|Born||May 7, 1978|
|Origin||Los Angeles, California, U.S.|
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. Younge has worked as a lawyer and law professor—having taught entertainment law at his alma mater. Early in his career, Younge worked for the legal department of MTV.
Younge edits and scores films. 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 was released on the Wax Poetics label. 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 and Twelve Reasons to Die with Ghostface Killah. Younge also operates a vinyl record store in Los Angeles called Artform Studio. 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 Jazz Is Dead records in 2017.
In 2021, Younge released the album The American Negro, as well as produced the podcast "Invisible Blackness". 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.
- 2000: Venice Dawn EP
- 2009: Black Dynamite (Score)
- 2010: "Passion" from Long Term 2 (Ab-Soul)
- 2010: "Don't Matter (Over There)" from Entrapment (Big Remo)
- 2011: Adrian Younge presents Venice Dawn: Something about April
- 2011: "You're The One" from A Different World Mixtape (Phil Ade)
- 2012: Dark Soul Mix
- 2012: "Mandated Participants" from Mandatory Brunch Meetings (Mayhem Lauren)
- 2012: "Feszultseg" from Mennydorges (Barbarfiverek)
- 2013: Adrian Younge presents The Delfonics
- 2013: Adrian Younge presents Twelve Reasons to Die (Ghostface Killah)
- 2013: "Picasso Baby" and "Heaven" from Magna Carta... Holy Grail (Jay-Z)
- 2013: "The One" from Albert Einstein (Prodigy)
- 2013: "Demonology" from Gravitas (Talib Kweli)
- 2014: Adrian Younge presents There is Only Now (Souls of Mischief)
- 2014: PRhyme (DJ Premier and Royce Da 5'9")
- 2014: "Crushed Egos" and "Ruckus in B Minor" from A Better Tomorrow (Wu-Tang Clan)
- 2014: "7 Deadly Sins" and "Out on Bond" from Nobody's Smiling (Common)
- 2014: "Visual Camouflage" from In Death Reborn (Army of the Pharaohs)
- 2015: Adrian Younge presents Twelve Reasons to Die II (Ghostface Killah)
- 2015: In Another Life (Bilal)
- 2015: "Skipping Stones" from Ology (Gallant and Jhene Aiko)
- 2016: "Prey'er" from Prey for the Devil (Bambu)
- 2016: "untitled 06 | 06.30.2014" from Untitled Unmastered (Kendrick Lamar)
- 2016: Something About April II
- 2016: The Electronique Void: Black Noise (Jack Waterson)
- 2016: "JoHn Muir" from Blank Face LP (Schoolboy Q)
- 2016: Luke Cage (Original Soundtrack Album) (with Ali Shaheed Muhammad)
- 2016: "I Changed My Mind" (Adrian Younge Remix) (Lyrics Born)
- 2016: "Changeling II" (Adrian Younge Remix) (DJ Shadow)
- 2016: "Keisha" from Kairi Chanel (Dave East)
- 2016: "Parade" from Halloween Havoc 3 (Lloyd Banks)
- 2017: "I Pray" from Friday On Elm St (Fabulous and Jadakiss)
- 2017: "Swear to God" from Plata O Plomo (Fat Joe and Remy Ma)
- 2018: “People Watchin’” from September 2018 - EP (Mila J)
- 2018: "Love Is Love" from In Celebration of Us (Skyzoo)
- 2018: Adrian Younge Presents: Voices of Gemma (Rebecca Engelhart and Brooke De Rosa)
- 2018: Luke Cage season 2 [Original Soundtrack Album] (with Ali Shaheed Muhammad)
- 2018: The Midnight Hour (Adrian Younge and Ali Shaheed Muhammad)
- 2019: Adrian Younge Presents: Jack Waterson (Adrian Younge and Jack Waterson)
- 2020: Jazz is Dead 001 (Adrian Younge and Ali Shaheed Muhammad)
- 2021: The American Negro
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