Anthony Nelson, once known as Ant Diddley Dog, grew up in Oakland, California, and got into hip-hop as a teenager. His budding career took off when he hooked up with Too Short’s group, the Dangerous Crew. Along with partner-in-rhyme Rappin’ Ron, he was part of a talented duo known as Bad-N-Fluenz. The promising West Coast prodigies were an integral piece of the mid-to-late 90’s Oakland gangsta rap scene, which at the time was a thriving underground hotbed with the likes of Too Short, Bad-N-Fluenz, the Luniz, and 3xKrazy highlighting Oakland’s hardcore rap landscape. Ant Diddley Dog was at the heart of this pioneering group which put the Bay Area on the map long before the Hyphy Movement.
During this burgeoning era, Ant Diddley Dog worked frequently with renowned multi-platinum producer Ant Banks, appearing on projects featuring Too Short, Ice Cube, Spice 1, 2Pac, E-40, Ginuwine, and MC Breed among others.
However, the tragic death of his partner and friend, Rappin’ Ron, changed everything for Anthony. This tragic event initiated a journey which led him in search of a higher purpose for his life, and ultimately steered him to use his incredible talent as a rapper for the cause of Jesus Christ. Now known as A. Doulos, which means “a servant”, this former Too Short protégé and Cell Block Records artist is prepping the release of his first production since “Face To Face” off 1998’s Cell Block Compilation.
A. Doulos, is set to drop “The New Ant Diddley” Mixtape on May 15, 2013, and he is also working on his debut album, which will include the song “Send Me” featuring former American Idol finalist, and Oakland native, LaToya London. Both are projects for his independent label Kerusso Music.
The first release from “The New Ant Diddley” mixtape is a song called “Same Mind”, and for fans of Ant Diddley Dog, the same lyrical dexterity that set him apart from his contemporaries is still fully intact and on display. With a seemingly endless well of creativity, he has a refreshing command of the microphone and the future looks bright for A. Doulos.