Dudley Perkins began rapping in 1987, though his debut for most hip-hop fans took place in 1995 when he was featured on a track from tha Alkaholiks' Coast II Coast (as Declaime).
Affiliated with the group of rapper/producers who made waves later in the decade as Lootpack (including Quasimoto and Wildchild), Perkins wrote a few songs and, with Quasimoto at the boards, recorded an ode called "Flowers." After Stones Throw mogul Peanut Butter Wolf heard the acid-soaked R&B jam, he released it on 7" as part of the label's Jukebox 45's series; soon after, it became a favorite of DJs and tastemakers including Gilles Peterson. The full-length A Lil Light followed in mid-2003, with Expressions coming out in 2006. A year later, The Message Uni Versa appeared as a G&D release, the "G" being producer/musician/vocalist Georgia Anne Muldrow. The two would use their full names for the 2008 release Beautiful Mindz, then the Perkins album Holy Smokes appeared in 2009 with Muldrow handling all the production. Holy Smokes would come courtesy of SomeOthaShip, a label formed by Muldrow and Perkins. SomeOthaShip was also the title of their collaborative 2010 album, which was followed in 2013 by another G&D effort, this one titled Lighthouse. The solo album Dr. Stokely also arrived in 2013 with both Madlib and Muldrow on production. ~ John Bush, Rovi