Rap Radar Podcast can teach you how a song gets made.

Rap Radar Podcast can teach you how a song gets made. by Dan-O Rap Radar Pod has interviewed every important artist in hip hop this year (or it feels like that). During the December interview of Burna Boy he showcases the coolest accent ever. He’s got a deep voice with a Nigerian/UK combo accent. NineteenContinue reading “Rap Radar Podcast can teach you how a song gets made.”

#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”

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-Shake It by Charli XCX featuring Big Freedia, Cupcakke, Brooke Candy and Pabllo Vittar

Song of The Year-Shake It by Charli XCX featuring Big Freedia, Cupcakke, Brooke Candy and Pabllo Vittar by Dan-O Without question XCX is my favorite pop entity. She is as dedicated to what was considered tawdry or profane as she is dance pop. As a creator she greatly enjoys lulling you into a trance andContinue reading “Song of The Year-Shake It by Charli XCX featuring Big Freedia, Cupcakke, Brooke Candy and Pabllo Vittar”

Three Big Winners from Rapsody’s Eve album

Three Big Winners from Rapsody’s Eve album by Dan-O Albums-With an aggregate score on Metacritic of 91 out of a 100 Rapsody’s new album Eve is not consummable in pop music chunks. While it is sixty two minutes and fifty seven seconds long It is so heavily thematic that every song acts as a vital puzzle piece in theContinue reading “Three Big Winners from Rapsody’s Eve album”

#Bandcampgold-Best U.K. Albums of 2019

#Bandcampgold-Best U.K. Albums of 2019 by Dan-O As Americans we too often turn a blind eye to other countries contributions to artistic forms we start. This is odd because the world often welcomes our contributions(Kurasawa turned Westerns into Samurai movies and we turned that into Star Wars). U.K. rap has gone through its own growthContinue reading “#Bandcampgold-Best U.K. Albums of 2019”

Song review-Nipsey by Trae The Truth

Song review-Nipsey by Trae The Truth by Dan-O I do not feel well. Generally, I am not a neurotic person. My mind is something I manage assertively but the beat on Trae The Truth’s song Nipsey sounds like the buzzing in my head ever since Nip passed. The light piano is the ever-present weeping ofContinue reading “Song review-Nipsey by Trae The Truth”

Song of The Year-Palmolive Featuring Pusha T and Killer Mike produced by Madlib by Freddie Gibbs

Song of The Year-Palmolive Featuring Pusha T and Killer Mike produced by Madlib by Freddie Gibbs by Dan-O In 2014 when Madlib and Freddie Gibbs produced Pinata I thought the two were magnificently matched. A song like Deeper is just not possible without the mutilated soul Madlib feeds Freddie. For some rappers soul sample based beats (Madlib,Continue reading “Song of The Year-Palmolive Featuring Pusha T and Killer Mike produced by Madlib by Freddie Gibbs”

Song Review-Special by Gucci Mane featuring Anuel AA produced by Murda Beatz and Cubeatz

Song Review-Special by Gucci Mane featuring Anuel AA produced by  Murda Beatz and Cubeatz By Dan-O The reasons you should think of Gucci Mane as a genius lyricist are pretty straight forward: 1. Individuality-built his style on his own not a product of anyone or any other movement (in this way I think of himContinue reading “Song Review-Special by Gucci Mane featuring Anuel AA produced by Murda Beatz and Cubeatz”