Song of The Year-Extradite by Freddie Gibbs featuring Black Thought produced by Mikhail

Song of The Year-Extradite by Freddie Gibbs featuring Black Thought produced by Mikhail by Dan-O Rap music is so hopelessly cool that the effect a new star has is inebriating. A new talent comes out of nowhere and changes the world…at least your world. So every critic has their own best-flow-in-the-business candidate and it usuallyContinue reading “Song of The Year-Extradite by Freddie Gibbs featuring Black Thought produced by Mikhail”

Song Review-Brokeland by Kirk Knight produced by Kirk Knight

Song Review-Brokeland by Kirk Knight produced by Kirk Knight by Dan-O I’m so glad that we can all trust the Pro Era clique to be smarter than the narrative. While all of them have shown profound artistic talent, we all had reasonable concerns about the sound. The glorious 90’s nostalgia of Joey Bada$$ 1999 gaveContinue reading “Song Review-Brokeland by Kirk Knight produced by Kirk Knight”

Song of The Year-No Sleeep by Janet Jackson featuring J.Cole

Song of The Year-No Sleeep by Janet Jackson featuring J.Cole by Dan-O At the height of her fame Janet was stuck smack in the middle between two of the most important female artists in history. Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey were in a high note arms race, holding the microphone and bending backward belting andContinue reading “Song of The Year-No Sleeep by Janet Jackson featuring J.Cole”

Song of The Year-Born To Shine by Big Boi & Phantogram featuring Run The Jewels produced by Phantogram

http://www.audiomack.com/embed4-large/grabmyweedle/born-to-shine-feat-run-the-jewels Song of The Year-Born To Shine by Big Boi & Phantogram featuring Run The Jewels produced by Phantogram by Dan-O Run The Jewels might be the most exciting thing happening in rap music right now and it’s probably, at some level, Big Boi’s fault. El-P’s flow going back to the Rawkus Records days wasContinue reading “Song of The Year-Born To Shine by Big Boi & Phantogram featuring Run The Jewels produced by Phantogram”

EP Review-Coming Home To Texas by Leon Bridges and Mick

EP Review-Coming Home To Texas by Leon Bridges and Mick by Dan-O The most exciting thing about the Mick Boogie Leon Bridges Texas remake of Bridges album Come Home (now Coming Home To Texas) is that it proves how wonderfully durable this set of songs are. Bridges is wearing the revivalist tag and I’m notContinue reading “EP Review-Coming Home To Texas by Leon Bridges and Mick”

Mixtape Review-Black Dollar by Rick Ross

Mixtape Review-Black Dollar by Rick Ross by Dan-O Rick Ross has been artistically splitting in half recently.  The dirty Miami bass of Hood Billionaire v. the wordy luxury of God Forgives, I Don’t. The smooth J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League Yacht Club sound of Deeper Than Rap v. the deep growling muscle of Lex Luger’s production on TheContinue reading “Mixtape Review-Black Dollar by Rick Ross”

Song of The Year-I Serve The Base by Future produced by Metro Boomin’

Song of The Year-I Serve The Base by Future produced by Metro Boomin’ by Dan-O I’ve disliked everything Future put out this year…on first listen. As a listener I was too accustomed to the passionate determination music. Future puts so much of himself into his flow that through the robotic vocal effect you really feelContinue reading “Song of The Year-I Serve The Base by Future produced by Metro Boomin’”

Free Album review-Star Wars by Wilco

Preface by Dan-O I hold accountability for everything published on freemusicempire. That editorial responsibility means that any guest blogger has to be 100% dependable. Not a critic (although he has written as a reviewer) who is funny and good at diagraming how something fits in the narrative. I need an artist who knows what itContinue reading “Free Album review-Star Wars by Wilco”

Song of The Year-Jayraymecofasol​a by Jill Scott

Song of The Year-Jayraymecofasol​a by Jill Scott by Dan-O While it is true that I’ve never known Jill Scott to be a monster charting force (or even the center of the soul narrative the way Badu has been) I’ve also never known an artist who didn’t love her music. Being an artist doesn’t increase theContinue reading “Song of The Year-Jayraymecofasol​a by Jill Scott”

Song Review-Careful by Locksmith produced by Mike Blankenship, The Kid Rated R and Locksmith

Song Review-Careful by Locksmith produced by Mike Blankenship, The Kid Rated R and Locksmith by Dan-O New Locksmith is always something to look forward to. Not only can he brutalize a beat but Lock is a born confessor. When the recording light comes on he’s admitting things you wouldn’t. His new album Lofty Goals teasesContinue reading “Song Review-Careful by Locksmith produced by Mike Blankenship, The Kid Rated R and Locksmith”