Song of The Year-Survivor by Mary J Blige

Song of The Year-Survivor by Mary J Blige by Dan-O Mary will always have a special place in my heart. When I was away from home for the first time (out of country) in the Army she had one of the three albums I needed in order to survive (D’Angelo-Voodoo, 2pac-Makaveli, Mary-My Life). That wasContinue reading “Song of The Year-Survivor by Mary J Blige”

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”

Mixtape Review-Doobie Brothaz by Jackie Chain & ST 2 Lettaz

Mixtape Review-Doobie Brothaz by Jackie Chain & ST 2 Lettaz by Dan-O In music criticism consistency is actually a distinct negative. This is why Kanye West is so critic proof. He’s wildly inconsistent, swinging from one end of the genre to the other every album. It gives anyone forced to write about music a builtContinue reading “Mixtape Review-Doobie Brothaz by Jackie Chain & ST 2 Lettaz”

Mixtape retrospective: looking back on Drake’s So Far Gone

Mixtape retrospective: looking back on Drake’s So Far Gone by Dan-O So Far Gone is like a mixtape rubik’s cube. I keep picking it up and listening and getting confused; how do people like this? It seems needy and emotional but not thoughtful. Drake was constantly referencing women but not with any distinct intelligent thingsContinue reading “Mixtape retrospective: looking back on Drake’s So Far Gone”

Sample Snitch: Kanye West-Power/King Crimson-21st Century Schizoid Man

Sample Snitch: Kanye West-Power/King Crimson-21st Century Schizoid Man by Dan-O We all know that hip hop has pillaged the catalog of Parliament Funkadelic, James Brown, The Isley Brothers and countless other soul/R&B acts. That’s how most of us learn about sampling. Someone plays The Isley Brothers song Between The Sheets and you stop cold likeContinue reading “Sample Snitch: Kanye West-Power/King Crimson-21st Century Schizoid Man”

Song of The Year-Seen It All by Jeezy featuring Jay-z produced by Cardo

Song of The Year-Seen It All by Jeezy featuring Jay-Z produced by Cardo by Cardo The Snowman’s new album Seen It All: The Autobiography is definitely a disjointed listen. A lot of that is because of how unhinged and emotional it is. Consider how similar Jay and Jeezy’s position is. Jeezy is looking out onContinue reading “Song of The Year-Seen It All by Jeezy featuring Jay-z produced by Cardo”

Mixtape Review-Tony by King Louie

Mixtape Review-Tony by King Louie by Dan-O Most subgenres start out as a descriptive insult. Swag rap is the rule not the exception. While it’s absolutely true that swag is a horribly annoying term that got beaten into the soil a few years ago the music is still pretty astonishing. Fans of the way hipContinue reading “Mixtape Review-Tony by King Louie”

Song Review-Mandela by Cyhi The Prynce produced by Sekou Muhammed & TEC Beatz

Song Review-Mandela by Cyhi The Prynce produced by Sekou Muhammed & TEC Beatz by Dan-O Cyhi The Prynce is the kind of talent that can be painful. The wit that staggers with lines like “and I don’t need a beat cause I can easily speak to these N’s through the frequencies…” can’t help but getContinue reading “Song Review-Mandela by Cyhi The Prynce produced by Sekou Muhammed & TEC Beatz”

Song of the year-Strictly 4 My Jeeps by Action Bronson produced by Harry Fraud

Song of the year-Strictly 4 My Jeeps by Action Bronson produced by Harry Fraud by Dan-O I am one of these dudes that can’t help but talk about hip hop with whoever can converse about it. The discussions are the best part, arguments over Das Racist or Rick Ross help me understand other people’s perspectiveContinue reading “Song of the year-Strictly 4 My Jeeps by Action Bronson produced by Harry Fraud”

Freestyles to Free albums: the songs that got us there(Coke Rap Era)

Freestyles to Free albums: the songs that got us there Re-up Gang-20k Money Making Brothers on the Corner by Dan-O Re-up Gang-20k Money Making Brothers on the Corner When coke rap really gained steam I fell for it. Not because I’m a fan of cocaine. I’ve never done any drug in my life… I justContinue reading “Freestyles to Free albums: the songs that got us there(Coke Rap Era)”