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The Unknown DJ
The Unknown DJ

Birth name

Andre Pierre Manuel

Also known as

Spock, The Mechanic

Born

Detroit, Michigan, United States

Origin

Los Angeles, California, United States

Genre

Hip hop, electro

Occupation(s)

DJ, record producer

Years active

1984-present

Label

Techno Hop

Associated acts

Compton's Most Wanted, Dr. Dre, Fila Fresh Crew, Ice-T, King Tee

Andre Manuel, better known by his stage name The Unknown DJ, is an American DJ and record producer from Los Angeles, California. Born in Detroit, Manuel moved to Los Angeles in the early 1980s, and adopted his mysterious persona when nobody in the area knew who he was. In 1984, he founded the label Techno Hop Records, and Manuel released a number of solo singles on the label throughout the 1980s.

In 1986, Manuel signed Ice-T to Techno Hop, and produced his breakthrough song, "6 in the Mornin'". The following year, Manuel discovered King Tee, and produced his first two singles. Manuel provided production on the first three albums by gangsta rap group Compton's Most Wanted, in addition to serving as executive producer on all of them. Manuel's final production credit came on the 1999 album Crime Stories by G'Fellas.

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