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Written by: Robbie Ettelson
There’s no denying how important Tony D was to Trenton. When the rap world was all about about New York and Philly, Tony was lacing hard, catchy beats for YZ, Poor Righteous Teachers, Blvd. Mosse and Too Kool Posse, amongst others. He also dabbled in microphone duties himself, landing a solo deal on the strength of his appearance on the first PRT LP and later as part of the Crusaders For Real Hip-Hop.
It’s fair to say he received a lot of attention for some of the disputes he was involved in – he mistook 3rd Bass‘ diss of Idlers Records‘ Tony Dick as a shot aimed at himself, and replied with ‘Don’t Fall For The Gas Line’. There was also an issue with Naughty By Nature stealing one of his beats off a break album for their smash hit ‘O.P.P.’, following he and YZ’s attack on The Flavor Unit, Big Daddy Kane and Gangstarr (‘Get Off The Rhythm’). And who could forget the fact that he worked with both PRT and YZ while they were going at each other on record? The guy sure had some stones. More recently, Tony has had the Ebay record game in an effin’ headlock, as well as releasing some instrumental records in the UK as well as some ‘Rare & Unreleased’ CD’s. He also contributed vocals and production to Shawn Lov‘s Waiting For A Ghost in 2007.
FL: What’s your legacy in hip-hop?
Tony D: I think I pioneered the use of the vocal samples in hip-hop. Think of the Average White Band for ‘Thinking of a Masterplan’ and the James Brown one for ‘In Control of Things’. No-one was really using samples or loops that had a voice in it until I did that.
Tragically, Tony was killed when his Jeep rolled on Saturday night, April 4th, 2009. Rest In Peace.
Update: A great tribute from his friend Dan Charnas.
Tony D – ‘Back To The Lab’
Tony’s finest moment on the mic.
Tony D – ‘Adam’s Nightmare’
The infamous Jackson 5 flip. Sound familiar?
Tony D & YZ – ‘Get Off The Rhythm’
These guys took their breaks seriously in case you didn’t notice.
Tony D – ‘Don’t Fall For The Gas Line’
YZ – ‘Thinking of A Master Plan’
YZ + AWB = A Good Combination.
Scott Lark – ‘Movie Scene’
Indy weirdo that wins.
King Sun – ‘Soft Shoe Booty’
Sun don’t play that shit.
Kwest The Madd Ladd – ‘Herman’s Head’
Superb production showcase.
Poor Righteous Teachers – ‘Word Is Bond’
Sounds like an early, early demo. Can’t lose with ‘Nautilus’.
Poor Righteous Teachers – ‘Rock Dis Funky Joint’
Poor Righteous Teachers – ‘Black Business’
Late night hype.
Shawn Lov feat. Tony D – ‘Can’t Complain’
This might be his last ever vocal appearance.
Update: Vintage video interview with Tony D, courtesy of The Meaning of Dope:
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