Dominick J. Lamb, (born February 21, 1977) better known by his stage name Nottz (or Nottz Raw), is an American hip hop producer and rapper from Norfolk, Virginia.[1] Nottz has produced for some of the biggest names in hip hop, including Busta Rhymes, Rah Digga, Scarface, Snoop Dogg, Cassidy, Ghostface Killah, Kardinal Offishall, Royce da 5'9", Little Brother, The Game, Dwele, Termanology, Bilal, Asher Roth, Slaughterhouse, Pusha T, Torae, Rapsody, Shateish and Talib Kweli among many others.

Background information
Birth nameDominick J. Lamb
Also known asNottz Raw
Born (1977-02-21) February 21, 1977 (age 47)
OriginNorfolk, Virginia, U.S.
GenresHip hop
  • Record producer
  • rapper
Years active1997–present
  • Teamsta
  • Raw Koncept
  • The Soul Council

Life and career edit

Some of Nottz's earliest production work was on the Rawkus Records compilation Lyricist Lounge, Volume One, in 1998. From there he landed three tracks on Busta Rhymes' Extinction level Event LP, after Rhymes stumbled across one of his beat tapes.

Like many other hip hop producers to emerge before the 2000s, Nottz samples from old (primarily soul) records and film soundtracks to reconstruct new beats. West Coast hip hop icon, Dr. Dre, has named Nottz as one of his favorite producers, and has selected him as one of the few guest producers on his much delayed, yet anticipated Detox album that never was released.

Nottz assisted in the production of the singer Bilal's second album, Love for Sale.[2]

Nottz has a group called D.M.P., which stands for "Durte Muzik Prahdukshun". They released an EP in 2004, a full-length album on Koch Records, titled Nottz Presents D.M.P., in 2005 and an album titled God Made Durt in 2013, under Raw Koncept.

In 2010, Nottz released his first solo album, You Need This Music, under Raw Koncept. The album features Nottz as an MC, as well as a producer. Nottz also worked with rapper Asher Roth on the collaborative Rawth EP, released as a free download, on December 27, 2010, under Raw Koncept and School Boy.

In 2011, Nottz worked with The Game on his fourth album The R.E.D. Album, after having three of his beats on The Game's two previous albums Doctor's Advocate and LAX. On June 15, 2012, Nottz and Kardinal Offishall released the collaborative mixtape A.M.T.R.I.M., which was offered as a free download.

In 2013, Blu and Nottz Raw released their collaborative EP, Gods in the Spirit. That same year, Nottz worked with Kanye West to produce Pusha T's Nosetalgia, which features fellow rapper Kendrick Lamar.

On August 9, 2014, 9th Wonder announced that Nottz became a part of The Soul Council production team.[3] A longtime admirer of his production work, 9th Wonder has spoken very highly of Nottz in the past. In 2010, he referred to Nottz as "the best beat maker on Earth right now"[4] and claiming him as "the best producer in the game".[5]

Discography edit

References edit

  1. ^ "Interview with NOTTZ, producer for 50 Cent, Lloyd Banks, Cassidy, Busta Rhymes – Aug 16, 2004". HitQuarters. Archived from the original on March 3, 2016. Retrieved October 30, 2010.
  2. ^ Kellman, Andy (n.d.). "Bilal". AllMusic. Retrieved August 12, 2020.
  3. ^ "9th Wonder Calls Nottz "Arguably The Best" Producer On Earth, Welcomes Him To Jamla's The Soul Council". Hip Hop DX. Archived from the original on August 24, 2014. Retrieved August 24, 2014.
  4. ^ Barrow, J.L. "9th Wonder: "Nottz Is The Best Beatmaker On The Earth Right Now"". Nodfactor. Retrieved August 24, 2014.
  5. ^ Edwards Byfield, Tahirah (August 26, 2010). "9th Wonder Names Nottz 'Best Producer In The Game. Snoop Dogg bring Nottz into his THE LEGION OF BOOM Production team to work on his Snoop Dogg Presents Algorithm on Def Jams Records and Bacc On Death Row album.)(Video)". Soul Culture. Retrieved August 24, 2014.

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