Mello-D & the Rados

Mello-D & the Rados

BandHip HopR&B

Live Hip-Hop Band usually compared to "The Roots". Has toured in Brazil, England and around the USA for over 10 years. 200Has been seen on B.E.T., B.E.T.J., MTV2, MTV Brazil, FUSE and have played with KRS-ONE, Jill Scott, The Roots, and others. Band had 5 songs on 2007 Grammy Nominating Ballot.


We’ve been all over the world playing this music.”
Says, Mello-D. “This band represents the future of hip-hop. Live instruments, dope lyrics, clear messages. We show the world that it is possible to be a talented respectable hip hop group… without being corny.”

In the 10 years Mello-D & the Rados has been touring, this live hip-hop band has gotten a lot of national and international attention.

The 1998 debut of Mello-D's first album, Backsliding, received high praise from within the music industry, introducing this multi-talented artist to the world in a big way. The 2002 release of The Ultimate Truth built on that momentum producing the blazing lead single, "Keep On", which dominated college radio in the U.S. and climbed all the way to #2 on the HITS / Rap Attack radio charts. Along with the success of "Keep On", Mello-D & the Rados released a music video for the second single, "Stupid Jerk", which features comedian T.L. Fitz (Comic View, Apollo) and was televised on BET, MHZ Networks and other national video programs.

Today, Mello-D & the Rados have taken another giant leap forward with the risky new album Antitainment. The lead single "Cool Witchu" hit the top #3 on college radio nationwide and the music video was played regularly on B.E.T., MTV2 and other major video outlets exposing Mello-D & the Rados to over 100 million people worldwide. Mello-D also recorded the "Cool Witchu" remix featuring the legendary KRS-ONE. The band has sold thousands of CDs all over the world.

5 songs from "Antitainment" were included on the 2007 Grammy Awards Nominating Ballot.

Mello-D & the Rados has also made a huge international impact in recent years taking Antitainment international with successful tours in England and two tours in Brazil pulling over 10,000 fans into the shows. The band's fourth album "Antitianment Vol. 2: Truth, Lies, Etc." features KRS-ONE and will be released in June 2008.

Much more than your average emcee, Mello-D is a true renaissance man. He plays the saxophone plus all the other instruments in his band and he writes and produces both the lyrics and the music tracks for Mello-D & the Rados. "Antitainment represents a deviation from the empty, lifeless music called 'hip-hop' by the mainstream." Says Mello-D. "It's an appeal to the consciousness and humor of the listener without being silly, preachy or redundant. This is relevant music."

Mello-D has rocked the mic with such popular artists as KRS-ONE, Jill Scott, Liquid Soul, The Roots, Dead Prez, Les Nubians, Jimmy Cliff, Tanya Morgan, Maxi Priest, Carbon Leaf, Fighting Gravity and he has played with jazz legends like Charlie Hampton, Herb Smith, Barry Harris, George Coleman and Clark Terry. Mello-D & the Rados has also performed at many Colleges and Universities.

The band's fourth album "Antitainment Vol. 2: Truth...Lies...Etc." was released in June 2008. It features KRS-ONE and is available on iTunes and


Truth, Lies, Etc.

Written By: Darnley Hodge

2nd Verse:

I push a gold cadillac but I don't rap about that / I rap about conspiracies that's targeted to the black / how the television keeps my people under attack / manipulating information and distorting the facts / and if the truth starts to surface they be forcing it back / Fox News fair and balanced it's unfortunate that / all they sources is wack just an elaborate act / to make your mind blur the difference between fiction and fact / now they got you paranoid about home grown terrorism / but when my people's dying daily no one's there to listen/ a white girl missing always makes the television / but genocide in Darfur barely makes a mention / think i'm kiddin'? ask a hurricane Katrina victim / the system dissed em while development companies steadily tricked em / to get their grips in and undermine the legal system/ now George Bush Sr's best friend is Bill Clinton? / so much more to mention if you stopped and paid attention / you taking pictures while your companies are taking pensions / won't be no money left when baby boomers finish wit it/ add up the digits if you black and broke the worlds is vicious / no intermissions no united nations interventions / no 'black leadership' pimpin name brand religions / a Godless system doesn't care if you's an honest Christian / niggas better stop and listen 'lest they bringing dollars with em

Welcome to D.C.

Written By: Darnley Hodge

Welcome to D.C. where crooked politicians make treaties / and turn around and break em so easy / you see it on TV / believing what you seeing on TV / but the GOP controls the FCC so turn off your TV / and burn the newspaper you're reading / they don't reflect the view of needy / they serve you up greasy / a lie of luxury coming easy / shiny ornaments keep you greedy / cooning everyday on B.E.T. in cars that's too speedy / filled with loose women that's sleazy / afraid to let their hair get too peezey / if you don't believe me / then listen up I'll give you a freebie / the radio don't want us to be free / they'd rather that we be / a modern day S-L-A-V-E / they don't have to bleep me / they hate when black people start thinking / they hate when black people start meeting and consciously speaking / they'd rather see us on the floor freaking / with moral standards steadily shrinking / my people are sinking / open your eyes there's no time for blinking / we're the ones the city's policing / Welcome to D.C.!


Backsliding (1998)
The Ultimate Truth (2001)
Antitainment (2004)
Antitainment Vol. 2: Truth, Lies, Etc. (2008)

Set List

Our typical set is 45-55 minutes although we have done shorter, longer or multiple sets depending on the gig. Songs selections may be from any of our four albums. We seldom do covers.

Although there are a few bad words in the recorded versions of some songs, we can easily do a CLEAN/ALL AGES live performance that the entire family can enjoy.