Tony D

Real Name:
Anthony Robert Depula
Profile:
Italian-American Trenton NJ rap luminary whose career as a rapper was overshadowed by his skills and fame as a producer. Produced many obscure NJ records, before signing to 4th & Broadway around 1990 for his own album, then forming Crusaders For Real Hip-Hop in 1991, and even later producing abstract hip hop tracks for the UK Grand Central Records label. Later in his career founded the Cha-Ching Records label, re-releasing Philly random rap compilations and several of his own productions, as well as a retrospective of his own work. Was killed in an automotive accident in Hamilton NJ, where he lived, at the age of 42 on 4 April 2009.

"Weighing in at 16 stone of Italian American heritage Tony Depula a.k.a Tony D is a man who has left an indelible mark across the history of the hip-hop beat, wrestling his way round some classic LPs from Poor Righteous Teachers (acting as producer on classics like Shakiyla) - to his own Pound For Pound release on Grand Central. Tony has always kept his productions tight and full. The hard drums and bass generated courtesy of his EMU SP1200 drum machine have been laced with some classic raps courtesy of YZ, Lo-key and some amazing vocals from Veba and Spikey T. Tony caught the hip-hop bug in 1985 travelling up to the Bronx from his Trenton, New Jersey base and buying drum machines from a producer who had moved on to drug dealing. It was not long before Tony was making classic beats some which were subsequently robbed by the likes of Naughty By Nature and Heavy D; all cases which were settled out of court.
Responsible for Grand Central's first release and first artist solo album, (Pound For Pound back in 1997) he hooked up with Grand Central when Mark Rae stumbled across Tony D's Central J Parlay EP in a N.Y. basement." -from Grand Central's website
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Albums

Tony D - Music Makes You Move album art Tony D Music Makes You Move (Album) Sure Shot Records (4) US 1989 Sell This Version
Tony D - Droppin' Funky Verses album art Tony D.* A.k.a. Harvee Wallbangar Tony D.* A.k.a. Harvee Wallbangar - Droppin' Funky Verses (Album) 4th & Broadway, 4th & Broadway US 1991 Sell This Version
Tony D - Tony D. Starring As Don Knotts W/ The Crusaders For Real Hip-Hop album art Tony D.* Starring As Don Knotts* W/ The Crusaders For Real Hip-Hop* Tony D.* Starring As Don Knotts* W/ The Crusaders For Real Hip-Hop* - Tony D. Starring As Don Knotts W/ The Crusaders For Real Hip-Hop(Cass, Dem) Aky Recording Supplies Inc New York US 1992 Sell This Version
Tony D - Flav (Beats) From The Cave album art Tony D Flav (Beats) From The Cave(LP) Contract Recording Company US 1994 Sell This Version
Tony D - Pound For Pound album art Tony D Pound For Pound (Album) Grand Central Records UK 1997 Sell This Version
Tony D - Abstracks Vol1 album art Tony D Abstracks Vol1(CD, Album) MP3.com US 2000 Sell This Version
Tony D - That 90's Sh#t album art Tony D That 90's Sh#t(CD, Album) MP3.com US 2000 Sell This Version
Tony D - These R The Brakes album art Tony D These R The Brakes(CD, Album) MP3.com US 2000 Sell This Version
Tony D - Real Hip Hop Beats Vol. 1 album art Tony D Real Hip Hop Beats Vol. 1(CD, Album) MP3.com US 2000 Sell This Version
Tony D - Beats For Cruisin album art Tony D Beats For Cruisin(CD, Album) MP3.com US 2000 Sell This Version
Tony D - Sterno Beats Volume One album art Tony D Sterno Beats Volume One(CD) MP3.com US 2000 Sell This Version
Tony D - Obese Beats album art Tony D Obese Beats(CD, Album) MP3.com US 2000 Sell This Version
Tony D - Master Of The Moaning Beats album art Tony D Master Of The Moaning Beats Cha-Ching Records US 2001 Sell This Version
Tony D - The Goombaata album art Tony D The Goombaata(CDr, Album) MP3.com US 2002 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

Tony D - It's My Day / I'm Terrifyin' album art Grand Poobah Tony D.* & Cool Gino G. Grand Poobah Tony D.* & Cool Gino G. - It's My Day / I'm Terrifyin' Body Rock US 1987 Sell This Version
Tony D - Dangerous album art Tony D.* Dangerous(12") Rebel Records (21) US 1988 Sell This Version
Tony D - Rock The House / Get Fresh / What You Gonna Do album art Tony D.* Rock The House / Get Fresh / What You Gonna Do(12") Rebelrock Records US 1988 Sell This Version
Tony D - E.F.F.E.C.T. album art Tony D.* E.F.F.E.C.T. (Single, Maxi) 4th & Broadway US 1990 Sell This Version
Tony D - Check The Elevation / Buggin' On The Line album art Tony D Check The Elevation / Buggin' On The Line (Maxi) 4th & Broadway US 1991 Sell This Version
Tony D - Central J Parlay EP album art Tony D Central J Parlay EP(12", EP) Grand Central Records UK 1995 Sell This Version
Tony D - Trenton Connection EP album art Tony-D* Trenton Connection EP (EP) Grand Central Records UK 1996 Sell This Version
Tony D - Goodfella album art Tony D Goodfella(Cass, EP, Dem) Not On Label US 1997 Sell This Version
Tony D - The Jersey Devil / Atomic Drop album art Tony D / Fingathing Tony D / Fingathing - The Jersey Devil / Atomic Drop(12") Grand Central Records UK 1999 Sell This Version
Tony D - Wizard Of Oz album art Tony D Wizard Of Oz Grand Central Records UK 2001 Sell This Version
Tony D - What You Say album art Tony D What You Say(12") Grand Central Records UK 2001 Sell This Version

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carbadynamite

carbadynamite

April 13, 2019
edited about 1 year ago
The beats, the rhythms .... reminds me of Gramatik. I learned of Gramatik only about 1 year ago, but just learned of Tony D. about 1 month ago, and I'm almost 45 yrs old !!! I'm not sure how I missed this Hip-hop , as I'm a fan of '80's - into 1995 hip hop mostly, I know funk / soul /R&B of the '60s - '70s ... but wow, this music is right up there with the best of the best! R.I.P Tony , you were indeed given a special gift!!!
LoversRecords

LoversRecords

October 16, 2013
Tony D was a very under-rated producer who was responsible for producing dubby, chunky beats and moody rhythms. His Central J Parlay EP epitomised the Grand Central sound and many influential UK acts have grown from it. Well worth catching up on his almost balearic-sounding Hip-Hop. Seminal.
thunderlippps

thunderlippps

August 25, 2012
edited over 8 years ago
RIP Tony.

Very under-rated Producer (and Rapper!) who helped to create what we now call the golden era!

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