Mike Ladd is humorous, a little crazy and critical of society in his own progressive way. He is also a musician, most of the time he is all of the above. Mike Ladd has never done the same thing twice, but nevertheless he is always doing one thing: “It is always about creating different kinds of black music. I am black – so what else could I do?”
Mike Ladd was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts. During high school he played the drums and bass for a broad range of bands of an even broader musical spectrum. In the early 90’s, Ladd worked as a college English instructor and gained live-experiences in the Nuyorican Poets Cafe in Manhattan/East Village at a time when the Poetry-Slam-scene was at its height. From 1997 on, Mike Ladd released three solo-albums, as well the two long players from his side-project on Ninja Tune´s sublabel Big Dada, “The Infesticons” (2000) and “The Majesticons” (2003). El-P (DefJux), Vast Aire (Cannibal Ox), Saul Williams and the Anti Pop Consortium (Warp) as guests on these records reveal Mike Ladd´s limitless musical background.
It is useless to try and categorize the extensive output of the never-tiring Mike Ladd. Since his first performances with Amiri Baraka, KRS One and the Dream Warriors in the mid 90’s, legendary readings in the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, the groundbreaking “Eargasms”-Compilation (with Saul Williams, The Last Poets among others) and the grandiose solo album “Easy Listening for Armageddon’’ (Mercury Records, 1997), ‘’Welcome to the Afterfuture’’ (Like Madd/Ozone Music 2000) and present album ‘’Nostalgialator’’ (!K7 Records, 2004) Mike Ladd pushes the possibilities of his craft further and further. Urbane, discriminating music, which began as hip hop (and there above all in words) and long since ventured forth into new realms.