Tony Touch

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Tony Touch
Birth name Joseph Anthony Hernandez
Born New York City, New York, U.S.
Origin Brooklyn, New York
Genres Hip hop
R&B
reggae
house
reggaeton
Occupations Break dancer
DJ
producer
actor
Years active 1980s–present
Labels Independent
Associated acts Beatnuts
Big Punisher
Fat Joe
Flipmode Squad
Wu-tang Clan
Statik Selektah
Sean Paul
B-Real
Nina Sky
D-Stroy
Big Daddy Kane
Website Official Website

Tony Touch (born Joseph Anthony Hernandez); is an American hip hop break dancer, DJ, producer and actor of Puerto Rican descent.

Career[edit]

Tony Touch began as a B-boy during the rap music renaissance era of the early 1980s.[1] Heavily influenced by pioneers like Crazy Legs and the Rock Steady Crew, Grandmaster Flash, Red Alert, Little Louie Vega and Jam Master Jay, he quickly shifted his interests towards the turntables.[1] Tony is known for his mixtapes the 50 Mcs parts 1, 2 and 3. The mixtape's have featured guest appearances from Eminem, KRS-One, Kool G Rap, Big Daddy Kane, Wyclef, M.O.P, Big L, Mos Def and many more.[1]

Tony Toca evolved his mixtapes to album's. In 2000, Tony released his debut album The Piece Maker on Tommy Boy Records.[2] This album sold 400,000 units worldwide and featured guest appearances from Big Pun, Cypress Hill, Wu-Tang Clan, Busta Rhymes, Eminem. Gang Starr and much more.[2] In 2000 the single “I Wonder Why” featuring Total was released and the music video featured cameos from John Leguizamo, Rock Steady Crew, Grand Master Flash,The Awesome 2, Marley Marl, DJ Premier and more.[3] Since then Tony Touch has released The Piece Maker 2 which featured guest appearances from P. Diddy, Fat Joe, Sean Paul, Snoop Dogg and legendary Ruben Blades.[4] Tony Touch is also known to represent the urban Latino community with his Spanglish lyrics and Salsa roots.[5] It was the result of him growing up with Salsa at home and Hip- Hop influence in his lifestyle.[5] In 2005 Tony signed to EMI records releasing a Reggaeton album, ReggaeTony.[6] The lead single “Play That Song,” featured Nina Sky and B-real of Cypress Hill.[6] The CD included collaborations with artists such as Tego Calderon, Zion and Lenox, Pitbull, Ivy Queen, NORE, Voltio, Mexicano, Thirston Howl III and Soni. The album went gold and with that success, EMI moved quickly to release ReggaeTony 2.[7] This CD featured Lumidee, Plan B, Joell Ortiz, Tru Life, Don Chezina, the Beatnuts and others.[7] To this date Tony has sold over a million records worldwide.[7]

On July 16, 2013, his sixth album The Piece Maker 3: Return of the 50 MC's was released and featured guest appearances from Busta Rhymes, Reek da Villain, Roc Marciano, Lil Fame, Too Short, Xzibit, Kurupt, B-Real, Papoose, Uncle Murda, Black Thought, Styles P, Sheek Louch, Jadakiss, Raekwon, Ghostface Killah, RZA, Eminem, Twista, Bun B, Action Bronson, Prodigy, Joell Ortiz, Royce da 5'9", Krs-One, Crooked I, Redman, Method Man, N.O.R.E. and Erick Sermon among others.[8]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

EP's[edit]

  • 1998: The Rican-Struction

Partial Mixtape Discography[edit]

  • 1991: Hip Hop Volume 1
  • 1996: Power Cypha: 50's MCs
  • 1997: Power Cypha 2
  • 1999: Power Cypha 3: The Grand Finale
  • 2002: B-Boy Breaks 3: James Brown Tribute
  • 2003: R&B Volume 30: The Love Session
  • 2010: Feel Good
  • 2011: Feel Good # 2

Collaborations[edit]

  • 1997: 5 Deadly Venoms of Brooklyn (w/ Evil Dee, Mister Cee, PF Cuttin and Premier)
  • 1997: The Diaz Brother (w/ Doo Wop)
  • 1998: Hip Hop 59 ft FunkMaster Flex
  • 1998: Terrorist Activity (w/ DJ Khaled)
  • 1999: The Diaz Brother: 2 for 5 (w/ Doo Wop)
  • 2000: The Diaz Brothers: Live In Japan (w/ Doo Wop)
  • 2002: The Diaz Brothers 3 (hosted by Kay Slay)
  • 2003: Mucho Muchacho - Chulería

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "DJ Tony Touch Interview | Tony Toca Mixtapes". Latinrapper.com. Retrieved 2013-07-23. 
  2. ^ a b Review by Michael Gallucci (2000-04-18). "The Piece Maker - Tony Touch | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2013-07-23. 
  3. ^ "iTunes - Music - The Piece Maker by Tony Touch". Itunes.apple.com. 2000-01-01. Retrieved 2013-07-23. 
  4. ^ Review by David Jeffries (2004-02-24). "The Piece Maker, Vol. 2 - Tony Touch | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2013-07-23. 
  5. ^ a b Keith Nelson Jr (@JusAire) (2013-06-20). "EXCLUSIVE: DJ Tony Touch on Piece Makers 3, Eminem’s “Symphony In H” + More (VIDEO)". AllHipHop.com. Retrieved 2013-07-23. 
  6. ^ a b Review by David Jeffries (2005-03-29). "The Reggaetony Album - Tony Touch | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2013-07-23. 
  7. ^ a b c "Reggaetony 2 - Tony Touch | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2013-07-23. 
  8. ^ Paine, Jake (2013-07-08). "Tony Touch "Piece Maker 3" Release Date, Tracklist & Album Stream". HipHop DX. Retrieved 2013-07-17. 

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