Dante Ross on Juan Epstein

Monday, January 27th, 2014

Legendary Rap A&R Dante Ross is this week’s guest on Juan Epstein.

Says Rosenberg about the episode:

And you thought Serch was good? Listen to epic stories about the Beasties, LONS, Q-Tip, The Beatnuts, Pete Rock and CL, Brand Nubian, 3rd Bass, MF Doom, and so much more! 105 minutes of hip hop LEGEND!

In case you slept, be sure to check out our Rap Draft piece with Dante, in which he selects his ultimate Dream Team of Rappers and Execs.

Previously: MC Serch on Juan Epstein

Rap Draft with Dante Ross

Thursday, November 7th, 2013

Do you think you could successfully run your own record label? Who would you sign? What executive would you select to run it? What if you could play the Rap Game like a fantasy sports competition? That’s the question we posed to Dante Ross in this first installment of our new feature, Rap Draft. Ross, one of the most accomplished and knowledgeable A&R men of the last 25 years, has helped bring some of our favorite artists to market throughout his storied career. We wanted to know who he’s feeling these days, and to make it interesting we broke it down into a fantasy format.

Click here to see what Rappers, producers and execs Dante drafted to his Rap Fantasy Team

Video: Dante Ross Interview w/ Allindstrom.com

Thursday, December 2nd, 2010

Legendary A&R man Dante Ross talks to Al Lindstrom about how he got his start in the game, some of the projects he worked on and the difference between the A&R work he did back and then, and what goes on now:

“Nah Right is your new A&R…”

^Man, I appreciate that, it’s too bad the RIAA didn’t get the memo.

Video: DJ Muggs x Dante Ross Pt. 1 & 2

Friday, August 6th, 2010

Dante Ross chops it up with Muggs for his Hip-Hop History series. Above, Muggs speaks on how he got into production and the early days of Cypress Hill. Man, I vividly remember going straight to Music Man in Getty Square after school to cop that debut album (on cassette) and riding home on the bus, high, with them big ass headphones we used to rock. This was 19 years ago (smh).

After the jump they talk about the L.A. rap scene back in the day, clearing the sample for “When The Ship Goes Down”, the inspiration for “Pigs”, Uncle Jamm’s Army, the mosh pit in Hip-Hop and more.

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Video: Emilio Rojas Interview w/ Dante Ross

Thursday, July 22nd, 2010

The esteemed Dante Ross chops it up with Emilio at the FMS pop-up shop in NYC. They speak on his new project with DJ Green Lantern, his hometown of Rochester vs. New York, the “Hold You Down” remix, and more.

Video: Buckshot & Dru Ha Interview w/ Dante Ross

Wednesday, April 14th, 2010

Dante Ross interviews the Duck Down architects at the label’s 15th Anniversary party at SXSW.

Previously: Pharoahe Monch Interview w/ Dante Ross

Video: Pharoahe Monch Interview w/ Dante Ross

Monday, April 5th, 2010

Dante Ross speaks to his friend of 15 years at the Duck Down showcase.

I put this together out of love for Pharoahe Monch’s talent. I’ve known Monch for more than 15 years and since the first time I heard him spit I knew how incredible he was. It’s interesting how we met, it was due to a tragic occurrence the death of Paul C the talented producer who left the world way to soon. Monch and Prince Poetry were in a band called STP (Simply To Positive) that Paul had produced. I liked their stuff and they went on to become the seminal group Organized Konfusion a few seasons later.

I always thought Monch and OK were outstanding. His level of rapping was light years ahead of most and still is. Once upon a time I tried to sign Monch to my label Stimulated but he got away. I always wondered if Loud the machine that was my distributor at the time would have gotten behind Simon Sez would he have gotten the recognition he deserved.

I saw him tear it down at this year’s SXSW I can’t wait to hear W.A.R the record he called unapologetically lyrical and the best cohesive lyrical record he’s ever done.

Sounds good to me. Let the countdown begin.

After the jump, he does “Line Em Up,” “Desire” and a snippet of “My Life.”

Previously: A-Trak & Travis Barker Talk to Dante Ross (Video)

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Video: A-Trak & Travis Barker Talk to Dante Ross

Monday, March 22nd, 2010

Dante Ross speaks to Travis Barker, DJ A-Trak & Donnis for Pro Keds at this weekend’s Fool’s Gold Texas Takeover SXSW event in Austin.

Related: Travis Barker x DJ A-Trak at SXSW (PICS)

Previously: Travis Barker x The Cool Kids x A-Trak – JumpDown (Video)

Video: Dante Ross Honors ODB at Brooklyn Zoo Pt. 3

Friday, November 13th, 2009

In honor of the five-year anniversary of Ol’ Dirty Bastard’s passing today (November 13), XXLMag.com took ODB’s former A&R and longtime friend Dante Ross on a field trip to the Brooklyn Zoo, located in Prospect Park, to hear his craziest memories of the beloved Wu-Tang rapper.

In the final clip, Dante talks about ODB’s genius idea to use his welfare card on the cover of his debut album.

R.I.P.

Previously: Part 2 | Part 1 | Dante Ross Talks About the Time ODB Peed on LL Cool J’s Platinum Plaque

Video: Dante Ross Honors ODB at Brooklyn Zoo Pt. 2

Thursday, November 12th, 2009

In honor of the five-year anniversary of Ol’ Dirty Bastard’s passing this Friday (November 13), XXLMag.com took ODB’s former A&R and longtime friend Dante Ross on a field trip to the Brooklyn Zoo, located in Prospect Park, to hear his craziest memories of the beloved Wu-Tang rapper.

Dante recalls the time ODB Ron Browz’d out the window of a house he broke into, while in an “altered state”.

Previously: Part 1 | Dante Ross Talks About the Time ODB Peed on LL Cool J’s Platinum Plaque