Randy Alpert

Randy Alpert

Real Name:
Randy Badazz Alpert
Profile:
Photographer, record producer and songwriter. When Randy Badazz Alpert was just a little badazz, he would spend hours and hours alone in his room listening to music by James Brown, Wilson Pickett, Led Zeppelin, Earth Wind & Fire, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Bob Marley, and the Beatles.

“Those artists and records brought such joy & happiness into my life. They were my school. And they allowed me to dream and travel to places & emotions I had never imagined.”

Badazz came from a musical family. His father, a professional drummer, would begin teaching him drums at age 6. He would often practice drums, on his drum pad, while his mother would play Beethoven & Tchaikovsky pieces on the piano. At age 7 he began to play trumpet in the school orchestra. “My uncle was a pretty well known trumpet player and a pretty cool guy, so I thought, If I play trumpet, I should be cool too.”

Big family holiday dinners would find grandpa playing his mandolin, grandma playing her violin, while old aunt Dorothy would be dancing with her accordion. “It wasn’t a pretty sight but the music brought laughter and fun to what would have been another boring family dinner in front of the television.”

In high school Badazz was so glad to be a musician playing in the marching band and orchestra. “It got me out of P.E. and allowed me to leave classes early for rehearsals, performances, and field trips.” He was always pretty much a loner. He followed his own fashion, listened to his own music, and did his own thing without regard or concern as to what others thought. “If everyone is going right, I want to be going left.”

While other kids were going to parties, dance clubs, and hanging at the beach, he was up in his room hooking up electronic synthesizers, drum machines, sequencers, echoplexes, and recording them into a very primitive music computer called the Atari ST. It was during this time that Captain Badazz got his name. “I would often have friends come over to do weird voices or play some percussion parts. One friend would always say, ’your shit is so bad-ass’. So after awhile people were calling me Badass. One night we were having a party and doing some background vocals while drinking way too many Wild Turkeys. Someone knocked on the door and a friend of one of the singers arrived and she introduced me as “Captain Badass.”

During his 4 years at art school while taking classes in animation, graphic design, theater, photography, and world music, he began to mix his psychedelic stew of electronic funk, pop, rock n rap. “Being around creative artists 24/7 opened my eyes and mind to so many other interesting creative worlds that I never knew existed.”

Badazz has worked as a musician, songwriter, arranger, mixer, producer and singer on many great hit records. As a songwriter, his most famous song is, “Hypnotize”, recorded by Notorious “Biggie” B.I.G. Badazz wrote the music/beat for that worldwide #1 hit record.

Captain Badazz creates unique records with great beats, great sounds, and great feel. He is in his own unique world still going left while everyone is going right…

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Randy Alpert Discography

Writing & Arrangement

KKL1-0474 Barbie Allen Floor Routine ( and 2 more… Barbie Allen - Barbie Allen Dance/Exercise(LP, Album) RCA Victor KKL1-0474 Canada 1982 Sell This Version
The Notorious B.I.G.* The Notorious B.I.G.* - Hypnotize (Maxi) Bad Boy Entertainment Europe 1997 Sell This Version
The Notorious B.I.G.* Hypnotize (as R. Alpert) The Notorious B.I.G.* - Life After Death (Album) Bad Boy Entertainment Japan 1997 Sell This Version
74321 46641-1 The Notorious B.I.G.* The Notorious B.I.G.* - Hypnotize Remix(12") Arista, BMG, Puff Daddy Records 74321 46641-1 Europe 1997 Sell This Version
RADCD70 Various Hypnotize (as R. Alpert) Various - Fresh Hits 1997(2xCD, Comp) Global Television, Warner.ESP, Sony Music TV RADCD70 UK 1997 Sell This Version
74321 53939 2 Various Hypnotize (as Alpert) Various - Total Hits Of '97(2xCD, Comp) BMG 74321 53939 2 Finland 1997 Sell This Version
9548-36290 Various Hypnotize (as R. Alpert) Various - Max 3(CD, Comp) WEA, Sony Music, BMG 9548-36290 Asia 1998 Sell This Version
B0000927-02 One Twelve* Give It To Me (as R. Alpert) One Twelve* - Hot & Wet(CD, Album) Bad Boy Entertainment, Def Soul B0000927-02 US 2003 Sell This Version
44 77009 Lil' Flip Lil' Flip - Sunshine(12", Single) Sony Urban Music, Sucka Free Records, Columbia 44 77009 US 2004 Sell This Version
986 203-8 Various Hypnotize (as R. Alpert) Various - Bad Boy's 10th Anniversary...The Hits(CD, Comp + DVD, Comp) Universal Music Australia 986 203-8 Australia 2004 Sell This Version
Notorious* Hypnotize (as R. Alpert) Notorious* - Notorious (Music From And Inspired By The Original Motion Picture) (Comp) Bad Boy Records (5) US 2008 Sell This Version
UNI 2009/00357 Dan Black Dan Black - Hypntz(CDr, Single, Promo) Universal Music Belgium UNI 2009/00357 Belgium 2009 Sell This Version
DANBLACK04 Dan Black HYPNTZ (Demo) (as R. Alpert) Dan Black - Album Sampler(CD, Promo, Smplr, Dig) A&M Records DANBLACK04 UK 2009 Sell This Version
Common Speak My Piece (as R. Alpert) Common - Nobody’s Smiling (Album) Def Jam Recordings, ARTium Recordings Europe 2014 Sell This Version

Visual

Humble Pie Humble Pie - Performance: Rockin' The Fillmore (Album) A&M Records, A&M Records US 1971 Sell This Version
Free Free - Best Of Free (Album, Comp) A&M Records US 1974 Sell This Version
Steve Marriott Steve Marriott - Marriott (Album) A&M Records Australia 1976 Sell This Version
Quincy Jones Quincy Jones - I Heard That!! (Comp) A&M Records Canada 1976 Sell This Version
The Brothers Johnson* The Brothers Johnson* - Right On Time (Album) A&M Records New Zealand 1977 Sell This Version
Joe Cocker Joe Cocker - Joe Cocker's Greatest Hits (Comp, Album) A&M Records Canada 1977 Sell This Version
Joe Cocker Joe Cocker - The Anthology (Comp) A&M Records US 1999 Sell This Version
069 490 735-2 Free Free - The Best Of Free(CD, Comp, RM) A&M Records 069 490 735-2 US 2002 Sell This Version