Chicago producer No I.D. recalls how Jay-Z’s 4:44 album came to be from conversations about work over art to flooding ...
No I.D., officially known as Immenslope and also known as Ernest Wilson (born Dion Wilson in Chicago, Illinois), is a Grammy Award winning hip hop and R&B record producer and vice-president of Def Jam Recordings, best known for his early work with Chicago rapper Common and is known as "The Godfather of Chicago hip hop". The nickname No I.D. is his birth name, Dion, in reverse.
As a co-producer (and sometimes ghost producer) for Jermaine Dupri, "Heat" by Twista & Co-Produced with The Legendary Traxster "I Do It" by Big Sean, No I.D. has worked on hit singles such as "My Boo" by Usher and Alicia Keys, "Let Me Hold You" by Bow Wow featuring Omarion, and "Smile" by G-Unit, "Retrospect for Life" by Common feat. Lauryn Hill, as well as the hip hop staple "I Used to Love H.E.R." and "Resurrection" which garnered Common his early fame. No I.D. also introduced Kanye West to hip hop production, inviting him to his sessions with Common when West was only beginning. He also introduced Kanye to a long-time friend named Kyambo "Hip Hop" Joshua, who was A&R for Roc-a-fella Records who eventually signed West to his imprint Hip Hop Since 1978 which launched West's career as an artist. Kanye cites No I.D. as his mentor in "Last Call," "Big Brother" and "Made in America."
In 1997, No I.D. released an album under his own name, Accept Your Own and Be Yourself (The Black Album).
His second release was with Dug Infinite, a two-album package called The Sampler, vol. 1. He also released Invisible Beats, a beat tape.
In 2007, he was the focus of perhaps the most attention of his career for producing two songs from Jay-Z's album American Gangster. He has recently worked with such artists as Jay-Z (The Blueprint 3), Rhymefest, Plies, Big Sean, Killer Mike, Rick Ross, Drake (Thank Me Later), and Kanye West (808's & Heartbreak, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy), Young Jeezy, and Rihanna on their upcoming albums. No I.D. produced the first single for Jay-Z's 11th studio album The Blueprint 3 titled "D.O.A. (Death of Auto-Tune)" and his second single "Run This Town" Feat Rihanna & Kanye West. He also worked with Common for the first time since 1997, co-writing and producing The Dreamer/The Believer. In 2012 He was an executive producer on the critically acclaimed album Life Is Good by Nas, producing 5 songs included the single Daughters and the promotional singles Loco-Motive and Accident Murderers.
No I.D. is currently the Executive VP of Def Jam Records. Formerly, he was president of GOOD Music, a record label founded by Kanye West. He is also The CEO and founder of ARTium Recordings, a Joint Venture with IDJ who's roster has Cocaine 80s, Jhene Aiko and Songwriter/Artist Elijah Blake (Formally known as Redd Stylez).