Mike Ladd

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Mike Ladd
Born Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Origin Paris, France
Genres Hip hop
Occupation(s) Rapper, producer
Years active 1997–present
Labels Scratchie Records, Ozone Music, Likemadd Music, Big Dada, Definitive Jux, Studio !K7, Thirsty Ear, ROIR, Marathon of Dope
Associated acts Vijay Iyer, Alexandre Pierrepont, Sleeping in Vilna, The Infesticons, The Majesticons, Anarchist Republic of Bzzz, Illtet

Mike Ladd is an American hip hop artist from Boston, Massachusetts.[1] The Guardian described him as "the king of the hip-hop concept."[2] He has released several collaborative albums with jazz pianist Vijay Iyer.[3]

Life and career[edit]

Mike Ladd was born in Boston, Massachusetts.[4] He graduated from Hampshire College.[5] He is based in Paris, France.[6]

Mike Ladd's first studio album, Easy Listening 4 Armageddon, was released in 1997.[7] He released Welcome to the Afterfuture in 2000.[8] Nostalgialator was released in 2004.[9] In 2005, he released Negrophilia: The Album, which was inspired by Petrine Archer-Straw's book of the same name.[10] In that year, he also released Father Divine on ROIR.[11]

Style and influences[edit]

Mike Ladd's influences range from Funkadelic to King Tubby, Minor Threat, and Charles Stepney.[12]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Live albums[edit]

  • Live from Paris (2000)

EPs[edit]

  • Vernacular Homicide (2001)
  • Kids and Animals (2011)

Singles[edit]

  • "Blah Blah" (1998)
  • "5000 Miles" b/w "Planet 10" (2000)
  • "Activator Cowboy" (2001)
  • "Wild Out Day" b/w "Jet Pack" (2003)
  • "Housewives at Play" (2004)
  • "Shake It" (2004)

Guest appearances[edit]

  • Youngblood Brass Band - "Peace" from Unlearn (2000)
  • Mr. Flash - "Basementized Soul" from Le Voyage Fantastique (2001)
  • Thawfor - "Where Thawght Is Worshipped 2.2" from Where Thawght Is Worshiped (2001)
  • The Opus - "Where Thawght Is Worshipped 3.0" from 0.0.0. (2002)
  • Terranova - "Sublime" and "Heroes" from Hitchhiking Non-Stop with No Particular Destination (2002)
  • Emmanuel Santarromana - "Les Halles" from Métropolitain (2003)
  • Huge Voodoo - "NYPD Blues" from Affordable Magic (2003)
  • Sonic Sum - "Films" from Films (2004)
  • Jackson and his Computer Band - "TV Dogs (Cathodica's Letter)" from Smash (2005)
  • Daedelus - "Welcome Home" from Exquisite Corpse (2005)
  • Stacs of Stamina - "Baghdad Boogie" from Tivoli (2005)
  • Blue Sky Black Death - "Long Division" from A Heap of Broken Images (2006)
  • Coldcut - "Everything Is Under Control" from Sound Mirrors (2006)
  • Soylent Green - "Eating People" from Software and Hardwar (2006)
  • dDamage - "Alphabet & Burners" from Shimmy Shimmy Blade (2006)
  • Mister Modo & Ugly Mac Beer ‎- "Machiavelli vs. Lao Tseu" and "Machiavelli vs. Lao Tseu (Remix)" from Mo' Dougly Weird Stories (2007)
  • Apollo Heights - "Missed Again" from Disco Lights (2007)
  • Grand Pianoramax - "Showdown" from The Biggest Piano in Town (2008)
  • Arsenal - "Turn Me Loose" from Lotuk (2008)
  • Solex vs. Cristina Martinez & Jon Spencer - "R Is for Ring-A-Ding" and "Action" from Amsterdam Throwdown King Street Showdown! (2009)
  • Mister Modo & Ugly Mac Beer with Jessica Fitoussi - "Dirty Finders" from Modonut (2009)
  • DJ Spooky - "Known Unknowns" from The Secret Song (2009)
  • U-God - "Lipton" from Dopium (2009)
  • Mister Modo & Ugly Mac Beer ‎- "Norman Bates" from Remi Domost (2010)
  • Walker Barnard ‎- "Ooty on Wax" and "Ooty on Wax (Iron Curtis Remix)" from Alacazam (2011)
  • Grand Pianoramax - "Domestic Bliss" from Smooth Danger (2011)
  • Birdapres - "Not the Only Man" from Catch an L (2011)
  • Busdriver - "Electric Blue" from Beaus$Eros (2012)
  • Mister Modo & Ugly Mac Beer ‎- "Life at the 9th" from Modonut 2 (2012)
  • Roberto Fonseca - "Mi Negra Ave Maria" from Yo (2012)
  • Ben Muller - "The Last One to Preach" (2013)
  • Mister Modo & Ugly Mac Beer ‎- "Wild Gun Mike" from Modonut Invasion (2013)
  • Dr. John - "Mack the Knife" from Ske-Dat-De-Dat: The Spirit of Satch (2014)
  • Nevche - "Rendez-Nous L'Argent" from Rétroviseur (2014)

Remixes[edit]

  • Enrico Macias - "Le Vent Du Sud (Mike Ladd Remix)" from Enrico Experience (2000)
  • Yo La Tengo - "Nuclear War (Version 4)" (2002)
  • Antipop Consortium - "Ghostlawns (Mike Ladd Mix)" (2002)
  • Yameen - "Spirit Walker (Mike Ladd Remix)" from Never Knows More (2009)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Fortune, Drew (April 25, 2008). "Mike Ladd: Sci-Fi Hip Hop Futurist". Alarm. Retrieved April 1, 2015. 
  2. ^ Simpson, Dave (July 23, 2004). "Mike Ladd, Nostalgialator". The Guardian. Retrieved April 1, 2015. 
  3. ^ Barton, Chris (September 10, 2013). "Review: 'Holding It Down' awakens us to veterans' dreams". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved April 1, 2015. 
  4. ^ Rutledge, Bryant (November 30, 2007). "Mike Ladd "Trouble Shot"". XLR8R. Retrieved April 1, 2015. 
  5. ^ "A Sampling of Alumni Careers in Writing and Related Fields". Hampshire College. Retrieved February 12, 2016. 
  6. ^ Siwek, Daniel (January 29, 2008). "Mike Ladd Nostalgialator". XLR8R. Retrieved April 1, 2015. 
  7. ^ LeRoy, Dan. "Mike Ladd - Easy Listening 4 Armageddon". AllMusic. Retrieved April 1, 2015. 
  8. ^ P., Ethan (March 7, 2000). "Mike Ladd: Welcome to the Afterfuture". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved April 1, 2015. 
  9. ^ Sawdey, Evan (January 24, 2008). "Mike Ladd: Nostalgialator". PopMatters. Retrieved April 1, 2015. 
  10. ^ Kellman, Andy. "Mike Ladd - Negrophilia: The Album". AllMusic. Retrieved April 1, 2015. 
  11. ^ Tangari, Joe (November 13, 2005). "Mike Ladd: Father Divine". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved April 13, 2015. 
  12. ^ Bush, John. "Mike Ladd - Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved April 1, 2015. 

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