FIVE QUESTIONS FOR BILLY WOODS

Intro and questions by Dan-O Answers by Billy Woods It has been very difficult this to year to pick an MVP. So many artists committed to their vision on a very high level. I will reveal the Honorable Mention next week and roll out the OFFICIAL MVP post the week after that. In the meantime,Continue reading “FIVE QUESTIONS FOR BILLY WOODS”

The Greatest Name-Checker in Rap History

The Greatest Name-Checker in Rap History by Dan-O The Game put out a new album(Born 2 Rap) that is not great. He takes samples from high profile songs and says Nicki’s name a bunch because he wants to have sex with her still (he’s been saying thirsty things about Nicki for YEARS). He talks aboutContinue reading “The Greatest Name-Checker in Rap History”

What If The Grammy’s Didn’t Completely suck? And why they do.

What If The Grammy’s Didn’t Completely suck? And why they do. by Dan-O I remember being angry about how much the Grammy’s suck since grade school. It was just a sad naked reality. A giant bloated out of touch parent leaning over and saying “That Will Smith, huh?! Best rapper alive.” Interestingly, their problem isContinue reading “What If The Grammy’s Didn’t Completely suck? And why they do.”

#Bandcampgold-Kiwanuka by Michael Kiwanuka produced by Danger Mouse

#Bandcampgold-Kiwanuka by Michael Kiwanuka  produced by Danger Mouse by Dan-O An albums first song needs to put you squarely in their world, so the rest of the songs can expand it. Think about how important it is to start Eric B & Rakim’s Paid In Full with I Ain’t No Joke. My go-to favorite first song-off-an-album this year was CuzContinue reading “#Bandcampgold-Kiwanuka by Michael Kiwanuka produced by Danger Mouse”

My Favorite Album of 2019

My Favorite Album of 2019 by Dan-O How much do I love Jidenna? I’m not even worried about what drops in the rest of November and December. Bring Frank Ocean, Drake, bring a thousand Future features! None of it will replace the uniquely fly experience of listening to 85 To Africa. My excitement for his music mightContinue reading “My Favorite Album of 2019”

#BandcampGold-1990 by Amerigo Gazaway & Xiomara

#BandcampGold-1990 by Amerigo Gazaway & Xiomara by Dan-O I used to burn cd compilations of 90’s R & B. They were semi-notorious amongst my crew (Army stuff). I called the series “Booty Music” because the 90’s were the first decade where the music said what it meant. As richly political and social as 70’s RContinue reading “#BandcampGold-1990 by Amerigo Gazaway & Xiomara”

Song Review-Bail Bond by Mozzy & Gunplay

Song Review-Bail Bond by Mozzy & Gunplay by Dan-O The story of this partnership is an one for the history books. Gunplay is a top 5 all time rap crew guy. Fought all of G-unit by himself for the MMG team, went on the lamb came back dropped a great album. Truth is, he wasContinue reading “Song Review-Bail Bond by Mozzy & Gunplay”

Ranked Discography: Wale (album) edition

Ranked Discography: Wale (album) edition by Dan-O I saw Wale live in Boston in 2008 as the opener in a Rock The Bells concert that changed my wife’s relationship to hip hop forever. He did his song Nike Boots and explained the meaning of it before he performed it. The crowd was doing the festival opener thing,Continue reading “Ranked Discography: Wale (album) edition”

Song of The Year-Blue Trash by The Dead South

Song of The Year-Blue Trash by The Dead South by Dan-O The Dead South are Canadian Bluegrass. If you’ve ever listened to Bluegrass you know that the instrumentation is at the core of its success. Everything grows out of the rhythm  and dexterity the banjo and the bass establish. The Dead South add gloriously to thatContinue reading “Song of The Year-Blue Trash by The Dead South”

Track Breakdown: Time Machine Edition-A.D. 2000 by Erykah Badu

Track Breakdown: Time Machine Edition-A.D. 2000 by Erykah Badu by Dan-O The public perception of Badu has always been that she is nuts. She dates important musicians and messes up their heads. I have to be honest…her discography is full of songs that make perfect sense to me. She’s weird but I’m weird and the publicContinue reading “Track Breakdown: Time Machine Edition-A.D. 2000 by Erykah Badu”