Hip hop music, Composer
Who is D-Dot?
Deric Michael Angelettie, otherwise known by his stage name D-Dot, The Mad Rapper and Papa Dot, is a music producer, songwriter, artist, manager, entertainment executive and entrepreneur. He is a three-time Grammy Nominee and NARAS Award winner for "Producer of The Year" in 1998.
D-Dot began his career in 1990 as a rapper in the group Two Kings In a Cipher. The group released an album, From Pyramids To Projects in 1991. D-Dot joined Bad Boy Entertainment in 1993 and was director of management and merchandising. D-Dot managed Mary J. Blige from 1994-1996.
From 1996-1998, he was the "Captain" of Sean "Diddy" Combs' producing team: The Hitmen. As a producer, D-Dot produced and wrote multi-platinum songs for legendary artists such as Notorious B.I.G., Diddy, Jay-Z, Mary J. Blige, Eminem, 50 Cent among many others. He produced and wrote mega hits such as The Notorious B.I.G.'s "Hypnotize" & Diddy's "It's All About The Benjamins". D-Dot has sold over 30 million records as a producer, songwriter and artist.
He created the character, Mad Rapper, and released an album, Tell 'Em Why U Madd, on his Crazy Cat Catalogue record label distributed by Columbia Records in 2000. The album featured up and coming rapper 50 Cent on the song "How To Rob" and also introduced a young producer/rapper, Kanye West, who D-Dot also managed and mentored.
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