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Inventive and genre-defying are only a few adjectives that describe producer and DJ Waajeed. After all, Jeedo — born Robert O'Bryant IV in Detroit in 1975 — grew up in Detroit's Conant Gardens, the birthplace of soul driven hip-hop underground music.

His earliest memories are of evenings spent in his dining room in eastside Detroit immersed in his father’s record collection of Roy Ayers, Funkadelic and Kraftwerk. He would eventually teach himself to program beats and play records at local house parties and school dances. But it wasn’t until he found his chosen family — Slum Village’s T3, Baatin and J Dilla — at the age of 14 that Waajeed finally gained local respect.

In college, he continued to develop his musical career by starting a record label inspired by Motown and Underground Resistance. He founded Bling 47 to release one of the first instrumental series, while also serving as a creative space for developing artists. In search of a wider audience, he formed genre defining Platinum Pied Pipers in 2002 and in 2012, he formed his second label, DIRT TECH RECK, to explore more dance floor-oriented music.

My Talent Sessions

Friday, May 18

8:30pm EDT

Saturday, May 19

11:00am EDT