Exile (producer)

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Background information
Birth nameAleksander Manfredi
OriginLos Angeles, California, U.S.
Years active1995–present
Associated acts

Aleksander Manfredi, better known by his stage name Exile,[1] is an American hip hop music producer, disc jockey (DJ) and occasional rapper. Aside from his solo career, Exile is a member of the musical groups, Emanon alongside Aloe Blacc, as well as Blu & Exile.

Musical career[edit]

His first record appearances were as a member of the hip hop duo Emanon with the rapper Aloe Blacc. They released various mixtapes, beginning in 1995 with "Stretch Marx" before releasing their first album, Anon & On. After 2002, Exile went on to release one more Emanon album, The Waiting Room (2005),[2] a solo album, Dirty Science (2006),[3] and another collaborative effort with the rapper Blu, Below the Heavens (2007).[4] Exile released two more solo albums, Radio in 2009[5] and 4TRK Mind in 2011.[6] 2013 saw the release of his instrumental album, Zip Disks & Floppies.[7]

Style and influences[edit]

Exile is known for "coarsely chopped beats" that give off "laid back soulful vibes".[8] He claims his influences to be the contemporary producers J Dilla, Jon Brion and Madlib.[9]


Studio albums[edit]

  • Imaginary Friends (with Aloe Blacc as Emanon) (1996)
  • The Waiting Room (with Aloe Blacc as Emanon) (2005)
  • Dirty Science (2006)
  • Below the Heavens (Blu and Exile) (2007)
  • Radio (2009)
  • Radio AM/FM (2010)
  • 4TRK Mind (2011)
  • Give Me My Flowers While I Can Still Smell Them (Blu and Exile) (2012)
  • Zip Disks & Floppies (2013)
  • E&J (with Johaz as Dag Savage) (2014)
  • Dystopia (with Aloe Blacc as Emanon) (2016)
  • In The Beginning (Before The Heavens) (Blu and Exile) (2017)
  • Black Beans (Choosey and Exile) (2019)

Remix albums[edit]

  • Radio Bonus (2010)

Compilation albums[edit]

  • Steps Through Time 1997-2000 (with Aloe Blacc as Emanon) (2001)


  • Anon and On (with Aloe Blacc as Emanon) (2002)
  • Radio AM/FM EP (2010)
  • Los Angeles 10/10 (2011) (with Free the Robots)
  • The Dag Savage EP (2013) (with Johaz as Dag Savage)
  • Furnace EP (2018) (with Johaz as Dag Savage)


  • Salvation (2012) (with Johaz as Dag Savage)
  • The Warning Tape (2014) (with Johaz as Dag Savage)


  • "Time Has Come" (2005)
  • "Stay Tuned" (2009)

Production credits[edit]


  1. ^ Krimper, Michael (April 13, 2010). "An MPC fiend at work". SF Bay Guardian.
  2. ^ Warren, Jamin (March 20, 2005). "Emanon: The Waiting Room". Pitchfork Media.
  3. ^ Jones, Kevin (December 2006). "Exile - Dirty Science". Exclaim!.
  4. ^ P., Lewis (August 18, 2007). "Blu and Exile - Below the Heavens". Sputnikmusic.
  5. ^ Woo, Andrea (February 2009). "Exile - Radio". Exclaim!.
  6. ^ Matthews, Aaron (October 3, 2011). "Exile - 4TRK Mind". Exclaim!.
  7. ^ Keyes, Tyler (September 4, 2013). "Album Stream: Exile "Zip Disks & Floppies"". Complex.
  8. ^ "Exile: Dirty Science Review". CoolHunting.com. Archived from the original on January 18, 2010. Retrieved March 6, 2008.
  9. ^ "Featured Interview: Blu & Exile". IllRoots.com. Retrieved March 6, 2008.

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