Mad Rapper Unmasked As Hip-Hop 'Microcosm'

Satiric character portrays 'a world of rappers' trying to get in the business on upcoming album.

NEW YORK -- Deric "D-Dot" Angelettie might be the voice

behind the satiric Mad Rapper, but that doesn't mean he is the Mad

Rapper.

In fact, to call him the Mad Rapper, he says, would be missing the point.

"There ain't no Mad Rapper," Angelettie said as he made his way out of

Manhattan Criminal Court on Tuesday afternoon. Rather, in some respects,

the Mad Rapper is every rapper, he explained.

The character is "what we call a microcosm," said Angelettie, a 30-year-old

producer and rapper who lives in Englewood, N.J.

On record, Angelettie has appeared under the Mad Rapper name on various

albums released by superstar rapper Sean "Puffy" Combs' Bad Boy Records.

And he's now recording the Mad Rapper's solo debut, scheduled for release

in June, with an all-star cast including Combs, Mase, Busta Rhymes,

Scarface, Eminem and Jermaine Dupri.

Angelettie said the Mad Rapper represents "a world of rappers who are

trying to get in the music business and have to downplay your fame to try to

get their own fame." The Mad Rapper's still-untitled album, he said, "sums

up the plight of an unsigned rapper."

The identity of this satiric hip-hop figure is at the heart of the case that

brought Angelettie to court, at least according to the magazine editor who

has accused Angelettie of beating him up.

Angelettie faces charges that he and three other men beat Blaze

editor Jesse Washington with a chair in November. Washington has claimed

Angelettie was angry because Blaze printed Angelettie's picture and

revealed him to be the voice of the Mad Rapper, a fact some say was not

widely known among hip-hop fans.

In court, Angelettie cut an unimposing figure in a green hunting jacket,

darker green corduroy pants and a black mock-turtleneck. He was

accompanied by his friend Anthony Hubbard, who also was alleged to have

been involved in the attack and who faces identical charges. Both men have

pleaded innocent.

Two other men accused of participating in the alleged attack, who have not

been identified, still had not been located as of last Thursday night,

according to Officer Cheryl Cox, a spokesperson for the New York City

Police Department. The police have said it's unlikely anyone else will be

arrested in the case.

The case was adjourned Tuesday until March 29.

Beyond asserting his innocence, Angelettie declined to discuss the charges

against him. But he was more than willing to discuss the finer points of the

Mad Rapper, who's become known in the hip-hop world through such tracks

as "Mad Rapper

Intro" (RealAudio excerpt), on Bad Boy Greatest Hits,

Volume 1; "Mad Rapper (Interlude)," from Mase's Harlem

World; and "Get Your Sh-- Right," a collaboration with DMX on

Jermaine Dupri's Life in 1472.

The Mad Rapper's album "is not a typical hip-hop album," according to

Angelettie, who said he'll be listed as the record's executive producer. "It's

more like hip-hop comedy."

But that doesn't mean it will just be a collection of funny skits, he said. It will

include "real songs and real artists doing real records," he said.

Most of the guests on the album are rappers he's produced, Angelettie said.

An exception is Eminem, the Dr. Dre protégé now enjoying a

crossover hit with "My Name Is" (RealAudio

excerpt).

"I called him up and said I was a fan of his, and he said he was a fan of mine

too," Angelettie said.

Before he became a producer, Angelettie was a rapper for the now-defunct

hip-hop group Two Kings and a Cypher. Back then, he was known as D.O.P.

He shortened the name to D-Dot when he turned to producing.

He said he hopes the album will be a launching pad for his New York-based

label, Crazy Cat.

Son God, head of the street-promotions department at Crazy Cat, said the

label will promote the album with "T-shirts, jackets, posters ... whatever it

takes to get the Mad Rapper's name out there."

A track from the album, "You're All Alone," is already in circulation "on the

streets," said Son God, who refused to give his real name.

Son God described Angelettie as "very cool-headed" and "fun to be around

[and] polite."

As Angelettie left the courtroom Tuesday afternoon, he appeared subdued

and tired, his face grave. But he said he was "not at all" worried about the

outcome of the case, and after talking about the Mad Rapper album for a

few minutes, he seemed to have put the case, at least for the moment, behind

him.