Marvin Gaye made A P.O.W. Christmas song YOU NEED to hear

Marvin Gaye made A P.O.W. Christmas song YOU NEED to hear by Dan-O You need to follow Questlove of The Roots on all social media platforms. He ranked every Prince album release (including unreleased stuff to that point), and it is because of him that I found out Marvin Gaye had an unreleased album called You’reContinue reading “Marvin Gaye made A P.O.W. Christmas song YOU NEED to hear”

Song of The Year-Cuz I Love You by Lizzo

Song of The Year- Cuz I Love You by Lizzo By Dan-O This is my favorite first song of the year (it’s from the self-titled album). Sure, Lizzo has a show stopping voice of the kind I would stab an alien for. That is not the most exciting thing about Lizzo. I can’t get enough ofContinue reading “Song of The Year-Cuz I Love You by Lizzo”

#Bandcampgold-Resistance by Brandon Coleman

#Bandcampgold-Resistance by Brandon Coleman by Dan-O Albums have hearts and souls. I need all of them. My favorite Freddie Gibbs album is ESGN because he was so angry at Jeezy and his old label for mismanaging him that his mind was spiraling down the most angry heinous pathways possible and some days I’m there with him. That albumContinue reading “#Bandcampgold-Resistance by Brandon Coleman”

#Bandcampgold-Whatever It Takes by The James Hunter Six

#Bandcampgold-Whatever It Takes by The James Hunter Six by Dan-O Music criticism makes my skin crawl when it becomes too coy about areas of specialization. Example: when a soul album like Whatever It Takes by The James Hunter Six comes out the criticism given by experts is very watery and ephemeral “this is nostalgic stuffContinue reading “#Bandcampgold-Whatever It Takes by The James Hunter Six”

Sample Snitch-Chaka Khan, Simply Red, 8ball, & MJG

  Sample Snitch-Chaka Khan, Simply Red, 8ball, & MJG by Dan-O So UGK dropped their first album Too Hard To Swallow in 1992 stacked with old soul samples. The sample listing includes Curtis Mayfield, Bill Withers, and the Isley Brothers. I’ve already written a previous Sample Snitch about the Isley connection with UGK. A year laterContinue reading “Sample Snitch-Chaka Khan, Simply Red, 8ball, & MJG”

Song Of The Year-Unconditional Love by Esperanza Spalding

Song Of The Year-Unconditional Love by Esperanza Spalding by Dan-O   Of all the potential large scale album productions we’ve seen from huge names across many genres only two 2016 albums resonate with me this year. Flatbush Zombies released the brilliant 3001: A Laced Odyssey with brazen insane verses, lots of interesting subject matter, andContinue reading “Song Of The Year-Unconditional Love by Esperanza Spalding”

Song of The Year-The Season/Carry Me by Anderson Paak

Song of The Year-The Season/Carry Me by Anderson Paak by Dan-O When Drake first exploded onto the scene some interesting comparisons were made between him and Lebron James. The same way purist’s frothed venom as Lebron chomped on his fingernails on the sidelines; Drake felt like the cloying hip hop version. So much talent butContinue reading “Song of The Year-The Season/Carry Me by Anderson Paak”

Song of The Year-Jayraymecofasol​a by Jill Scott

Song of The Year-Jayraymecofasol​a by Jill Scott by Dan-O While it is true that I’ve never known Jill Scott to be a monster charting force (or even the center of the soul narrative the way Badu has been) I’ve also never known an artist who didn’t love her music. Being an artist doesn’t increase theContinue reading “Song of The Year-Jayraymecofasol​a by Jill Scott”

Mixtape Review-Winters Diary 2 by Tink

Mixtape Review-Winters Diary 2 by Tink by Dan-O The unquestionable sincerity of emotion that runs right through the center of Winters Diary 2 holds it together despite all other limitations. The fact that her voice doesn’t have that Beyonce or Jennifer Hudson range actually turns into a positive. She sings in an affectionate coo throughoutContinue reading “Mixtape Review-Winters Diary 2 by Tink”