What sparked the solo album and the album title. - as told to
9th Wonder: Well I
always do records for other cats, whether it be me in a group or
me doing a record for Murs, Jean or Buckshot, so I wanted to do
a record that was actually my record for a change. The whole
"Dream Merchant" concept came around like 6 years ago,
but I'm just now getting around to putting it out.
Track 1 "Mr. Dream
Merchant Intro" - as told to ThaFormula.Com
9th Wonder: Actually
Big Dho put together that intro. I really didn't have an intro
at the time and he kind of threw the different songs in there
and made it creative. He put together the "Intro" so
there is not really much more to that, but you know there is a
lot to what he did to it.
Track 2 "Shots"
Ft. Big Dho and Sean Price - as told to ThaFormula.Com
"Shots" was a record that I kind of dared Dho to do
and Dho is my manager. He was like "when you gonna put me
on a track?" So I was like "alright here's your
chance, you wanna get on a track, here you go." So he got
on the joint and it came out pretty dope. Then we just put Sean
P on it and that's "Shots," Dho came up with the hook
Track 3 "Merchant Of
Dreams" Feat. The Embassy, Skyzoo, and Torae - as told to
"Merchant of Dreams" was a track that I finally got
introduced to Skyzoo on because I hadn't heard a lot of Skyzoo's
music and Chaundon was like "yo put my man on this
track" and then Torae was added after that because Skyzoo
and Torae run together.
Track 4 "Brooklyn in
My Mind" - feat. Mos Def, Jean Grae and Memphis Bleek - as
told to ThaFormula.Com
"Brooklyn in my Mind" was a track that I caught a lot
of flack over. For some strange reason I was a hated man for
that track. They were saying "I had no business doing it,
I'm not from Brooklyn" but neither was Preem (DJ Premier)
or Ali Shaheed (Muhammad). That's one of my favorite joints on
there as a matter of fact. I picked the artists. Mos Def did the
"Brooklyn in My Mind" verse and "Let It Go"
(from Little Brother's "Separate But Equal" mix tape)
in the same night. Then Jean came in after that. Memphis Bleek
catches so much flack for his work or whatever but I wanted to
put him on there because of the fact that they are all from
Brooklyn. But I wanted 3 different sides of Brooklyn and I also
wanted a female to be on a Crooklyn Dodgers track being that
there has never been a female on there. That's why Jean says
"this is history twice" on the track. As far as the
flack, you know me, maybe it's my old age but I don't really
care. The Internet is gonna talk, they got nothing else to do.
Track 5 "Sunday"
Ft. Keisha Shontelle and Chaundon - as told to ThaFormula.Com
9th Wonder: Sunday was
a joint that we did like almost two years ago. A lot of people
love that joint man. We put Chaundon on it because we wanted to
add a rhymer to it, and that's one of her (Shontelle's) stronger
songs man. Her song sounds like a North Carolina Sunday, that's
exactly how it is out here when it's nice outside.
Track 6 "Baking
Soda" Feat. Big Treal as told to ThaFormula.Com
"Baking Soda" is with my man Big Treal from Charlotte.
He's like my residential Goodie Mob type of MC. We had been
doing so many songs and "Baking Soda" is one of the
songs that stood out, and you know that's him singing on the
hook. That's one of my favorite songs on there too.
Track 7 "Reminisce
(Take Time)" Feat. Big Remo and The Great Novej of The
A.L.L.I.E.S. - as told to ThaFormula.Com
9th Wonder: That is a
track that I actually didn't record. Novej from The A.L.L.I.E.S.
recorded that song and they did a total of 4 songs in like a
weekend or something and "Reminisce" was one of the
joints that they did and I decided to keep it. I thought it was
so dope that I said I wanted to put it on "Dream
Track 8 "No Time to
Chill" Feat. Little Brother - as told to ThaFormula.Com
9th Wonder: "No
Time to Chill" was an "after Little Brother
break-up" song which is a dope track. Actually, I'm sorry,
Little Brother still exists, so it's an "after 9th Wonder
left" song or whatever you want to call it, or you know
what, when Little Brother changed from 3 people to 2 people, its
Little Brother. It's not an old track, it was recorded like in
March (2007) or sometime around there.
Track 9 "It Ain't
Over" Feat. Jozee Mo & Tyler Woods - as told to
9th Wonder: "It
Ain't Over" is by my man Jozee Mo and Tyler Woods is like
my first R&B artist. That's one of my favorite joints and I
like it a lot, yeah I like that joint a lot.
Track 10 "The Last
Time" Feat. Royce the 5'9, Naledge, and Vandalyzm of The
Midwest Wreckin' Crew - as told to ThaFormula.Com
9th Wonder: The Midwest
Wreckin' Crew, Detroit, St Louis and Chicago. That's a name that
me and Dho made up kind of like the "Minnesota Wreckin'
Crew" if you watched your wrestling back in the day. Royce
started it off, he actually sent me his verse and it kind of set
the bench mark for everybody like "okay you really want to
make it on this song, you listen to Royce, you got to bring it
Track 11 "Saved"
Feat. Saigon and Buckshot - as told to ThaFormula.Com
"Saved" is a track that kind of came out of a track
from a verse that Saigon gave me and I had it over a different
beat. So we put it over this beat and then Joe Scudda came and
heard Saigon's verse and was like "yo, that joint is
hot." At the last minute Flash put the scratches on it.
Track 12 "Milky
Lowa" Feat. Camp Lo as told to ThaFormula.Com
9th Wonder: That's a
track that I did with Camp Lo of course and that was out of a
series of like 2 or 3 tracks that we've done together. Another
one that we did called "Get it, Stash It" is on my
upcoming album "The Wonder Years." It's always like
eerie man to work with cats that came before you, it's a funny
feeling but it's always an honor to work with cats like that,
"Backlash" Feat. Sean Boog and Buckshot - as told to
"Backlash" was Boog's dream come true because Boog is
a big Boot Camp fan. So I did "Backlash" for Boog
because I wanted him to get a chance or opportunity to do a jam
Track 14 "Thank
You" Feat. D.O.X. and O-Dash - as told to ThaFormula.Com
9th Wonder: That's one
of my favorite tracks too. After it was done, everybody was
sitting around like "Wow!" D.O.X. and O-Dash came off
on that, you might have heard D.O.X. on a couple of things and
you heard O-Dash on (Big) Pooh's record "Sleepers."
Track 15 "Let It
Bang" Feat. Skyzoo and Ness - as told to ThaFormula.Com
9th Wonder: Ness did
that the week he was down here when we did the "Never Heard
Before" Ness record that the world will not be able to hear
ever. So me, Skyzoo and Ness did "Let It Bang" and I
thought it was dope. I think Skyzoo used it on a mix tape or
something but I decided to use it anyway though. I talk to Ness
a lot and he's trying to figure out what we are gonna do because
I mean, you know we're dealing with Puff and we really have to
kind of watch that.
Track 16 "What Makes a
Man" Feat. Rapper Big Pooh and Buddy Klein - as told to
9th Wonder: Again, one
of my favorite tracks man, I really like "What Makes a
Man," that's a mean track. I really like that song because
of the way Pooh set the format up. When I played the beat for
Pooh he was like "I don't want to do it like a normal just
rap, hook, rap, hook." They didn't put the hook in until
the end which I found kind of dope for Pooh to do that.
Track 17 / Bonus Tracks:
"Special Remix" Feat. Strangefruit Project - as told
9th Wonder: As far as
tracks that didn't make the album, there wasn't none really.
Everything that made it, made it. Now there is one joint that
we've got on there, "Special (Remix)" by Strangefruit
Project. I put that on there as a bonus cut on the record. I
wanted to put the original "Special" on there but they
ended up keeping it for their album which is totally fine
because I'm a big fan of Strangefruit.
On: Thoughts on the album
and future projects - as told to ThaFormula.Com
9th Wonder: This album
is a setup album for "The Wonder Years," which is
coming soon to a city near you. "The Wonder Years"
will be out January 29th so I have plenty of time to get this
thing right. But yeah, this is my setup record for it because
from October 9th to next summer man, you're probably gonna see
about 6 or 7 brand new 9th Wonder albums come out. "The
Dream Merchant" is done, there's a Buckshot record, there
is a Murs record, me and Skyzoo are doing another one, Young
Guru from Roc-A-Fella just mixed "Jeanius" with Jean
Grae and I also have artists myself too. There is just so many
records that are gonna come out, and I really don't care what
the industry is doing. As far as this record, the people should
expect the classic 9th Wonder sound. Some people say that they
want me to change, but then when I change a little bit some cat
will get on the Internet and say "I want the old 9th
back." Oh Lord make your minds up man, so that shows that
you can't please everybody but you know its just classic 9th
Wonder man, Boom-Bap Soul records. The feeling of soul, you know
the feel good music, 'cause you know I'm a feel good producer. I
don't make a whole lot of dark, I want to ride down the street
and shoot kids music, so just expect that. I'm a happy dude and
I make happy music.
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