G.O.A.T. Components-Lil Wayne

G.O.A.T. Components-Lil Wayne by Dan-O Albums (Classics and numbers)-I revisited Wayne’s place all time after his 2020 release Funeral. It is superb but let’s look at how good it is in context. Funeral is twenty four songs and Carter five is 23. That means from September 2018 to January 2020 he’s released 47 songs. Funeral went #1 which gives him aContinue reading “G.O.A.T. Components-Lil Wayne”

FME 2016 MVP HONORABLE MENTION-YG

FME 2016 MVP HONORABLE MENTION-YG by Dan-O We used to crown “mixtape MVP” but the distinction between mixtape and album is unimportant at this point. Everyone has streaming services and no one pays per album, it is a heartless profit starved reality but it is our reality. YG was almost my pick for 2016 MVPContinue reading “FME 2016 MVP HONORABLE MENTION-YG”

Way Too In-Depth Song Review-I Had It In A Drought by E-40 featuring Stresmatic produced by ProHoeZak

Way Too In-Depth Song Review-I Had It In A Drought by E-40 featuring Stresmatic produced by ProHoeZak by Dan-O Art is not a measurement of the works distance from perfection. It is instead an engagement with personality, one built brick by brick by vivid slices of perception. This is one of the reasons everyone hasContinue reading “Way Too In-Depth Song Review-I Had It In A Drought by E-40 featuring Stresmatic produced by ProHoeZak”

Mixtape Review-AD & Sorry Jaynari-By The Way

Mixtape Review-AD & Sorry Jaynari-By The Way by Dan-O Energy creates energy. No matter how popular the grim and gritty brooding album is (for showing the wounded humanity of its narrator) to a fan base desperate to connect with dark secrets; it lives that way in contrast to energy projects and it will always needContinue reading “Mixtape Review-AD & Sorry Jaynari-By The Way”

Mixtape Review-Biggie Smalls EP by IAMSU & AkaFrank

Mixtape Review-Biggie Smalls EP by IAMSU & AkaFrank by Dan-O The first lie of art is that you should always work harder on your weakness than your strength. Sounds good for a teacher to tell a kid but it’s not reasonable for a grown up at all. Why would you spend most of your energyContinue reading “Mixtape Review-Biggie Smalls EP by IAMSU & AkaFrank”

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-Allegiance by Ya Boy Rich Rocka

Mixtape Review-Allegiance by Ya Boy Rich Rocka by Dan-O Nothing separates the coal from the diamonds like the grind. Every time you see an artist hit with a hot debut you can chart their tumble out of the spotlight as they realize the pressure of following up that content while building up a touring audience.Continue reading “Mixtape Review-Allegiance by Ya Boy Rich Rocka”

Song Review-Home Again by E-40 featuring Mike Marshall

Song Review-Home Again by E-40 featuring Mike Marshall by Dan-O Criticism by its very nature is reductive, by writing an “angle” or “theme” into a review you cut away all the other rough edges that don’t fit. It’s been a gift and a curse for E-40. Being from the East Coast I always knew youContinue reading “Song Review-Home Again by E-40 featuring Mike Marshall”

Song Review-N The Traffic by Droop-E, J Stalin, and Nite Jewel

Song Review-N The Traffic by Droop-E, J Stalin, and Nite Jewel by Dan-O The first four times you listen to this song off of Droop-E’s Itunes EP Hungry and Humble you may only be able to focus on the beat. I’m sure he wouldn’t mind. He’s one of the best producers in hip hop todayContinue reading “Song Review-N The Traffic by Droop-E, J Stalin, and Nite Jewel”

Songs of the Year-I’m Loaded by Droop-E featuring E-40

I’m Loaded Droop-E featuring E-40-I’m Loaded by Dan-O Sade samples are standard in hip hop, who wouldn’t want a soothing female voice looped into your beat? The problem with most Sade tributes is that everyone feels shackled to the Sade vibe. Droop-E is E-40’s son and an incredibly astute producer (not a great rapper) whoContinue reading “Songs of the Year-I’m Loaded by Droop-E featuring E-40”