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9th Wonder mentors students

Grammy-winning hip-hop producer 9th Wonder (standing) is teaching “Hip-Hop in Deep Concentration” at N.C. Central University. A semester-long project is to create a student label. Students Nia Darby (center) and Ivey Johnson (R) created the label Black Bullies and signed Ernest Third.
Grammy-winning hip-hop producer 9th Wonder (standing) is teaching “Hip-Hop in Deep Concentration” at N.C. Central University. A semester-long project is to create a student label. Students Nia Darby (center) and Ivey Johnson (R) created the label Black Bullies and signed Ernest Third. The Herald-Sun

Patrick Douthit is a Grammy-award-winning hip-hop artist and producer who has worked with many rappers and hip-hop artists including Murs and Jay Z.

He’s seen rapid shifts overtake the genre. “There’s a five-year window to get in on a trend,” he told students at N. C. Central University this past week. “If you chase a trend and you don’t get in that five-year window, it’s over.”

Douthit, known professionally as 9th Wonder, dispenses that advice and shares his wide knowledge teaching hip-hop history at NCCU. He brings other artists into the classes, and guides students through assignments such as signing an artist to a record label.

“I’m trying to put everything in their hands,” he said. “There’s not a farm league in the hip-hop industry.”

For his own success and for sharing with a new generation, we’re pleased to give 9th Wonder this week’s Durham Grit Award.

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