DJ Fresh (producer)

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This page is about the American hip hop producer. For the British electronic music producer, see DJ Fresh.
DJ Fresh
The World's Freshest (DJ Fresh) - photo 3.jpg
Background information
Birth name Marqus Brown
Also known as
  • The World's Freshest
  • DjFreshDjFreshDjFresh
Origin Baltimore, Maryland
Genres
Occupation(s) Music producer
Instruments
Years active Late 1990s–present
Labels
  • Fresh In The Flesh Music Filmz
  • Fresh in the Flesh Entertainment
  • Livewire Records
Associated acts
Website theworldsfreshest.com

Marqus Brown, known as DJ Fresh (born in Baltimore, Maryland) is an American hip hop producer based in Oakland and Los Angeles, California.[2] Acclaim for his work includes being named to XXL magazine's 30 Best Hip-Hop Producers of 2016.[3] In 2006 DJ Fresh began releasing his The Tonite Show series of albums, which have featured artists such as Yukmouth and Raekwon. He has also released a number of mixtapes and has produced albums for other artists. His 2013 collaboration with J. Stalin, Miracle & Nightmare on 10th Street, peaked at #61 on the R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and at #28 on the Heatseekers Albums chart.[4]

Early life[edit]

Marqus Brown was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland.[2] While an adolescent in Baltimore he became immersed in hip hop culture, and he started mixing vinyl on turntables at age nine.[1] Among his early musical influences were soul, hip hop, and jazz artists popular in the 1970s and 1980s, including Anita Baker, Whitney Houston, and The Gap Band.[1]

He moved with his mother and siblings to the Bay Area, California[5] at nine years old.[2] Both his older brothers are DJs as well, going by the monikers DJ Dummy and DJ LS1, and together the three brothers formed a DJ crew called the 12-inch Assassins. The crew battled and performed around the Bay Area.[1]

Music career[edit]

Early years[edit]

Dj.Fresh mixing live

Dj.Fresh's first major break was DJing at a show in San Francisco with Common at the age of 18, and shortly afterwards he Deejayed on two tours for the rapper Nas.[1] He began producing his own music as well, creating beats with turntables and a digital audio workstation.[2] In 1999 he was named the 3rd best DJ in the US by ITF (International Turntablist Federation).[2]

While he initially mixed with the moniker DJ Fresh, he now officially goes by The Worlds Freshest (Dj.Fresh). According to Dj.Fresh, he still prefers the DJ Fresh moniker, but adopted the other aliases to avoid confusion with artists such as the English producer of the same name.[1]

The Tonite Show series[edit]

In 2006 Fresh started "The Tonite Show" album series, where he produces albums with guest artists that have since included Freddie Gibbs, The Jacka, The Grouch, J-Stalin, Yukmouth, Mitchy Slick, E-40,[2] and Raekwon.[1] According to Fresh, "I come from the school of DJs when everybody was doing mixtapes on real cassette tapes; just playing songs of the hottest joints out and putting their name on it. That was cool, but I just wanted to make my own music and produce my own stuff, and that’s how I came up with the brand The Tonite Show."[1]

His 2014 Tonite Show EP release with Trae Tha Truth received a positive review from RapReviews.com, who stated the album "shows glimpses of a nice little partnership brewing. Dj.Fresh...provides a dreamlike soundtrack throughout "The Tonite Show", coughing up an 80s vibe on "You Neva Know" and making the single "Wid It" sound like a Disney-fied take on the theme to The Exorcist. Fresh is at his best on "Pain", a mesmeric head-nodder that suits Trae perfectly."[6]

Recent production[edit]

In 2006 Dj.Fresh began producing for a number of major artists, starting with the album The Real World: West Oakland by J. Stalin. In the next two years he worked on albums by Shady Nate and Bicasso as well, and that later extended to artists such as Mitchy Slick.[7] He won Best West Coast Producer in 2009–10.[2] As of 2010 he ran The Whole Shabang production team, with producers such as Jamon Dru, Mr Tower, Sneaky Mike, Face The Music, Mike Rimzo and Young Gully.[5]

Dj.Fresh

Miracle & Nightmare On 10th Street is a double disc collaboration album between J. Stalin and Dj.Fresh, released on 16 July 2013. It peaked at #61 on the R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and at #28 on the Heatseekers Albums chart.[4] Miracle & Nightmare on 10th Street was The World's Freshest's first charting album and also one of J. Stalin's most successful. It features a guest appearance from Freddie Gibbs. Music videos have been filmed for "Torta" featuring Lil Retro,[8] "Dopegame" featuring L'Jay[9] and "P.O.L.O. (Players Only Live Once)".[10]

He also released the album Feet Match the Paint with Mitchy Slick in 2013,[11] and in 2014 he released his Boomin System mixtape, which has guest artists such as Scarface and Kendrick Lamar. The mixtape was received positively, and a review by Complex praised the variety and unpredictability of the production styles.[12]

Style, equipment[edit]

Dj.Fresh incorporates a variety of styles in his production, including hip hop, EDM, house, jazz, and R&B, though he self-identifies as more of an R&B than a hip hop producer.[1] He uses analog equipment including turntables and vinyl, and a MIDI controller keyboard. He also uses Ableton Live and occasionally brings in live instrumentation.[1]

Discography[edit]

Solo albums[edit]

List of solo albums produced by Dj.Fresh
Year Album title Release details
2008 Make The Song Cry by Dj.Fresh
  • Format: Digital
2009 Make The Song Cry 2 by Dj.Fresh
  • Format: Digital
2010 Make The Song Cry 3 by Dj.Fresh
  • Format: Digital
2011 Make The Song Cry 4 by Dj.Fresh
  • Format: Digital
2013 Supercuts by The Worlds Freshest
  • Format: Digital

Collaborative albums[edit]

List of studio and live albums produced by Dj.Fresh
Year Album title Release details Charts Certifications
Heat R&B
2006 The Real World: West Oakland
by Dj.Fresh and J. Stalin
  • Released: Jan 01, 2006
  • Label: Fresh In The Flesh, Rapbay
  • Format: Digital
2007 Based On A True Story
by Dj.Fresh and Shady Nate
  • Released: 2007
  • Format: Digital
2008 The Real World Part 2
by Dj.Fresh and J. Stalin
  • Released: 2008
  • Format: Digital
Rebel Music
by Dj.Fresh and Bicasso
  • Released: 2008
  • Format: Digital
My Block Welcome To Sem City
by Dj.Fresh and Philthy Rich
  • Released: 2008
  • Format: Digital
2009 Eligh Vs. Dj.Fresh
by Dj.Fresh and Eligh
  • Released: 2009
  • Format: Digital
2010 My Block: Welcome to Sem City 2
by Dj.Fresh and Philthy Rich
  • Released: 2010
  • Format: Digital
The Real World 3
by Dj.Fresh and J. Stalin
  • Released: 2010
  • Format: Digital
3 Eyes Off The Time
by Dj.Fresh and The Grouch
  • Released: 2010
  • Format: Digital
2011 Thizz Naton Starring Dj.Fresh
by Dj.Fresh and Thizz Naton
  • Released: 2011
  • Format: Digital
Still Based On A True Story
by Dj.Fresh and Shady Nate
  • Released: 2011
  • Format: Digital
Fresh
by Dj.Fresh and HD
  • Released: 2011
  • Format: Digital
He Still Think He Raw
by Dj.Fresh and Casual
  • Released: 2011
  • Format: Digital
He's Back
by Dj.Fresh and D-LO
  • Released: 2011
  • Format: Digital
First Impression EP
by Dj.Fresh and Lady Ile
  • Released: 2011
  • Format: Digital
David
with Young Gully
  • Released: 2011
  • Format: Digital
2013 Feet Match the Paint
with Mitchy Slick
  • Released: April 23, 2013
  • Label: Fresh In The Flesh, Wrongkind[13]
  • Format: Digital
Miracle & Nightmare On 10th Street
with J. Stalin
  • Released: July 16, 2013
  • Label: Fresh in the Flesh, Livewire
  • Format: Digital
28 61 3 music videos

2016 - David 2 (with Young Gully)

"Young Lean" with Young Lean

"Lil Goofy" with Lil Goofy

"The Morning Show" with Blast Holiday

"The Morning Show" with Bo Strangles

"The Morning Show" with ST Spittin

"The Morning Show" with Armani DePaul

"Hella Songs" with Mr. Tower

"He's Back" with D-LO

"King Of The Interstate" with Shady Nate

"The Definition Of Mobbin" with Jay Jonah

The Tonite Show series[edit]

List of albums in The Tonite Show series produced by Dj.Fresh
Year Album Guest artist(s) Notes
2006 The Tonite Show with Mistah Fab Mistah Fab
2007 The Tonite Show with Dj.Fresh
The Tonite Show with Dj.Fresh Part 2
The Tonite Show with Smigg Dirtee Smigg Dirtee
The Tonite Show with Tower Tower
The Tonite Show with Smigg Dirtee Part 2 Smigg Dirtee
The Tonite Show with J-Stalin and Beeda Weeda J-Stalin and Beeda Weeda
2008 The Tonite Show with Chris Da 5th Chris Da 5th
The Tonite Show with Mistah F.A.B. Part 2 Mistah F.A.B.
The Tonite Show with Shady Nate and Jay Jonah
AKA Da Heavy Hittaz
Shady Nate and Jay Jonah
2009 The Tonite Show with D-Lo D-Lo
The Tonite Show with Money B Money B
The Tonite Show with Messy Marv Messy Marv
The Tonite Show with San Quinn San Quinn
The Tonite Show with Young Gully Young Gully
The Tonite Show The Album
2010 The Tonite Show with Yukmouth Yukmouth
The Tonite Show with The Hoodstarz The Hoodstarz
The Tonite Show with Sleepy D Sleepy D
The Tonite Show with Deltrice Deltrice
2011 The Tonite Show with Lil Rue Lil Rue
The Tonite Show with T-Nutty T-Nutty
The Tonite Show with Keak Da Sneak Keak Da Sneak
2012 The Tonite Show with Stevie Joe Stevie Joe
The Tonite Show with Cousin Fik Cousin Fik
The Tonite Show with The Jacka The Jacka
2013 The Tonite Show Sessions Vol. 1
The Tonite Show with Raekwon Raekwon
The Tonite Show with Mozzy Mozzy
The Tonite Show with Mac Mll Mac Mall
2014 The Tonite Show with Trae The Truth Trae The Truth[14]
The Tonite Show with Freddie Gibbs Freddie Gibbs
2015 The Tonite Show with Planet Asia Planet Asia
2016 The Tonite Show with Mistah Fab Part 3 Mistah Fab
The Tonite Show with Laroo Laroo
The Tonite Show with Ezale Ezale
The Tonite Show with Sonny Black Sonny Black

Singles[edit]

Incomplete list of notable singles produced by Dj.Fresh
Year Title Album Certifications
2010 "F**k Up Out of Mine" ft. J. Stalin My Block: Welcome to Sem City 2

2016 - "California" (Performed By Fashawn)

2016 - "We Want Some" (Performed By Ezale) 2016 - "How Many Times" (Performed By Young Gully)

Solo Production

"I'm Laced" & "Get Loose" By E-40

"Age" By J. Stalin

"What You Know About It" By Philthy Rich

"CaliFornia" By Fashawn

Project Nigga" By Philthy Rich

"U Muhfuckin Right" & "Grapes And Drank" By Sleepy D

"Hate" By Young Gully

"Heaven & Hell" By Young Gully

"Summertime" By Young Gully

"Call On You" By J. Stalin

"You Already Know" By City Shawn

"Show You How" By Tiggo

"Play To Win" By Berner

"Start A Convo" By HD

"Bassrock Babies" & "Animal" By Beeda Weeda

"Hey Lil White Girl" By Mitchy Slick

"Instagram Gangstaz" By J. Stalin

"Get My Paper" By Alpha & Omega

"Living The Dream" By ST Spittin

"Sunshine & KushSmoke" By Hongry

See also[edit]

Further reading[edit]

  • "The World's Freshest Interview: A Conversation With DJ Fresh". Southern Hospitality. January 21, 2010.
  • "Mitchy Slick & The World's Freshest Talk "Feet Match The Paint" With The Siccness Network". Siccness.net. January 9, 2013.
  • "DubCNN: Exclusive Interview w/Mitchy Slick and The World's Freshest (DJ Fresh)". DubCNN. March 2013.
  • "The World's Freshest: Q & A with DJ Fresh". A Humble Soul. November 26, 2013.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "The World's Freshest: Q & A with DJ Fresh". A Humble Soul. November 26, 2013. Retrieved 2014-04-15. |first1= missing |last1= in Authors list (help)
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "About". theworldsfreshest.com. Retrieved 2014-04-15.
  3. ^ Weinstein, Max (29 December 2016), "30 of the Best Hip-Hop Producers of 2016", XXL, retrieved 6 May 2017
  4. ^ a b "Nightmare and Miracle on 10th Street". Allmusic. Retrieved 2014-04-15.
  5. ^ a b Smith, Davey Boy (January 21, 2010). "The World's Freshest Interview: A Conversation With DJ Fresh". Southern Hospitality. Retrieved 2014-04-15.
  6. ^ Jones, Grant (February 2014). "Trae Tha Truth & The World's Freshest- The Tonite Show". RapReviews.com. Retrieved 2014-04-15.
  7. ^ Etminan, Nima (March 2013). "DubCNN: Exclusive Interview w/Mitchy Slick and The World's Freshest (DJ Fresh)". DubCNN. Retrieved 2014-04-15.
  8. ^ "Music Video: J. Stalin, DJ Fresh "The World's Freshest" - Torta ft. Retro". JStalinLivewireVEVO (YouTube). Oct 11, 2013. Retrieved 2014-04-15.
  9. ^ "Music Video: The Worlds Freshest & J-Stalin Feat. L'Jay "Dopegame"". DJ Fresh (YouTube). Apr 13, 2011. Retrieved 2014-04-15.
  10. ^ "J. Stalin & The Worlds Freshest - P.O.L.O - Shot By @JayPusha". LiveWire (YouTube). Nov 13, 2013. Retrieved 2014-04-15.
  11. ^ "Mitchy Slick & The World's Freshest Talk "Feet Match The Paint" With The Siccness Network". Siccness.net. January 9, 2013. Retrieved 2014-04-15.
  12. ^ Ornelas, Sergio (February 24, 2014). "Deep Cut: The Worlds Freshest f/ Fiend and Juvenile "On My Job"". Complex. Retrieved 2014-04-15.
  13. ^ "iTunes - Music - Feet Match the Paint (Deluxe Edition) by Mitchy Slick & The Worlds Freshest". Itunes.apple.com. 2013-04-23. Retrieved 2013-06-21.
  14. ^ "iTunes - Music - The Tonite Show with Trae tha Truth by Trae tha Truth & The Worlds Freshest". Itunes.apple.com. January 21, 2014. Retrieved February 22, 2014.

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