Dante Ross (born October 11, 1967) is an American record producer, artists and repertoire (A&R) representative and music executive. He served as an A&R at Tommy Boy Records, Elektra Records and Loud Records. Ross was selected as one of the 25 best hip hop A&Rs of all time by Complex magazine. He was a member of the production group Stimulated Dummies.
Ross was born in San Francisco, California, and moved to New York City the same year. He was mentored by Lyor Cohen and Russell Simmons before he earned his first A&R position at Tommy Boy, where he worked with artists such as De La Soul, Queen Latifah and Digital Underground. Ross joined Elektra Records in 1989 as an A&R and signed acts including Ol' Dirty Bastard, Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth, Brand Nubian, Leaders of the New School and KMD. Complex considers his stint at Elektra as "set[ting] a high bar" for hip hop music on a major label.
Ross earned a Grammy Award in 2000 for his production work on the album Supernatural by Latin rock band Santana. He works as a senior vice president of A&R at ADA Music, the independent distribution company owned by Warner Music Group.
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- Charnas, Dan (February 2, 2013). "The 25 Best A&Rs in Hip-Hop History". Complex.