Mad Rapper Unmasked
NEW YORK -- Deric 'D-Dot' Angelettie might be the voice
behind the satiric Mad Rapper, but that doesn't mean he is the Mad
In fact, to call him the Mad Rapper, he says, would be missing the point.
'There ain't no Mad Rapper,' Angelettie said as he made his way out of
Manhattan Criminal Court on Tuesday afternoon. Rather, in some respects,
the Mad Rapper is every rapper, he explained.
The character is 'what we call a microcosm,' said Angelettie, a 30-year-old
producer and rapper who lives in Englewood, N.J.
On record, Angelettie has appeared under the Mad Rapper name on various
albums released by superstar rapper Sean 'Puffy' Combs' Bad Boy Records.
And he's now recording the Mad Rapper's solo debut, scheduled for release
in June, with an all-star cast including Combs, Mase, Busta Rhymes,
Scarface, Eminem and Jermaine Dupri.
Angelettie said the Mad Rapper represents 'a world of rappers who are
trying to get in the music business and have to downplay your fame to try to
get their own fame.' The Mad Rapper's still-untitled album, he said, 'sums
up the plight of an unsigned rapper.'
The identity of this satiric hip-hop figure is at the heart of the case that
brought Angelettie to court, at least according to the magazine editor who
has accused Angelettie of beating him up.
Angelettie faces charges that he and three other men beat Blaze
editor Jesse Washington with a chair in November. Washington has claimed
Angelettie was angry because Blaze printed Angelettie's picture and
revealed him to be the voice of the Mad Rapper, a fact some say was not
widely known among hip-hop fans.
In court, Angelettie cut an unimposing figure in a green hunting jacket,
darker green corduroy pants and a black mock-turtleneck. He was
accompanied by his friend Anthony Hubbard, who also was alleged to have
been involved in the attack and who faces identical charges. Both men have
Two other men accused of participating in the alleged attack, who have not
been identified, still had not been located as of last Thursday night,
according to Officer Cheryl Cox, a spokesperson for the New York City
Police Department. The police have said it's unlikely anyone else will be
arrested in the case.
The case was adjourned Tuesday until March 29.
Beyond asserting his innocence, Angelettie declined to discuss the charges
against him. But he was more than willing to discuss the finer points of the
Mad Rapper, who's become known in the hip-hop world through such tracks
as 'Mad Rapper
Intro' (RealAudio excerpt), on Bad Boy Greatest Hits,
Volume 1; 'Mad Rapper (Interlude),' from Mase's Harlem
World; and 'Get Your Sh-- Right,' a collaboration with DMX on
Jermaine Dupri's Life in 1472.
The Mad Rapper's album 'is not a typical hip-hop album,' according to
Angelettie, who said he'll be listed as the record's executive producer. 'It's
more like hip-hop comedy.'
But that doesn't mean it will just be a collection of funny skits, he said. It will
include 'real songs and real artists doing real records,' he said.
Most of the guests on the album are rappers he's produced, Angelettie said.
An exception is Eminem, the Dr. Dre protégé now enjoying a
crossover hit with 'My Name Is' (RealAudio
'I called him up and said I was a fan of his, and he said he was a fan of mine
too,' Angelettie said.
Before he became a producer, Angelettie was a rapper for the now-defunct
hip-hop group Two Kings and a Cypher. Back then, he was known as D.O.P.
He shortened the name to D-Dot when he turned to producing.
He said he hopes the album will be a launching pad for his New York-based
label, Crazy Cat.
Son God, head of the street-promotions department at Crazy Cat, said the
label will promote the album with 'T-shirts, jackets, posters ... whatever it
takes to get the Mad Rapper's name out there.'
A track from the album, 'You're All Alone,' is already in circulation 'on the
streets,' said Son God, who refused to give his real name.
Son God described Angelettie as 'very cool-headed' and 'fun to be around
As Angelettie left the courtroom Tuesday afternoon, he appeared subdued
and tired, his face grave. But he said he was 'not at all' worried about the
outcome of the case, and after talking about the Mad Rapper album for a
few minutes, he seemed to have put the case, at least for the moment, behind