Poor Righteous Teachers Producer Tony D Dies In A Car Accident

Hip-Hop lost a key contributor with the passing of ’90s rap producer Tony D this past Saturday (April 4).

The Times of Trenton reports that the Poor Righteous Teachers beatmaker, born Anthony Depula, 42, lost control of his car driving through his Hamilton, N.J. neighborhood, striking the fence of a local cemetery which then caused the car to overturn. He was found unconscious at the scene and later pronounced dead at a nearby hospital.

At press time, police are still investigating why Depula lost control of his car.

Along with crafting hits such as “Rock Dis Funky Joint” and “Shakiyla for P.R.T.,” D was also responsible for his work with East Coast rappers YZ and King Sun, among others.

Admirers dropped by Depula’s MySpace page to offer their condolences to the man they called a “legend. “R.I.P. The Great Tony D,” one member wrote, who changed his screen name to “R.I.P Tony D we will NEVER forget you.” “My heart goes out to the Depula family and all of Tony’s friends and fans.”

“He was a friend and mentor- I will never forget the Tony who sat through countless sessions and took a million trips to NYC to give me my first push in the ’90s,” he continued. “I’ll never forget the classic music Tony made. Mostly though, I will remember Thursday nights at 10 p.m. around ’91 when I was in Middle School- way, way before I met Tony. PRB Raw Deal got me through my adolescence and Tony made it OK to be the only white boy in the room all the time.

Tony D is survived by his wife. – Devin Chanda

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    • joe p

      R.I.P. The Great Tony D, for real one of the greats at what he did … lot of ppl dont know about him … look his shit up

  • capcobra

    i forgot all about this dude…damn…he had the ill beat tapes once upon a time…i remember that one joint where he was rappin..he had that “harvey…harvey wallbanger…met misses coathanger..in the compartment of his apartment”..homie had the ill breakbeats back when mark 45 king had that 900 number and lakim shabazz poppin…damn champ..r.i.p

  • http://www.myspace.com/fucentgo STeaDY

    Never good to hear stuff like this….my prayers are wit his family…

  • Holla Mann

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  • http://www.ronmexicocity.com Ron Mexico

    and if it comes from our slum…

    damn. RIP!

  • iLL_G

    damn Tony D. I hate to hear this. I ran into him outside of the IHOP off Parkway Ave, in Ewing like 2 months ago and I remember just chillin in the parkinglot bullshittin wit him. me, Aalon Boots, and Joe Bags, just shootin the shit, and I remember when he pulled off i was thinkin “damn he wild in that thing” cus he was just yankin round corners… and now I hear this. its just so sad. RIP Tony D we wont ever forget you!

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  • John Cauner

    And I was just listening to a remix of “Shakiyla” off of an old mixtape the other day…R.I.P. Tony D.

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    Let’s never forget Tony D

  • Deone

    Tony was a beast on the boards. It was about music 24/7. We had some good times, our family. Big up to Tim Mcrae, Bobby Fine, Cuba, Dre, YZ, Rahzi, Mo Flex, Stylze, L.A. Law, Fatha Ramzee, Big Suge, Lo Key, for holding your girl down at Anthony’s funeral. I see you Afroditi, Becca, & Dana. So much music: Crusader’s for real Hip Hop, PRT, Unfound Flavor, Blaque Spurm, The Dungeon Lords, The Hillbillies, Ebony Vibe Everlasting, Pound for Pound on Gone Clear Records or Grand Central, Scott Lark Da Sensei, Shawn Lov, The Outsiddaz, Oran Juice Jones, yes Tone fucked with him too. Pray for his wife Marcy and their two beautiful children. Through music Tony D AKA Don Knotts, Harvee Wallbanger will live forever!

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    Never Forget Tony D…

  • ddsharper

    Man, this is really sad news. RIP.