EmmaE2K & IHHP’s VP Tony Tone Crushing Words!
@EmmaE2K at it again – sitting down with IHHP's VP and world reknown Cold Crush Bother, Tony Tone!
Interview w/ Tony Tone (Cold Crush Brothers)
By, Emma Z. Ramos (EmmaE2K)
IHHP- Since when have you been involved with Hip Hop?
Tone- I got into Hip Hop around 1974-75, I was working in a record shop on University Ave. and Burnside in the Bronx. At the time I was in Adlai Stevenson High School and so was A. Bambaataa, DJ Breakout, T LaRock, DJ Starski and Dr. Jekyll . One of my brothers told me about this guy named Kool Herc and took me to the Heveilo that weekend. As I entered the club my life changed before my eyes and ears. That whole night Kool Herc may have played 4 to 6 records I was selling in the record shop. Most of the records he played that night were new to me. It was a new day, I was a new person.
IHHP- What role do you play in The International Hip Hop Parade?
Tone- As VP of the IHH Parade, I am always happy to be a part of Hip Hop Culture.
IHHP- Why do you think is important to start ihhp in the Bronx?
Tone- The Bronx is the home of Hip Hop Culture and this is very important. We were invited to the UN to sign a document that would make Hip Hop a Culture to the world.
IHHP- What gives you the experience to qualify you to represent such a diverse culture as the Hip Hop community?
Tone- I was living Hip Hop before Hip Hop was born, I wrote Chain 2 and lived a life of sound. I am Hip Hop.
IHHP- Describe HIP HOP through your eyes…
Tone- Hip Hop is very colorful, it’s always trying and never easy but always full of joy…
IHHP- What change would you like to see in the music industry?
Tone- I would love for them to let the music play. In the past the music had a message and you learned something from sounds and words.
IHHP- And what are you currently doing now?
Tone- Today I am 53 years old, I have 2 kid’s 6 and 10. I still DJ and my group The Cold Crush Brothers still does shows. I am VP of The International Hip Hop Parade and I work in the community with Connecticut Stop Violence of Bridgeport CT, where I now live. My wife and I enjoy being a family and we try to live a humble life.
@EmmaE2K salute! for the interview! It's not every day we recognize the Fathers of Hip Hop! Stay tuned for more interviews! Learn more about Tony Tone and EmmaE2k on our IHHP Team Page
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