Tony D

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Tony D, born Anthony Depula (Date of Birth 1967, died April 5, 2009), was a hip hop artist from Trenton, New Jersey. Although he was a hip hop artist & DJ, he was most famous for being an influential producer in hip hop music. He was the producer behind Poor Righteous Teachers and YZ. He has also produced tracks for DJ Muggs, Young Zee, Outsidaz, Pace Won, Blvd Mosse, King Sun, Scott Lark, and Shawn Lov.

Tony D was the first artist to have a record released on Mark Rae's burgeoning British Grand Central Records independent record label (then called Gone Clear Records). His other albums were released on Cha-Ching Records and 4th & B'way/Island/PolyGram Records, and he was a part of the group Crusaders For Real Hip-Hop, which released one album on Profile Records.

Tony D's early records were sampled by several artists, including Naughty by Nature on the hit "O.P.P." and by Heavy D without permission. All cases were settled out of court.

Apart from Tony D., Depula was also known professionally under the names Harvee Wallbangar and Grand Pubha Tony D.

Later in life, Depula hosted a weekly hip hop radio show on Princeton University's 103.3 FM, which aired in Central New Jersey.

Depula died on April 5, 2009, after being involved in a car accident near his home in Hamilton, New Jersey.[1] He was reported to be 42 years old, making the year of his birth to be either 1966 or 1967. An investigation of the accident is pending.

Discography[edit]

  • Music Makes You Move (1988)
  • Euro-K (1990) (DJ mix)
  • Droppin’ Funky Verses (1991) U.S. R&B #71[2]
  • Deja Vu, It's ’82 (with Crusaders For Real Hip-Hop) (1992)
  • Flav (Beats) From The Cave (1994)
  • Trenton Connection (1996) contains Come Back to you used on AIM Fabriclive.17
  • Pound for Pound (September, 1997)
  • Master of the Moaning Beats (2001)
  • Revone - I'm Still Here (2002)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Cusido, Carmen (2009-04-05). "Hamilton man, 42, killed when car overturns". The Times (Trenton). Retrieved 2009-04-05. 
  2. ^ Billboard, Allmusic