Whether as a rapper, producer, DJ or A&R executive, Glenn Bolton— stage name Daddy-O—has permeated the music industry for over three decades. The Brooklyn born artist evolved into a highly sought-after talent in 1979 as a member of the renowned Hip Hop band Stetsasonic. His production career started in the 90’s after the formation of RPM (Rush Producer’s Management) when DJ’s such as Daddy-O signed on to collaborative projects with some of the industry’s most prominent artists. While still a member of Stetsasonic, his solo projects began gaining critical acclaim in 1993, which proved to be a pivotal year once he released his debut album, You Can be a Daddy, But Never Daddy-O, on Island/PolyGram Records. Singles such as “Brooklyn Bounce” were popular hits on his subsequent tour.
While moving into additional A&R services for both Sony and Warner Music Group, he completed other creative projects as well which include the “And 1” mixtape, MTV’s Rip the Runway, and soundtrack work on the movies Dangerous Minds, CB4, Lean On Me and Straight Outta Brooklyn, where he served as talent and Music Supervisor. In the mid 1990’s, he joined Universal MCA as Senior Director of A&R responsible for the development of industry heavyweights like Mary J Blige, Immature, Gladys Knight and others. This followed with music production for artists such as, They Might Be Giants, Barry White, and Third World. Discovery wise, his talent roster includes Lil’ Kim, Foxy Brown, Houston rapper Lil O, Master P, and Mystikal. Other music production credits include Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Queen Latifah. Living Colour, Big Daddy Kane, the B-52’s, Jeffrey Osborne, and Chante Moore.
As he immersed himself in new digital platforms throughout the late 90’s, he explored the dot.com industry by working with HoopsTV.com. With a break in the tech world, he took more A&R positions throughout 2002, including with Seattle based indie Noc on Wood, working with the late Rick James. In Atlanta, he resumed his interest in the tech fields starting with Fuzebox Inc., handling content audit & brand planning. He shot 12 episodes of a technology instruction show, “Get Your Digital On” in addition to offering content and social media strategies for ‘Submit’ the documentary. Thereafter he became the marketing arm for Bitspray and helped various other startups, such as Cloudspray in 2015, and Derbywire before becoming president of CoGo Fusion. By 2015, he created a series of solo albums on his Odad Truth label. These projects caught the attention of Public Enemy’s Chuck D who launched them on his Rapstation/Spitdigital platform.
The first of the three albums, #EverybodyButKRS, was followed in February 2016 with the album, “The Odad, the Gun, & the Children”. In 2017, he also released El Dolor De La Calles with the emotionally charged video, “Powder Burn.” His current and fourth LP, “No Tablecloths” presents socio-cultural views with songs like “Shootin Like a Beatbox,” “Haiti,” and “Bullets.” In a recent media blitz, he has made appearance with Sway and The Breakfast Club, as well upcoming articles. After two popular TED Talks, he continues with both lectures and books set for release. His many positions, such as Curator for the official Smithsonian Hip-Hop Anthology, keep him at the forefront of the industry. Upcoming albums include Personal Collection, First Team, and PTSD which addresses worldwide mental health. Meanwhile, his riveting collection of tracks on the LP, No Tablecloths, presents Daddy-O as the ‘voice of causes’ and opens a conversation about current affairs—from gun violence to youth issues.