About A-Rock & Just Archie
Anthony Richardson was born in Norfolk, VA, on June 2, 1973. Anthony”s upbringing influenced his musical ambitions. His grandmother and aunt often worked with record labels and radio stations. Anthony’s uncle was a disc jockey in local clubs. Anthony began spinning records in the late 1980’s and into the 1990’s; thereby making a name for himself, as DJ Ant for a rap group called Just Plain Dope. DJ Ant fell in love with hip-hop after just one visit to the recording studio.
In 1999, DJ Ant stopped dee-jaying to invest in a new hobby. He started making beats for the Warlords, using an ARS-10 Keyboard. Later, he formed the A-Rock Squad for unsigned artists. As A-Rock DaSupa, his, popularity grew. One of his instrumentals was released on the Belly Soundtrack as “Tommy’s Theme.” After group members of the Warlords moved away, A-Rock formed the Brick Yard Union, with his younger brother and college friends.
In 2002, A-Rock joined the 16th Letter Management to produce music for R & B artist, Lisa Thompson and Miscelanyus. Shortly after, he was awarded Producer of The Year at Urban Independent Music Awards 2003. A-Rock left 16th Letter Management to form an independent record label called, On Top the Mountain Records. A-Rock’s vision is to make an impact in the music industry business as one of the hottest producer of his time. A-Rock enjoys being independent because he can expose new talent, using his very own style of production.
ARCHIE (JUST ARCHIE) BOONE
Archie Boone was born in Norfolk, VA on June 30, 1983. Boone used “Vanzetti” as a pen name for his high school poetry. He spun it from the first four letters of his grandmother’s name, “Vanzola.” He worked with music industry producers that brought you, Ludacris, Cash Money and other big names. Archie was addicted to drugs for several years before writing a song entitled, “1God1Truth.” Boone says that the song changed his life; so much so, that he asked Jesus Christ to be LORD of his life. Rapping since 1999, Archie’s formed Vanzetti Ministries with the mission to reach all people, even those that believed hip-hop had no irrelevance to the church of Jesus Christ. While living in Norfolk and attending Chesapeake’s Tabernacle of Deliverance, Archie used rap as a tool to evangelize lost souls and to disciple his followers. Archie made a name for himself as a battle rapper, free-style lyricist, and soulful recording artist.
In 2004, Archie was noted as a fore-runner amongst the Christian hip-hop community in Hampton Roads, Virginia. His protégé, Portia “Absolute” Bryant stood alongside, assisting him in forming the Wax Gr8 Entertainment Label. Their brand of conscious hip-hop beset them apart from their counterparts. Archie chose a different path from that of many music makers. His music inspired youth to make positive choices by harnessing the power of rap and spoken word. In 2009, Archie co-founded The Shoutout Music Therapy Program to showcase the music talent of children who might otherwise go unnoticed. His program catered to youth and young adults that were as passionate about music as he is. Archie demonstrated a lifestyle behind the music that attracted new listeners to view rap as a communication tool- and ardently made sure artists were both heard and supported in their talents.
While working on a Shoutout Music project, Archie was introduced to A-Rock DaSupa as an upcoming gospel artist. Having recently launched an independent music label, A-Rock took the opportunity to produce Vanzetti’s last album entitled, “Fight or Flight.” Shortly after the release of Fight or Flight, Archie joined A-Rock as partner of the label, On Top of the Mountain Record. Archie dropped his artist moniker, Vanzetti, in order to strengthen the label’s brand, as Just Archie.