News: Kanye West's Mentor Sets The Record Straight, "I Didn't Rob Him"
Friday, Jun 17, 2011 5:35PM
Renowned producer Deric "D-Dot" Angelettie aka "The Madd Rapper" has come forward to speak on his relationship with Kanye West and deny having made any attempt to steal his shine.
Despite being on speaking terms these days, D-Dot said he still gets painted as the bad guy.
"When we see each other we shake each other hands and say what's up, but he didn't do right by his O.G.," D-Dot said in an interview. "I didn't do nothing to him. I didn't rob him. All that ghost production sh*t he started and had the world makin' 'em think that he did everything...He's doin' it right now and been doin' for the last 5 or 6 years -- so all that sh*t he had people believing is actually disrespectful by believing that somebody like myself would actually take his music and rob him and put my name on it like he didn't get credit." (XXL Mag)
On Ye's 2004 record, "The Last Call," he references ghost-producing for D-Dot.
"I was messin with, uh, D-Dot also/People were like this, started talking about the ghost production/But that's how I got in the game/If it wasn't for that, I wouldn't be here." ("The Last Call")
In 2009, D-Dot shared his opinion on ghostwriting and ghost-producing.
"My opinion on the ghostwriters/ghostproducer thing is that to those people who have done it or feel like they are a part of that, I'm sure that it exists, but it only exists because you let it exist." (Rock Me TV)
D-Dot is known for his close ties with Diddy's Bad Boy Records.
The Madd Rapper was the alias of Brooklyn-born MC/producer Deric "D-Dot" Angelettie, who first rose to prominence as one half of the conscious rap duo 2 Kings in a Cipher, which scored an underground hit with "For the Brothers Who Ain't Here." From there, Angelettie went to work as intern with Bad Boy Entertainment, where over time he rose to the position of A&R Director before Sean "Puffy" Combs tapped him as a staff producer; credited as D-Dot, he helmed the hit singles "Been Around the World" and "All About the Benjamins," additionally serving as executive producer on projects from Mase (Harlem World), The LOX (Money, Power & Respect). (All Music)
Check out a past D-Dot interview below: