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Dub-L in 2011
Background information
Birth nameMichael P. Delaney[1]
BornNew York, NY
GenresHip hop, trip hop, R&B, dance
Occupation(s)Producer, songwriter, DJ, MC, filmmaker
Years active1997–present

Michael P. Delaney, better known by his stage name Dub-L, is an American record producer, recording artist and filmmaker.

Early life


Delaney was born and raised in the East Village in New York City.[2][3] He began writing graffiti in 1991.[3] The name Dub-L comes from his last name, Delaney, which he shortened to Dell for his tag name in high school when he was doing graffiti. People started calling him Double-L, which turned into Dub-L.[4]





Dub-L produced Aesop Rock's first album, Music for Earthworms, in 1997. Dub-L has said that he is in possession of the masters but will not re-release it, because he likes the fact that it's "rare and legendary."[2]

Also in 1997, Dub-L met fellow New York City native and DJ JS-1, who was a member of the Rock Steady Crew. They immediately began collaborating as Ground Original, releasing their debut album in 2002, also called Ground Original, which featured well-known MCs such as KRS-One, Masta Ace, Kool G Rap and Big Daddy Kane, as well as underground MCs such as C-Rayz Walz and Planet Asia.[5][6] They released Claimstake the next year, which included appearances from Common, J-Live and Jeru the Damaja.[5]

In 2003, Dub-L released his debut solo album, Dub-L's In Town,[4] following it up in 2004 with his second album, Day of the Mega Beast! It features guest appearances from artists including Rahzel, Professor X, Hangar 18, DJ JS-1 and MF Grimm.[7][8][9] Dub-L produced and rapped on his two solo albums.[9]

Dub-L's other work includes the trip hop group The Controls, which he formed with singer Ann Colville in 1998, putting out their debut album the following year. An instrumental version of the album was released in 2012.[10] In 2004, he produced two tracks from MF Doom's second Viktor Vaughn album, Venomous Villain.[9] He has remixed artists including Jennifer Lopez and Jessica Simpson.[3] Dub-L and DJ Cassidy occasionally team up as Cass & Dubs; in 2008, they produced all of O'Neal McKnight's singles, including "Check Your Coat", featuring Greg Nice.[11] After disbanding Cass & Dubs in 2012, he and rapper Chase Phoenix formed the group Monday Morning High.[3]



His short film Baby Show, based on his Public-access television comedy sketches from the late-1990s, was an official selection at the 2016 International Filmmaker Festival of World Cinema Nice, where Delaney won Best Editing of a Short Film[12] and was nominated for Best Comedy.[13] It was also selected for the NewFilmmakers New York Spring 2016 festival, winning the Audience Choice Award for Best Short Film.[14]




  • Ground Original (2002, Yosumi Records) – with DJ JS-1
  • Ground Original Presents: Claimstake (2003, Echelon Records) – with DJ JS-1
  • Dub-L's In Town (2003, Ground Original)
  • Day of the Mega Beast! (2004, Day By Day Entertainment)
  • Sounds Beneath My Bed (2016)


  • "Beyond" – DJ JS-1 & Dub-L featuring O.C. (2002, Ground Original)
  • "License 2 Ill" b/w "Nowadays" – DJ JS-1 & Dub-L (2002, Fat Beats)
  • "Won’t Stop" – DJ JS-1 & Dub-L feat. Jeru The Damaja (2003, Echelon Records)
  • "Never Stop" – Dub-L feat. DJ M.O.S. & O'Neal McKnight (2011, God Lord Recordings)
  • "Feel Good" – Dub-L (2011, God Lord Recordings)
  • "Fishing Gear Hookups" – Dub-L & LoDeck (2011)
  • "Everyday" – Dub-L (2014)
  • "When the Ace Spins" – Dub-L (2015)
  • "Ice Cold" – Dub-L (2016)

Production discography

Year Song/Album Artist Credits
1997 Music For Earthworms Aesop Rock Producer, mixer
"Bad Samaritan" Aesop Rock Producer, mixer
1999 One Hundred The Controls Producer, musician
2000 "The I.N.I." Jemini The Gifted One Producer, mixer
"Makes The World Go Round" Jemini The Gifted One Producer, mixer
2002 "Disguised Skies" Conglomerates Producer
"While I'm Dancin'" Prime & Common Producer, mixer
2003 "Guess (U Never Knew)" Rahzel Co-producer
"Old Joke" C-Rayz Walz Producer, mixer
"Get It Poppin'" C-Rayz Walz Producer, mixer
"SunRiseSetting / T.O.P." C-Rayz Walz Producer, mixer
Music For Earthworms: The Instrumentals Aesop Rock Producer, mixer
2004 "Ode To Road Rage" Viktor Vaughn Producer
"Bloody Chain" Viktor Vaughn Producer
"Crayzeerock" C-Rayz Walz Producer, mixer
"Rain Forever" C-Rayz Walz Producer, mixer
Cut to the Chase Chase Phoenix Producer, executive producer, mixer
High Heart & Low Estate Baby Dayliner Producer, mixer
2005 "Flying Guillotines" DJ JS-1 Mixer
"Audio Technician" DJ JS-1 Producer, mixer
"Press Rewind" DJ JS-1 Producer, mixer
"The More U Got" DJ JS-1 Vocals, writer, producer, mixer
"New Level" DJ JS-1 Mixer
"Unstoppable" Percee P Co-producer, mixer
2006 "Steven Segal" LoDeck Vocals, writer, mixer
"Body Drop" LoDeck Vocals, writer, producer, mixer
"Drug In My Vein" C-Rayz Walz Producer, mixer
"The Life I Lead" MF Grimm Producer, mixer
"Small Town Halls" Baby Dayliner Producer
"A Public Affair" (Cass & Dubs Remix) Jessica Simpson Producer, mixer
2007 "Qué Hiciste" (Cass & Dubs Remix) Jennifer Lopez Producer, mixer
"Monday Night Live" LoDeck Producer, mixer, vocals
"Written Apocalypse" Taiyamo Denku Producer
2008 "Check Your Coat" O'Neal McKnight feat. Greg Nice Writer, producer, executive producer, mixer
"Check Your Coat (Remix)" O'Neal McKnight feat. Jermaine Dupri & Diddy Writer, executive producer
"Champagne Red Lights" O'Neal McKnight feat. Heavy D & Big Ali Producer, executive producer, writer, mixer
"Champagne Red Lights Part II" O'Neal McKnight feat. Busta Rhymes & Ron Browz Producer, writer, mixer
"Time Don't Pass Me By" O'Neal McKnight Producer, executive producer, writer, mixer
2009 "Looking For Love" O'Neal McKnight Producer, executive producer, writer, mixer
"Wishing on a Sucker MC" Jim Jones feat. Rev Run Co-producer, mixer
2010 Iron Heart Lion Eyes Fivefeet:Perspectives Producer, executive producer, mixer
2011 "Superluva" (Cass & Dubs Remix) Starshell Producer, mixer
2012 One Hundred Instrumentals The Controls Producer
"Sweat Nobody" Monday Morning High Vocals, producer
2013 "Set You Free" Monday Morning High Vocals, producer
2014 "True Heads Massive" Monday Morning High Vocals, producer
2015 "Perry Strong Comedian" Perry Strong Producer


  1. ^ "FEEL SO…". ASCAP. American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers. Retrieved April 28, 2023.
  2. ^ a b “Dub-L interview,” Urban Smarts, November 10, 2004.
  3. ^ a b c d Adwait Patil, "In Conversation With Dub L," RedBull.com, September 2, 2014.
  4. ^ a b “Interview With Dub L – Everybody Gather Around – The Dubs In Town,” africasgateway.com, October 14, 2003.
  5. ^ a b Michael Cusenza, “Double Standard: Independent Hip-Hop’s Dynamic Duo,” Tablist, Vol. 2, Issue 1, 2005.
  6. ^ Leah Rose, “Ill Techniques: DJ JS-1,” XXL, June 2003.
  7. ^ HeneC, “Dub-L: Day of the Mega Beast,” YRB, Issue #46, October 2004, p. 108.
  8. ^ Joshua Glazer, “dub-L: Day of the Mega Beast,” URB, January/February 2005, p. 95.
  9. ^ a b c “Interviews: dub-L,” ugrap.de, April 2005.
  10. ^ Neil Drumming, “Music Review,” Washington City Paper, April 23, 1999.
  11. ^ “Singles,” URB, January/February 2009, p. 110.
  12. ^ "Nice IFF 2016 Award Winners," Archived 2016-07-01 at the Wayback Machine Film Fest International, June 2016.
  13. ^ "Best Comedy," Archived 2016-10-05 at the Wayback Machine Film Festival International, March 2016.
  14. ^ "Baby Show – Episode One," newfilmmakersonline.com. Accessed October 5, 2016.