Dan the Automator

Genre: Hip Hop, San Francisco, CA
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Dan "the Automator" Nakamura (born Daniel Nakamura in San Francisco, California in 1967) is an American hip-hop and rap producer most known for his work in the mid to late 1990s and early 2000s.

Nakamura's work tends to integrate significant amounts of overlooked 1970s and 1980s kitsch, cult classics, and B-grade 1990s television material. His work also tends to make heavy use of classical music and science fiction overtones and references, the latter with hip hop roots in the space jams of Parliament. Sci-fi also pops up in the hip hop oeuvres of RZA and Jedi Mind Tricks, among others, both in and out of collaborations with Dan the Automator.

Nakamura's best known production work includes Kool Keith's commercially successful Dr. Octagon project, and the widely successful trip hop/lo-fi project, Gorillaz.