|Also known as||T-Ray|
|Born||Lancaster, South Carolina, U.S.|
|Origin||Los Angeles, California, U.S.|
Todd Ray, known professionally as T-Ray, is an American record producer and mixing engineer, known for producing Cypress Hill 1993 single "I Ain't Goin' Out Like That" and having founded the Venice Beach Freakshow in 2006, as well as creating and executive producing the TV Series Freakshow for AMC . He has also worked with the Beastie Boys, Biz Markie, MC Serch, Double X Posse, Kool G Rap, Bo$$, Funkdoobiest, MC Thick, The Whooliganz, Artifacts, Mick Jagger, Helmet, Korn, Audioslave, (həd)pe, Snot, Ugly Americans, G. Love & Special Sauce, Dilated Peoples and Non Phixion among others. He has won two Grammy Awards and a Latin Grammy Award for his work with Santana and Ozomatli and was nominated for a Grammy Award for "I Ain't Goin' Out Like That".
Todd Ray was born in Lancaster, South Carolina. As a teenager, in 1982, Todd fell in love with the early hip hop singles coming out of New York and began DJing and performing locally with friends. In 1986, he landed a record contract which led him to New York where he met his future wife, Danielle. He and Danielle ultimately moved to Los Angeles, settling in the suburbs to raise their two children.
Growing up in the rural South, Ray's living conditions and local entertainment options left much to be desired. After hearing a friend's copy of Afrika Bambaataa & the Soulsonic Force's "Planet Rock", Ray purchased a pair of turntables. He and his friends began performing locally. At this time, their group did not have a name and people would simply refer to them as 'those white boys'. Swatch Watch sponsored them, flying them to Breckenridge, Colorado, for one of the first ever snowboarding events, where Converse Sneakers reps provided additional sponsorship.Using his portion of the sponsorship money, T-Ray began building his record collection, which provided a solid foundation for his budding production skills. After mastering the concept of 'breaks', he quickly finished his group's first demo. A club in nearby Charlotte, North Carolina, was having a talent contest which Todd won several weeks in a row, which qualified him for the finals. The final competition was judged by representatives from Def Jam and PolyGram. Although Todd did not win the final competition, a PolyGram representative approached Todd with the offer of a record contract in 1986.
With the ink still drying on their deal, T-Ray and his group, moved straight from South Carolina to Rosedale, Queens, where they finished an album for Tin Pan Apple Records and appeared on the Fresh Fest Tour. But PolygGram's rival, Def Jam, quickly became a household name and by the summer of 1987, the group broke up. Todd eventually ran out of money and had to move back to South Carolina.With no rural job opportunities, and his pre-med scholarship lost, Todd worked non-stop on music production. Unable to afford even the floppy disks to save the beats, he would just record them on cassette.
Ray helped his family build furniture out of wood, which he dubbed 'folk art' furniture, with the tree bark still attached. People began paying handsomely for his chairs and he was able to save enough money to make the trip back to New York. Ray got a call back on his application as an intern at Big Beat Records. Todd played a tape of his beats for Craig Kallman and informed him "All I have is music". The morning after, Kallman called Todd (about Kenny Dope's promo for Red Alert) and told him "if you know how to make this [recorded loop] into a record, you've got a job". T-Ray was the producer of Big Beat Records' first hip-hop 12-inch, 'Supa Cat' (1991- Todd is credited on the album as 'The Mad Racket'). 'Supa Cat' sold 70,000 copies and was the true beginning of T-Ray's career as a producer. He went on to produce an entire album for Double X, with 'Not Gonna Be Able To Do It" (1992) becoming his first video. T-Ray produced 'I Aint Goin' Out Like That' for Cypress Hill's album Black Sunday (1993) and was nominated for a Grammy for it (Best Rap single).Todd then became closely affiliated with the DJ Muggs-led Soul Assassins producing for Cypress Hill and Funkdoobiest, among others.
By 1996, Todd had begun to produce rock & roll. His 1993 remix of House of Pain/Helmet collaboration (Judgement Night soundtrack) led to his producing of the entire Helmet album, which led to more rock gigs, including 311, KoЯn, Snot, Hed PE, John Spencer Blues Explosion and White Zombie. In 1999, T-Ray did production for Santana (which led to a Grammy Award in 2000 for Album of the Year) and a Latin group named Ozomatli who he won two other Grammys with, including a Latin Grammy- it was during this time that his life came full circle: "It was sort of like destiny in a way, for me to move from the woods to New York City," explains Todd Ray. "To get on as a producer, to go through turmoil, through hip-hop, and get to the point where I felt that people were doing hip-hop that I couldn't respect, so I moved to the West Coast to do rock & roll shit. I run into a group called Ozomatli who I wanted to do 'Incredible Bongo Beats' with. Their DJ just happened to be Cut Chemist, who I knew nothing about. But, as we're finishing the record he tells me this fucking story of how he was inspired by this fucking tape that he got from down South, and that tape was my fucking tape. The same tape I made in that shack, the same tape that I played for Craig when I met him at Big Beat. The same tape that I had played for the trees in Lancaster, South Carolina. I had made one copy for Eclipse (yes- that Eclipse), who originally lived in South Carolina too, who had sent it to an old friend in Rhode Island, who moved to L.A. and became one of the members of Jurassic 5, whose DJ just happened to be Cut Chemist. I felt like I had come 360 degrees!" [Elemental Magazine, Issue #62]
Ray founded the Venice Beach Freakshow in 2006. It quickly became known for its unique performers, as well as its large collection of oddity specimens. These included the world's largest collection of two-headed animals, including a two-headed chicken, a two-headed cow, and a pair of two-headed turtles, amongst others. While many specimens were dead, there were also around ten two-headed animals living in the Freakshow.This later led to the unscripted reality television show Freakshow , which depicted the lives of Ray, his family, and the show's performers. It ran for two seasons.
In 2017, it was announced that the Venice Beach Freakshow would be closing.This was after eight months of dispute with the building's new owners, Snapshot Partners, rumored to be associated with the Snapchat brand as part of the company's buy-up of Venice Beach property. Snapchat denied these claims, stating that they are unaffiliated with Snapshot Partners and was uninterested in the floor of the property in which the Freakshow was housed. Despite this, evidence shows that Snapchat did associate with Snapshot Partners in acquiring the building, which led to the Freakshow being a part of protests like #EvictSnapchat, fighting the gentrification of Venice Beach. The Venice Beach Freakshow's closing is considered by critics of gentrification to be part of the destruction of Venice Beach's culture, long known for its bodybuilders and graffiti artists. Others, however, see the gentrification of Venice Beach as simply the normal flow of the property market and the Freakshow as being a part of Venice's past.
Ray is married to Danielle. They have a daughter, Asia, and a son, Phoenix.
|1992||"Now They Wanna See Me"||Percee P, Ekim||N/A||co-produced w/ Ekim|
|"Back to the Grill"||MC Serch, Chubb Rock, Nas, Red Hot Lover Tone||Return of the Product||co-produced w/ MC Serch|
|"Daze in a Weak"||MC Serch|
|"Social Narcotics"||MC Serch, Joe Fatal|
|"Scenes From the Mind"||MC Serch|
|"Here It Comes Again"|
|"Put Ya Boots On"||Double X Posse||Put Ya Boots On|
|"Somethin' Funky ta Step To"|
|"Girls Be Frontin'..."|
|"Not Gonna Be Able to Do It"|
|1993||"Diary of a Mad Bitch"||Bo$$||Born Gangstaz||produced w/ MC Serch|
|"I Don't Give a Fuck"|
|"Sweet Thing" (Remix)||Mick Jagger||Wandering Spirit||additional production|
|"The Show Ain't Over Till the Fat Man Swings"||MC Thick||The Show Ain't Over Till the Fat Man Swings|
|"Portrait of a Fiend"|
|"Just Like a Niguh"|
|"From the Brick Jungle"||co-produced w/ J. Diamond Washington & Stewart Harris|
|"It Ain't Easy Bein' Me"|
|"Only in America"|
|"You Said It Couldn't Be Done"|
|"Leave 'Em Out There"|
|"I'm Shittin' on 'Em"||Funkdoobiest||Which Doobie U B?|
|"Who's the Doobiest"|
|"Where's It At"|
|"I Ain't Goin' Out Like That"||Cypress Hill||Black Sunday|
|"Come and Die"||Therapy?, Joe Fatal||Judgment Night (Music From the Motion Picture)|
|"It's the Whoolies"||The Whooliganz|
|"Get a Grip"||The Whooliganz, B-Real|
|"Time Goes On"|
|"Back Off Me Yo"||The Whooliganz|
|"I Get Mine"|
|1994||"Wrong Side of da Tracks"||Artifacts||Between a Rock and a Hard Place|
|"Notty Headed Nigguhz"|
|"Flexi wit da Tech(nique)"|
|"Lower da Boom"|
|"Whassup Now Muthafucka?"|
|"City Song (Supernatural Mix)"||Luscious Jackson||N/A|
|"Down South"||Down South||Lost in Brooklyn|
|"Tractors, Rakes, and Hoes"|
|"Scooby Doo"||Cypress Hill||N/A||produced w/ DJ Muggs|
|"Wilma's Rainbow"||Helmet||Betty||produced w/ Helmet|
|"Biscuits for Smut"|
|"The Silver Hawaiian"|
|1995||"Love Slave"||Undacova||New Jersey Drive, Vol. 1 (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)|
|"Take 'Em to War"||Kool G Rap, B-1, MF Grimm||4,5,6|
|"For da Brothaz"||Kool G Rap|
|1996||"Enough" (Hindustan Disco Remix)||Gravity Kills||N/A||additional production|
|1997||"P.O.S."||(həd)pe||(həd)pe||produced w/ Wesstyle & M.C.U.D.|
|"Tired of Sleep (T.O.S.)"|
|"I Jus' Lie"|
|"Get Some o' Deez"|
|"Get Some Keez"|
|1998||"Como Ves"||Ozomatli||Ozomatli||co-produced w/ Ozomatli|
|"Cut Chemist Suite"|
|"Cumbia de los Muertos"|
|"¿Dónde Se Fueron?"|
|"O Le Le"|
|"Super Bowl Sundae"|
|"Aquí No Será"|
|"La Misma Canción"|
|"Boom Boom Baby"||Ugly Americans||Boom Boom Baby||co-produced w/ Bruce Hughes|
|"Texas Isn't Big Enough"|
|"The Wrong Direction"|
|"Big Ole Head"|
|"Dancing at the Foot of Angels"|
|"One & a Rainbow"|
|"Fastest Man Alive"|
|1999||"No Turning Back"||G. Love & Special Sauce||Philadelphonic||produced w/ Chris DiBeneditto|
|"Do It for Free"|
|"Honor and Harmony"|
|"Rock and Roll"|
|"Around the World (Thank You)"|
|"Gimme Some Lovin'"|
|"Shooting Up in Vain" (T-Ray Remix)||Eagle-Eye Cherry||Go (Music From the Motion Picture)|
|"Wishing It Was"||Santana, Eagle-Eye Cherry||Supernatural||additional production|
|2000||"No Retreat"||Dilated Peoples, B-Real||The Platform|
|2002||"The C.I.A. is Still Trying to Kill Me"||Non Phixion||The Future Is Now||produced w/ Necro|
|2003||"Hobo Blues"||G. Love||Thicker Than Water (Music From a Film by Jack Johnson and the Malloys)|
|2004||"Believe"||Ozomatli||Street Signs||produced w/ Ozomatli|
|"Love & Hope"|
|"(Who Discovered) America?"||produced w/ J. B. Eckl, Jason Roberts, KC Porter, co-produced w/ Ozomatli|
|"Te Estoy Buscando"||produced w/ Ozomatli|
|"Déjame en Paz"|
|"Nadie Te Tira"|
|2007||"My Element"||Skyzoo||Corner Store Classic|
|2008||"Babylon"||Ill Bill||The Hour of Reprisal|
|Year||Nominee / work||Award||Result||Ref.|
|1999||Supernatural||Grammy Award for Album of the Year||Won|
|2004||Street Signs||Grammy Award for Best Latin Rock or Alternative Album||Won|
Los Lobos is an American rock band from East Los Angeles, California. Their music is influenced by rock and roll, Tex-Mex, country, zydeco, folk, R&B, blues, brown-eyed soul, and traditional music such as cumbia, boleros and norteños. The band rose to international stardom in 1987, when their version of Ritchie Valens' "La Bamba" peaked at the top of the Billboard Hot 100, and also topped the charts in the United Kingdom, and several other countries. Songs by Los Lobos have been recorded by Elvis Costello, Waylon Jennings, Frankie Yankovic, and Robert Plant. In 2015, they were nominated for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In 2018, they were inducted into the Austin City Limits Hall of Fame. They are also known for performing the theme song for Handy Manny.
Sly and the Family Stone was an American band originating from San Francisco, California. Active from 1966 to 1983, they were pivotal in the development of funk, soul, R&B, rock, and psychedelic music. Their core line-up was led by singer-songwriter, record producer, and multi-instrumentalist Sly Stone, and included Stone's brother and singer/guitarist Freddie Stone, sister and singer/keyboardist Rose Stone, trumpeter Cynthia Robinson, drummer Greg Errico, saxophonist Jerry Martini, and bassist Larry Graham. The band was the first major American rock group to have a racially integrated, mixed-gender lineup.
Black Sunday is the second studio album by American hip hop group Cypress Hill. It was released on July 20, 1993, by Ruffhouse and Columbia Records. The album proved to be a massive success just like their debut, Cypress Hill. The album debuted at #1 on the US Billboard 200, selling 261,000 copies in its first week of sales and became the highest Soundscan recording for a hip hop group at the time. Also, with their previous album, Cypress Hill, still in the charts, they became the first hip hop group ever to have 2 albums in the Top 10 of the U.S. Billboard 200 at the same time. The album went four-times platinum in the U.S. with 3.4 million units sold.
"When I Fall in Love" is a popular song, written by Victor Young (music) and Edward Heyman (lyrics). It was introduced in Howard Hughes' last film One Minute to Zero as the instrumental titled "Theme from One Minute to Zero". Jeri Southern sang on the first vocal recording released in April 1952 with the song's composer, Victor Young, handling the arranging and conducting duties. The song has become a standard, with many artists recording it; the first hit version was sung by Doris Day released in July 1952.
Charles Stewart, better known as Chali 2na, is an American painter and rapper, associated with the groups Jurassic 5 and Ozomatli. He is known for his bass-baritone and quick delivery rapping style.
John B. Shaffer III, known by his stage name Candyman, is an American rapper and record producer. He is best known for his hit single "Knockin' Boots". Candyman appears in the front row on N.W.A. and the Posse's 1987 album cover.
Street Signs is the third studio album by American rock band Ozomatli. It was released on June 22, 2004, through Real World Records and Concord Records. Recording sessions took place at Glenwood Place Studios in Burbank, Beatdown Studios, G Digital Recording, Mountain Mouth Studios, and Dog Dropping Studios in Los Angeles, with additional recording at The Plant in Sausalito, California and Music Lane Recordings in Austin, Texas. Production was handled by the band themselves, together with T-Ray, Chali 2na, Daniel Lewis, Don Corleon, Jason Roberts, J. B. Eckl and KC Porter.
"You Ain't Goin' Nowhere" is a song written by American musician Bob Dylan in 1967 in Woodstock, New York, during the self-imposed exile from public appearances that followed his July 29, 1966 motorcycle accident. A recording of Dylan performing the song in September 1971 was released on the Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits Vol. II album in November of that year, marking the first official release of the song by its author. Earlier 1967 recordings of the song, performed by Dylan and the Band, were issued on the 1975 album The Basement Tapes and the 2014 album The Bootleg Series Vol. 11: The Basement Tapes Complete.
"Out of Nowhere" is a song by Gloria Estefan. The single was the only commercial release of the compilation Greatest Hits Vol. II. The song is written by Emilio Estefan, Jr., Randall Barlow and Liza Quintana, and produced by Estefan Jr. and Barlow. It was released as the album's second single on April 24, 2001 by Epic Records.
Penicillin on Wax is the debut studio album by American New York-based rapper Tim Dog. It was released on November 12, 1991 via Ruffhouse Records. Production was handled by several record producers, including Ced-Gee, TR Love and Moe Love from Ultramagnetic MC's, Bobby Crawford, Louis Flores, and Tim Dog himself. Fellow rapper Kool Keith made guest appearances on two tracks.
"¡Si Señor!..." is a 1993 song by American singer and songwriter Gloria Estefan. It was released as the fourth single from her first Spanish album, Mi Tierra. The song was released in Canada, Australia and in three different formats in continental Europe, whereas Tradicion and Montuno are known as the fourth release from this album in the U.S. and the U.K. respectively.
"Something Goin' On (In Your Soul)" is a song by American DJ, record producer and remixer Todd Terry featuring American singers Martha Wash and Jocelyn Brown on vocals. It was released as the second single from Terry's debut album, Ready for a New Day (1997). The song peaked within the top 5 in both Italy and the UK, peaking at number four and five. It also reached number-one on the UK Dance Singles Chart and the US Billboard Hot Dance Club Play chart. The original song title was shortened to "Something Goin’ On" upon its release as a single, even though the full title was listed on the album.
Shazz, is a French record producer and remixer.
Cedric "Ced-Gee" Miller is an American hip hop producer and rapper from the Bronx, New York. He is best known as a member of Ultramagnetic MCs. He received special thanks for his production on Boogie Down Productions' Criminal Minded, and he produced Tim Dog's "Fuck Compton". He has also worked alongside Antoinette, Bill Cosby, Blak Prophetz, Doug E. Fresh, Jeff Redd, Paperboy, Spaceman Patterson, Sybil, and Treacherous Three.
Papa Winnie is a reggae musician from St. Vincent and the Grenadines in the Caribbean. As of 1997 he had sold over 200,000 albums in Latin America and Asia. He is famous in Italy following a 1989 performance of the song "You Are My Sunshine".
Ronald K. Keys Jr. aka DJ Swamp is an American hip hop DJ, turntablist, producer and vocalist. He was born in Cleveland, Ohio, United States. He currently resides in Los Angeles, United States. In 1996, he won the title of US DMC Champion, his first year entering the tournament. Swamp toured with Beck for four years and later broke away into a solo career with his release "Never is Now" in 2001. Alternative Press gave "Never is Now" an 8/10 rating.
Cainon Renard Lamb, professionally known as Lamb or Lamb Litty, is an American record producer and songwriter from Miami, Florida. He has worked with the likes of Beyoncé, SWV, Missy Elliott, Monica, Keyshia Cole and Jazmine Sullivan. In 2017, Lamb made his rapping debut on colleague Missy Elliott's single "I'm Better".
Freakshow is an American unscripted reality documentary television series from AMC that chronicles the operations of former music producer Todd Ray's Venice Beach Freakshow. The series premiered on February 14, 2013, preceded by the mid-season premiere of Comic Book Men and followed by the series premiere of Immortalized. The show was given a greenlight along with Immortalized on August 16, 2012. It was announced in April 2013 that the series had been renewed for a second season, which premiered on May 6, 2014.
"I Ain't Goin' Out Like That" is a song by American hip hop group Cypress Hill, released in December 1993 as the third single from their second studio album, Black Sunday (1993). During a scheduled Saturday Night Live performance, the song was cut short and the group was banned after DJ Muggs lit up a cannabis joint on-air just before the song. It contains a sample of the opening bars from Black Sabbath's song "The Wizard". It was revealed that the band was high on mushrooms when this final track of the album was recorded.
Andy Kravitz is an American drummer and percussionist, audio engineer, record producer, and songwriter. He has been nominated for 14 Grammy Awards, winning several. He lives near Venice Beach in Los Angeles, California.