Today in Hip Hop History: D-Dot’s Birthday


July 31, 1968

Deric Michael Angelettie, AKA D-Dot, or the Mad Rapper, was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1968. D-Dot is most known for being a producer for Bad Boy Records. Additionally, he is an American songwriter, artist, manager, and entrepreneur. D-Dot has three total Grammy Nominations and a NARAS Award winner for “Producer of The Year”, which he received in 1998.

D-Dot began his music career in 1990 as a rapper in the hip hop group Two Kings in a Cipher, who released an album, titled From Pyramids to Projects, in 1991. D-Dot then joined Bad Boy Entertainment in 1993 as the director of management and merchandising. He managed Mary J. Blige from 1994-1996.

D-Dot also had an alias, the Mad Rapper, who made his debut on Notorious B.I.G.’s posthumous album Life After Death. The Mad Rapper then released an album, Tell ‘Em Why U Madd, on his Crazy Cat Catalogue record label in 2000. It featured upcoming rapper 50 Cent on “How To Rob” and also introduced a young protege producer/rapper, Kanye West, who D-Dot managed and mentored.

From 1996-1998, he was the “Captain”  of Puff Daddy’s producing team: The Hitmen. Over the years, D-Dot has produced and wrote multi-platinum songs for legendary artists such as Jay-Z, Mary J. Blige, Eminem, 50 Cent and many others. D-Dot has sold over 30 million total records as a producer, songwriter and artist.

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