Cocaine 80s is a Hip Hop group formed by Chicago producer No I.D. Born Dion Wilson, he has been a large part of Hip Hop for over twenty years. The beginnings involved mostly working with fellow Chi-Town resident Common, which started in ’92, when they went by the names Common Sense and Immenslope. The relationship blossomed and I.D. produced the bulk of Common’s first three records. After working with Beanie Sigel, Wilson got the opportunity to work with Jay-Z on Blueprint 2. Ten years later, some joints with Kanye, Loso, T.I., Drake, Big Sean, Janet Jackson and he’s now signed with Jay’s Roc Nation label.
Steve Wyreman – He was part of Keyshia Cole’s band when she got signed and has been playing with her for over seven years. From there he went to playing nightclubs and churches to working with Big Sean, Rick Ross, DJ Quik, J. Cole, Richard Ashcroft, Mary J. Blige, Lauryn Hill, Common and now No I.D. When you read the credits on the CD booklet, you’ll find his name next to composer, wurlitzer, bass, guitars and even soloist.
Rob Kinelski – The New Jersey born, Los Angeles occupier handles most of the engineering. He has worked with the likes of LL Cool J, Beyoncé, Melanie Fiona, Eve, Swizz Beatz and Big Sean.
Kevin Randolph – The Grammy nominated producer lends his experienced hands to the group. He has worked with everyone from Jay-Z to Toni Braxton to J. Cole to Snoop Dogg to Rihanna. By 6 years old, he was travelling the world playing piano concerts, by 13, he was a accomplished jazz pianist and at 21, he received his first production deal. As side projects, Randolph works on movie soundtracks which include Dreamgirls, Kung Fu Panda, General Hospital and Bobby.
Makeba Riddick – The Baltimore-based pop star has made a large splash in the industry over the last ten years. She is a talented songwriter and vocal producer. She worked with Beyoncé on four songs from B’Day, Rihanna on “Distrubia,”, Eminem on the smash single “Love The Way You Lie,” T.I. on “Live Your Life,” and plenty more songs, many of which are very successful. She is also signed to Roc Nation.
James Fauntleroy – Another talented singer/songwriter signed to the Roc Nation empire. He’s learned much about production from being a former member of The Underdogs and now producing with The Y’s and 1500 or Nothin’. Arguably, he is an even better writer. Fauntleroy wrote Jordin Spark’s “No Air,” Chris Brown’s “Superhuman,” 6 tracks for Rihanna’s Rated R, vocals for 6 tracks off Common’s The Dreamer/The Believer, and many, many more.
Common – The legendary Chicago-based rapper has worked with No I.D. since he started in the industry. He has 9 studio albums and countless features including De La Soul, Erykah Badu, Kanye West and Mary J. Blige to name a few. Common has been nominated for 11 Grammy Awards and has won 2 of those. Acting is another one of his talents where he found himself in American Gangster, Wanted, Date Night, Smokin’ Aces and more.
Jhené Aiko – The latest addition to the group personally asked if she could join, and if you’ve heard Aiko’s sultry voice, you’d know the decision was a no-brainer. Her beginnings saw a hefty amount of work with the boy band B2K, but things cooled off as she took a hiatus from the industry to focus on school. 2010 rolls around and Jhené began to gain momentum again. Her work with the TDE Crew was a big step, being on Kendrick Lamar, ScHoolboy Q and Ab-Soul’s albums…not bad right? Since then, the features kept rolling in; Aiko has now worked with the likes of Big Sean, Wale, J. Cole, Drake, to name a few. She is now signed with No I.D.’s Def Jam imprint label and you can expect her debut album Souled Out later this year.