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Edan (musician)

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Birth nameEdan Portnoy
Born1978 (age 42–43)
Washington, D.C., U.S.[1]
OriginRockville, Maryland, U.S.
GenresHip hop
Years active1999–present
Associated acts

Edan Portnoy (born 1978),[2] better known as Edan, is an American hip hop artist from Rockville, Maryland.[3]

Early life

Born Edan Portnoy to middle class immigrant parents, he grew up in Rockville, Maryland.[2] He is Jewish.[3] In high school, he bought his first turntables and started mixing beats.[2] Inspired by his classmate's rhymes, he started writing his own songs.[2] After graduation, he entered Berklee College of Music, where he spent two and a half years.[2] He dropped out of the college to focus on music full time.[2]


Edan released his first solo studio album, Primitive Plus, on Lewis Recordings in 2002.[4] It was described by The A.V. Club as "one of the year's most promising debuts".[5] In 2005, he released his second solo studio album, Beauty and the Beat.[6] It features guest appearances from Insight, Percee P, Mr. Lif, and Dagha.[7] It peaked at number 40 on the UK Independent Albums Chart,[8] as well as number 37 on the UK R&B Albums Chart.[9] In 2009, he released a mixtape, Echo Party.[10] It peaked at number 98 on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart.[11] In 2018, he released a collaborative studio album with rapper Homeboy Sandman, titled Humble Pi, on Stones Throw Records.[12]


Studio albums


  • Fast Rap (2001)
  • Sound of the Funky Drummer (2004)
  • Echo Party (2009)



  • "Sing It, Shitface" (1999)
  • "Edan and Company Bring You the Raw Shit" (2000)
  • "Drop Some Smooth Lyrics" (2001)
  • "Mic Manipulator" b/w "Humble Magnificent" (2001)
  • "Emcees Smoke Crack Remixx" b/w "I'll Come Running Back 2 You" (2002)
  • "I See Colours" (2004)
  • "Fumbling Over Words That Rhyme" b/w "Beauty" (2005)
  • "Torture Chamber Remix" (2005)


Guest appearances

  • Count Bass D - "How We Met" from Dwight Spitz (2002)
  • Mr. Lif - "Get Wise '91" from Emergency Rations (2002)
  • Insight - "Unexplained Phenomena" from The Blast Radius (2004)
  • Time Machine - "@$$hole" from Slow Your Roll (2004)
  • Cut Chemist - "Storm" from The Audience's Listening (2006)
  • Cut Chemist - "Mean Gene" (2006)
  • The Whitefield Brothers - "The Gift" from Earthology (2009)
  • Blu - "Ronald Morgan" from NoYork! (2011)
  • DJ Format - "Spaceship Earth" from Statement of Intent (2012)
  • Memory Man - "PSA (What Does It All Mean?)" from Broadcast One (2015)
  • Cut Chemist - "Siesta (Demo)" from The Audience's Following (2016)
  • Your Old Droog - "Help" from Packs (2017)
  • Cut Chemist - "Metalstorm" from Die Cut (2018)


  1. ^ Serwer, Jesse (April 19, 2005). "Edan: Psychic Out". XLR8R. Archived from the original on October 27, 2013. Retrieved May 18, 2013.
  2. ^ a b c d e f Downing, Andy (May 5, 2006). "Edan says when it comes to rap, it's what's on the inside that counts". Chicago Tribune. Archived from the original on April 5, 2017. Retrieved April 5, 2017.
  3. ^ a b Soroken, Lauren (December 10, 2009). "Edan: "The Universe's Answer to Mainstream Rap" - Heeb". Heeb. Archived from the original on May 30, 2016. Retrieved May 18, 2013.
  4. ^ Purdom, Clayton (July 14, 2005). "Edan". Cokemachineglow. Archived from the original on April 3, 2019. Retrieved December 29, 2019.
  5. ^ Rabin, Nathan (June 3, 2002). "Edan: Primitive Plus". The A.V. Club. Archived from the original on April 3, 2019. Retrieved December 29, 2019.
  6. ^ Jones, Lucy (March 27, 2015). "Edan's Cult 'Beauty And The Beat' Is 10: The Story Of A Magical Mystery Tour". NME. Archived from the original on September 14, 2017. Retrieved December 29, 2019.
  7. ^ Glazer, Joshua. "Beauty and the Beat - Edan". AllMusic. Archived from the original on March 22, 2016. Retrieved December 29, 2019.
  8. ^ "Official Independent Albums Chart Top 50". Official Charts Company. Archived from the original on March 9, 2018. Retrieved December 29, 2019.
  9. ^ "Official R&B Albums Chart Top 40". Official Charts Company. Archived from the original on March 9, 2018. Retrieved December 29, 2019.
  10. ^ Patrin, Nate (December 1, 2009). "Edan: Echo Party". Pitchfork. Archived from the original on July 24, 2012. Retrieved May 18, 2013.
  11. ^ "Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums: The week of December 5, 2009". Billboard. Archived from the original on November 1, 2018. Retrieved October 31, 2018.
  12. ^ Josephs, Brian (September 11, 2018). "The Internet May Not Be Good But Homeboy Sandman & Edan's Album Is". Stereogum. Archived from the original on October 24, 2018. Retrieved October 23, 2018.

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