I begin with Tony Gonzales (aka Tony G), not only because he is one of the
first Latin hip-hop producers, but he is also one of the most successful.
He started his career in music as a drummer, and played for a heavy metal
band called Warlock. He became a DJ in high school, and quickly became one
of the best DJs in Los Angeles. Tony G was discovered at a popular
nightclub called Radio Tron by Greg Mack of 1580 K-DAY. Mack was impressed
with Tony and hired him as a DJ for KDAY. Tony was one the original DJs of
the famous "Mixmaster" show! He entered the New Music Seminar DJ
competition where he finished second in the world, DJ Jazzy Jeff, the
hometown favorite, stole first (fortunately for Jeff his girlfriend
was on the panel of judges).
Tony G became the most exciting DJ in Los Angeles, and was asked to DJ for
Young MC. While working with Young MC he toured the world and made many
Tony G opened a record store called Spin It Records. Tony also created a
music studio up the street from his store, and called it G-Spot Studio
(G for Gonzales). This is where he masterminded the career of
Arturo Molina Jr., also known as Kid Frost. Mellow Man Ace also began his
career with Tony G's help. After Frost and Mellow, came a group of Latinos
formed by Tony G and Frost called Latin Alliance, which included myself.
Latin Alliance released a single called "Lowrider (On The Blvd.)"
featuring the original band WAR, which was a hit. Tony G has been
involved with many rap artists of all nationalities, such as Eazy E (RIP),
Dr. Dre, LSOB, Foesum, Cam, and myself, just to name a few. I would have
to say Tony Gonzales is truly one of Latin rap's greatest producers. Latin
hip-hop would not be where it is today if it wasn't for Tony Gonzales.