Adrian Younge

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Adrian Younge
Born (1978-05-07) May 7, 1978 (age 46)
OriginLos Angeles, California, U.S.
LabelsLinear Labs

Adrian Younge (born May 7, 1978[3]) is an American composer, arranger and music producer based in the Los Angeles area.


Younge grew up in Fontana, California. His father is a lawyer and Younge himself earned a Juris Doctor degree from the American College of Law in Orange County.[4] Younge has worked as a lawyer and law professor—having taught entertainment law at his alma mater.[5][6][7] Early in his career, Younge worked for the legal department of MTV.[8]

Music career[edit]

Younge edits and scores films.[9] He played bass and keyboards in a band during the late 1990s, and began composing after sampling records with an MPC. He quickly learned to play several instruments and experimented with analog recordings which resulted in the Italian influenced Venice Dawn, which he released on EP. In 2009, his soundtrack for the film Black Dynamite[10] was released on the Wax Poetics label.[11] In 2011 Younge revived and expanded Venice Dawn into a longer work called Something about April. In 2013 he released Adrian Younge Presents the Delfonics[12] and Twelve Reasons to Die with Ghostface Killah.[13] Younge also operates a vinyl record store in Los Angeles called Artform Studio.[9] Younge, along with Ali Shaheed Muhammad of A Tribe Called Quest, produced Kendrick Lamar's "untitled 06" song featuring CeeLo Green, which was later reworked into the track "Questions" from the 2018 album The Midnight Hour. Younge and Ali also co-founded the Jazz Is Dead record label in 2017.

In 2021, Younge released the album The American Negro, as well as produced the podcast "Invisible Blackness".[14] Both projects were launched during Black History Month and each seeks to highlight the systemic racism that African Americans have endured in the United States and the psychological toll that results. The podcast features speakers such as Chuck D, Ladybug Mecca, Keyon Harrold and Michael Jai White.[15][16]



  1. ^ Sacher, Andrew (February 1, 2019). "Adrian Younge kicks off "Produced By" series with Georgia Anne Muldrow & Terrace Martin collab". Brooklyn Vegan. Retrieved 2023-02-09. Amazon Music's "Produced By" series continues with psychedelic soul great Adrian Younge.
  2. ^ "Retro Soul". AllMusic. Retrieved November 9, 2020.
  3. ^ Younge, Adrian. "Enjoying this day with some special friends". Instagram. Retrieved 9 February 2022.
  4. ^ Fintoni, Laurent (30 December 2014), Meet the Soulful Composer Who Loves Being Sampled, retrieved 4 September 2018
  5. ^ "Adrian Younge: New Soul Legend". LA Weekly. 2013-04-18. Archived from the original on 2020-12-02. Retrieved 2021-02-24.
  6. ^ Harding, Nate; Sloan, Charlie (2021-02-16). "In Adrian Younge's Ambitious New Project, James Baldwin Meets Marvin Gaye". Vulture. Archived from the original on 2021-02-16. Retrieved 2021-02-24.
  7. ^ Porter, Michael Lorenzo (March 19, 2018). "World-renowned Composer And Producer Adrian Younge Opens Up About Music And Entrepreneurship". HEREYOUARE Los Angeles. Archived from the original on 2020-09-21.
  8. ^ Fintoni, Laurent (2014-12-30). "Meet the Soulful Composer Who Loves Being Sampled". Medium. Retrieved 2021-02-24.
  9. ^ a b Adrian Younge, Allmusic, retrieved 12 March 2013
  10. ^ Boyle, Christopher (17 November 2009), Interview With Black Dynamite Composer/Editor Adrian Younge, retrieved 12 March 2013
  11. ^ Adrian Younge, Wax Poetic Records, archived from the original on 21 March 2013, retrieved 12 March 2013
  12. ^ Kelley, Frannie (4 March 2013), First Listen: The Delfonics, 'Adrian Younge Presents The Delfonics', NPR, retrieved 12 March 2013
  13. ^ Hogan, Marc (14 September 2012), Ghostface Killah Announces New LP 'Twelve Reasons to Die', retrieved 12 March 2013
  14. ^ Shaffer, Claire (2021-02-02). "Adrian Younge Announces New Album 'The American Negro,' Shares Title Track". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 2021-02-02. Retrieved 2021-02-24.
  15. ^ "Adrian Younge Announces 'The American Negro' Out Feb. 26". Archived from the original on 2021-02-03. Retrieved 2021-02-24.
  16. ^ "'Lynching was treated as a celebratory event': Adrian Younge on the history of US racism". the Guardian. 2021-02-24. Retrieved 2021-02-24.

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