Edan (musician)

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Edan
Birth name Edan Portnoy
Born 1978 (age 38–39)
Washington, D.C., United States[1]
Origin Rockville, Maryland, United States
Genres Hip hop
Occupation(s) Rapper, producer, DJ
Years active 1999–present
Labels Lewis Recordings
Associated acts Mr. Lif, Percee P, Cut Chemist, Insight
Website www.humblemagnificent.com

Edan Portnoy (born in 1978[2]), better known mononymously as Edan, is an American alternative hip hop artist from Rockville, Maryland.[3]

Life and career[edit]

Born Edan Portnoy to middle class, immigrant parents, he grew up in Rockville, Maryland.[2] In high school, he bought his first turntables and started mixing beats.[2] Inspired by his classmate's rhymes, he started writing his own songs.[2] After graduation, he entered Berklee College of Music, where he spent two and a half years.[2] He dropped out of the college to focus on music full time.[2]

Edan released his first album, Primitive Plus, on Lewis Recordings in 2002.[4] It was described by The A.V. Club as "one of the year's most promising debuts".[5] He released the EP, Sprain Your Tapedeck, later that year.[6]

His second album, Beauty and the Beat, was released in 2005.[7] It features vocal contributions from Mr. Lif and Insight.[8]

Edan released the 29-minute mixtape, Echo Party, in 2009.[9][10][11]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Mixtapes[edit]

  • Fast Rap (2001)
  • Sound of the Funky Drummer (2004)
  • Echo Party (2009)

EPs[edit]

Singles[edit]

  • "Sing It, Shitface" (1999)
  • "Edan and Company Bring You the Raw Shit" (2000)
  • "Drop Some Smooth Lyrics" (2001)
  • "Mic Manipulator" b/w "Humble Magnificent" (2001)
  • "Emcees Smoke Crack Remixx" b/w "I'll Come Running Back 2 You" (2002)
  • "I See Colours" (2004)
  • "Fumbling Over Words That Rhyme" b/w "Beauty" (2005)
  • "Torture Chamber Remix" (2005)

Productions[edit]

Guest appearances[edit]

  • Count Bass D - "How We Met" from Dwight Spitz (2002)
  • Mr. Lif - "Get Wise '91" from Emergency Rations (2002)
  • Insight - "Unexplained Phenomena" from The Blast Radius (2004)
  • Time Machine - "@$$hole" from Slow Your Roll (2004)
  • Cut Chemist - "Storm" from The Audience's Listening (2006)
  • Cut Chemist - "Mean Gene" (2006)
  • The Whitefield Brothers - "The Gift" from Earthology (2009)
  • Blu - "Ronald Morgan" from NoYork! (2011)
  • DJ Format - "Spaceship Earth" from Statement of Intent (2012)
  • Memory Man - "PSA (What Does It All Mean?)" from Broadcast One (2015)
  • Cut Chemist - "Siesta (Demo)" from The Audience's Following (2016)
  • Your Old Droog - "Help" from Packs (2017)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Serwer, Jesse (April 19, 2005). "Edan: Psychic Out - XLR8R". XLR8R. Retrieved May 18, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f Downing, Andy (May 5, 2006). "Edan says when it comes to rap, it's what's on the inside that counts". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved April 5, 2017. 
  3. ^ Soroken, Lauren (December 10, 2009). "Edan: "The Universe's Answer to Mainstream Rap" - Heeb". Heeb. Retrieved May 18, 2013. 
  4. ^ Quinlan, Thomas (June 2002). "Edan - Primitive Plus - Hip-Hop Reviews - exclaim.ca". Exclaim!. Retrieved May 18, 2013. 
  5. ^ Rabin, Nathan (June 3, 2002). "Edan: Primitive Plus - Music - MusicalWork Review - The A.V. Club". The A.V. Club. Retrieved May 18, 2013. 
  6. ^ Kallman, Matt (May 13, 2002). "Edan: Sprain Your Tapedeck - Album Reviews - Pitchfork". Pitchfork. Retrieved May 18, 2013. 
  7. ^ O'Connell, Jake (September 1, 2005). "Dusted Reviews: Edan - Beauty and the Beat". Dusted Magazine. Retrieved May 18, 2013. 
  8. ^ Cohen, Dalia (April 2005). "Edan - Beauty And The Beat - Hip-Hop Reviews - exclaim.ca". Exclaim!. Retrieved May 18, 2013. 
  9. ^ Patrin, Nate (December 1, 2009). "Edan: Echo Party - Album Reviews - Pitchfork". Pitchfork. Retrieved May 18, 2013. 
  10. ^ Masterson, Patrick (January 12, 2010). "Dusted Reviews: Edan - Echo Party". Dusted Magazine. Retrieved May 18, 2013. 
  11. ^ Kennedy, Adam (November 19, 2009). "BBC - Music - Review of Edan - Echo Party". BBC. Retrieved May 18, 2013. 

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