It's a Wonderful World Music Group

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It's a Wonderful World Music Group
Parent company It's a Wonderful World Music Group
Founded 2008
Founder 9th Wonder
Status Active
Distributor(s) Empire Distribution
Genre Hip hop, Rhythm and blues
Country of origin United States
Location Raleigh, North Carolina
Official website jamlarecords.com

It's A Wonderful World Music Group (IWWMG) is an independent record label, founded by hip hop producer Patrick Douthit (9th Wonder) in 2008.

History[edit]

9th Wonder founded It's A Wonderful World Music Group shortly after leaving the group Little Brother. The idea of starting his own label was given to him by a fiance of one of the members of his production team.[1] The company initially had distribution from Warner Music Group under Asylum and Warner Bros. Records.[2] However, creative differences between 9th and Asylum Records were the primary delay behind the release of his 2011 album The Wonder Years. He then left the company and sought distribution from Traffic Entertainment Group and The Orchard for the physical release of It's A Wonderful World's first offering, Big Remo's 2010 album Entrapment and his long-delayed The Wonder Years.[3]

In January 2008, 9th Wonder initially announced plans to start two independent record labels, Jamla and The Academy, under the It's a Wonderful World imprint. The names of the two labels referenced his background: The Academy referred to his position as a college professor, while Jamla was a nod to Motown Records' original name Tamla Records.[4] Jamla originally consisted of Brooklyn rapper Skyzoo, 2005–06 North Carolina Tar Heels men's basketball team player Quentin Thomas - better known as the moniker GQ,[5][6] female rapper Rapsody, R&B singer Tyler Woods, and hardcore rapper Big Remo. The Academy consisted of rapper HaLo, singer Heather Victoria, Thee Tom Hardy, North Carolinian duo Actual Proof, TP & The Away Team. The Academy artists were later folded into the Jamla label. In 2012, It's A Wonderful Music Group obtained distribution from its current distributor, Empire Distribution. The first album released under the deal was Rapsody's debut The Idea of Beautiful. Jamla also had a short-lived joint venture deal with Buckshot's Duck Down Music to distribute albums by Skyzoo[7] and The Away Team.

In July 2010, 9th Wonder officially debuted his production team for IWWMG. The Soul Council consists of Khrysis, E. Jones, Fatin "10" Horton, Ka$h Don't Make Beats, AMP, Eric G., & 9th Wonder himself.[8] In August 2014, 9th Wonder announced Nottz as being the newest member of The Soul Council.[9] In November 2015, Hi-Tek was announced as the newest member of The Soul Council.[10]

Aside from 9th Wonder being the President and CEO, other members of Jamla hold executive positions as well. The Away Team member Sean Boog was named as label manager in 2013.[11] In April 2015, recording engineer Young Guru was named as the Director of Operations.[12] The Soul Council producer AMP is also the label's artwork director, while Khrysis is the label's in-house recording engineer as well as mixing and mastering engineer.[13]

Artists[edit]

Jamla Records[edit]

The Soul Council (Producers)[edit]

Former Artists[edit]

  • Skyzoo (Left in 2011; now under his own label The Faculty, which later became First Generation Rich)[15]
  • Thee Tom Hardy (Left in 2012; currently unsigned)[16][17]
  • Tyler Woods (Left in 2013; currently signed to The LOX's record label D-Block Records)
  • Big Remo (Left in 2015; currently unsigned)[18]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

EPs[edit]

  • 2010: Actual Proof - The Free EP (The Academy)
  • 2011: Heather Victoria - Hip Hop Soul Lives
  • 2011: GQ - Trouble Man
  • 2012: Rapsody - The Black Mamba EP
  • 2013: Add-2 & Khrysis - Between Heaven and Hell EP
  • 2014: Rapsody - Beauty And The Beast EP

The Instrumental Albums[edit]

  • 2011: Eric G - Stars & Lights
  • 2012: Eric G - The Jamla Collection Vol. 1
  • 2012: Eric G - The Jamla Collection Vol. 2
  • 2012: Eric G - The Jamla Collection Vol. 3
  • 2012: Ka$h - The Jamla Files
  • 2012: Khrysis - fuNkwhatchuheard
  • 2012: 9th Wonder - Tutankhamen: Valley of the Kings
  • 2012: AMP - AMP on the Beat Like Vol. 1
  • 2013: E. Jones - Music Never Stops
  • 2013: Khrysis - Merry Khrysmas
  • 2014: Eric G - Speechless

Upcoming Albums[edit]

  • GQ - ODS (One Day Soon) (2017)
  • Big Remo - Hero (TBA)
  • TP - Flying Into The Future (2017)
  • Actual Proof - All God's Children Got Rhythm (2017)
  • Heather Victoria - Black Girl Story (2017)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ S., Nathan. "9TH WONDER: THE JAMLA RECORDS ORIGIN STORY, MASTA ACE & MORE #A3CPROAUDIO". djbooth.net. The DJ Booth, LLC. Retrieved 2015-09-13. 
  2. ^ Adams, Gregory. "9th Wonder to Finally Release 'Wonder Years'". exclaim.ca. Exclaim!. Retrieved 2015-09-13. 
  3. ^ "Physical Release Schedule" (PDF). dailyrindblog.com. Retrieved 2015-09-13. 
  4. ^ S., Nathan. "9TH WONDER: THE JAMLA RECORDS ORIGIN STORY, MASTA ACE & MORE #A3CPROAUDIO". djbooth.net. The DJ Booth, LLC. Retrieved 2015-09-13. 
  5. ^ Chase, Chris. "Former UNC player Quentin Thomas tries his hand at rapping". sports.yahoo.com. Yahoo! Sports. Retrieved 2015-09-13. 
  6. ^ "[Interview] GQ talks "Death Threats and Love Notes," the stigma of basketball players rapping, and working with 9th Wonder". thecomeupshow.com. The Come Up Show. Retrieved 2015-09-13. 
  7. ^ Starbury, Allen. "http://www.ballerstatus.com/2009/05/09/rapper-skyzoo-lands-deal-with-9th-wonders-jamla-records/". ballerstatus.com. Baller Status. Retrieved 2015-11-17.  External link in |title= (help)
  8. ^ "9th Wonder Presents The Soul Council". youtube.com. Retrieved 2012-03-18. 
  9. ^ "9th Wonder Calls Nottz "Arguably The Best" Producer On Earth, Welcomes Him To Jamla's The Soul Council". hiphopdx.com. Hip Hop DX. Retrieved 2014-08-24. 
  10. ^ Hernandez, Victoria. "Hi-Tek Joins The Soul Council". hiphopdx.com. Cheri Media. Retrieved 2015-11-15. 
  11. ^ Paine, Jake. "9th Wonder Names Sean Boog Label Manager For Jamla Records". hiphopdx.com. Complex Music. Retrieved 2015-09-13. 
  12. ^ Harris, Christopher. "Young Guru Joins 9th Wonder's Jamla Records". hiphopdx.com. Complex Music. Retrieved 2015-09-13. 
  13. ^ Barrow, Jerry. "17 Things Khrysis Wants You To Know In 2015". watchloud.com. Electus LLC. Retrieved 2015-12-14. 
  14. ^ Crates, Jake. "9th Wonder Talks About SXSW, Updates Fans on Plans with Jamla Label". allhiphop.com. Complex Music. Retrieved 2015-09-13. 
  15. ^ Johnson, Ron. "Skyzoo Set to Release His Acclaimed Album "A Dream Deferred"; Explains Split from 9th Wonder's Jamla Records". allhiphop.com. Complex Music. Retrieved 2015-09-13. 
  16. ^ Tullis, Eric. "Thee Tom Hardy's Guerrilla Broadcast". indyweek.com. Indy Week. Retrieved 2015-09-21. 
  17. ^ Crutchfield, Morgan. "The Green Face: Durham's rising rapper". durhamvoice.org. The Durham Voice. Retrieved 2015-09-21. 
  18. ^ Big Remo on Twitter

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