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Deric Michael Angelettie, otherwise known as "D-Dot", "Papa Dot" and "The Madd Rapper" (born July 31, 1968 in Adelphi Hospital in Brooklyn, New York), is a rapper, record producer, CEO and entrepreneur. He graduated from Samuel J. Tilden High School in 1986. He then attended Howard University from 1986-1989. He dropped out to pursue a music career. A three-time Grammy Nominee and NARAS Award winner, Angelettie made a significant mark as a hip-hop and R&B record producer and label owner. Angelettie started in 1990 as a rapper in the group "Two Kings In a Cipher". From 1996-1998, he was the "Captain" of Sean "Diddy" Combs' Bad Boy Entertainment's producing team: The Hitmen. As a producer, Angelettie sold millions of records and produced hits for mega superstars like Notorious B.I.G., Diddy, Jay-Z, Mary J. Blige, Eminem and many more. He produced hits such as The Notorious B.I.G.'s "Hypnotize" & Mase's "Feel So Good" as well as many other tracks for many multi-platinum and Grammy Award winning artists. He created the character The Madd Rapper and released an album, Tell 'Em Why U Madd, in 2000, which featured the up and coming rapper 50 Cent on the song "How To Rob". The Tell 'Em Why U Madd LP also introduced a new, young producer by the name of "Kanye West" who Angelettie also managed and mentored. Angelettie hosted the television show "Hip-Hop Hold 'Em" and is the "Music Consultant" for the "Notorious" movie on Fox/Searchlight Pictures-2009. Angelettie advises and consults major corporations and entertainment companies through his consulting and imaging company, "Connect The Dots Consulting, LLC.". Angelettie is married to advice columnist Lisa Angelettie MSW of and is the father of four daughters. The daughters are Alexis, Autumn, Ali and Ava.


The early years

Born and raised an only child in Brooklyn, New York in 1968 to an African-American/Puerto Rican father (Eric Angelettie) and a Puerto-Rican/African American mixed mother (Noemi Angelettie), Angelettie began rapping at 8 years old, due to inspiration by the streets and up and coming rappers such as Run-DMC, Cold Crush Brothers, LL Cool J and others.

While attending Howard University in the late 1980s, Angelettie and his friend Ron "Amen-Ra" Lawrence formed the conscious rap duo Two Kings in a Cipher. In 1991, they released their debut album From Pyramids to Projects on Bahia/RCA. The demise of the label eventually led to the breakup of the group in 1993, although Angelettie and Lawrence would go on to produce many tracks, both solely and together for Bad Boy.

Bad Boy Entertainment

The turning point came when Howard schoolmate and future music mogul, Sean “Diddy” Combs, who also in 1993, broke away from his post as V.P. of A&R for Uptown Records to start his own imprint,He had actually left V.P of A&R because sean combs was fired. Bad Boy Entertainment called on Angelettie to join his team and help build his new label. In a 3 year span, Angelettie went from intern, to Director of Merchandising, to booking shows for artists Craig Mack and Notorious B.I.G., to tour-managing R&B diva Mary J. Blige on her “My Life” Tour, to becoming the head of Bad Boy’s A&R Department as Vice-President, and then finally in 1997 becoming the captain of The Infamous Hitmen—Bad Boy’s hit-making production team.

In 1997, Angelettie went on to produce, A&R, and executive produce #1 pop chart albums for The Notorious B.I.G. (Life After Death, 1997), Puff Daddy (No Way Out, 1997) Mase (Harlem World, 1997) Faith Evans (Keep the Faith, 1998) and The Lox (Money, Power & Respect, 1998).

In 1998, after departing his position as A&R, Angelettie executive produced the multi-platinum debut album for artist Black Rob, Life Story, which spawned the major radio hit "Whoa!". As a producer, Angelettie's credits also include songs for artists: Jay-Z, 50 Cent, Mary J. Blige, Lil’ Kim, Nas and has managed other artists such as Kanye West.

In 2004, Angelettie executive produced Bad Boy's new group: Da Band and was featured on MTV’s reality show Making The Band and in 2005 executive produced Black Rob's second LP, The Black Rob Report.

The Madd Rapper

The Madd Rapper made his debut on a skit on The Notorious B.I.G.’s second LP (Life after Death) in 1997. Angelettie’s alter ego released his debut album, Tell 'Em Why U Madd, on his own Crazy Cat Catalogue Label in 2000. Also on his Crazy Cat Catalogue label, Angelettie releases LP's from Noah in 2006, an Atlanta based rapper and Rearview, a pop band from Brooklyn.

On November 19, 1998, Angelettie was charged with participating in the assault of Blaze Magazine editor Jesse Washington. Washington claimed that the assault was made because he published a photograph (taken with Angelettie's consent) that revealed The Madd Rapper's identity, which up until that time had been concealed from the general public but widely known in the music industry. The editor and Angelettie settled out of court.

Production Discography


  • Two Kings in a Cipher “From Pyramids to Projects” - Entire Album (BAHIA/RCA, 1991)
  • Two Kings in a Cipher (Bahia/RCA, 1990)
    • “Movin’ on ‘Em”
  • "The Show Soundtrack" (Def Jam, 1995)
    • Suga - “What’s Up Star?” (Produced with Ron "Amen-Ra" Lawrence)
  • Outkast “Atliens” (LaFace 1996)
    • “Atliens Remix”
  • Rakim “Build And Destroy” (Universal)
  • Salt 'N' Pepa (MCA)
  • Positive K “I Got A Man” (Remix)
  • Larry Johnson - TV Commercial (MCA 1996)
    • (And 1 Commercial)
  • Nalini (1996)
    • “Lay Down” (Bad Boy Remix) (Produced with Puff Daddy)


Executive Production Credits:

  • Puff Daddy & the Family: “No Way Out” (BadBoy)
  • Mase: “Harlem World” (Bad Boy)
  • Tracey Lee: “Many Facez” (Bystorm/Universal)

A&R Credits:

Remix Credits:


  • Jay-Z: “In My Lifetime Vol. 1” (Roc-A-Fella)
    • “Where I’m From”
  • Busta Rhymes: “Extinction Level Event” (Elektra)
    • “Hot Shit”
  • Made Men: “Classic Limited Edition” (Priority)
  • Foxy Brown: “Chyna Doll” (Def Jam)
    • “My Life”
  • Jermaine Dupri: “Life in 1472” (So So Def)
    • “Get Your Shit Right” (Featuring DMX, Madd Rapper)
    • “Gotta Go” (Featuring Da Brat)
  • The Lox: “Money, Power & Respect” (Bad Boy)
    • "Yonkers Tale (Intro)" (Featuring Carl Thomas)
    • “Money, Power & Respect” (Featuring DMX, Lil' Kim) (Produced with Ron "Amen-Ra" Lawrence)
    • “Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop” (Featuring Puff Daddy) (Produced with Puff Daddy)
    • “Bitches from Eastwick” (Produced with Chucky Thompson)
    • "All For The Love" (Additional Production)
    • "Everybody Wanna Rat" (Additional Production)
    • All Interludes
  • Trina & Tamara “Trina & Tamara” (Columbia)
    • “Jo Anne”
  • Imajin (Jive)
    • “Shorty (You Keep Playin with My Mind)” (Featuring Keith Murray)
  • “Have Plenty Soundtrack” (Yab Yum)
    • Queen Pen & Tracey Lee: “Rock The Body”
  • Harlem World: “Harlem World” (All Out/So So Def/Columbia)
  • Total: “Keisha, Kima, and Pam” (Bad Boy)
    • “Sitting Home” (Produced with Blake "Karrington" Smith)

Remix Credits

Executive Production Credits:

  • Faith Evans: “Keep the Faith” (Bad Boy)
  • The Lox: “Money, Power, Respect” (Bad Boy)

A&R Credits:

  • The Lox: “Money, Power, Respect” (Bad Boy)
  • Faith Evans: “Keep the Faith” (Bad Boy)



  • Madd Rapper: “Tell ‘Em Why U Madd” (Crazy Cat/Columbia)
    • "Dot VS TMR"
    • "You're All Alone" (Featuring Picasso Black)
    • “That's What's Happening” (Featuring Tracey Lee & Mase)
    • “How We Do” (Featuring Puff Daddy)
    • "Stir Crazy" (Featuring Eminem)
    • “Ghetto” (Featuring Raekwon & Carl Thomas)
    • "Surviving The Game" (Featuring Desert Roze)
    • "Bongo Break" (Featuring Busta Rhymes)
    • "Whateva" (Featuring Picasso Black & Fierce)
    • “They Just Don't Know" (Featuring Black Rob & Nature (artist))
    • “Esta Loca” (Featuring The Beatnuts & Rambo)
    • “They Just Know” (Featuring Black Rob & Nature)
    • “Shysty Broads” (Featuring Babe Blue)
    • “Wildside” (Featuring Desert Roze)
  • Carl Thomas: “Emotional” (Bad Boy)
    • “Special Lady” (Produced with Garrett "Blake" Smith)
  • Black Rob: “Life Story” (BadBoy)
    • “Lookin' at Us” (Featuring Cee-Lo) (Produced with Nashiem Myrick)
    • “Jasmine” (Featuring Carl Thomas) (Produced with Nashiem Myrick)
    • “Can I Live?” (Featuring The Lox)
    • “PD World Tour” (Featuring Puff Daddy) (Produced with Charlemagne)
    • “B.R.” (Featuring G-Dep) (Produced with Black Rob)
    • “Madd Rapper Interlude”
  • Da Brat: “Unrestricted” (So So Def)
    • “Hands In The Air” (Featuring Mystikal)
  • Tracey Lee: “Live from the 215” (Universal)
    • “We Like”
    • “Go ‘Head”

Executive Production Credits:

  • Madd Rapper: “Tell ‘Em Why U Madd” (Crazy Cat/Columbia)
  • Black Rob: “Life Story” (Bad Boy)

Remix Credits:


  • Lil’ Kim: “Notorious K.I.M.” (Atlantic)
    • “Don’t Mess With Me” (Produced by Kanye West, Co-Produced by D-Dot&Ed Logan,sony)
  • Bad Boy: “Greatest Hits” (Bad Boy)
    • “Mad Rapper Interludes”
  • Benzino: "The Benzino Project" (Motown)



Executive Production Credits:

  • Da Band: “Too Hot 4 TV” (Bad Boy)
  • Lady May: “May Day” (Crazy Cat)

Remix Credits:


  • Carl Thomas: “Let’s Talk About It” (Bad Boy)
    • “Let’s Talk About it”
  • 8 Ball & MJG: “Livin’ Legends” (Bad Boy)
    • “Gangsta”


Executive Producer Credits

  • Black Rob: “The Black Rob Report" (Bad Boy/WB)
  • Noah: "The Music Man" (Crazy Cat/Jive)




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