Mark Batson

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Mark Batson
Birth name Mark Batson
Born Bushwick, Brooklyn, New York, United States
Origin Los Angeles, California, United States
Genres Hip hop, R&B, pop, rock
Occupation(s) Producer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, Arranger
Instruments Keyboards, bass guitar, guitar, drums
Years active 1992 – present
Labels Aftermath Entertainment, Interscope Records
Associated acts Dr. Dre, Eminem, 50 Cent, Snoop Dogg, Game, Dave Matthews Band, Alicia Keys, Anthony Hamilton, Nas, Maroon 5, Beyoncé, Busta Rhymes, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals

Mark Batson is an American record producer, songwriter, and keyboardist.[1]

As a co-writer and producer with Dr. Dre, Batson is responsible for Jay-Z's 2006 single "Lost One," as well as tracks for Eminem, 50 Cent, Game and Snoop Dogg. He co-wrote James Blunt's 2007 single "1973," and has served as a songwriter, instrumentalist and producer for albums by Dave Matthews Band, Alicia Keys, Anthony Hamilton, Nas, Maroon 5, Beyoncé, and Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, among others. [2][3][4][5]

Batson was formally trained in jazz piano at Howard University before mixing hip hop sampling and drum programming with live instrumentation as part of the group Get Set V.O.P. This blend is characteristic of much of his later production work. He has composed music for the feature films Beauty Shop (2005), Miami Vice (2006), War (2007), and American Hustle (2013). [6][7][8][9]

Production and Songwriting Discography[edit]



See also[edit]

List of songs written or co-written by Batson


  1. ^ "Songwriters to Watch". Billboard. July 21, 2007. Retrieved 25 December 2014. 
  2. ^ "Mark Batson credits". All Music. Retrieved 25 December 2014. 
  3. ^ Sturges, Tom (September 25, 2014). Every Idea Is a Good Idea: Be Creative Anytime, Anywhere. Los Angeles: Tarcher. pp. 3,4,5. ISBN 0399166033. 
  4. ^ Express (June 1, 2010). "Believe the Hype". The Washington Post. Retrieved 23 January 2015. 
  5. ^ Nishimoto, Dan (December 19, 2005). "Anthony Hamilton: Ain't Nobody Worryin'". Pop Matters. Retrieved 25 December 2014. 
  6. ^ Van Meter, Jonathan (November 1, 1993). "Get Ready, Get Set for The Influence of Classical Jazz". Vibe. Retrieved 24 December 2014. 
  7. ^ "Get Set V.O.P.". All Music. Retrieved 24 December 2014. 
  8. ^ Hunte, Justin (January 16, 2014). "Mark Batson Details Contributions To "American Hustle"". Hip Hop DX. Retrieved 25 December 2014. 
  9. ^ Pareles, Jon (December 4, 1989). "Reviews/Music; The Jazz Generation Pays Tribute to Jimi Hendrix". New York Times. Retrieved 24 December 2014. 

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