The Legacy Continues. Tony Touch, A.K.A “Tony Toca,” continues to be a force to be reckoned with. A hip-hop and urban hispanic music icon, Tony Touch has revolutionized the DJ game time after time. From his mixtapes, to his skills on the 1’s and 2’s, he is one of music’s most recognized and respected DJ’s. He recently dropped his seventh commercial release titled: “The Piece Maker 3…Return of the 50 MC’s,” and has continued to prove his eminence as a CEO, artist, and producer.
Tony Touch began as a B-Boy during the rap music renaissance era of the early 1980s. Having been heavily influenced by pioneers such as the Rock Steady Crew, Grandmaster Flash, Red Alert, Louie Vega, and Jam Master Jay, his interests quickly shifted toward the turntables.
From the start of his career as a DJ, Tony’s mixtapes became instant classics. He’s worked with some of the hottest artists, such as KRS ONE, Kool G Rap, Big Daddy Kane, Wyklef, M.O.P, Big L, and Mos Def. After releasing countless top-tier mixtapes, he gained recognition in the streets and the music industry as, unquestionably, the “Mixtape King.”
In 2000, Tony released “The Piece Maker” with Tommy Boy Records. The album sold over 400,000 units worldwide and featured classic artists like Big Pun, Cypress Hill, Wu-Tang Clan, Busta Rhymes, Eminem, and Gang Starr, among others.
More recently, Tony Touch released “Piece Maker 2,” which, naturally, had an all-star line up of features with artists such as P. Diddy, Fat Joe, Sean Paul, Snoop Dogg and Ruben Blades all contributing.
Having grown up with latino influences, Tony is always representing the Latino community. In 2005, Tony inked a deal with EMI Records and released the latin album, “Reggae Tony.” The hit single off the album, “Play that Song,” featured Nina Sky and B-Real of Cypress Hill. The album was certified Gold. With that success, EMI Records worked eagerly to release yet another great Tony Touch album, “Reggae Tony 2.”
Tony’s talents in the States have created global demand. He has toured over 30 countries including Japan, Australia, Puerto Rico, England, Russia, Brazil, Germany, Colombia, Switzerland, Italy, and Cuba. He also traveled as a tour DJ for acts such as Cypress Hill, Guru’s Jazzmatazz, Rock Steady, and the Beatnuts.
Tony isn’t just rocking stages around the world. You may have caught him on the hit TV shows “Saturday Night Live” and “The Dave Chapelle Show,” as he spun for Eminem, or DJing for the top New York radio stations, Hot 97, Power 105, and WBLS. In 2004, Tony’s relationship with Eminem led to him being ask to host “Toca Tuesdays” from 8PM to midnight on Sirius XM Satellite’s Hip-Hop channel, Shade 45. “Toca Tuesdays” is still in effect, with Tony doing what he does best: spinning classic hip-hop music with legendary guest artists.