White Rap Pass Granted #1: Tony D

Tony D

Ignoring the clamour from idiots who think Everlast is any good, we grant our first Cracker Pass of the new regime to one Tony D. Don’t get it twisted, this isn’t the Anthony who produced joints for MC Serch and numerous fools on Idlers. This is the Trenton legend Tony D. The YZ-PRT hate triangle Tony D. Crusaders for Real Hip-Hop Tony D. Selling many records on eBay Tony D. It would be easy to grant him a license based on his dope production work, but we’re giving it to him for his MC’ing, straight up. He might not be kicking the polysyllables or the igpay atinlay, but he’s pretty nice with his.

We asked Tony to put us up on his Trenton classics: “I think ‘Rock Dis Funky Joint’ would be first. I’m really big on this Black Prince and Aziatic stuff. He’s got this track called ‘Contact’ that is amazing. Then there was another thing, this album by a guy called Baby Chill who was a spin-off of YZ that no-one ever heard. He passed away. We did a 16 song LP that never got signed, and that was some of my best beats. I’d split with PRT so all my beats were going to this kid. And then there’s the unreleased Blvd. Mosse stuff…” Trust us, we want to hear it all. You can read our full in-depth Tony D interview in a forthcoming HHC, but for now we’re just laminating that Cracker Rap pass…

Tony D – Check The Elevation

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Almighty & KD Ranks (prod. by Tony D) – Trenton Where We Live

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Poor Righteous Teachers (prod. by Tony D) – Time to Say Peace (original mix)

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24 Responses to "White Rap Pass Granted #1: Tony D"
  1. Reply Robbie Coltrane aka Cracker March 25, 2008 13:25 pm

    To this day I never knew he rapped as well as made beats. Great producer…I’ve bought a few nice bits off him on ebay too.

  2. Reply Robbie Coltrane aka Cracker March 25, 2008 13:41 pm

    Hmmmm…Check the elevation sounds OK, but no wonder he was better known as a producer…are you sure you wanna give him a pass for that rapping???? each to their own.

  3. Reply Graham Kracker March 25, 2008 14:16 pm

    Yo, You hit this nail on the head! I was always a big fan of Tony D’s production, and his own album Check The Elevation was seriously one of my favorites. He was CRAZY funny on the mic, but he wasn’t a joke! I had the cassette tape but sadly it’s gone now. Please tell me where I can get a copy without paying like $100.00 bucks

  4. Reply brian beck from wisconsin March 25, 2008 14:30 pm

    In before inevitable debate over whether Italians count as crackers due to Sicillians descending from the Moors ensues.

    Back To The Lab off the Jazzy Jay LP would be his best non PRT moment for me.

  5. Reply Clutch Cargo March 25, 2008 14:57 pm

    Co-sign on this pass. The fact that PRT are 5% -ers and still worked with your man is a perfect endorsement for good music being universal.

    The photo of Tony D is not the best endorsement for leather baseball caps…but a decent one for well-crafted facial hair.

  6. Reply Dan Large March 25, 2008 15:01 pm

    co-sign the co-sign, we couldn’t find a better photo, funnily enough he hasn’t had much call for fresh press shots since that one in 1992 which we actually jacked off the Crusaders For Real Hip-Hop album – don’t sleep on that one, classic !

  7. Reply Robbie Coltrane aka Cracker March 25, 2008 15:38 pm

    …or was that ‘jacked off to’?

  8. Reply Koaste March 25, 2008 15:54 pm

    Ha ha ha…

  9. Reply Koaste March 25, 2008 15:57 pm

    Ps – is it just me, or does that first verse on Check The Elevation sound like he’s taken a big bite of early Kool Keith?

  10. Reply Robbie Coltrane aka Cracker March 25, 2008 18:17 pm

    I think a lot of MC’s did back then, but yeah, sounds like a few lines of keith-a-like rhymes among other influences.

  11. Reply 7EVEN March 25, 2008 22:13 pm

    I’m from Now Just and tell Tony to play some Suicide Posse shit, they were ill. I don’t think Tony was mad nice on he mic, but he had personality…which goes a long way…c’mon….harvey wallbanger met ms. clotheshanger…nobody could do that but him any maybe KEITH…hmmm….ultimate reality….lol!

  12. Reply Cracker Jay April 2, 2008 08:40 am

    Is this the same Tony D who produced some Idlers stuff ie JUNGLE BROTHERS??

  13. Reply Drew Huge April 2, 2008 09:23 am

    No, that’s the other Tony D. The other Tony D also produced ‘Melissa’ and ‘Contact’ for MC Serch in his early days. And then there’s Tony Dofat…

  14. Reply Dan Large April 2, 2008 11:59 am

    Tony’s a very underrated name in hip-hop
    There’s Tony Tee, Tony Tone, Tone Kapone, Tony Toni Tone – all dope in their own right
    C.N.N.’s T.O.N.Y. is actually an ode to all the Tony’s in hip-hop. Fact.
    Any more Tony’s?
    T La Rock – Terry’s, another underrated name
    Super Producer Todd Terry

  15. Reply cracker jay April 6, 2008 08:49 am

    Nice one regarding Tony D. Thanks, that clears that up. Agree there are an awful lot of Tony’s out there. ..oh yeah, dont forget Tony Rome..dude had a single out in 1986/87..quite wack i recall. Is this the same guy down with The Large Professor?? either way the best of the Tony names.

  16. Reply Richie Sodapop July 30, 2008 09:01 am

    Didn’t he release an album on Manchester’s Grand Central in the mid/late 90’s?
    Seem to remember, but never heard it.

  17. Reply chris July 31, 2008 06:43 am

    huh? cnn’s t.o.n.y has nothing to do with any of the above mentioned tony’s.
    wheredo you see that? top of new york

  18. Reply Drew Huge July 31, 2008 07:10 am

    Chris, he was joking.

  19. Reply tony d August 13, 2008 15:49 pm

    hahahahahahaha . i was bitin on kool kieth , that was my fav mc at the time.
    and i never wanted to be an mc . island heard the p.r.t. song ” can i start this ” and asked me who harvey was. thus siging harvey . . anyway it’s all good. peace

  20. Reply Bobbie Fine September 5, 2008 17:34 pm

    Tone was one of the greatest to ever touch the SP & the MPC. He produced some classic never been heard artist and groups like The Funk Family, Spurm & Sworn Secrecy, Blvd Mosey, Unfound Flavor, Scott Lark and so many other and to this day he’s still lethal. True Architect!
    -BF
    http://www.bobbiefine.com
    http://www.myspace.com/bobfine

  21. Reply jon January 29, 2009 16:38 pm

    ayo harvey…who? harvey wallbangah!

    i think you had the album on Island records back in the day right? it came through my radio station while in college…

  22. Reply thomasv April 5, 2009 01:57 am

    Tony D R.I.P.

  23. Reply Komplikated Kracka January 14, 2010 02:22 am

    This man produced OPP, Naughty By Nature jacked his beat off a breakbeatlbum he produced. Yeah hiphop, bringing people together like that. Look for Tony’s nightmare, btw I domn’t see colours, there’s one race : the human race.

    Peace homo sapiens.

  24. Reply Komplikated Kracka January 14, 2010 02:23 am

    I was smoking a fat dutch one!

    Peace!

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