Midwest rapper Danté Wolfe was born Kelly Danté Petty Jr. Wolfe was known as the MC in the back of the class with something to prove. Years before the St. Louis born and raised MC made his solo debut, he started out a part of local group, MME. Performing alongside Mvstermind, RA Child, Con,
Lyrique and Ciej the collective released several singles and music videos earning them serious acclaim in their budding music scene. Together they executed two independent tours clocking over 20,000 miles as well as performing at festivals such as A3C, SXSW, and Brooklyn’s MCA Day. This was the
steel upon which Wolfe began to sharpen his blade, as the collective also opened up for artists such as Travis Scott, Chance the Rapper and Curren$y.
10 St. Louis Artist Poised to Break Out in 2017
Wolfe’s first solo album, The God Complex, was released in January of 2016 and debuted the rapper at number 35 on the CMJ weekly chart of the 40 most played Hip Hop artists at college radio.
In November 2016, Wolfe debuted his second album, Carlton Ave. “Temp Tags,” (feat. Mvstermind) was the lead single and was premiered by Team Backpack. The album received rave reviews from several media platforms and received a write up from HipHop DX, positioning Wolfe as a serious emerging talent.
Dedicated to the pursuance of his music career, Wolfe has been recognized by several local publications. In 2017, he was named as one of Riverfront Times’ Artists Posed to Break Out. Wolfe even caught a feature on STL Today’s entertainment blog, The Blender, and in DELUX Magazine’s Who Got Next sections. The rapper has captured the eye of plenty of bloggers and won’t be stopping there.
The God Complex
Debuted at #35 on the CMJ weekly chart of the 40 most played artist at college radio
"Growing up on the north side of St. Louis, music has always been a part of him, listening to all types of music with his dad he was exposed to more than the average kid. Dante can recall listening to Hip-Hop legends like Wu Tang Clan and Ghostface Killa that gave him his first kiss with music.
The intimate look at the production of this song paints the picture of the musical process of “Temp Tags” and Danté’s journey as an artist.
For Dante, it’s about what you’re saying when you’re saying it, and reaching the people you can. Things you digest in your everyday life comes off in their music, and for some artist it’s drugs, sex, rock-n-roll. It’s turn up, turn up, turn up, but as an artist you still have some type of responsibility. Rap music creates opportunities for that people that wouldn’t have it otherwise." - Ashley Winters (DELUX Magazine)
TOURING FOR 20K MILES INDEPENDENTLY
As a collective MME was always renowned for their sonic masterpieces and crisp visuals. But it was when the group took matters into their own hands and began planning for their first tour that they became a whole new DIY powerhouse. From Spring 2015 - Spring 2016 the group created a roadmap of cities, contacted venues, and setup travel arrangements.
Each time out on the road a new milestone was achieved. From selling out of merchandise to being requested by fans to return for a sold out show.
The experience from touring was priceless as it taught the collective why its called show "business" . Rising to the occasion each step of the way the group used their newly announced merchandise line to create a source of income. They used social media to effectively promote and raise funds to extend the tour.