About Tone P: Hailing from the streets of S.W., Washington D.C., Ernest Anthony Price aka Tone
P, acquired his interest in music playing for a local band where he attended High
School at Hyde Public Charter School in the N.E. quadrant of Washington. Tone was
very well known around the district for his accomplishments in basketball/football.
He graduated in 2005 and was accepted to Elizabeth City State University, an HBCU,
where he only completed 1 year before dropping out of school to pursue his passion
Feeling the pressures of his parents discomfort in his decision making, he and his
first cousin, sharing the same interests, would start a production team called Best
Kept Secret. Tone started branding the group in the streets, popping up in studios
across the city daily, while he leave his partner at the studio to work solely on the
music. Tone found his was to meeting and connecting with almost everybody at that
time who were notables to the city such as Raheem DeVaughn, Tabi Bonney, Kenny
Burns, and Wale.
The “Gogo” influenced sound birth when Wale called and ask to flip a Jay Z quote
from American Gangster. In Tone’s studio in SW, they would produce 5-10 at a time
before coming up with the gogo influenced sound. They would later produce more
tracks with the sound titling "Ice Cream Girl", "DC Gorillas" and "Pretty Girls". The
group would start to appear on mixtape’s of artists such as Young Chris, Rhymefest,
Skyzoo, Phil Ade & etc. After Wale’s first album debut the group split. Tone P went
his way while he let his partner keep the name.
Tone would move to ATL, where he would start all over again. Barely maintaining
living on Oat St. off of Donald Lee Hollowell, his career picked back up with the
successful mixtape project on Wale’s "11.1.11 Theory Mixtape" producing 12 out of
20 tracks on the tape. Including those that would make Wale’s album, "Chain Music"
& "Bait", along with 2 other’s placed, Don’t Hold Your Applause (co-produced by Chris
Barz) & "DC or Nothing". He also contributed to the song “Ambition” ft. Rick Ross &
Meek Mill, where he wrote the chorus for the record. He would go on tour with Wale
accompanied by B.O.A. (The Board Administration, where he would find his home
with the DC based label.
"Bait", a gogo TCB influence record, would take to achieving incredible success in DC as well as over taking No Hands for Wale at his shows. "Bait" is the most played song by a DC artist ever in the Washington Metropolitan Area. The song would create so much attention that the remix would feature 2 Chainz, Rick Ross & Trey Songz. Bait has over 2 million views on Youtube today.
With the success came along Universal Music Group’s interest, and later landing a
publishing deal with Universal. Tone over the time span of working with Wale on
“Ambition” would connect with Multi-platinum producer Dj Toomp, and would start to work closely with him and working out of his facility. He met his new partner Tehrel Langley aka Rell, through a mutual and long time friend Cj. Months later the
two would come together as production partners named “The Cooler Side”. Recently, Tone decided to use his influence and talents on a broader scale and start his production school, The Cool Academy, an opportunity geared towards encouraging young adults to start or continue a career in Music Production.