Tony D

Tony D

Real Name:
Tony Depula
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 & Bway 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 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 Shaqila) - 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 stumbled across Tony D's Central J. Parlay EP'in a N.Y. basement." -from Grand Central's website
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Tony D Discography


2500 LP Tony D Music Makes You Move (Album) Sure Shot Records (4) 2500 LP US 1989 Sell This Version
162 444 025-1, 162-444-025-1 Tony D. A.k.a. Harvee Wallbangar* Droppin' Funky Verses (Album) 4th & Broadway 162 444 025-1, 162-444-025-1 US 1991 Sell This Version
COV - 101 Tony D Flav (Beats) From The Cave(LP) Contract Recording Company COV - 101 US 1994 Sell This Version
GCCD102 Tony D Pound For Pound Grand Central Records GCCD102 UK 1997 Sell This Version
13021-4 Tony D Master Of The Moaning Beats Cha-Ching Records 13021-4 US 2001 Sell This Version
253637 Tony D The Goombaata(CDr, Album) 253637 US 2002 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

BR 0006 Grand Poobah Tony D.* & Cool Gino G. Grand Poobah Tony D.* & Cool Gino G. - It's My Day / I'm Terrifyin' Body Rock BR 0006 US 1987 Sell This Version
R 1014 Tony D.* Dangerous(12") Rebel Records (21) R 1014 US 1988 Sell This Version
RE 1235-711 Tony D.* Rock The House / Get Fresh / What You Gonna Do(12") Rebelrock Records RE 1235-711 US 1988 Sell This Version
440 507-0 Tony D E.F.F.E.C.T. (Single, Maxi) 4th & Broadway 440 507-0 US 1990 Sell This Version
162 440 530-1 DJ Tony D Check The Elevation (Maxi) 4th & Broadway 162 440 530-1 DJ US 1991 Sell This Version
GC 100 Tony D Central J Parlay EP(12", EP) Grand Central Records GC 100 UK 1995 Sell This Version
GC 110 Tony-D* Trenton Connection EP(12", EP) Grand Central Records GC 110 UK 1996 Sell This Version
none Tony D Goodfella(Cass, EP, Promo) Not On Label none US 1997 Sell This Version
569 295-1 Tony D Homeless (Maxi) Mighty Fun 569 295-1 Germany 1998 Sell This Version
GC 126 Tony D / Fingathing Tony D / Fingathing - The Jersey Devil / Atomic Drop(12") Grand Central Records GC 126 UK 1999 Sell This Version
GC142 Tony D Wizard Of Oz Grand Central Records GC142 UK 2001 Sell This Version
GC 144 Tony D What You Say(12") Grand Central Records GC 144 UK 2001 Sell This Version
none, RFL-0-61303 Tony D Me And My Girl(12") Cha-Ching Records, Ruff Wax none, RFL-0-61303 US 2001 Sell This Version
CCR-008 Tony D Presents Black Prince & Aziatic (4) Tony D Presents Black Prince & Aziatic (4) - Roger Gardens EP 1993(12", EP, Ltd, Num, Tra) Cha-Ching Records CCR-008 US 2016 Sell This Version

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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.


August 25, 2012
edited over 3 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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