The Unknown DJ

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The Unknown DJ
Birth name Andre Manuel
Born Detroit, Michigan
Origin Compton, California, U.S.
Genres Gangsta rap
West Coast hip hop
Years active 1984–present
Labels Orpheus
Associated acts Compton's Most Wanted
MC Eiht

The Unknown DJ, born Andre Manuel, is one of the pioneers of West Coast hip hop.[1] His productions had a strong electro feel, amongst them "Basstronic", "808 Beats" and "Let's Jam". He also produced several tracks for Ice-T, among them his first gangsta rap recording, "6 in the Mornin'" (1986). The Unknown DJ continued as a producer for MC Eiht's crew Compton's Most Wanted. He also produced music for artists such as A.L.T., Brownside, N.W.A, Bobby Jimmy, and King Tee.




  • 808 Beats (Eight Hundred and Eight Beats) (Techno Hop Records, 1984)
  • Beatronic (with DJ Three D) (Techno Hop Records, 1984)
  • Let's Jam (Techno Hop Records, 1985)
  • Break-Down ("Dance Your Pants Off !") (Techno Kut, 1988)
  • X-Men (with DJ Slip) (Techno Kut, 1988)
  • Revenge of the X-Men (with DJ Slip) (Techno Kut, 1988)
  • Basstronic (Techno Kut, 1988)
  • This Is Electro (Techno Hop Records, 2008)


  1. ^ Woodstra, Chris; Bush, John; Erlewine, Stephen Thomas (2008-02-28). Old School Rap and Hip-Hop. Hal Leonard Corporation. pp. 15–. ISBN 9780879309169. Retrieved 30 June 2012. 

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