RIP, Tony D

April 5, 2009 – 1:22 am

Earlier tonight, Bobbie Fine (B Fine) posted on his Facebook wall an RIP note about hip-hop legend Tony D (Anthony Depula).  Having grown up listening to Tone on WPRB, I can’t overstate how much he influenced me in my terms of my own production, MCing, and radio DJing.  I was lucky enough to get to know him online over the last couple of years.  It’s terribly sad to hear that he’s passed.

A more thorough retrospective will be forthcoming here and, I’m sure, over on Philaflava’s blog.

RIP, Tone.

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  1. 7 Responses to “RIP, Tony D”

  2. RIP to one of my city’s true legends.

    By khal on Apr 5, 2009

  3. I too listened to TONY D on WPRB Radio in princeton. His beats and Dj Skills were great and inspired me to do some things I do today in music..

    Here is some more info about this:

    By DJ Qwik-Cut on Apr 5, 2009

  4. Here are some of his songs for people to hear..

    By DJ Qwik-Cut on Apr 5, 2009

  5. You don’t have to be from Trenton to dig a true hip-hop legend,
    i’m from Glasgow, Scotland and was saddened to hear about Tony.
    Droppin’ Funky Verses was dope and Tony helped hip-hop get where
    it is with so much hard work. We’ll sorely miss him.
    R.I.P. Tony D

    By Big Braveheart on Apr 5, 2009

  6. A terrible loss for the hip-hop community. Tony was a visionary who introduced a lot of us to beat-making, DJing, and sample-hunting. Definitely an unsung hero for the art form. Rest in peace, Tone!

    By Tom on Apr 6, 2009

  7. RIP Tone, thanks for all of the music you gave us. Those days of hosting WPRB with you always have remained a cherished memory. The show was always something unique and usually a cross between breaking records and a comedy show, and you were such a big part of that. I wish we would have followed through with the reunion, you left us way too early

    By "G" on Apr 12, 2009

  8. Great tribute Normal Bias! I linked your Tony D series to ours over at


    By The MASSIVE on May 11, 2009

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