Episodes
Published 08/18/22
In our season finale we pick up with Dante Ross's story after the massive success of Whitey Ford Sings the Blues. He wins a Grammy for a record with Everlast and Carlos Santana and goes on to become a sought after producer and remixer before returning to A&R in a very different music business. Hear about it all and what's coming in the future for a music business legend. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Published 04/27/22
Published 04/27/22
After leaving Elektra Records, Dante Ross started working less behind the scenes and along with his partner John Gamble, went deeper than ever into production. Having known Everlast from the House of Pain and Rhyme Syndicate days, they began working on an album that would change all of their lives: Everlast's multi-platinum solo debut, Whitey Ford Sings the Blues Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Published 04/20/22
Near the end of his run at Elektra Records, Dante Ross signed Ol Dirty Bastard after hearing him feature on Wu-Tang's first single 'Proteck Ya Neck'. Dante worked closely with ODB aka Ason Unique aka Big Baby Jesus on his debut album Return to the 36 Chambers: The Dirty Version and in the process became familiar with all of the aspects of this talented, charismatic and at times troubled superstar. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Published 04/13/22
In the middle of his legendary run as an A&R at Elektra Records, Dante signed Del The Funky Homosapien, the teenage cousin of Ice Cube and founding member of the Hieroglyphics Crew. Their partnership saw the release of Del's first two albums, "I Wish My Brother George Was Here' and 'No Need For Alarm'. We hear the story of the emergence of the Oakland MC and the rise of his legendary crew.. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Published 04/06/22
Dante Ross signed Pete Rock and CL Smooth to Elektra Records after becoming familiar with them through Pete Rock's promos on Marley Marl's radio show. He worked with the duo on their debut EP All Souled Out and two classic LPs, 'Mecca and the Soul Brother' and 'The Main Ingredient'. In this episode we hear first hand about the creation of the music and how Pete Rock's production techniques revolutionized rap music. Then we hear how their critical success and underwhelming sales ultimately led...
Published 03/30/22
During his legendary run as an A&R at Elektra Records, Dante Ross signed a rap trio out of Long Island NY called KMD. After overseeing and releasing their debut album Mr. Hood, one of the members of the group, DJ Subroc, tragically died. The remaining core member of the group was Subroc's brother Zev Love X and Sub's passing would lead Zev down a dark road. He emerged from his grief as the legendary MF DOOM. Dante worked closely with the group and was a friend of DOOM throughout his life...
Published 03/23/22
Dante Ross's next big signing at Elektra Records was the Long Island based Leaders of the New School including Charlie Brown, Dinco D, Milo and a young Busta Rhymes. Overseen by Dante the group releases two albums (A Future Without a Past and T.I.M.E.) but their journey was plagued by in-fighting almost from the very beginning. In this episode we cover the creation of the group and their classic albums and then their evenutal break-up which sets the stage for the solo career of Busta...
Published 03/16/22
Coming off the slow burn success of their debut album, divisions begin to form in Brand Nubian and Grand Puba decides to go solo. Puba goes on to make his debut solo album Reel to Reel and Brand Nubian build their second LP In God We Trust with Sadat X and Lord Jamar holding the flag. All of New York was watching to see which side would come out on top and Dante Ross was the A & R for both albums. In this episode he tells the story of the break-up, the albums and the legacy of all...
Published 03/09/22
After leaving Tommy Boy, Dante Ross began working at Elektra Records and ushered in an amazing roster of legendary rap artists. This epic run would begin with Grand Puba, Sadat X and Lord Jamar, collectively known as Brand Nubian. In this episode Dante talks about transitioning into working with a major label and working with Brand Nubian to create their debut album One For All Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Published 03/02/22
In this episode our guest Dante Ross tells the story of signing and developing a young black female rapper from New Jersey that would introduce herself to the world as the legendary Queen Latifah. From hearing her initial demos to developing her debut album All Hail the Queen to booking her first shows all around the country, Dante takes us back to the late 80s where he witnessed the birth of a bona fide star. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Published 02/23/22
Dante's first job after leaving Rush Productions was becoming A&R for the famed Tommy Boy Records in 1987. The first project he was assigned was the debut album from soon to be legendary rap group De La Soul. In this episode Dante tells the story of how De La put the album together, the reason the infamous lawsuit happened and the origin of the nickname Dante the Scrub Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Published 02/16/22
In the premiere episode of Season 3, Open Mike Eagle sits down with Dante Ross as they begin to unpack his journey in hip-hop at the very beginning of the culture's expansion into the mainstream in 1980s New York City. Dante goes from being a witness to the explosion to working alongside some of the genre's essential artists including his friends from the punk scene, the Beastie Boys. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Published 02/09/22
Open Mike Eagle Sits down with the legendary creators in hip-hop to discuss their life, impact, and legacy over the course of a season. Season 3 covers Dante Ross. Brought to you by Stony Island Audio. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Published 02/04/22
on the final episode of this season we link with El-P for one last conversation. we cover RTJ 4, High Water, Little Johnny from the Hospitul and more. Is there another solo project in the cards? how does El feel about the battles he's waged in his career? hear the answers here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Published 06/16/21
in 2016 El-P and Killer Mike released their third LP as Run the Jewels. With their impact and fan base now fully galvanized and the problems of the world beginning to escalate, the duo responds by pouring more of their humanity into the music. And with this vulnerability comes a heightened sense of risk Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Published 06/09/21
In 2014 El-P and Killer Mike released their second full length as Run The Jewels. While they knew that the energy and sound of RTJ was undeniable, it was the second release that truly catapulted the duo to worldwide popularity. Along with the success came brand new challenges. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Published 06/02/21
Off the heels of producing Killer Mike's breakthrough album R.A.P. Music, El-P and Mike decide to join forces for an entire project that was intended to be a one-off. This is the story of their reinvention/evolution in forming the duo that would change both of their careers: Run the Jewels Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Published 05/26/21
In 2012 after the dissolution of his record label Def Jux and the death of his friend and collaborator Camu Tao, El-P released his 3rd solo album Cancer 4 Cure. The album chronicles El-P at one of his lowest points and though he made it thinking it might be his last project, it changed the course of his entire career. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Published 05/19/21
In this episode El-P tells the story of the LP that serves as the origin of Run The Jewels. in 2012 Williams Street Records (part of Adult Swim) paired El with Killer Mike to produce an album. The bombastic LP combined the sounds of both artists and changed the course of both of their careers in its wake. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Published 05/12/21
In 2007 El-P released his second solo album I'll Sleep When You're Dead. In this episode El tells the story of creating this project which he calls his favorite of his solo works. He details his excitement at collaborating with Trent Reznor and explains the stories behind tracks like Habeas Corpses, The Overly Dramatic Truth and Tasmanian Pain Coaster Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Published 05/05/21
having covered El's production masterpiece in Cannibal Ox's The Cold Vein and his breakthrough solo LP Fantastic Demo, we profile the artists and albums that are the tentpoles of El-P's artist-owned record label Def Jux. He tells the story of meeting and working with underground legends like Mr. Lif, Aesop Rock, RJD2 and more and explores the void left by the passing of friend and brilliant artist Camu Tao. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Published 04/28/21
in 2002 El-P released his solo debut LP Fantastic Damage to critical acclaim and unbridled fervor from underground rap fans that had been following El from Company Flow to the creation of Def Jux. In this episode El tells the stories behind celebrated songs like Stepfather Factory, Deep Space 9mm and Squeegee Man Shooting and he sets the record straight on the album's connection to the events of September 11th, 2001. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Published 04/21/21
in this episode El-P walks us through the launch of the legendary record label Def Jux. in the initial days of the label Company Flow disbands as El assembles the roster from standout artists in the underground rap scene like Mr. Lif, RJD2 and Aesop Rock. One of the first major releases is Cannibal Ox's classic debut The Cold Vein. El walks us through meeting the duo, putting the album together and unleashing it on the world. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Published 04/14/21