Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Hip hop, R&B, alternative hip hop
Record producer, DJ, music executive, rapper, singer
LaFace Records (1994–2008)
Camp David Records (2008–Present)
OutKast, Dungeon Family, Lenny Kravitz, Common, Mos Def, Organized Noize
Mr. DJ, born David Sheats, is a Grammy Award-winning American hip-hop record producer and DJ from Atlanta, Georgia. He and OutKast members Big Boi and André 3000 make up the record production company Earthtone III.
Biography [ edit ]
Raised on the southside of
College Park, Georgia, Mr. DJ attended Banneker High School. He entered the music industry as a [1 ] DJ for Atlanta-based hip-hop group OutKast. According to Sheats,
Rico Wade, from Organized Noise, is my first cousin. I remember when he worked at a beauty supply store and I stole cars. That’s what I use to do; I use to steal cars for a living. I stopped by to show him this new car I stole and he was telling me about the Outkast guys. I knew at some point they were going to need a DJ. I was like, "Man, you know I DJ. You should let me DJ for the group, I’m telling you." [2 ] ”
After touring with the group for a year, he began to focus more on
production rather than deejaying. By sharpening his beat making skills, Mr. DJ got the opportunity to help produce OutKast's 1996 second album . ATLiens Following his work on OutKast's “ [3 ] Elevators (Me & You)” and several songs from their album , Mr. DJ formed Earthtone III production group with Aquemini Andre 3000 & Big Boi. Collectively, they produced roughly 80% of all the OutKast albums, from on to their latest album, Stankonia . Idlewild In addition, Mr. DJ continued to DJ on every OutKast album, except [4 ] , which he mostly produced. To date, his most notable hits include " Speakerboxxx/The Love Below Da Art of Storytellin'," " B.O.B.," " Ms. Jackson," and " The Whole World." He is also a part of the Atlanta-based hip-hop/ R&B/ soul musical collective The Dungeon Family.
Mr. DJ has won two Grammy Awards, one in
2002 for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group for " Ms. Jackson," and another in 2004 for Rap Album of the Year for his work on OutKast's . In 2008, he started his own Speakerboxxx/The Love Below record label, Camp David Records, with several new artists including Jeff B., Chinkie Brown, and Shawty Redd. Public Relations Associate Keith Kemp was quoted as saying:
Camp David will be recognized as the premiere record label in music, as Mr. DJ and his artists produce cutting edge material that will cross cultural boundaries and send music to an unchartered level. [5 ] ”
Mr. DJ recently worked with
Mos Def on his new album , and produced four tracks on The Ecstatic Common's 2008 album, . Universal Mind Control In addition to [6 ] OutKast, Mr. DJ has worked with Lenny Kravitz, Bubba Sparxxx, Goodie Mob, Killer Mike, Field Mob, Rich Boy, and 8Ball & MJG.
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