The new book Son of the City: A Memoir by Dante Ross, is the first release by the new author, but it won't be his last.
Stories have never been in short supply with the man. Growing up in NYCs LES to artsy bohemian types, skateboarding and scribbling on walls, Dante early on was put in the room working with the hip hop cultural elites of the day as an intern at Def Jam.
From playing basketball with Run DMC and running around with The Beastie Boys doing knucklehead shit as a teenager, working on records with Grand Puba, De La Soul, Busta Rhymes, ODB, MF DOOM, Queen Latifah, Del and others.
I have had the good fortune of listening to some of Dantes stories first hand. I can comfortably say, if he only spills 1/4 of the beans, even accidentally, than you are getting your moneys worth by buying his book.
That said, the new book, Son of the City: A Memoir, is available for pre-order.
Its a good thing Dante Ross has good politics, for many of the future owners of this book. We hope you have the good sense to buy yourself a copy and consider yourself in that elite group.
Son of the City goes behind the scenes of the Golden Age of Hip Hop with esteemed producer and music industry veteran, Dante Ross, one of the top-25 greatest A&Rs as named by Complex Magazine. Ross pulls no punches as he details his time growing up on the pre-gentrification Lower East Side as the child of political activists, his devotion to punk rock, and his eventual discovery of a brand new art form, which landed him at Tommy Boy Records, where he signed and handled the careers of such artists as De La Soul, Queen Latifah, and Digital Underground. Ross would go on on to work for Elektra records, where he signed Brand Nubian, Grand Puba, Pete Rock & C.L Smooth, KMD, Busta Rhymes, and Ol' Dirty Bastard. He is currently a SVP of A&R at Warner Music Group where he recently helped unearth Macklemore to the world.
As a producer, Ross has produced records for artists such as 3rd Bass, Del Tha Funky Homosapien, Run-DMC, Santana, Everlast (working on both the multi-platinum album Whitey Ford Sings The Blues and the gold follow-up, Eat At Whitey's), plus many others. Ross earned a Grammy in 1998 for his production work on Carlos Santana's Supernatural. Ross' production work has also appeared on Eminem's 8 Mile soundtrack, where he produced and co-wrote two songs that featured Macy Grey and Young Z. Ross has worked with artists as diverse as Korn, Incubus, Mobb Deep, Ice Cube, ODB, as well as a plethora of others.
When Victrola introduced the Revolution Go turntable to me and asked if we would be interested in trying one out, I was game, but these days I spend more time at my desk than hunting for records in dusty basements.