May 3rd – Producer Gary “G” Wiz was born Gary Rinaldo in Freeport, New York, on this day in 1969.
Gary G-Wiz began his career as a DJ spinning at parties and various nightclubs around New York.
In the early 1990’s, after handing Yours Truly a tape of some beats that he had produced, Gary G-Wiz joined the Public Enemy production team The Bomb Squad, who during this time were also known as The Imperial Grand Ministers Of Funk.
Gary G-Wiz made his debut with P.E. on our 1991 hit album “Apocalypse ‘91 – The Enemy Strikes Black”, where he produced the hits “Can’t Truss It” and “Shut ‘Em Down.”
Wiz’s production style differed from that of the original Bomb Squad, whose members included Hank and Keith Shocklee, Eric “Vietnam” Sadler and Yours Truly.
Whereas the original Bomb Squad’s production style had a heavy emphasis on layering multiple samples in a wall of noise, G-Wiz’s style was more melodic and drum heavy, a reflection of Wiz’s childhood ambition of being a drummer.
Gary G-Wiz has co-produced almost every single P.E. album since “Apocalypse ‘91”, most notably 1994’s “Muse Sick-N-Hour Mess Age”, 1999’s “There’s A Posion Goin’ On”, 2002’s “Revolverlution” and 2007’s “How You Sell Soul To A Soulless People Who Sold Their Soul.”
G-Wiz has also produced music for P.E. that has appeared in the films “Mo’ Money”, “Bulworth” and “He Got Game.”
Gary G-Wiz is currently in the studio with Public Enemy working on no less than two albums to be released in 2012; “The Evil Empire Of Everything” in September and “Most Of My Heroes Still Don’t Appear On No Stamp” in June.
Gary G-Wiz has also co-produced my two solo albums; 1996’s “Autobiography Of MistaChuck” and 2010’s “I Don’t Rhyme For The Sake Of Riddlin’.”
Gary G-Wiz has also produced hit music for Janet Jackson, Aerosmith, Big Daddy Kane, Busta Rhymes, Sinead O’Connor, Ludacris, Twista, Lisa Stansfield, Bel Biv Devoe, KRS-One, Peter Gabriel, Aaron Hall and U2 just to name a few.
Gary G-Wiz has been one of the most prolific and important producers of the last 20 years.