Dominick J. Lamb (born February 21, 1977), better known by his stage name Nottz (or Nottz Raw), is an American hip hop record producer and rapper from Norfolk, Virginia. Nottz has produced for some of the biggest names in hip hop, including Busta Rhymes, Snoop Dogg, Kanye West, Game, The Notorious B.I.G., Pusha T, Scarface, J Dilla and Asher Roth.
|Birth name||Dominick J. Lamb|
|Also known as||Nottz Raw|
|Born||February 21, 1977|
|Occupation(s)||Rapper, record producer|
|Labels||Teamsta Entertainment, Raw Koncept Media Group, It's A Wonderful World Music Group|
|Associated acts||D.M.P., 9th Wonder, Asher Roth, Bilal, Blu, Dwele, Kardinal Offishall, Scarface, Snoop Dogg, Travis Barker, Shane Dollar|
Life and careerEdit
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 favourite 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 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 rapper Game on his fourth album The R.E.D. Album, after having three of his beats on Game's two previous albums Doctor's Advocate and LAX. On June 15, 2012, Nottz and rapper Kardinal Offishall released the collaborative album Allow Me to Re-Introduce Myself, which was offered as a free download.
On August 9, 2014, 9th Wonder announced that Nottz became a part of The Soul Council production team. 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" and claiming him as "the best producer in the game".
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