Jerome Foster, better known as Knobody, is an American music producer and A&R. Knobody has produced records across different genres including soul, R&B, hip hop and rock for several multi-platinum artists including Jay-Z, Ne-Yo, Akon, The Game, Big Pun, Mýa and R.E.M. Knobody worked as an A&R at SRC Records/Universal. Due to the enormous success Akon experienced following the release of his debut album, Knobody was recognized as a World Top 10 A&R. He is not to be confused with Bay Area rapper/producer and Hieroglyphics crew affiliate who also goes by the name Knobody.

Knobody (producer)
Birth nameJerome Foster
OriginNew York, New York, United States
GenresR&B, Hip hop,
Occupation(s)Record producer, A&R
Years active1993–present

Acclaim edit

Recognized for his hand in launching the careers of world-renowned artists, Knobody has influenced the success of Jay-Z, Akon Big Pun. Knobody's contributions to these artists' careers has had an enormous impact on the world of hip hop and R&B.

Jay-Z edit

Knobody produced the classic single "Can't Knock the Hustle" for Jay-Z, the first track on the artist's debut album Reasonable Doubt. "Can't Knock the Hustle" was Jay-Z's first chart single, bringing the rapper into the limelight and jump starting a career that has resulted in millions of album sales worldwide.[1] Since 1996, Jay-Z has released hundreds of records, yet "Can't Knock the Hustle" - praised by many as a "classic" - lives on to be recognized as one of the greatest songs he has ever recorded.[2][3][4] As Steve Juon of describes, "Knobody put together an incredibly smooth opening track for Jay that became the mantra of his career."[5]

Big Pun edit

Knobody produced "Still Not a Player", the lead single from Big Pun's first album, Capital Punishment, which debuted at #5 on the Billboard 200 charts and became the first album by a solo Latino rap artist to reach the platinum sales mark. "Still Not a Player" is credited with taking Big Pun from underground obscurity into super-stardom. MTV's Andrea Duncan writes, "Big Pun made his name in the hip-hop underground, and then, in 1998, rode the made-for-radio vibe of ‘Still Not a Player’ to the top of the R&B chart and full-blown rap stardom."[6] As stated in All Music Guide to Hip Hop by Vladimir Bogdanov, "Big Pun's solo debut, 'Capital Punishment', was released in 1998 and debuted in the Top Five thanks to ‘Still Not a Player,’ a club-ready remix of ‘I'm Not a Player’ that proved massively popular."[7] Riding the wave of success created by "Still Not a Player", Big Pun's debut album "Capital Punishment" was nominated for Rap Album of the Year at the 1999 GRAMMY Awards.[8] In the May/June 2006 issue of Scratch Magazine, "Still Not a Player" was named one of hip hop's 25 greatest remixes of all time.[9]

Akon edit

During his time as an A&R at SRC Records/Universal, Knobody was responsible for breaking Akon as an artist and developing his first album, Trouble. Knobody produced Akon's radio hit, "Locked Up" (Remix) featuring Styles P, a contribution that proved to have an enormous impact on the success of the album and the artist. Johnny Loftus of All Music Guide proclaims, "The success of the song ‘Locked Up’ raised Akon's profile..."[10] Trouble was certified platinum by the RIAA on April 27, 2005, as Akon became a bona fide R&B star.[11] Due to the enormous success Akon experienced following the release of his debut album, Knobody was recognized as a World Top 10 A&R in 2005.[12]

Production credits edit

Singles edit

1993: "So Whatcha Want?" (MF Grimm)
1995: "Funky Piano" (E. Bros) New Jersey Drive Soundtrack
1996: "Can't Knock the Hustle" (Jay-Z f/Mary J. Blige)
1997: "How You Want It" (Jungle Brothers f/De La Soul & Q-Tip)
1998: "Still Not a Player" (Big Pun f/Joe)
1998: "Movin' Out" (Mýa f/ Raekwon & Noreaga)
2002: "I've Been High" (R.E.M.)
2004: "Locked Up (Remix)" (Akon f/Styles P)
2004: "Coo Coo Chee" (Ric-A-Che)
2006: "Feels So Good" (Remy Ma f/Ne-Yo)
2006: "Wanna Be" (The Fugees)
2008: "Game's Pain" (The Game f/Keyshia Cole)

Songs edit

Artist Song Title Album Record Label
Akon f/Styles P "Locked Up" (Remix) Trouble SRC/Universal
Angie Martinez f/Jadakiss, Styles P, Beanie Sigel, Bret & Kool G Rap "Live from the Streets" Up Close and Personal Elektra Records
Angie Martinez f/Busta Rhymes "Gutter 2 The Fancy Ish" Up Close and Personal Elektra Records
BarberShop 2: Back in Business Soundtrack "Thing's Come & Go" BarberShop 2: Back in Business Soundtrack Interscope
Big Pun "Watch Those" Yeeeah Baby Loud Records
Black Eye "Blue Black" Untitled H-Bomb Records
Big Pun f/Joe "Still Not a Player" Capital Punishment Loud Records
Bounty Killer f/Noreaga "Next Millennium" Next Millennium VP Records/TVT Records
Call O' Da Wild "Clouds of Smoke" Bad Boys Soundtrack Columbia
E. Bros "Funky Piano" New Jersey Drive Soundtrack Tommy Boy Records
Flo Rida f/Ludacris & Gucci Mane "Why You Up In Here" The Only One Poe Boy/Atlantic
The Fugees "Wanna Be" Untitled Columbia
Funkmaster Flex f/Ginuwine "How Would You Like It" 60 Minutes of Flex, Vol. 4 Loud Records
The Game f/Keyshia Cole "Game's Pain" L.A.X. Geffen/Interscope
Jay-Z f/Mary J. Blige "Can't Knock the Hustle" Reasonable Doubt Roc-A-Fella
Joell Ortiz f/Fat Joe "One Shot" Free Agent SRC Records/Universal Motown
Jungle Brothers f/De La Soul & Q-Tip "How You Want It" Raw Deluxe Priority
Kelis "Like You" Kelis Was Here Jive
Kool G Rap f/Havoc "Thug Chronicals" The Giancana Story Rawkus
Lil' Kim "Who's Number One" The Notorious K.I.M. Atlantic
Mýa "Fear of Flying" Fear of Flying Interscope
Mýa f/Raekwon & Noreaga "Moving Out" Belly Soundtrack Def Jam
Mýa f/Sean Paul "Things Come & Go" Moodring Interscope
Ne-Yo f/Jennifer Hudson "Leaving Tonight" Because of You Def Jam
Paula Perry "Paula's Jam" remix Paula's Jam Loose Cannon/Polygram
Queen Pen "The Set Up" My Melody Interscope
Rah Digga "The Intro" Dirty Harriet Elektra Records
R.E.M. "I've Been High" r.e.m.IX Warner Bros.
R.E.M. "The Lifting" r.e.m.IX Warner Bros.
Remy Ma f/Ne-Yo "Feels So Good" There's Something about Remy: Based on a True Story SRC/Universal
Ric-A-Che "Belve" Lack of Communication SRC/Universal
Ric-A-Che f/Darija "Coo Coo Chee" Lack of Communication SRC/Universal
Ric-A-Che "Dirty Midwest" Lack of Communication SRC/Universal
Ric-A-Che "Hustla Til" Lack of Communication SRC/Universal
Ric-A-Che "Lil Bro" Lack of Communication SRC/Universal
Ric-A-Che "Ugly" Lack of Communication SRC/Universal
Ric-A-Che "War Times" Lack of Communication SRC/Universal
Ric-A-Che "Who Want To Do" Lack of Communication SRC/Universal
Ric-A-Che f/Akon "So Cold" Lack of Communication SRC/Universal
Tash f/Carl Thomas "The Game" Rap Life Loud Records
Toshinobu Kubota f/Caron Wheeler "Just The Two Of Us" Untitled Columbia
X-Ecutioners f/M.O.P. "Let It Bang" Built From Scratch Loud Records

Awards edit

Hit Quarters named Knobody a "World Top 10 A&R" in 2005 as a result of his involvement in Akon's career-launching album Trouble.[12] In 2008, Knobody was awarded a GRAMMY for "Leaving Tonight", his contribution to Ne-Yo's Because of You album, which won the 2007 GRAMMY Award for Best Contemporary R&B Album.[13]

References edit

  1. ^ [1] Billboard
  2. ^ [2] Earth Times
  3. ^ [3] Detroit Metromix
  4. ^ [4] Archived 2009-03-19 at the Wayback Machine Ticket News
  5. ^ [5] Rap Reviews
  6. ^ [6] MTV
  7. ^ [7] All Music Guide to Hip Hop
  8. ^ [8] Archived 2018-03-17 at the Wayback Machine Free Library
  9. ^ [9] Archived 2007-10-11 at the Wayback Machine Scratch Magazine
  10. ^ [10] All Music
  11. ^ "RIAA - Gold & Platinum Searchable Database - February 24, 2013". Recording Industry Association of America. Archived from the original on 2013-02-25. Retrieved 2012-08-07. RIAA
  12. ^ a b [11] Archived 2017-12-01 at the Wayback Machine Hit Quarters
  13. ^ 2007 GRAMMY Best Contemporary R&B Album

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