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”

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”

Song of The Year-Wolf Mode by Chris Rivers

Song of The Year-Wolf Mode by Chris Rivers by Dan-O When talking about Noname a friend of mine made the argument that while her follow up album was very good(Room 25), she will likely spend her career measured against the song Casket Pretty from her first album (Telefone). This isn’t about producing an insurmountable hit. Casket Pretty is a hushedContinue reading “Song of The Year-Wolf Mode by Chris Rivers”

#Bandcampgold-Black Beans by Exile x Choosey

#Bandcampgold-Black Beans by Exile x Choosey by Dan-O The world makes us feel terrible. Mac Miller and Nipsey Hussle are dead. Ogres are in power and they don’t even lie to us about how old evil and full of greed/hate they are. Music is necessary, all kinds of music. Black Beans is a beam of light on theContinue reading “#Bandcampgold-Black Beans by Exile x Choosey”

Fight for The Future of Lil Uzi Vert

Fight for The Future of Lil Uzi Vert by Dan-O We complain a lot. All of us do. In Hip Hop, we get mad at youngsters for not doing what the older generations would do. Real rap problems exist: loss of interesting word usage, too much of a focus on ad-libs, drug addiction creating a generationContinue reading “Fight for The Future of Lil Uzi Vert”

Song Of The Year-Young and Invincible by Zacari featuring Lil Yachty

Song Of The Year-Young and Invincible by Zacari featuring Lil Yachty by Dan-O If you are old like I am (old enough to call Mark Wahlberg Marky Mark) and you dislike/can’t figure out new school rap and its value I can help. This song can help. If Young and Invincible was a rap song fromContinue reading “Song Of The Year-Young and Invincible by Zacari featuring Lil Yachty”

#Bandcampgold-Cover Art by Anderson Paak

#Bandcampgold-Cover Art by Anderson Paak by Dan-O If you didn’t know who Anderson Paak was after summer 2015 I don’t think you’re a hip hop head. When Dr. Dre came out of his cave August 7th 2015 to release Compton everyone in hip hop noted it. Thumbing through the sixteen tracks listed Paak was on sixContinue reading “#Bandcampgold-Cover Art by Anderson Paak”

Song Review-10 Piece by Curren$y & Wiz Khalifa produced by Dame Grease

  Song Review-10 Piece by Curren$y & Wiz Khalifa produced by Dame Grease by Dan-O The mixtape era taught artists how to sell themselves post-music industry collapse. When Wiz & Curren$y dropped How Fly they outlined their rap and lifestyle values without any A & R influence or board meetings to approve. They sent it right toContinue reading “Song Review-10 Piece by Curren$y & Wiz Khalifa produced by Dame Grease”

#Bandcampgold-New Breed by Dawn

#Bandcampgold-New Breed by Dawn by Dan-O I am strangely protective of Dawn Richard place in music. I have never heard a Danity Kane song and really only got into her when she took her career by the horns solo. In casual conversation I frequently tell people she is MY Beyonce. Her dedication to dance pop isContinue reading “#Bandcampgold-New Breed by Dawn”

Hip Hop History: Never Forget Donald Goines Has an Album

Hip Hop History: Never Forget Donald Goines Has an Album by Dan-O Donald Goines is one of my all-time literary heroes. He applied Shakespearean tragedy to the hood characters I was getting to know through Rap music and instead of lauding them he proved the street eats its babies. He left no one winning and everyContinue reading “Hip Hop History: Never Forget Donald Goines Has an Album”