Ampichino is an urban, authentic, seasoned, no nonsense, rap artist who hails out of Akron, Ohio. His style is organic and eclectic; yet he is a grounded entertainer and performer who understand the importance of the message and the music. Ampichino, aka Anthony Hunt never settles for the status quo; rather he is a trendsetter who has laid a solid foundation with his community and around the world; a prolific rapper who keeps it real. He has 15 albums to his credit boasting an ‘underground’ vibe tinged artistically with street tales crossover appeal, and delivered with a euphoric blend of gritty surrealism and parody. His music and lyrics serve as the audio book for his life and for others who have influenced him, unveiling the good and the bad about street life. Ampichino’s goal is not to glorify it, rather to articulate what is really going down, straight, and no chaser.
Ampichino was inspired to be a rapper in 1987 when he heard hip hop impresario’s Eric B and Rakim’s “Paid in Full” and knew it was time to tell his story to the masses; put pen to paper and write his perspective of existence and endurance. At the age of 12 he performed at several neighborhood events, and by the age of 13 Ampichino made his first ‘professional’ appearance during open mike at a teen nightclub. But his burgeoning career was sidetracked when like many of his peers, he got caught up in the game, but he didn’t let that deter him from his dream, so he continued to write, honing and perfecting his cadence with verses that emanated from his soul.
In 2001, he collaborated with Yukmouth and artists from other cities and states on The Regime, which featured Tech N9ne, Gonzoe, and DJ Fingaz, to name a few. This helped to raise the level of consciousness and marketability of Ampichino as a colloquist of rap’s foundation and existence. By 2005, his network and reputation was in full force, performing at clubs in Alaska, Portland, Oregon, Kentucky, United Kingdom, and Oklahoma, before crowds measuring anywhere from 600 to 1,300 enthusiastic fans.
In 2001 he started his own label, Family First Records (Double F Records (formerly Flam Flawless) that is home to artists of all genres, including his rap “Do Tha Damn Thing” featuring Yukmouth (2002) (#15 on the Hot Rap Songs list). His collaborative efforts continue, putting down hits that deliver Billboard recognition.