Song of The Year-Lil Thing by Knox Fortune

Song of The Year-Lil Thing by Knox Fortune By Dan-O Debut albums are so much more complete than they used to be. The death of the music industry happened first with the death of developing talent. At this point signee’s must have already established their sound. So it is no shock when you listen toContinue reading “Song of The Year-Lil Thing by Knox Fortune”

Mixtape Review-Coloring Book by Chance The Rapper

Mixtape Review-Coloring Book by Chance The Rapper by Dan-O Coloring Book is a testimony but it’s also a test. No one disputes Chance’s skill level in regards to flow, delivery, and wordplay… moving the crowd to keep it simple.  A few critiques of the project have already started to form and I think they portray theContinue reading “Mixtape Review-Coloring Book by Chance The Rapper”

Audio Push and the soft resurgence of Native Tongues cool consciousness

Audio Push and the soft resurgence of Native Tongues cool consciousness by Dan-O Hip hop is waves and counter-waves; it survives because every successful movement is so hated by another portion of the culture that its opposition immediately garners prominence as a counter point. You could make the argument that all sub-genres are little traps.Continue reading “Audio Push and the soft resurgence of Native Tongues cool consciousness”

They call these things mixtapes but we have to pay for them?

They call these things mixtapes but we have to pay for them? by Dan-O Whenever people look at me and say the mixtape doesn’t exist anymore; no difference exists between albums and mixtapes…I have to look at them confused. What do you mean? I know it’s an album because I paid for the thing. ThisContinue reading “They call these things mixtapes but we have to pay for them?”

Mixtape Review-Surf by Donnie Trumpet and The Social Experiment

Mixtape Review-Surf by Donnie Trumpet and The Social Experiment by Dan-O As massive and overwhelming as Surf felt on the first listen, the more I come back the bigger it feels. I find myself listening to songs I’ve heard lots of times and grunting in awe at how sharply and warmly resonant each moment is.Continue reading “Mixtape Review-Surf by Donnie Trumpet and The Social Experiment”

Mixtape Review: Trap Genius by Tree

Mixtape Review: Trap Genius by Tree by Dan-O Sunday School 2: When Church Lets Out is what broke Tree wide open for the tastemakers. The funny part about this is they all had a shot at falling in love with him on the first Sunday School. That’s when I dove in with both feet (along withContinue reading “Mixtape Review: Trap Genius by Tree”

Mixtape Review-Trybecca by Death By Icon

Mixtape Review-Trybecca by Death By Icon by Dan-O In order for a region to maintain a trademark sound it not only needs to stay in close connection with it (not abandon it when the spotlight moves on) but challenge it with variation. Chicago established a bleak toughness as its modern sound when drill invaded everyone’sContinue reading “Mixtape Review-Trybecca by Death By Icon”

Song Review-Lov​ely Day by Vic Mensa produced by Vic Mensa and Peter Cottontale

Song Review-Lov​ely Day by Vic Mensa produced by Vic Mensa and Peter Cottontale by Dan-O Anyone can be guilty of thinking too hard. When Vic Mensa dropped INNANETAPE I was excited to listen. This is someone who was burning up guest verses all over the place. It turns out that its fun with great productionContinue reading “Song Review-Lov​ely Day by Vic Mensa produced by Vic Mensa and Peter Cottontale”

Chance the Rapper-Acid Rap mixtape review

Chance the Rapper-Acid Rap mixtape review by Dan-O Acid Rap is a startling first listen. I guess the prerequisite is being able to enjoy the playfully childish nasally delivery Chance the Rapper brings to every song. If you do, every verse comes out as an amorphous blob that seems like it could end and becomeContinue reading “Chance the Rapper-Acid Rap mixtape review”

A story of two compilatio​ns

A story of two compilatio​ns by Dan-O Try to remember the last hip hop compilation album anyone was impressed by. The Self-Made series just seem to highlight how artificially put together MMG feels, if you go back to the G-Unit compilation it was the first indicator of how limited G-unit was conceptually. Preconceptions destroy the compilation;Continue reading “A story of two compilatio​ns”