Song Review-Marksmen by Roc Marciano featuring Ka produced by Arch Druids

Song Review-Marksmen by Roc Marciano featuring Ka produced by Arch Druids by Dan-O I don’t think any song on the new Joey Bada$$ album (All-Amerikkkan Bada$$) is as important as him going to Hot 97 and telling them NY radio hasn’t grown. He was correct but I would have changed the ageism laced in hisContinue reading “Song Review-Marksmen by Roc Marciano featuring Ka produced by Arch Druids”

LATE PASS Mixtape Review-Imperial by Denzel Curry

LATE PASS Mixtape Review-Imperial by Denzel Curry by Dan-O Everyone should like Denzel Curry. If you’re a hip hop purist than you hate biters, people who can easily be traced into others. Success breeds copying so you can find a lot of rappers in New York who sound like Jay and a lot of yellingContinue reading “LATE PASS Mixtape Review-Imperial by Denzel Curry”

Song Review-Heard Dat by Smoke Dza produced by Harry Fraud

Song Review-Heard Dat by Smoke Dza produced by Harry Fraud by Dan-O When a sound is described as “nostalgic” no part of that is complimentary. They are inferring that it spins its wheels by replicating an old sound that we all miss and want back without moving at all into the future. It gets tossedContinue reading “Song Review-Heard Dat by Smoke Dza produced by Harry Fraud”

Song Review-Brokeland by Kirk Knight produced by Kirk Knight

Song Review-Brokeland by Kirk Knight produced by Kirk Knight by Dan-O I’m so glad that we can all trust the Pro Era clique to be smarter than the narrative. While all of them have shown profound artistic talent, we all had reasonable concerns about the sound. The glorious 90’s nostalgia of Joey Bada$$ 1999 gaveContinue reading “Song Review-Brokeland by Kirk Knight produced by Kirk Knight”

Mixtape Review-The Water(s) by Mick Jenkins

Mixtape Review-The Water(s) by Mick Jenkins by Dan-O It’s just not as simple as the presentation. Most important musical projects fit this description: Cream wasn’t as simple as great guitar work, Sinatra wasn’t as simple as love songs or whistfulness, Kind of Blue is more than a polished listen and great introduction to Jazz. InContinue reading “Mixtape Review-The Water(s) by Mick Jenkins”

Mixtape Review-Stay Black 2 by Black Dave

Mixtape Review-Stay Black 2 by Black Dave by Dan-O NY radio personalities disingenuously perpetually ponder the state of NY hip hop and its difficulties. If the 5 Boroughs have a problem at all it’s this over thinking. When a new artist with talent comes out of NY his talent isn’t even that exciting the localContinue reading “Mixtape Review-Stay Black 2 by Black Dave”

Mixtape Autopsy: Joey Bada$$-Summer Knights

Mixtape Autopsy: Joey Bada$$-Summer Knights by Dan-O The fact that the Pro Era general’s new mixtape Summer Knights is unsuccessful is a known fact in the hip hop world. All the excited fingers that hit the download button on 1999 hit it again for Summer Knights. Shortly after listening to the half engaged native tongueContinue reading “Mixtape Autopsy: Joey Bada$$-Summer Knights”

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”

Joey Bada$$-1999

by Dan-O The day before I heard the debut Joey Bada$$ mixtape 1999 I was in Wal-mart talking about how staggeringly important Illmatic is. Not just that it’s a classic album but that a teenage street kid can go from unknown to burning lyrical imprints upon generations of listeners. For those that think of rapContinue reading “Joey Bada$$-1999”