On April 29th Buckshot and 9th Wonder are releasing The Formula, the follow-up to their 2005 collab, Chemistry. In recent years the trend in hip-hop has been towards multiple producers contributing to one project, making the pairing of one producer and one MC unique. For his part 9th is trying to bring that practice back through projects with Jean Grae, Murs and of course Buckshot.
“This is the rule we established a long time ago,” he says. “I’m all for music evolving but we gotta keep some type of standard and continuum. When you throw a lot of producers in a pot and one producer doesn’t oversee it like what Dr. Dre did with The Game record…every producer is shooting for the single so it sounds like a big mess sometimes. Dr. Dre knew what order to put certain songs and what sounds like the last record of the album. All the great hip-hop records understand sequence.”
In addition to his work with Buck, last year 9th did his version of “Crooklyn Dodgers” with Mos Def, Memphis Bleek and Jean Grae. Buckshot appeared on the original in 1994 with Masta Ace and Special Ed which was produced by Q-Tip of A Tribe Called Quest.
“I think it was a blessing to hear 9th do it over,” says Buck. “Anytime you make some kind of impression on anybody it’s a blessing.”
As for Chemistry, 9th and Buck hope the album will continue to build on the movement they’ve coined Adult Contemporary Hip-Hop.
“I’m 33 years old so this is for every 28 plus year old that grew up in a time period when Hip-Hop spoke to them,” says 9th. “We are trying to pave a way, a lane for our own music and radio stations. Because I don’t want to hear the little kids stuff all day and I don’t want to hear the O Jay’s on the radio all day either. Our generation understands the balance.”