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Album Review

Freshly signed to indie rap powerhouse Def Jux and eager to record, producer/MC Danny! self-released an EP, Danny Is Dead, to pass the time. What resulted from this is a stronger-sounding rapper, surer in his flow and rhymes, able to portray his personality confidently, but in a good-natured, not arrogant, way: in short, someone who is most definitely ready for a Def Jux debut. Beat-wise, Danny Is Dead (the title based on the De La Soul album) is much like his other releases, sampling soul and R&B tracks and with constant, but not heavy, drums, from the quick, bouncy "Rhyme Writer Crime Fighter" to the Tribe-inspired (rather, reinterpreted) "Check It Out" ("Now you caught my heart for the evening/Kiss my check, moved in, you confused things," he says in the hook, making sure to give credit to his influences, both Q-Tip and Dilla). But Danny!'s got his own style, too, a kind of melodic, triplet-driven delivery (and much smoother and quicker than Kanye West, to whom he is sometimes compared), heard best in the very witty, very smart "Press Conference," in which the MC plays all the parts, rhyming the answers with the questions to address what he's been going through lately (getting signed to Def Jux after other deals fell through, receiving an invitation to the Grammys, wondering if he'll ever get the recognition he thinks he deserves). It's short, clocking in at exactly 30 minutes, but it's solid and fun; there's no filler here. Despite the title, Danny Is Dead is definitely a good sign of things to come.

Customer Reviews

get it while it's still underground

Its been said before and it will be said again. Young Danny! produces a sound akin to the popular Mr. West, but with an intelligence and whimsy not seen on many records from the genera. Worth its weight in gold!


I like danny!'s flow, and his slow-mo approach to hip hop. its nice to see someone from the south be conscious & not just crunk...

D. Swain is bringing back hip-hop!

Along with the likes of Lupe Fiasco, Common and even Kanye, D. Swain is bringing hop-hop back where it needs to be. He's the truth.


Born: August 18, 1983 in Killeen, TX

Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Years Active: '00s, '10s

While South Carolina producer/MC Danny! declares himself "A Tribe Called Quest on acid, or EPMD on LSD," he's much more complex than that. Born to military parents in the summer of 1983, Danny Swain never had enough time to grow roots in any particular area. With his family crisscrossing the country, the scenery was always changing and so were Swain's friends. The only long-term relationship he was able to maintain was the one he had with music. His mother supported her son's interests, buying him...
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