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Danger Mouse

Best known for a 2004 Jay-Z/Beatles mash-up,  The Grey Album, Danger Mouse infused mid-2000s hip-hop and electronic music with a dark, trip-hop energy. Born in 1977 in New York, Brian Burton relocated to Athens, Georgia, where he released music as Pelican City, deejayed on local radio stations, and won an opportunity to open for Outkast and Goodie Mob. He moved to England, where he was signed to Lex Records, and began releasing music, with Jemini, as Danger Mouse. His collaborations with Jemini were received well but were shadowed by the Internet-proliferated remix project,  The Grey Album. Meant for his friends, the album became the subject of much critical attention and managed to interest Damon Albarn, who enlisted Burton to produce the Gorillaz’ sophomore effort,  Demon Days. Burton was nominated for a Grammy and, the next year, began working with MF DOOM on the Adult Swim-inspired  The Mouse and the Mask. CeeLo Green (of Goodie Mob) and Burton teamed up to form Gnarls Barkley, whose debut album, 2006’s  St. Elsewhere, spawned the single “Crazy.” In the rise of “Crazy” to number 1 on the UK charts by download metrics alone, the song ushered in a new era of musical dissemination and won Burton his first Grammy. In 2008, Gnarls Barkley released a second album,  The Odd Couple, and Burton produced Beck’s eighth album,  Modern Guilt. Through the 2010s, Burton continued to produce singles and albums for a wide variety of musicians, including U2, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Adele. In 2015, Burton started his own record label, 30th Century Records.