In a time when Hip Hop icons are viewed and as pretenders, desperately seeking to say whatever sells, a hero is arising. Toney Parka (aka Tone Rome) wants to prove that Hip Hop is more than fast cars and fast rhymes. Born amongst the hustle and bustle of Baltimore's streets, Parka held on to Hip Hop for dear life. Hip Hop became for him a fervent fortress. Selective about his choice of Hip Hop styles, his admiration grew for the sounds of Run-DMC, Rakim, Public Enemy and A Tribe Called Quest. Parka is a graduate of Tuskegee University, an advocate of true Hip Hop, and a dedicated father. Toney is also the Director of the Saturday Arts Academy, which provides comprehensive arts based activities for Washington DC youth.
Parka has dedicated the past 11 years to perfecting the art of emceeing and mastering the business behind the music. He is one of the founding members of The RawDialect Crew, a group that forged his lyrical skill with that of seven other talented MCs. When it came time for The RawDialect Crew to release their music to the public, they didn't run to a record exec with their demo tape, they formed their own label, RAWsounds, LLC.