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DJ Mehdi

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Known for his affiliation with fashionable French electro label Ed Banger Records, DJ Mehdi was a producer/remixer of hip-hop and electronic dance music yet is first and foremost remembered as a DJ. Born Mehdi Favéris-Essadi in 1977 in the French commune of Hauts-de-Seine (a northwest suburb of Paris) 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: O'Riginal MC's Sur une Mission (1996) and La Combat Continue (1998), the latter featuring the hit single "Hardcore." Around this same time he began doing outside production work, most notably on the 1997 MC Solaar album Paradisiaque ("Wonderbra") and a couple 113 albums (Ni Barreaux, Ni Barrières, Ni Frontières, 1998; Les Princes de la Ville, 1999). 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, an Espionnage compilation that included a diverse array of styles that blurred the lines between hip-hop and dance. A couple more years of production work on albums including Karlito's Contenu Sous Pression (2001) and 113's Fout la Merde (2002) led to (The Story Of) Espion, his full-length debut album, released by the EMI sublabel Delabel. In search of management, DJ Mehdi turned to Pedro Winter (aka Busy P), a fellow DJ whom he had known for years and who not only was well known for successfully managing the career of Daft Punk but was in the process of founding his own label, Ed Banger Records. Under the moniker of Espion, DJ Mehdi made his Ed Banger debut in 2003, producing "Anything Is Possible," the B-side of Justice's "Never Be Alone." DJ Mehdi's next release on Ed Banger, I Am Somebody (2006), a four-track EP featuring remixes by Kenny Dope of Masters at Work, was billed to himself and became an underground sensation, later being licensed for use in a 2007 commercial for XM Satellite Radio in the United States. A full-length album on Ed Banger, Lucky Boy (2006), followed the release of I Am Somebody, 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 four-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 Feadz and Pedro Winter. Mehdi died in 2011 when he fell to his death after a roof collapse. He was 34. ~ Jason Birchmeier
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    Popularity
  2.   Signatune
  3.   Lucky Boy
  4.   Breakaway
  5.   Out of My Hands by Etienne de Crecy
  6.   I Am Somebody by Chromeo
  7.   Wee Bounce
  8.   Hot-O-Momo
  9.   Love Bombing
  10.   Stick It
  11.   Tragicomehdi
  12.   Footprints
  13.   Circuit by David Rubato
  14.   Pocket Piano
  15.   Pony Rocking
  16.   Lucky Girl
  17.   Busy Being Born
  18.   Leave It Alone
  19.   Boggin'
  20.   Saharian Break
  21.   Survivol
  22.   Tales of Tomorrow
  23.   Espionnage Sound System
  24.   DJ Mehdi/I Am Somebody
  25.   Lucky Girl
  26.   [CD-Rom Track]
  27.   I Am Somebody [Paris Version]
  28.   Always Be an Angel
  29.   Constellation
  30.   [Untitled]
  31.   21st Century Life by Sam Sparro
  32.   Dirty Muhta by Steed Lord
  33.   Feeling For You by Cassius
  34.   I Will Come Back by Holy Ghost
  35.   Ice Cream by New Young Pony Club
  36.   In Case We Die by Architecture in Helsinki
  37.   Justify by Staygold
  38.   Light Gold by Santigold
  39.   Music is My Hot Hot Sex by CSS
  40.   Oh Malheur Chez O'Malley by Sebastien Tellier
  41.   Oleg Dans Les Bois by Joakim
  42.   Red Black & Blue
  43.   Serge Dylan by Sébastien Martel
  44.   Si Tu Savais by Manu Key
  45.   To Protect & Entertain featuring Busy P
  46.   Waiting For You by Chromeo
  47.   Pony Rocking
  48.   Tunisia Bambaata
  49.   Be Blessed, Be Back
  50.   North Star
  51.   About Me
  52.   I Spy
  53.   Anything Is Possible
  54.   Fooling You
  55.   Aneis
  56.   Partir
  57.   Along The Way
  58.   She's So Mad
  59.   Bonus Track
  60.   Leave It Lone

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