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There are a ton of titles that can be placed on producer 9th Wonder. Producer. DJ. Teacher. No matter how you associate him, at the end of the day, 9th Wonder is Hip-Hop.

9th, who began as one-third of the NC rap group Little Brother, is considered by many as one of the best producers in music, and after working with everyone from Kanye West and Jay-Z to Beyonce and Mary J. Blige, he has the production credits to back it up.

As his new album, The Wonder Years, featuring the likes of Erykah Badu, Raekwon and Talib Kweli, nears it’s September release, 9th sat down with Hip-Hop Wired to talk about his place amongst the game’s best producers, comparisons to DJ Premier and Pete Rock, and how making a name for yourself will keep producers relevant in Hip-Hop.

Also, 9th Wonder was in Atlanta last night to premiere his documentary, The Wonder Years, presented by LRG Clothing.

The film, directed by Kenneth Price, is a year in the life 9th Wonder, and follows him from his childhood home to late nights in the studio and everywhere in between.

The film features Drake, DJ Premier, DJ Green Lantern, J. Cole, Murs, Phonte, Sha Money XL, Young Guru, The Alchemist and many more.

Check out a trailer for The Wonder Years below.