Can’t Knock the Shuffle

Can’t Knock the Shuffle

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Every song has a story, but some get lost in the shuffle. Sean Kantrowitz (The Questions Hip Hop Game Show) sits down with some of hip hop’s most prolific artists, throws their catalog into a randomized playlist, and what ensues is a discussion about the songs that don’t always get talked about. A Stony Island Audio experience. Dante Ross isn’t an artist in the traditional sense, but the music industry exec/A&R/producer/engineer had a hand in dozens of classic records and is responsible for helping to cultivate the careers of some of hip hop’s biggest names. In the 90s, Dante was hired by Elektra Records as the first hip hop A&R man – not just Elektra’s first, but the record industry’s first. Dante signed artists such as Brand Nubian, KMD, Leaders of the New School, Busta Rhymes, and Ol’ Dirty Bastard, to name a few. Along with his friends John Gamble and Geeby Dajani, Ross was also one third of production group Stimulated Dummies, who worked with many of those acts behind the boards as well. Dante played a significant role in crafting the sound and songs on House of Pain leader Everlast’s breakthrough solo album, 1998’s Whitey Ford Sings the Blues, and would later co-produce the Everlast and Carlos Santana song “Put Your Lights On,” on the latter’s Grammy-winning smash album ‘Supernatural.’ Dante is still active in the business to this day, and has signed and worked with more recent artists like Lil Dicky, Made in Tokyo, and Marlon Craft. And this fall he will release ‘Son of the City,’ a memoir detailing his life as a crucial player in hip hop’s Golden Era. In this episode, we discuss: 3rd Bass “Kick ‘Em in the Grill” feat Chubb Rock (‘Derelicts of Dialect,’ 1991) Del the Funky Homosapien “Ya Lil Crumbsnatchers” (‘I Wish My Brother George Was Here,’ 1991) Ol’ Dirty Bastard “Brooklyn Zoo” (‘Return to the 36 Chambers: The Dirty Version,’ 1995) Everlast “Tired” (‘Whitey Ford Sings the Blues,’ 1998) De La Soul “Me, Myself, and I” (‘3 Feet High and Rising,’ 1989) Pete Rock and CL Smooth “All Souled Out” (‘All Souled Out,’ 1991) Brand Nubian “Step to the Rear” (‘One For All,’ 1990) Dante Ross: danteross.com cantknocktheshuffle.com questionshiphop.com instagram.com/seandammit twitter.com/seandammit Email: cantknocktheshuffle@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

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