"Dante is a scrub"
"Stop dissing Dante on wax y'all"
Do those quotes sound familiar too you?, they should do as they are referring to the dope beatmaker and a Man we owe a great debt of gratitude too, Dante "The Scrub" Ross was the kid that got the signatures on the dotted lines for such Hip Hop greats as De La Soul, Queen Latifah, and Digital Underground while working as an A & R for the Gravediggaz's all time favourite label Tommy Boy (lol) and later the dope production trio of Dante Ross, Geeby Dajani and John Gamble better known as Stimulated Dummies or The SD50's left a historic imprint on 90's Hip Hop by producing and or remixing for D-Nice (there first remix) Leaders of The New School, Brand Nubian,Hard 2 Obtain,D-Nice, Red Fox, Grand Puba,KMD, 3rd Bass,Fu-Schnickens, Kurious, Shazzy, Del and Old Dirty Bastard, Dante was responsible for getting all of those artists signed as well.
The SD50's had a classic sound, old breaks, funk, jazz, rock and soul samples and dope cuts provided the background for many an album track and a remix that is not heard these days and is missed, some of the material featured on the compilation I provided is over 16 years old.
I don't have any information (and I did a lot of research) on the other parts of the SD50's but I did learn that not all was sunshine and light in the camp,I have included some links below giving detailed Dante Ross background information and also a link about the former DJ of Hard 2 Obtain having more than a few harsh words to say about him when they both posted and went for each other's jugulars' on the imanifest blog in 2005.
In depth article and great read (you will need to change this to translate it)
Dante and DJ Six Seven going head to head in 2005.
It makes for very interesting reading and it gives great insight into how some artists really do put on a facade for the fans and listeners when all is not cool behind the closed doors.
It doesn't really matter what beefs or politics were involved as this blog is to focus on the most important thing, the music, which unfortunately Dante doesn't really seem to be a part of anymore, I wasn't a fan of his Korn remixes Santana production or the work on the dismal Run DMC-Crown Royal album.
The Stimulated album on Dante's own Stimulated label in 2001 was a good but average album in my opinion but the dude (still running with the Stimulated Dummies name) is getting paid and his history will always be important to Hip Hop.
So, enjoy this compilation I went through 60 or so tracks and tried to get the best feel of the SD50's sound I could... once again all of your comments, link ups and props are very much appreciated and I enjoy having this blog.
Jaz Presents--SD50'S-Dummies In Effect
1-brand_nubian - step to the rear -1990
2-d-nice -crumbs on the table (stimulated dummies mix)-1990
4-3rd bass - 3 strikes 5000-1990
5-grand puba-mind your business-1992
6-kurious -jorge of the projects -1994
7-l.o.n.s--international zone coaster [sd50 remix]- 1991
8-kmd – humrush-1991
9-hard 2 obtain - joker's wild [next mix] -1994
10-del-hoodz come in dozens [sd5o remix] -1992
11-kurious - baby bust it -1994
12-grand puba - lickshot -1992
13-odb - give it to ya raw - sd50s remix -1995
14-3rd_bass- derelicts of dialect (sd50s remix)-1991
15-l.o.n.s. – transformers -1990
Volume 2 will be up soon I am still trying to track down a few remixes