Song of the year-Jay-z Blue produced by Timbaland

Song of the year-Jay-z Blue produced by Timbaland by Dan-O Jay-z’s new album Magna Carta Holy Grail is easy to dislike. On it he name-checks Basquiat like most rappers do molly (too darn much), he even brings his sand to the beach because his beach is better. It’s a gloriously snobby album and we’re onlyContinue reading “Song of the year-Jay-z Blue produced by Timbaland”

Warm Brew-The Ride Mixtape Review

Warm Brew-The Ride Mixtape Review by Dan-O I have almost reviewed Warm Brew a lot. When they dropped Kottabos last year it was summer music I couldn’t get a way from, good enough to jam but it seemed like it was missing something. One of those projects that’s right on the line between not goodContinue reading “Warm Brew-The Ride Mixtape Review”

Song Review-Fathers Day by Propain produced by Donnie Houston

Song Review-Fathers Day by Propain produced by Donnie Houston by Dan-O For those not emotionally in touch with the subject matter this song deals with it may seem emotionally extreme. The loss of your father from your life (not due to death but knucklehead events) builds a savage hostility within that child that rather thanContinue reading “Song Review-Fathers Day by Propain produced by Donnie Houston”

Mixtape Autopsy: Joey Bada$$-Summer Knights

Mixtape Autopsy: Joey Bada$$-Summer Knights by Dan-O The fact that the Pro Era general’s new mixtape Summer Knights is unsuccessful is a known fact in the hip hop world. All the excited fingers that hit the download button on 1999 hit it again for Summer Knights. Shortly after listening to the half engaged native tongueContinue reading “Mixtape Autopsy: Joey Bada$$-Summer Knights”

Song of the Year-Ken Griffey Jr by Starlito featuring Don Trip produced by Canel Finch

Song of the Year-Ken Griffey Jr by Starlito featuring Don Trip produced by Canel Finch From Attention, Tithes & Taxes(5 song mixtape ep) by Dan-O Artistic chemistry is a total crapshoot. Two artists who should always have worked together can step on the perfect beat and its dead, nothing interesting happens. Think about how complexContinue reading “Song of the Year-Ken Griffey Jr by Starlito featuring Don Trip produced by Canel Finch”

Killa Kyleon-Lean on Me: The Adventures of Joe Clark

Killa Kyleon-Lean on Me: The Adventures of Joe Clark by Dan-O As active as my imagination is its still hard for me to envision a situation where Killa Kyleon would apologize for a lyric. His music exists within such strict street code that every recommended course of action feels lived within. That’s part of whatContinue reading “Killa Kyleon-Lean on Me: The Adventures of Joe Clark”

Song of the Year-Easts​ide Moonwalker by Freddie Gibbs produced by GMF

Song of the Year-Easts​ide Moonwalker by Freddie Gibbs produced by GMF by Dan-O All of the debate about Kanye West’s new album Yeezus versus Jay-z’s Magna Carta Holy Grail obscures the real best rap album of 2013 so far from its rightful spotlight….and that’s Freddie Gibbs #ESGN (Evil Seeds Grow Naturally). If you want theContinue reading “Song of the Year-Easts​ide Moonwalker by Freddie Gibbs produced by GMF”

Song Review-Mucho by Young Dro produced by FKi

Song Review-Mucho by Young Dro produced by FKi by Dan-O My mind always puts Dro in the same place with Lloyd Banks. Guys that are #2’s to really important rappers and remain under-appreciated due to that proximity. I think this comparison bears analysis. While TI and 50 Cent have struggled to clarify their musical identityContinue reading “Song Review-Mucho by Young Dro produced by FKi”

Run The Jewels-Run The Jewels review

Run The Jewels (El-P and Killer Mike)-Run The Jewels review by Dan-O Freemusicempire has two founding reasons for me: as a fan of rap I didn’t have any reliable place to go to get sensible music recommendations, also the best and most articulate hip hop critics were writing reviews(even positive) that were insulting to theContinue reading “Run The Jewels-Run The Jewels review”