Anthony Hidalgo, professionally known as Ant Dog, is a rapper, singer, songwriter, and guitarist born on July 20, 1988 and raised in Mojave, California. He developed his love for music as a lyricist and guitarist when he formed his first band at seventeen. Later, he became a member of Under Sleepless Skies in 2007, which was the last rock band until joining his current group Madopelli Music under Straight Banger Productions in 2016.
With influences such as Insane Clown Posse (ICP), Scum, Insane Poetry, Kottonmouth Kings (KMK), Twiztid, Geto Boys, Ghostmane, Suicide Boys, Pouya, and of course all Motown and Oldies music, he brings a unique mix of rock and hip-hop sounds, while also incorporating horror core. Ant Dog loves the high energy and adrenaline rush from making and performing such a mix of genres and seeing how many people relate to his style of music. One of the biggest compliments of his music came from a fan who told him how his music helped him fight depression and ultimately saved his life.
Ant Dog has shared the stage with many artists over the years, but his most memorable show was opening up for Tech N9ne in Ventura, CA. Some of the other artists he’s performed with include ICP, Twiztid, Scum, Insane Poetry, Wu-Tang Clan, Ritz, Afroman, Moonshine Bandits, Anybody Killa (ABK), Blaze Ya Dead Homie, Boondox, Damien Quinn, Krizz Kaliko, Brotha Lynch Hung, Kung Fu Vampire, and many more. The biggest show, with over 1,300 people, was in 2018 opening for the Wu-Tang Clan at the Novo in downtown Los Angeles. In addition, Madopelli Music has performed at the Gathering of the Juggalos 2017 & 2018, invited in 2019, and they have plans to return this year.
Under Madopelli Music, Ant Dog has released albums since 2016 starting with their first album Madopelli Gold and releasing his first solo album in 2018 called Devil’s Deal. His newest solo album, Here 2 Stay, released February 22, 2020.
Ant Dog would love to one day collaborate with Cypress Hill, Blaze Ya Dead Homie, and Elton John.
Fun Fact: Ant Dog enjoys working on aircrafts when he’s not working on his music.
For more about Ant Dog, follow his Instagram @antdog17_