The Underdogs (production team)

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The Underdogs
Genres R&B, pop, jazz, hip hop
Occupations Record producers and songwriters
Years active 2000–2008, 2011 to present
Labels Underdog/J
Associated acts Babyface, Rodney Jerkins, Tyrese
Members Harvey Mason, Jr.
Damon Thomas
Eric Dawkins
Steven Russell
Mansur A. Zafr
Dewain Whitmore Jr.
Mike Daley
Orlando Williamson
Chaz D. Jackson
Past members Melvin "Saint Nick" Coleman
Antonio "Todd" Dixon
Mischke Butler
Jud Mahoney
Rob Knox
James Fauntleroy II
Tiffany Fred
Erik Griggs
Kevin Randolph
David Stewart
Thomas Dudley, Jr.
Notable instruments
Drum machine, keyboards, synthesizers

The Underdogs is an R&B/pop production duo composed of Harvey Mason, Jr. and Damon Thomas.


Harvey Mason, Jr. is the son of Harvey Mason, Sr., a noted session drummer. Damon Thomas was a songwriting and production partner for R&B producer Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds during the late 1990s, and worked with Babyface on hits such as Dru Hill's "These are the Times" and Pink's "Most Girls". Harvey Mason Jr. was part of the Darkchild crew working alongside Rodney Jerkins before teaming up with Thomas.

Mason and Thomas began working together in 1999, with their first major production being Tyrese's single "I Like Them Girls". Since then, the duo has worked with a number of R&B performers, among them Lionel Richie, Omarion, J. Valentine, Justin Timberlake, Joe, Donell Jones, Olivia, Mario, JoJo, Mario Vasquez, Stacie Orrico, R. Kelly, Chris Brown, Jordin Sparks, Ruben Studdard, Fantasia, Katharine McPhee and more.

Among their work has been the soundtrack for the long-planned film adaptation of the Broadway musical Dreamgirls, featuring performances by Jennifer Hudson, Beyoncé Knowles, Anika Noni Rose, Eddie Murphy, Keith Robinson, and Jamie Foxx.

The Underdogs also produced the Aretha Franklin/Mary J. Blige collaboration "Never Gonna Break My Faith" for the Bobby soundtrack.

In 2008, Underdog Entertainment will release Glenn Lewis' second album, Remember Me, and the debut of Luke & Q. The duo is also working on material for Brandy's next album, due in 2008 along with Teairra Mari's second studio album. They work since 2008 with JoJo on her third album All I Want Is Everything

Damon Thomas was married to celebrity reality star Kim Kardashian from 2000 to 2003.

In 2011, The Underdogs reunited to produce "Up 2 You" for Chris Brown's album "F.A.M.E." and the song "Living Proof" with Mary J. Blige for motion picture "The Help". In 2012 The Underdogs wrote and produced the first single from Chris Brown's "Fortune" titled Turn Up the Music. Also in 2012, The Underdogs produced the soundtrack album for the film "Pitch Perfect".[1]

Production and songwriting highlights[edit]

- What Would It Be Like

- Hand It Over

- Put You Up On Game (Featuring Fantasia)
- Never Gonna Break My Faith (featuring Mary J. Blige)

- Attention (Featuring Snoop Dogg)
- Can't Wait
- Hot 16
- Kiss Goodbye
- Model Chick
- Now You Got Someone
- Sailing
- This Is Your Night
- Wake Up
- Walking On Water
- When It Hurts
- Where Did We Go
- Y.O.U.
- 4 Minutes

- Same Amazing You

- Gots To Be

- All Over Again
- What It Do
- Things I Would Do

- Can't Stop Now
- Loneliness

- Rush Over Me

- Listen

- Shoulda, Woulda, Coulda

- Mannequin

- Not Like This

- What If I'm The One
- Homeless
- Love, Love, Love
- Thinkin' Of You
- Jump In
- Let You Go
- Can't Live Without You
- Musta Heard

- No Air
- Ya Man Ain't Me
- Young Love
- Is This Love
- Take You Down
- Help Me
- I Wanna Be
- Get At´Cha
- Nothin
- So Right It Ain't Right
- Lottery
- Heart Ain't A Brain
- Up 2 You
- Fools With You
- Turn Up The Music
- Superhuman (with Keri Hilson)

- One Woman Army
- Sweat
- Hands On Me

- Take 'Em Off
- My Love Don't Stop
- Rise And Fall (Featuring Sting) [Underdogs Remix]

- Shut Up And Forget About It

- If I Had One Wish
- U Need To Quit

- Cuttin' Me Off
- Ooh Na Na

- Everything About You

- 중독 (Overdose)

- Ain't Gon' Beg You
- This Is Me

- Good For Nothing
- Please You
- Heaven
- Touch Me
- What Could've Been
- Why We're Fighting

- Mr.Mr.

- Ain't Nothing Wrong
- Love You Down

- She's Shining
- After Burner
- Day & Nite
- Cold Blooded
- Kind Of Love
- Let You Go
- Stroke

- Beautiful U R
- Biggest Mistake
- Slow Motion

- Caught
- Never Love U Like Me

- And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going
- Love You I Do
- Invisible
- You Pulled Me Through

- I'll Be There
- Heartbreak Party

- Right To Fall

- Ain't Nothin' Like Me
- Priceless
- Beautiful

- Baby It's You
- Never Say Goodbye
- Impossible To Love

- No Air

- Perfect Girl
- Come Back

- Condition Of My Heart
- Get Here
- How Will You Know
- I Saw Your Face
- Thinking Of You

- Still On My Brain

- She's Worth The Trouble
- Wassup
- Heartbreak
- Climb Them Walls

- Do What You Do

- Love Me Carefully

- Life Guard

- Everytime I'm High
- Forever My Homie
- I Ain't Tryna
- I Thought
- My Song
- That's What I'll Be

- My Turn
- Tonight Tonight Tonight
- Girls All Around Me

- Cops Up

- What Your Name Is
- Holla Back
- Could U Be
- How Could You
- I'm The One
- Love or Lust
- If I Hurt You
- How Much You Worth To Me
- This Is How Love Feels

- How We Do It
- We Supposed To Be

- Always & Forever
- How You Just Gonna
- Miss Being Your Man
- Naked
- Sex Wit' You

- Living Proof
- Miss Me With That
- You Want This

- Come On, Let's Get It On (Produced by Damon Thomas)
- Give Me Your Love" (Produced by Damon Thomas)
- I Wanna Be Loved (Featuring Vanesha Knight/V.K.) (Produced by Damon Thomas as Big Simon)

- Text Me
- Life Guard

- Sideline Ho
- My Everything

- Breakin The Law

- What If

  • NLT - "That Girl"

- You Got The Damn Thing

- O
- Midnight
- Needs
- I'm Tryna
- Those Girls
- Wrong For Me
- Thanks For Nothing"

- You're My
- Hurt You
- Don't Stop
- Speaking In Tongues
- Injury Reserve
- Man Cry

- Most Girls

- Without You (Co-written with Kara DioGuardi and Lott)
- The Thing I Love

- Religious

- Good Man
- Model Chick

- Back To The Club
- Dance For Me
- Lucky You Are
- Ready For Love

- Sorry 2004
- Change Me
- Get Loose
- What If
- I Need An Angel
- Flying Without Wings

- Symptoms

- C Walkin (Produced by Big Hutch of Above The Law and co-produced by Damon Thomas as Myrion)
- My Favorite Color (Featuring Big Hutch) (Produced by Big Hutch of Above The Law and co-produced by Damon Thomas as Myrion)

- More To Life
- I Promise

- Ends of the Earth

- My Body
- My Heart
- Wedding Song
- Heaven
- Ain't Givin' Up
- Wanted
- Might Cry
- Who Dat
- Please Don't Go

- Find My Way Back

- F*ck Hollywood (Produced by Damon Thomas as Myrion)

- I Wanna Be (Your Baby)
- I Hate You
- Finally

- Viva

- Better To Know
- Come Back To Me Shawty
- How You Gonna Act Like That
- I Ain't Tryna
- I Like Them Girls
- I Must Be Crazy
- I Wanna Go There
- Kinna Right
- One
- Signs Of Love Makin'
- U Don't Give A Dawn About Me
- With Me

- Like That
- Girlfriend

- Chronic 2000 (Featuring Treach) (Produced by Damon Thomas as Big Simon and co-produced by Kevyn "Cavi" Lewis)


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