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Fat Jon

Unorthodox producer/rapper Fat Jon is not only the beat-maker for the underground hip-hop collective Five Deez but a member of the 3582 crew and a solo artist with a string of albums that flirt with electronica, downtempo, and dub sounds. Sometimes credited as Fat Jon the Ample Soul Physician, Jon started out as a rapper in his native Cincinnati. There weren't many beat-makers on the local scene, so Jon learned how to make his own, working with a set of analog equipment that fit perfectly with his old school-loving, throwback style. As time went on, he became more forward-looking, but the analog equipment stuck around, creating a unique style that was both familiar and strange. Around 2000 his two crews began making waves in the underground rap community, and soon artists like Rakim, Talib Kweli, and Black Star were hiring Fat Jon for his dynamic production style.

A year later he struck out on his own with Humanoid Erotica, a laid-back, lounge-ish full-length credited to "Fat Jon as Maurice Galactica." The moody, mellow collection Wave Motion appeared in 2003, and a year later he began working with Stefan Betke, better known as Pole. Now based in Berlin, Fat Jon added his rhymes to Pole's 2003 self-titled release, a hip-hop-flavored album from a project that had been strictly icy cold and dub previously. Even if Pole's loyal fan base saw the jump in genres as heresy, the album introduced Fat Jon to a whole new audience. Now armed with computers and plenty of digital gear to go with his analog, Jon put his production hat back on for 2004's Lightweight Heavy, a breakthrough release that benefited from the attention he received with Pole. The year 2006 was extremely busy, with a new Five Deez album (Kommunicator), an instrumental album (Afterthought), and a collaboration with the indie electronic outfit Styrofoam (The Same Channel) all being released. ~ David Jeffries
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Afterthought

1. Cold Memory

2. Fly Away

3. Risk It All

5. Darkness

6. Just Breathe (No Conscience)

7. All In Your Mind

8. Static Medium

9. Look In My Eyes

11. Romantic Misery

12. Just Breathe (Conscience)

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Track List: The Ample Soul Physician: Afterthought

1. Cold Memory

2. Fly Away

3. Risk It All

5. Darkness

6. Just Breathe (No Conscience)

7. All In Your Mind

8. Static Medium

9. Look In My Eyes

11. Romantic Misery

12. Just Breathe (Conscience)

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Track List: Wave Motion

1. Where

2. Feel The Void

3. Visual Music

4. For Stress

5. Eyes

6. Wet Secrets

7. Depths

8. Automated Life Machines

9. Surrection

10. Disgust

11. Trust You

12. Rain Dance (Instrumental)

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Gotta lot of Ohio Boys making beats for rappers and groups.
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Five Deez represent !
One Elite HH crew that is so f**king ill but probably the least known on some everyday "yea I know them" s**t . NO!!! Ppl are not up on Fat Jon and Five Deez ... I highly suggest getting to know their stuff .. If you like Foriegn Exchange you'll likes .. If you like PR and CL you'll likes .. If you are a grown human being open to Music ... You'll likes for sure !!
110 percent meng.
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Smoking a joint
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Taku .. Illmind .. RJD2 .. DJ Babu... Nicolay .. Khrysis .. ..
And Dave West from De La . To name a few more ..
Peace from The Elm City
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If ppl so up on all these dope producers which I'm all about too .. U would be surprised how many more are out there unknown just as dope .. It's cool to be up on all these known heads but don't limit urself to putting some at some certain level or boundaries.
Oh yea ..DJ Spinna from The Jigmastas .. He got Soul and deep knowledge of the drum break and Jazz sample layering .. Don't sleep.
Peace
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Dilla, dj krush, madlib, pre-fuse 73, k-def, damu the fudgemunk, flyLo, kankick, nicolay, dj premier, havoc, nujabes, the roots, afta-1, flume, jazz liberators, dj dez, dj shadow, doom, q-tip, mark farina, dr dre, rza, Daedelus
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zooyork80
Fat Jon, MF DOOM, Nujabes, Madlib, and J-Dilla make my list
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Repaint Tomorrow NEEDS to be added...
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Alrighty: J-Dilla, Pete Rock, Fat Jon, Madlib. Top 4 for me, Onra's pretty badass too.
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Surprised Champloo wasn't mentioned in the bio. Its what led me to the Five Deez and this dude. Big ups to Pandora though.
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Just what I needed tonight...si t t i n g by the fire and checked u out. Very chill n groovy for sure. Baby in bed and im zoning out and feeling it..u dig?!
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This guy did like 1/3 of the Samurai Champloo OST. I like Nujabes too but damn people forget about Fat Jon.
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Found out about him through samurai champloo. Been hooked ever since. Head noddic
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Great chillin music poolside
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Nice and chilled
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love this!
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Just dope
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Timeless sounds...
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jordo44
Pretty lights samples this dude
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I dig this..laid back
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Don't read this cause it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love if your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in two days. Now you've started reading this so don't stop. This is so scary. Put this on at least 5 songs in 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lovers name will come on the screen in big letters. This is scary cause it really works
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Soothing ocean blue night time!
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SAMURAI CHAMPLOO
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Fat Jon is so good...him, Nicolay, Nujabes, and Pete Rock are collectively the best hip-hop I've heard up till now
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mike02629
like aloe for a sunburn
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LOve this man
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thurminator4 2 0
Fat Jon FTW! Pandora fix these errored tags...
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Nice work!
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Yah Samurai Champloo is where I heard Fat Jon for the first time too. Guess Mr. Jeffries isn't into anime. Keep up the killer work Fat Jon!
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amaziiinnnnn g g
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Love this guy. And Nujabes is what it's all about too.

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wow loving the beat
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i slept on this cat for real...
I can definitely hear the Nujabes influence on his tracks.. smooth as cocoa butta...
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Ahhhhhh....
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Repaint Tomorrow was his best work. Hands down.
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Nujabes was his teacher. Peep out NUJABES. Fresh.
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for real.
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Best Producer ! His art is amazing...
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Bad a** beats!
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I thought it was "Fat Jon"? Anyways just picked up the lightweight heavy album, if you're a fan of his work in samchamp your good to snatch that, really nice tunes. Cool as a fan.
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I always play this dude when I'm driving in my truck and I've caught many a people bobbing their heads to it and asking me who it is. Props.
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steven.watso n 6
I am digging this kat.
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THAT'S WHY I COULDN'T FIND HIM!

I've been looking for a Fat Jon station since I joined this site but I didn't realize they spelled it "John" here. All I could find was his stuff with Styrofoam since they spelled it correctly there.

Fat Jon lives up to his name by still putting out some of the phattest, chillest beats you will come across. Keep up the good work man.
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samurai champloo ftw!! check it our if u havnt yet
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Amazing musician. @baba984 Same here, first got exposed to his music from the samurai champloo soundtracks.
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BEATS R ON G.O.D. status 4 SHO! Pretty tough jammin.
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Pandora.com: you guys spelled his name wrong. "Jon" not "John".
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mdyuen
Been a fan since he was in Five Deez... amazing sound and took hip-hop into a whole new direction
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Indeed, tiffolio. It was the Samurai Champloo soundtracks that first exposed me to this incredible artist. Been a huge fan of his work ever since. Fat Jon has opened up a whole new world to me; finding great new artist every day that I would probably never have thought to look for. Thank you FJ.
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mrmeoff
Sic!
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