Don’t let the smooth, charismatic persona of Dante Bacote fool you. This 22 year old rapper, producer, actor, model, and writer is all about his business. Dante was born in California, raised in Connecticut and has already accomplished so much in a state that many call the “forgotten state” when it comes to underground hip-hop.
Dante’s first foray into the entertainment business began when he was in 6th grade. He became interested in the snare drum, and his father inspired him to pursue the interest further, and bought him his first (MPC) or Music Production Center. Dante ran with it and began producing tracks, and later got into modeling, music, and performing.
Way more than a triple threat, Dante seems to have really gotten what it is that needs to be done to make it in this business, really put yourself out there. He has not only performed at local colleges and clubs in Connecticut, but has also performed all over the world. Some of his accomplishments have been to perform in Miami, Luxembourg, and Paris. He also made reference to quite a few tours that are still in the works with some big name artists for this year, so I am sure that we will be hearing about those soon as well. Dante’s connection with the audience and his energy on stage is unparalleled. You can tell he really loves what he does and not only believes in what he is saying in his music but has the uncanny ability to make you believe it as well.
Dante’s success stretches worldwide. He is a spokesperson and model for a Japanese urban clothing company called Rizumu (www.rizumuplanet.com) that promotes fashion for musicians, producers, deejays, and the like. It focuses on fashion and lifestyle with a hip-hop background. He is also starring in a Warner Bros. & Marvel film coming out on May 25 of this year called “The Prodigies,” with his music also being an intrical part of the film. To his credit, Dante has also been featured in the season finale of the HBO series “The Sopranos,” and also in the video, “Push” by the popular music artist Pharoahe Monch.
On the music tip, Dante is currently promoting his second CD, “The People’s Champ,” and working on his third, entitled “Blackbox.” Dante has many influences ranging from eclectic artists like Mos Def and Talib Kweli to more mainstream artists such as Jay-Z, Notorious B.I.G., and Kanye West, to name a few. However, he has a style all his own. His flow is different than most rappers I’ve seen and heard in my exposure to the underground hip-hop scene. It’s original, and instead of choosing to rap about guns and killing people, Dante raps about partying, having fun, and living your life. In a line from his official single “Warning,” Dante says “Do you see the end, can you comprehend, what if you find out life was all just pretend,” proving that he understands that all this success can go away in an instant. His humility and hardworking persona help keep him grounded, and I think that is what really makes him a successful, marketable artist.
Attributing his success thus far to always staying honest, hardworking, and humble, I found Dante’s positivity both refreshing and infectious. He is big on spreading good karma, and prides himself on doing favors without asking for anything in return in the hopes that the world will just “bless him with opportunity.” Dante wants to overcome negativity and really hopes to unite people with his art. He believes in supporting all artists, in hopes that they can all get ahead, which is a concept that is often lost in today’s hip-hop scene. Unity is his motto, and the legacy that he wants to leave the world with is “to be known as a legendary person with great art, that everyone can enjoy.” He wants to be known not just for music, but for everything that he has to offer the world, and really wants artists to put the negativity behind them and come together and support one another so that they can all make it together.
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