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.
Mad love to The Consignment show for celebrating their 2nd year anniversary! It's going down tonight at the APK if you are in London show up and support, it's a FREE SHOW with the legend Dan-E-O. Full details below!
Crowning our first Dirty Thursday champion in our title bout between O-Beast and A-Fos Other surprise local acts and handful of other performers including an act out of Saskatoon and a full Hip-Hop band from Ottawa. Surprise performances from some of London's finest with DJ HULLEWUD spinning that real Hip-Hop! Hosted by Brandon Moore and Tyler Hetherington.What: The Consignment Show's 2nd Year Anniversary party is going down at September 4th's edition of Dirty Thursdays Where: The APK 34! Clarence St, London, ON. When: Tonight September 4th, 2014. Doors at 9pm. Performances at 10pm Admission: No Cover. RSVP on facebook. $3.50 Blue before 11pm amongst other deals.
When I seen delivered in my inbox I had to listen to it right away. If you didn't know I'm Eritrean which is a small country in East Africa that many aren't aware of. So when I see Dan-e-o dedicate a song to Eritrean women I had to take a listen because not too many emcees have made full songs about country. Nas gave a shoutout in "Summer On Smash" on his Life Is Good album and I take these songs as a promotion to our culture so I don't have to give a geography lesson every time to where my country is! Take the song in and if you do know where Eritrea is let me know how and if you don't I'm happy to answer your questions!
Re-imagining a classic Michael Jackson banger is a huge music-making feat all by itself. But commemorating the women of Eritrea while the East African nation celebrates its independence (May 24) is a whole other undertaking! Dan-e-o accomplishes both on "Eritrean Girl", the latest single from his EP, "Immortal", which is available for FREE download from URBNET Records. Produced by Charisma a.k.a. Skizzz for Urban Bounce Productions.
Pause what you're doing right now! This is not one to be slept on. Dan-e-o just recently released his newest album Inevitable late last year, and a few days ago he put out a collaboration off the album he did with fellow Toronto emcee's SepTo and Rich Kidd titled "Get Up On It". This is not one collaboration I thought I'd see but I'm glad it came together because it is such a dope song! This knocking Charisma production is one that's completely from the norm and so unique, it's got swing with a spacey touch, Dan-e-o definitely put this one together perfectly. SepTo jumping in first followed by Dan-e-o than Rich Kidd, each of them provide an amazing verse on this that complements the track well. If you need a pick me up this afternoon, this is the one for you. Check Dan-e-o's "Get Up On It" featuring SepTo and Rich Kidd and go grab a copy of Inevitable if you're feeling this one.
Perfeck Strangers (Promise & Dan-e-o) recently released the visuals to "Dreams", off their debut album Series Premiere - which is a free release, by the way, so you should definitely give it a download. On "Dreams", the Toronto-based duo re-imagine the assassinations of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X as if they never happened. Brooklyn emcee Wordsworth joins them on a verse, and Yonatan Watts lends his soulful vocals to the chorus. Watch the Andre Rehal-directed visuals below.
"The block got hot/ Right before I thought he woulda got shot, he dodged it/ Guess God wanted him to keep talkin'/ He said, 'I had a dream, but it wasn't for me, Promise/ When I leave all this, I'm gonna need unique artists/ To grab the mic, and speak knowledge.'" - Promise