The Plug One 2000s: 9th Wonder, “God’s Stepson”

100. 9th Wonder, God’s Stepson
Released March 2003

9th Wonder inadvertently pioneered the album remix when online retailer obtained a cappella recordings of Nas’ albums, and sought out three producers to rework them with original music. He was the first in the series (Soul Supreme’s Soulmatic and MF Doom’s Nastradoomus would follow), and he chose God’s Son. The resulting God’s Stepson spoke to the creative possibilities of reworking albums from beginning to end, as Ninth honed honing a widely-duplicated approach to soul loops that mirrored Pete Rock’s sounds in their lush, hymnal power. His production sounds sun dazed, turning tracks like Nas’ victorious “Made You Look” salvo against Jay-Z into an unexpectedly wistful rumination. Few have exploited the now de rigeur mashup trend with such grace.

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