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Ant performing with Atmosphere at the Outside Lands festival in 2009
Ant performing with Atmosphere at the Outside Lands festival in 2009
Background information
Birth nameAnthony Davis
Born (1970-09-06) September 6, 1970 (age 52)
OriginMinneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.
GenresHip hop
Years active1985–present
LabelsRhymesayers Entertainment

Anthony Davis (born September 6, 1970), better known by his stage name Ant, is an American hip hop producer. He is best known as being one half of the hip hop group Atmosphere, but has worked with many other artists and projects, mostly with Rhymesayers Entertainment, such as Brother Ali, I Self Devine, Felt and The Dynospectrum. He has also released two solo albums, Melodies and Memories, and Melodies and Memories 85–89.

Biography[edit | edit source]

Ant started to become interested in DJing at a very young age. He would watch his father DJ in the army while he would picture himself as Grandmaster Flash. Years later he would start to use producing and DJing as much more than a hobby. The first CD that he worked on was Comparison by Beyond, later known by Sab the Artist, in 1996. While producing that album, he met Sean Daley (Slug) and they later worked together. With one exception (Lucy Ford: The Atmosphere EPs), Ant has produced every Atmosphere album in full. He also works with various artists that are a part of Rhymesayers Entertainment (including full production of three Brother Ali albums) and many more.

Discography[edit | edit source]

Solo releases

  • Melodies and Memories (2001)
  • Melodies and Memories 85–89 (2005)

with Atmosphere (for more information, see Atmosphere Discography)

production for Brother Ali

with Felt

Other production

  • Beyond – Comparison (Rhymesayers Entertainment, 1996)
  • DynospectrumDynospectrum (Rhymesayers Entertainment, 1998)
  • Agape – Many Rooms (2000)
  • Kanser – Now (Self-released, 1997) Ant produces all tracks except "Open Your Eyes"
  • Kanser – Network (Self-released, 1998) Ant produces the track "612"
  • Kanser – Inner City Outer Space (Interlock Records, 2000) Ant produces the track "Girls Step To This"
  • Deep Puddle DynamicsThe Taste Of Rain... Why Kneel (anticon, 1999) Ant produces the track "The Scarecrow Speaks"
  • Musab – Respect The Life (Rhymesayers Entertainment, 2002) Ant produces the tracks "Posin'", "Cut Throat", "Extravagant", "In My World", "Powerite", "Make Believe", "Fools Paradise", and "Falling Apart"
  • MursThe End Of The Beginning... (definitive jux, 2002) Ant produces the tracks "18/w A Bullet (Remix)" & "Got Damned"
  • The Planets – The Opening (Red Sea Records, 2002) Ant produces the track "Global"
  • MF DoomMm..LeftOvers (Rhymesayers Entertainment, 2004) Ant remixes the track "Hoe Cakes"
  • Sage FrancisHuman the Death Dance (Epitaph Records, 2007) Ant produces the track "High Step"
  • Traditional Methods – Falling Forward (Interlock Records, 2004) Ant produces the track "Falling Forward"
  • I Self DevineSelf Destruction (Rhymesayers Entertainment, 2005) Ant produces the tracks "Getcha Money On", "All I Know", "Sex Sex Sex", "Feel My Pain", "I Can't Say Nothing Wrong", "Overthrow" and "Sunshine".

References[edit | edit source]