When pure hip hop is mentioned, one rarely thinks of the underground anymore. But Pittsburgh’s Tony “Ynot” Dufresne oozes pure hip hop for all the right reasons. He brings a sound that is silky smooth, digestible and speaks nothing but truth on a variety of subjects. Not one for chasing riches or fame, Tone dedicates his time to his craft and is responsible for the concept, creative direction, written lyrics, vocals, and marketing for each one of his projects. Tone also excels outside of the booth when it comes to graphic design, boasting an education from The Art Institute of Pittsburgh. A multi-talented, well-rounded artist, anything that Tony Dufresne touches has his unmistakable flavor on it and sounds cohesive, front to back, in a way most underground projects do not.
Furthermore, he’s no one-hit-wonder. Tone burst onto the underground hip hop scene with a series of monthly mixtapes throughout the entire year of 2010, culminating in a nomination for Pittsburgh’s “Best Underground Artist of the Year,” and he hasn’t looked back. He has maintained a furious release schedule since 2011 (ten projects) without sacrificing quality in the least. His most recent project, Fuck Death, has received critical acclaim and well-deserved respect from other significant underground artists.
Tony Dufresne is the blue collar, hip hop traditionalist’s dream artist. You won’t find him in a music video bragging about things he doesn’t have. Instead, you’re more likely to find him locked in a studio recording, speaking about his daily struggles and journey. And whether it’s through an intricate verse or an intelligent hook gliding over a beat, Ynot's message promises to go straight from your ears to your heart. Because he bases his music solely off of life experience, with no concern for doing big numbers, there is an authenticity in him that you simply cannot buy.
“I’m an artist that values talent and technical skill in hip hop. I represent the artists that don’t have big budgets, but have the passion and drive to continue to shine and persevere. I’m the underdog; the have-not. I’ve gotten the recognition I’ve gotten simply by perfecting my craft, staying in my lane and being myself.” - Ynot
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What is your profession (singer, rapper, songwriter, poet, dancer, model, music fan, etc.)?
Rapper, songwriter, producer, and graphic designer.
How many members are in your band?
What is your style of music?
Hip Hop and Soul
Who are your influences in the music industry?
Erykah Badu, Jill Scott and Andre 3000.
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