From The Inbox-Bona Fide by Kid Sean

From The Inbox-Bona Fide by Kid Sean by Dan-O The distinction between hip hop and underground hip hop is a real stylistic divergence. It’s not really about sales figures. Artists like B.O.B. and Wiz Khalifa came up independently through mixtapes but they were always pop artists. You can listen to teenage Wiz belt out PittsburghContinue reading “From The Inbox-Bona Fide by Kid Sean”

Song of The Year-The Imperial featuring Action Bronson, Royce Da 5’9 and Black Thought produced by Statik Selektah

Song of The Year-The Imperial featuring Action Bronson, Royce Da 5’9 and Black Thought produced by Statik Selektah by Dan-O The most popular DJ albums fall into one of two categories. The first is the super-producer putting the most popular artists together to line up as many radio hits as possible. If even one recordContinue reading “Song of The Year-The Imperial featuring Action Bronson, Royce Da 5’9 and Black Thought produced by Statik Selektah”

Mixtape Review-The Water(s) by Mick Jenkins

Mixtape Review-The Water(s) by Mick Jenkins by Dan-O It’s just not as simple as the presentation. Most important musical projects fit this description: Cream wasn’t as simple as great guitar work, Sinatra wasn’t as simple as love songs or whistfulness, Kind of Blue is more than a polished listen and great introduction to Jazz. InContinue reading “Mixtape Review-The Water(s) by Mick Jenkins”

Song Review-What You Need (The Weeknd Cover) by Kwamie Liv

Song Review-What You Need (The Weeknd Cover) by Kwamie Liv by Dan-O The 7 song Lost in The Girl EP is more proof that this is the year of the R&B mixtape release. Kwamie Liv pushes her alluring voice in all kinds of cool directions. Lots of the songs have beats that shift and changeContinue reading “Song Review-What You Need (The Weeknd Cover) by Kwamie Liv”

Mixtape Review-Body High by Lucki Eck$

Mixtape Review-Body High by Lucki Eck$ by Dan-O “I’m still a kid anyway, I keep forgettin’ bout that sh_t (Finesse)” It’s easy to forget. Lucki Eck$ is a barely 18 year old rapper from Chicago who stepped into rap fully developed. His last mixtape Alternative Trap was one of those projects I couldn’t stop listeningContinue reading “Mixtape Review-Body High by Lucki Eck$”

EP Review-Royalty The Prequel by The Dream

EP Review-Royalty The Prequel by The Dream by Dan-O Amidst all the great little R&B mixtapes that have dropped into the universe this year you won’t hear a lot about Royalty. Not for lack of interesting music, by the way, more for the emotional neediness. This is a project so very off-putting that the hitsContinue reading “EP Review-Royalty The Prequel by The Dream”

Mixtape Review-Drive By from Cartie

Mixtape Review-Drive By from Cartie by Dan-O Its not just concise, tough and gigantic sounding; Drive By is also the soundtrack to losing your cool and maybe your mind. Every mixtape Don Cannon is involved with ends up turned all the way up into an event and this project is no different. Cartie marches throughContinue reading “Mixtape Review-Drive By from Cartie”

EP review-OTR2SJ by Scotty ATL

EP review-OTR2SJ by Scotty ATL by Dan-O My blood boils when I hear censored music. By the time the 90’s came around I was arguing with my parents for the permission to listen to rap music. If you turned on the television people were driving steamrollers over my favorite rap album. C. Delores Tucker hadContinue reading “EP review-OTR2SJ by Scotty ATL”