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Tony D Droppin Funky Verses 4th & Broadway • 1991

The man’s straight outta New Jersey and one hell of a producer, don’t believe us? Check out the dope cut on Jazzy Jay’s 'Cold Chillin LP', the Poor Righteous Teachers’ albums and the fantastic work he did for YZ. In 1991 the Tonester went solo and dropped not only funky verses but also funky beats. The cover is dope: the green-white-red colours of his motherland and a picture that shows Harvee Wallbanger (his alias for this LP) with sunglasses (he’s Italian!), chillin at the riverside.

Tony D’s style is straight mid-school, using Blues and jazz samples; his way of producing is comparable to the 3rd Bass style (Sam Sever, Prince Paul). The opening track 'Check the Elevation' is a pumping up-tempo song with an Aretha Franklin bass line and nice scratching. Funny is 'Birdie Disease', about girls acting difficult. On the title track Tony goes synthesizer style and lays some ill scratches. A nice, bugged-out track is 'Listen to Me Brother', in the song Tone criticizes the media: 'Daytime’s only for commercial music', he complains. More media criticism can be heard in 'Keep On Doin what Ya Doin', a smooth, funky track with a Barry White sample. Also a definite highlight is the song 'Harvey Wallbanger', with a nice soul sample, a funky guitar and Harvee rhyming 'loose like a ninja turtle'. The 90s revive!

Besides productions for Wise Intelligent, King Sun, Kaos, Kwest the Madd Lad, Poor Righteous Teachers, Scott Larke and Pacewon, Tony also dropped an album 'Déjà vu: It’s 92', with his peoples The Vapors as The Crusaders of Real Hip-Hop. But before looking out for that one, check out this solid album, caus it’s essential!

POSTED ON 04|06|2004 by cpf

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