Toronto meets Brooklyn in the new video for “Bossmon” by Dan-e-o featuring the legendary Chip Fu. The visuals directed by Fred E Fame, and produced by The 5th have the two moguls travelling throughout Toronto and laying their bars down throughout various landmarks in the city, from the CN Tower, the Rogers Centre, Nathan Phillips Square, and even Yonge-Dundas Square. The track itself boasts some impressive machine gun double-time lyrics from both of the artists involved, and with production by Charisma, the whole package is wrapped up quite nicely.
Dan-e-o, our Toronto native began displaying his wordplay at the young age of 13, and even became a consistent winner in rap battle competitions such as the Darknights Freestyle Battle in Markham, Ontario. His first single “Dear Hip-Hop“, which is now considered a Canadian hip-hop classic, officially launched his career in 1996. Shortly after, in 1997 Dan-e-o established his 10-member crew Monolith, as well as co-founded One Rock Records and started to solidify there place permanently on the hip-hop map. Aside from his ventures in the entertainment industry as well as the music industry, Dan is also one half of the duo Perfeck Strangers alongside fellow rap veteran Promise.
Rodercik Roachford aka Chip Fu, was formerly the front man of the Fu-Schnickens, an american hip-hop trio hailing from East Flastbush, Brooklyn in the early 90’s. “Fu” stood for unity, and was included in the pseudonyms for each member of the trio, while “schnickens” was a word they invented which meant coalition. The group was signed by Jive Records after performing at a hip-hop event at Howard University which was where they saw their first taste of fame. After their gold selling debut LP “F.U. Don’t Take It Personal“, as well as some hit songs such as “What’s up, Doc? (Can We Rock)” featuring the one and only Shaquille O’Neal, the group was propelled into stardom. Unfortunately, after the meteoric rise of labels such as Death Row, and Bad Boy Records, in addition to the lukewarm reception to their follow up LP “Nervous Breakdown“, the group was almost entirely eclipsed. Quoted from Chip Fu himself, the groups separation stemmed from: contracts, the direction the label wanted to go with the group, as well as different opinions on where to take their own music. With all that being said, Chip Fu, & the Fu-Schnickens were significant during their rise, and while new age hip-hop heads may have no idea who they are, the fans of the golden age are still bumping their tunes.
Dan-e-o’s incredible versatility and range allow him to tackle a wide variety of styles, from heartfelt love songs, party anthems, and gritty street singles. With his impeccable vocabulary, rhyming skills, as well as singing talent, Dan-e-o is just getting started, and you better believe the best is yet to come. As far as Chip Fu goes, he sees himself in the future running his own label, and speaking at various colleges, and high schools to enlighten students about being aware and mindful of the world. Kudos to you, Chip Fu.
The beginning of the visuals drop a quote stating “Lyricism in hip-hop has reached an all-time low”, what do you think about the statement? Can today’s hip-hop compare to that from the golden era (content wise)? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section.