Jake and the Phatman
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Both were born in the mid 1970s in the San Francisco Bay Area. Their early work included the Luniz, 3X Krazy, Keak da Sneak, Dawn Robinson (Formally of En Vogue and Lucy Pearl) and Dr. Dre. In 1997 they started work on what was to become the supergroup Lucy Pearl's debut album, featuring Raphael Saadiq (Tony! Toni! Toné!), Dawn Robinson, and Ali Shaheed (A Tribe Called Quest). It was during this time they developed their working relationship with Raphael Saadiq. After the success of the Lucy Pearl album Raphael Saadiq began to use them exclusively as his production partners. Their production work on Saadiq's debut album Instant Vintage included pressing the vocals onto acetate and then "scratching them into the tracks".
As producers Jake and the Phatman have racked up a long list of credits including Dawn Robinson, Kelis, Mary J. Blige, TLC, Musiq Soulchild, Anthony Hamilton, Ginuwine, Dwele, Angie Stone, Common, and John Legend.
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