In Kendrick Lamar’s “The Blacker The Berry” which dropped earlier this week, the track’s conclusion was blessed with the musical stylings of multi-instrumentalist Terrace Martin. Fresh out of high school, Martin got his start playing the saxophone in Snoop Dogg’s band The Snoopadelics back in the late ’90s. The L.A. native went on to produce for some of the biggest artists to come out of California like Warren G and Kurupt. While Snoop Dogg played an influential role in his music, Martin was raised with the legendary music of Miles Davis, John Coltrane, and Herbie Hancock – just to name a few, thanks to his father, who’s also a musician.
Last year was quite active for Martin after dropping two albums (3ChordFold Pulse and Times) six months apart and appearing on Big K.R.I.T’s Cadillactica, YG’s My Krazy Life and 9th Wonder’s Jamla Is The Squad compilation album. But in 2015, Martin has been lending his talents to Kendrick Lamar;s upcoming album and is in the process of recording his own solo album. During his session with NPR’s “Microphone Check” with Ali Shaheed Muhammed and Frannie Kelley, Martin let us in on a few facts that the masses weren’t privy on before. Here are ten things you may not have known about Terrace Martin, from his professional relationship with the face of Top Dawg Entertainment to facts about his own career.