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R.I.P. Tony D

Producer Tony D was killed in a car crash last night. He was just 42 years old.

Tony was a hip hop hero to Central Jersey. The G’est of our OGs. He was the first Trenton artist to land a record deal. He brought the Poor Righteous Teachers to the scene. He laced YZ. He blew up WPRB rap radio for years with his Thursday night Raw Deal mixshows. He beefed with anyone. In later years he became an ebay random rap legend.

But more than all that he was just a really friendly dude who loved music. Jam this World Takes compilation today in his memory.

(via Khal)

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24 Responses to “R.I.P. Tony D”

  1. bding7 Says:

    truly a shame.

  2. Scott Says:

    R.I.P. Tony D was as veteran as you could get in hip-hop. And he didn’t mind sharing stories or unreleased tracks. He will be missed.

    Thanks for the WPRB link.

  3. Big Braveheart Says:

    The Man was a legend and ‘Droppin’ Funky Verses’ was a classic.
    Very sad and not fair, he did so much for hip-hop and will be sadly missed. From Trenton to Glasgow, real respect real.

    R.I.P. Tony D

  4. Spikey Tee Says:

    This is tragic news for sure. I had the opportunity tour record and tour with Tony many years ago and he was a great source of inspiration to all who have had the honour of being in his inner sanctum.

    R.I.P. Brother, you will be missed…But your beats shall live on…

  5. STORM AKEEM Says:

    IN THE WAKE OF THIS TRAGIC EVENT ITS HARD TO LOOK FORWARD. YOUR MUSIC WILL LIVE ON…….”TRENTON MAKES THE WORLD TAKES”

  6. Nadine Says:

    He was my bro’s bf which made him my 2nd bro. Gone but Never Forgotten. You will be truly missed. See you when I get there. Tone

  7. Gdagr8 Says:

    The Partners in Rhyme, Poor Righteous Teachers and Intelligent Muzik with deepest sympathy and regret send our condolences to the family of Anthony “Tony D” Depula. We remember Tony D as one of the most important figures in the development of rap music in the city of Trenton, as well as New Jersey! Tony was instrumental in helping launch the careers of groundbreaking hip hop acts, like YZ, Too Kool Posse, Partners in Rhyme and of course, the legendary Poor Righteous Teachers! He will be sorely missed, not only by friends and family, but the members of this close knit community of hip hop headz! As a community we pause the beat, to salute my Partner in Rhyme, R.I.P,Tony D!

    Sincerely,

    Gino G. C.O.O
    PARTNERS IN RHYME
    INTELLIGENT MUZIK

  8. soulright Says:

    I spoke to Tony yesterday, he told me he was going to the studio to send me some beats…I can’t wrap my head around this…I’m just grateful I was able to work with him and over half my album is his production
    rip tony…

  9. hotbox Says:

    r.i.p. tony d

  10. homey Says:

    you will be missed, man! rest in power, tony d !

  11. Normal Bias » Blog Archive » Remembering Tony D: Around the Web Says:

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  12. walkmasterflex Says:

    rip to an underrated legend

  13. ilmago Says:

    we just had an interview with him, crazy.
    RIP

    http://music-selections.com/2008/04/13/exclusive-interview-with-tony-d-the-master-of-the-moaning-beats/

  14. 43 Says:

    We’ll miss you, bro. All our prayers go out to you and your family. At some point everyone looks back at the life they lived and you’ll always be able to say that you did something great with the talents God gave you. Rest in Peace…

  15. Eric "IQ" Gray Says:

    I had the pleasure to work on and produce the release of the first Poor Righteous Teachers album Holy Intellect. Tony was a very talented producer plus a great DJ for Duke Production back in our days he was called the Italian Stallon. My condolences go’s out to his entire family.

    Eric “IQ” Gray

  16. Almighty Says:

    RIP my dude. They dont know, but i was there with you from the begining. Leaving Ewing High School to hit your mothers basement to tallent shows to performing at the Appolo to performing at the New Music Seminar to getting a record deal on Interscope to flying to Cali to make the Trentons Where We Live Video and smoking out with ICE T at his crib. Plus a whole lot of shit more. We started this shit in 1983 my dude. From Almighty & KD Ranks RIP

  17. CAMARI AKA MC CRUSH Says:

    TONY D WAS THE FIRST PRODUCER THAT TOOK ME SERIOUSLY. I STARTED WORKING WITH TONY BACK IN THE LATE 80?S. HE TAUGHT ME STUDIO SKILLS AND HOW TO STEP UP MY GAME AS AN MC. HE TAUGHT ME HOW TO STRUCTURE A SONG AND BASICALLY GROOMED ME. READING ALL THE POSTS ABOUT TONE IS REALLY TAKING ME BACK. BACK IN THE DAY I USE TO BUM RUSH WPRB TO BE A PART OF ANY CYPHER THAT WAS BLESSED WITH TONE’S TRACKS. I AM HONORED TO HAVE ROCKED WITH ONE OF THE BEST. R.I.P MY BROTHER IT WAS TRULY A PLEASURE!

  18. djpauleypaul Says:

    he was a legend underground but had the beats that were fat he was one of my top ten producers i looked up too rest in peace tony d.

  19. RememberingTonyD.blogspot.com Says:

    Let’s never forget Tony D

  20. brotherfromanothermother Says:

    damn! tony d died? this guy was great , dope music! RIP

  21. Rusty Says:

    RIP, Tony D, I just heard about this. I remember seeing his video back in 91 “Check the elevation”, his LP was a classic.

  22. Tee Yea Says:

    Rest In Peace Tony D. Long live North Trenton.

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  24. Jill Tyler Says:

    I really enjoyed this post. That is always nice when you read something that is not only informative but entertaining. Outstanding.

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