Mike Ladd

Born in Boston, MA, Mike Ladd has written and produced ten critically acclaimed albums: Easy Listening For Armageddon (Scratchie/Mercury); Welcome to the AfterFuture and Vernacular Homicide (LikeMadd/Ozone); The Infesticons: Gun Hill Road, and The Majesticons: Beauty Party (Big DaDa/Ninja Tune), Negrophilia (Thirsty Ear);Father Divine (ROIR) In What Language (Pi) and Still Life with Commentator (Savoy), both collaborative efforts with jazz pianist Vijay Iyer; and finally Nostalgialator, originally released internationally on legendary European label K7, and now, for the first time in North America, on Definitive Jux.

An "artists artist", the Mike Ladd admiration society runs deep. Mike has collaborated/remixed/performed/toured with several artists including Company Flow, Saul Williams, MURS, Terranova, Slug (Atmosphere), Cannibal Ox, Roots Manuva, William Parker, Roy Campbell, DJ Mehdi, DJ Spooky, Ken Ishii and others plus has remixed songs for the likes of Yo La Tengo, Anti Pop Consortium, even Enrico Macias!?

First signed to Scratchie/Mercury Records by the Smashing Pumpkins, he has assembled a body of work rare amongst his peers and influenced indie music in ways still yet to be seen. Guided by the voices of Funkadelic, Charles Stepney, The Bad Brains, Burt Bacharach, Kraftwerk, Bollywood, The Jungle Brothers and Divine Styler Mike Ladd exists at the heart of progressive black music today. He has toured extensively for the last 7 years throughout America, Europe and Asia, establishing a cult following in the process.

Mike received his B.A. in Black expatriates in the Nineteenth century from Hampshire College and an M.A. in Poetry from Boston University. As a Fellow at the Institute for Arts and Civic Dialogue at Harvard University, Mike produced and directed Blood Black and Blue, an audio documentary/performance about Black police officers in the United States. In 2005, Mike completed a fellowship at the Asia Society, where he, along with pianist Vijay Iyer, created a musical/theatrical/visual installation entitled "In What Language", a project about people of color in relation to globalization in the context of airports. They most recently put up their new installation, Still Life with Commentator, which was commissioned by the Brooklyn Academy of Music (B.A.M.) for 5 nights of performances. He has been published in several literary magazines including Long Shot Review and Bostonia. His work is also featured in the book Swing Low, Black Men Writing and several anthologies, including, Aloud: Voices from the Nuyorican Poets Café, In Defense of Mumia, Bum Rush The Page, Por La Victoire and Everything But the Burden. Mike Ladd now lives in Paris with his wife and son.

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20 Response to "Mike Ladd"

  1. Patwa says:

    nice post ^^

    awesomeee, love the video.

    really nice tune

    Good beat. You find some good hip hop.

    reminds me of the Gorillaz

    stebolius says:

    Nice post and tune!

    Killer track!

    Renar says:

    I like the beat, but not the vocals

    Tom says:

    I am loving that album art.

    Alexander says:

    Catchy beat, definitely gonna check it out

    synoptixs says:

    the beat on this track is off the hook, thanks for the share!

    Noock says:

    yeah pretty catchy song!

    Alan says:

    thats a real nice beat

    i really like that beat.

    KUSHtunes says:

    i love this kind of hip hop. great track man gonna have to check'em out more.

    He has been around a while. Always very innovative with his tracks.

    I like this, and am slowly beginning to appreciate is genre every day by following this blog. Keep up the great work!

    nice video.

    Chris says:

    I like Mike

    Fresh beatz

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