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A veteran producer from San Francisco, Dan the Automator is most identified with his ambitious concept albums, manning the boards for bizarre-yet-funky projects from Dr. Octagon, Deltron 3030, Gorillaz, and Handsome Boy Modeling School. Like his homie/contemporary Prince Paul, he's always down to inject more than a little humor into his music, but he also has real chops, a serious understanding of composition, and knows how to make a hit. On 2K7, he assembles a dozen tracks with about 20 rappers, all rhyming about their basketball (video game) skills. True, it's kind of limiting lyrically, and a few songs wallow in just about every sports cliche imaginable, but there are several standouts, most notably "2K007" with Ghostface and AG, "Anchor Man" with Chali 2Na, and Zion I's "Fade Away." Automator's beats are solid if a little dumbed down at times, and it's certainly not his most defining work, but if you're looking to get pumped up for a big game, you could do a lot worse.

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Same old same old

First off Deltron 3030 is one of my all time favorite hip hop albums. Dan the automator along with kid koala and del tha funky homosapien created a masterpiece that revolutionized the art of beat making and gave us some of the most mind bending flows offered to date by del. So when i was browsing thru and saw this i was thoroughly dissapointed. Why the hell is slim thug and fabolous on here?? Ball til you fall? Ok so dan is trying to start making some easy money, i get it, but still this is very sad for local fans like myself. Only decent song is the hiero song.

so so

this album has that b ball influence throughout the hole album, so if u aint into that, this aint 4 u... the mc lineup iz pretty good tho, with lupe, mos, and heiro... i dont think this album iz all original trax tho cuz i herd that exact verse from lupe on hiz touch the sky mixtape, cept the beat went with the flow better on the mixtape...

This is Good!!!

Not often that I like the entire album BUT this one is good! Sounds like some ol' school hip-hop I use to listen to in the early '90s. Highly recommended!!!!!!


Born: San Francisco, CA

Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Dan "The Automator" Nakamura is a San Francisco-based hip-hop producer whose work with "Kool" Keith Thornton on the latter's Dr. Octagon project shot him to unlikely acclaim in 1996. With a series of ever more elaborate conceptual projects since then, Nakamura's wildly imaginative productions and offbeat sense of humor made him one of the leading figures in the underground renaissance of alternative rap in the late '90s. A classically trained violinist in his younger days, Nakamura instead fell...
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