January 4: Elite Was Born. (1983)

January 4, 1983 – On This Date In Hip-Hop, Anthony “Elite” Parrino was born.

The Short

Elite would grow up to: (1) be raised in Byram, Connecticut, (2) learn to produce eventually having the likes of Jadakiss, Drag-On, Anthony Hamilton, Styles P, Common, and Nas on his productions, (3) intern for Ruff Ryders, (4) graduated Cum Laude from SUNY Purchase music conservatory, (5) help J. Cole record The Warm Up at his crib in New York [Elite! Elite! Elite!], (6) release 3 mixtapes, (7) co-Executive Produce 4 Your Eyez Only and produce for Dreamville.

ABOVE: Rhythm Roulette: Elite

Beyond his contributions to Dreamville, Elite has also collaborated with a diverse range of artists, showcasing his versatility as a producer. His production credits extend to acclaimed tracks with notable artists outside the label, solidifying his reputation as a sought-after creative force in the broader hip-hop industry.

The Legacy

In addition to his production prowess, Elite has garnered recognition for his insightful and introspective lyricism. This dual talent, both as a producer and lyricist, underscores Elite’s multifaceted contributions to the hip-hop genre. As he continues to evolve and shape the sound of contemporary rap, Elite remains an integral part of the Dreamville collective, leaving an indelible mark on the landscape of hip-hop music.

ABOVE: Elite “All In A Day’s Work”

With a keen ear for innovative beats and a knack for creating emotionally resonant soundscapes, Elite has become synonymous with the label’s commitment to pushing creative boundaries within the hip-hop genre.

Happy G-Day Elite!! 

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