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DJ MEHDI

DJ MEHDI

DJ Mehdi was a producer/remixer of hip-hop and electronic dance music yet is first and foremost remembered as a DJ. Born in 1977 in the French commune Hauts-de-Seine of Tunisian descent, he grew interested in hip-hop after discovering Public Enemy in the late ’80s. DJ Mehdi established himself as a DJ/producer in the trailblazing French rap group Ideal J, whom he joined in 1992 and who released two albums. Around this same time, he began doing outside production work, most notably on the 1997 Mc Solaar album « Paradisiaque » and a couple 113 albums. In addition, he founded the short-lived Espionnage label in 1997 along with Manu Key, whom he had worked with in the rap groups Different Teep and Mafia K’1 Fry.

DJ Mehdi began crossing over into electronic dance music in 2000 with the release of Espion le EP, and Espionnage compilation that included a diverse array of styles that blurred the lines between hip-hop and dance. A couple more production work on albums led to (The Story Of) Espion, his full-length debut album released by EMI subdivision Delabel. In search of management, Mehdi turned into Pedro Winter whom he had known for years and was in the process of founding Ed Banger Records. DJ Mehdi made his Ed Banger debut in 2003, producing « Anything Is Possible », the B-side of Justice’s « Never Be Alone ».

DJ Medhi’s next release on Ed Banger, I Am Somebody (2006),was billed to himself and became an underground sensation, later being licensed for use in a 2007 commercial in the US. The full-length album « Lucky Boy » (2006) followed the release of « I Am Somedy », as did « Loukoums » (2006), a rare outtakes mix album released as a tribute to the late J Dilla, whose Stones Throw album « Donuts » (2006) was its inspiration. In the wake of this success, DJ Mehdi released « Lucky Boy at Night » (2007), a remix edition of its predecessor; « Lucky Girl » (2007), a 4-track EP; « Your Way or Mine? » (2007), a blue-vinyl split 7’’ on Arcade Mode with Kavinsky; and « Mixmag Presents: Ed Banger Ménage-à-trois » (2008), a mix CD also featuring Feads and Pedro Winter.

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