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”

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”

Mixtape Review(Mashup edition)-American Godfather by Jay-Z & DJ Skee

Mixtape Review (Mashup edition)-American Godfather by Jay-Z & DJ Skee by Dan-O It bothers me that the mixtape revolution which gave us hip hop in its modern form is hard to find traces of. You can still scour datpiff archives but when I throw “Kush and OJ” through my Amazon unlimited search bar it comes backContinue reading “Mixtape Review(Mashup edition)-American Godfather by Jay-Z & DJ Skee”

Throwback Thursday-The self-destructive finale of Mobb Deep

Throwback Thursday-The self-destructive finale of Mobb Deep by Dan-O So its 2005. Last year Mobb Deep put out Amerikaz Nightmare which was a superb album but destroyed internally by Jay-z who pulled strings to keep the radio/video play down. 50 Cent signs Mobb Deep which is a pretty big deal because his first album inContinue reading “Throwback Thursday-The self-destructive finale of Mobb Deep”

Throwback Thursday (Mixtape Mashup edition)-The Billprint

Throwback Thursday (Mixtape Mashup edition)-The Billprint by Dan-O Mash up mixtapes are my favorite thing because when you flip the beat from a classic song, you hear the lyrics naked again on that first listen. Without the sonic universe seemingly fated for these words you hear them differently and feel yourself entering something new. WhenContinue reading “Throwback Thursday (Mixtape Mashup edition)-The Billprint”

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”

Sample Snitch-The Look of Love by Isaac Hayes: connecting Jay-z & Irv Gotti to Burt Bacharach

Sample Snitch-The Look of Love by Isaac Hayes: connecting Jay-z & Irv Gotti to Burt Bacharach by Dan-O Isaac Hayes is a goldmine if you get over how weird the situation is. This is the guy who wrote nearly all the important Stax records radio hits but nearly all of his important solo tracks areContinue reading “Sample Snitch-The Look of Love by Isaac Hayes: connecting Jay-z & Irv Gotti to Burt Bacharach”

Throwback Thursday-Feel It In The Air by Beanie Sigel

Throwback Thursday-Feel It In The Air by Beanie Sigel by Dan-O Beanie has more than enough verses about smacking the face off of losers. He’s good enough at that subject matter to make you reconsider bothering him for an autograph but his most important material is fearful, paranoid and suffering. His second highest point isContinue reading “Throwback Thursday-Feel It In The Air by Beanie Sigel”

Throwback Thursday-Back In The Day by Missy Elliott featuring Jay-z

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eIc-sz7O_nA Throwback Thursday-Back In The Day by Missy Elliott featuring Jay-z by Dan-O We all know now that Missy was a creative freak, mastermind of both music video and lose your mind dancefloor hip hop. When we go back to those hits we shouldn’t lose track of what she was overcoming. She wasn’t hailed asContinue reading “Throwback Thursday-Back In The Day by Missy Elliott featuring Jay-z”

Mixtape review-Trappers Alley 2: Risk vs. Reward by Boldy James

Mixtape review-Trappers Alley 2: Risk vs. Reward by Boldy James by Dan-O At times it feels like Rakim and Big Daddy Kane split the rap world in half. During all the Nas interview interludes on the new Boldy James mixtape Trappers Alley 2: Risk vs. Reward it was all I could think about. Rakim wasContinue reading “Mixtape review-Trappers Alley 2: Risk vs. Reward by Boldy James”