Sample Snitch: The connection between Jimmy Cagney and E-40 (Back in Business 2010/White Heat 1949)

Sample Snitch: The connection between Jimmy Cagney and E-40 (Back in Business 2010/White Heat 1949) by Dan-O The movie White Heat from 1949 is a defining moment in film noir. The main character, Arthur “Cody” Jarrett is not only a robber but suffers from headaches he started faking as a kid to get his mothersContinue reading “Sample Snitch: The connection between Jimmy Cagney and E-40 (Back in Business 2010/White Heat 1949)”

Mixtape Review-Prohibition by Berner & B-Real

Mixtape Review-Prohibition by Berner & B-Real by Dan-O Mixtapes give upcoming artists a chance to put together something that purely reflects them; not vetted by record executives and plotted for the radio. It also gives the major and middle class artists a chance to drop something cool out of nowhere. Prohibition falls into the secondContinue reading “Mixtape Review-Prohibition by Berner & B-Real”

Song of The Year-Life Jacket by DJ Quik featuring Dom Kennedy and Suga Free

Song of The Year-Life Jacket by DJ Quik featuring Dom Kennedy and Suga Free by Dan-O The Midnight Life might be the surest buy in hip hop this year. If you were anticipating a bigger and wilder event album from one of the architects of the west coast hip hop sound you got it. LastContinue reading “Song of The Year-Life Jacket by DJ Quik featuring Dom Kennedy and Suga Free”

Mixtape Review-Happy Belated by Chaz French

Mixtape Review-Happy Belated by Chaz French by Dan-O This morning I looked out my window and it was fall. Through the thick damp fog I could see the fresh wet leaves coating the ground with contrasting colors observing how sadly beautiful it was and said “It’s a Chaz French kind of day.” Like fall his newContinue reading “Mixtape Review-Happy Belated by Chaz French”

#Throwback Thursday – Domino – “A.F.D” (1993)

Where the fuck have I been? I don’t know man, I was busy. Anyway, the last thing I think I actually published for this site was the MVP piece for Gucci Mane in 2012.  No one really cares about that though; go read my old stuff if you want, but this is going to beContinue reading “#Throwback Thursday – Domino – “A.F.D” (1993)”

Song Review-Bab​y Come Around by IZA produced by Snoop Dogg

Song Review-Bab​y Come Around by IZA produced by Snoop Dogg by Dan-O I could probably get you interested in the mixtape Flower In The Jungle by IZA with a simple tagline. Polish singer does a DJ Skee mixtape produced entirely by Snoop Dogg. Those components alone would make a lot of rap fans press playContinue reading “Song Review-Bab​y Come Around by IZA produced by Snoop Dogg”

Mixtape Review-Gold Bottles by Ziggy x C-Note

Mixtape Review-Gold Bottles by Ziggy x C-Note by Dan-O My family loves the movie Tombstone. It’s not the greatest movie of all time but we can never seem to look away. The mustaches, the camera angles, the Shakespearean arc of Ringo and Doc Holiday just work. Everything is in the right place.I can name fiftyContinue reading “Mixtape Review-Gold Bottles by Ziggy x C-Note”

Song Review-730 by Young Thug

Song Review-730 by Young Thug by Dan-O Young Thug’s takeover of the weirdo trap rap game in 2014 hip hop often times feels like a victory for gibberish and funny noises. It’s a bit surreal to read reviews of Riff Raff that criticize him for being silly and nonsensical when Young Thug is making hits withContinue reading “Song Review-730 by Young Thug”

Mixtape Review-Fukk Fame by Frenchie

Mixtape Review-Fukk Fame by Frenchie by Dan-O Everybody has one of those cheesy action movies they just love. For a buddy of mine it’s Hudson Hawk. For me it’s The Last Boy Scout with Damon Wayans and Bruce Willis. This year Frenchie’s Fukk Fame is the mixtape equivalent. It’s soaked in autotune, a brisk tenContinue reading “Mixtape Review-Fukk Fame by Frenchie”

Sample Snitch: Kanye West-Power/King Crimson-21st Century Schizoid Man

Sample Snitch: Kanye West-Power/King Crimson-21st Century Schizoid Man by Dan-O We all know that hip hop has pillaged the catalog of Parliament Funkadelic, James Brown, The Isley Brothers and countless other soul/R&B acts. That’s how most of us learn about sampling. Someone plays The Isley Brothers song Between The Sheets and you stop cold likeContinue reading “Sample Snitch: Kanye West-Power/King Crimson-21st Century Schizoid Man”