- Author Bio
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.
Dante Ross is an American music industry executive, A&R man and esteemed record producer.Complex Magazine named Ross one of the top 25 greatest A&RS in Hip Hop history. Ross started his A&R career at Tommy Boy records where he signed and handled the careers of such artists as De La Soul, Queen Latifah, and Digital Underground. Mr. Ross's contributions have made him part of the lexicon of popular culture. He lives in New York City
"Dante Ross was the first person to ever believe in my talent outside of my immediate family and crew. Without Dante I would not be where I am today. Simply put he is the man who opened the doors to my career with a gentle yet firm hand. He guided my early career running around the city and country we made our bones together. I thank him endlessly for believing in a young woman with a dream. He is truly a visionary."
—Dana Owens akaQueen Latifah, recording and film star
"Even greater than Dante’s accomplishments is his story: A white kid growing up on the Lower East Side of Manhattan who—with a group of friends that included artist Cey Adams, the future Beastie Boys, and producer Rick Rubin—forged a community and created a revolution that presaged the next thirty years of music and culture. A tough-talking gentle soul who put his career and his heart on the line and had them both broken time and again for the sake of the real shit. Dante Ross puts allof us in the game to shame, in fact, because he’s always the one guy who tells the truth and never holds back."
—Dan Charnas, author ofThe Big Payback: The History of the Business of Hip-Hop and co-author ofDef Jam: The First 25 Years of the Last Great Record Label
"Dante Ross has seen and done it all. He's been an icon of urban cool, a pop star-maker, and the confidante of rap and rock heroes and political radicals, style moguls and gang-bangers. He has ridden shotgun down the mainline of our generation and lived to tell. In this book, he does it with the lyricism, grace, and wisdom of someone who saw the best and the worst and never lost himself or his hope for the world."
—Jeff Chang, author ofWho We Be: The Colorization of America andCan't Stop Won't Stop: A History of the Hip-Hop Generation