“On the plantation music took us from our misery/ In the sixties it motivated us to victory / but in the new millennium it’s all about the industry / like everything that came before deleted from our memory.” - Mello-D
In the 12 years Mello-D & the Rados has been touring, this four piece live hip-hop band has gotten a lot of national and international attention.
The 1998 debut of Mello-D's first album, Backsliding, received high praise in the world of underground hip-hop introducing this unique multi-talented artist to the world in a big way. The 2002 release of The Ultimate Truth built on that momentum producing the blazing lead single, "Keep On", which hit #2 on the HITS / Rap Attack college radio charts. Mello-D & the Rados also released a music video for the song, "Stupid Jerk", which featured comedian T.L. Fitz (Comic View, Apollo) and was played on BET, MHZ Networks and other national video programs.
In 2005, Mello-D & the Rados took another giant leap forward with the cutting edge album Antitainment. The jazzy lead single "Cool Witchu" hit #3 on college radio nationwide and the music video was played regularly on B.E.T., MTV2, MTV Brazil and other major video outlets exposing Mello-D & the Rados to over 100 million people worldwide.
Today, Mello-D & the Rados expands on the Antitianment movement with the independent release of the band's fourth album entitled “Antitainment Vol. 2: Truth...Lies...Etc.” The album features cameo appearances from Jonny Black, V. Rich, Akshan and the legendary KRS-ONE. The band has sold thousands of CDs all over the world and continues to be heard nationally and internationally with tours in the United States as well as England and Brazil where over 10,000 fans came to the shows.
More than your average emcee, Mello-D is a true renaissance man. He plays the saxophone plus all the other instruments in his band and he writes and produces both the lyrics and the music tracks for Mello-D & the Rados. "Antitainment is a clean break from the negative stereotypes that exist in today’s mainstream urban music." says Mello-D. “We bring the love, artistry and true conscious hip-hop sensibility that everyone else is missing."
Mello-D has performed and/or recorded with KRS-ONE, Jill Scott, The Roots, Les Nubians, Jimmy Cliff, Maxi Priest and he has played with jazz legends like Charlie Hampton, Herb Smith, Barry Harris, George Coleman and Clark Terry.