Mike Ladd is a hip hop artist. He is an owner of the Likemadd label
Born in Boston, Massachusetts, Mike Ladd is influenced by Funkadelic, Charles Stepney, Bad Brains, Burt Bacharach, Kraftwerk, Bollywood, Jungle Brothers and Divine Styler.
Mike Ladd has released several solo albums, including Easy Listening 4 Armageddon, Welcome To The Afterfuture, Negrophilia, Father Divine and Nostalgialator. He also released Gun Hill Road and Bedford Park as The Infesticons and Beauty Party as The Majesticons. He released two collaborative albums, In What Language? and Still Life With Commentator, with jazz pianist Vijay Iyer. He has collaborated with artists such as Company Flow, Rob Sonic, Saul Williams, U-God, Busdriver, Blue Sky Black Death, Daedelus, Jackson and his Computer Band, Coldcut, DJ Spooky among others. He has remixed songs for the likes of Yo La Tengo, Antipop Consortium and Enrico Macias. Mike Ladd has toured extensively for several years throughout America, Europe and Asia, establishing a cult following in the process.
Mike Ladd received his B.A. in Black expatriates in the Nineteenth century from Hampshire College and an M.A. in Poetry from Boston University. As a Fellow at the Institute for Arts and Civic Dialogue at Harvard University, he produced and directed Blood Black and Blue, an audio documentary/performance about Black police officers in the United States. In 2005, he completed a fellowship at the Asia Society, where he created a musical/theatrical/visual installation In What Language? with Vijay Iyer. It was a project about people of color in relation to globalization in the context of airports. They also put up another installation Still Life with Commentator, which was commissioned by the Brooklyn Academy of Music for 5 nights of performances.