||Hip hop, R&B|
|Country of origin||United States|
ARTium Recordings is an American record label imprint, founded by No I.D.. In August 2011, it was announced No I.D. was appointed Executive Vice President of A&R for Def Jam Recordings. In addition, Def Jam has signed an exclusive joint venture label deal for No I.D.’s Artium Recordings. The announcements were made by Barry Weiss, Chairman and CEO of Universal Republic and Island Def Jam Motown and Karen Kwak, EVP / Head of A&R, Island Def Jam Music Group. No I.D. would report directly to Mr. Weiss and Ms. Kwak. In 2012, No I.D. signed American neo-soul singer Jhené Aiko. By September 2013, No I.D. had signed up-and-coming American R&B singers Elijah Blake and Snoh Aalegra. On June 4, 2014, it was announced No I.D.'s longtime collaborator and Chicago-bred rapper Common, signed a recording contract with Def Jam Recordings and ARTium Records.
|Title||Album details||Peak chart positions|
|Accept Your Own and Be Yourself (The Black Album)||94|
|The Sampler, vol. 1
(with Dug Infinite)
|"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.|
|Title||Year||Peak chart positions||Album|
|"Sky's The Limit"||1997||—||—||—||Accept Your Own and Be Yourself (The Black Album)|
|"—" denotes a title that did not chart, or was not released in that territory.|
|"Two Scoops of Raisins"||1992||Common||Can I Borrow a Dollar?|
|"In My Own World (Check the Method)"||1994||Resurrection|
|"When You Hot You Hot"||1998||DJ Honda, Dug Infinite||h II|
|Title||Year||Peak chart positions||Certifications||Album|
|"Take It EZ"
|1992||—||—||5||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||Can I Borrow a Dollar?|
|"Soul by the Pound"
|"I Used to Love H.E.R."
|"Retrospect for Life"
(Common featuring Lauryn Hill)
|1997||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||One Day It'll All Make Sense|
|2004||—||72||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||Beg for Mercy|
|"Let Me Hold You"
(Bow Wow featuring Omarion)
|"Outta My System"
(Bow Wow featuring T-Pain and Johntá Austin)
||The Price of Fame|
|"Put It on Ya"
(Plies featuring Chris J)
||808s & Heartbreak|
|"D.O.A. (Death of Auto-Tune)"
|2009||24||43||15||—||—||—||—||—||—||79||The Blueprint 3|
|"Run This Town"
(Jay-Z featuring Kanye West and Rihanna)
|"Find Your Love"
||Thank Me Later|
|77||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager|
|"Ready Set Go"
(Killer Mike featuring T.I.)
(featuring Chris Brown)
(Common featuring Nas)
|—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||The Dreamer/The Believer|
(Melanie Fiona featuring J. Cole)
|2012||—||89||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||The MF Life|
|—||78||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||Life Is Good|
(Nas featuring Rick Ross)
(Pusha T featuring Future)
|—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||My Name Is My Name|
(Big Sean featuring Common)
|2013||—||50||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||Hall of Fame|
(Jay-Z featuring Justin Timberlake)
||Magna Carta Holy Grail|
(Big Sean featuring Kendrick Lamar and Jay Electronica)
(Tassho Pearce featuring Kid Cudi)
(Common featuring Vince Staples)
|"To Love & Die"
(Jhené Aiko featuring Cocaine 80s)
|"Speak My Piece"
(Common featuring Big Sean)
|"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.|
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