Words by Scott Ramirez
“Hi, I’m Larry, no leisure suit”
Starring Dan-e-o & Promise, both established artists in the Canadian Hip Hop music scene, this album is definitely not one to be slept on. With a name that’s a throwback to the quirky 80’s sitcom Perfect Strangers, this duo brings the same charisma & chemistry on tracks that Larry & Balki had in the show. And don’t get it twisted, there’s nothing dated to this album, everything is fresh, fun & good vibes.
“Truthfully, how long does a dude need to be doing this? Before his pursuit of riches is deemed to be foolishness?”
Dan-e-o entered the Toronto Hip Hop scene with the much-celebrated single “Dear Hip Hop” in 1996 and released his first album The Book of Daniel in 2000, firmly landing him as one of the most respected lyricists in the industry. Promise, a Duck Down Music artist & known for positive & thought provoking content, released his first album in 2008 which featured fabled rhyme slingers like Elzhi & Royce Da 5’9. Coming from two different backgrounds, these two emcees sound perfect together with flows matching flawlessly. Promise weaves with a melodious delivery as Dan-e-o comes through with technical prowess, making a sure-fire combo. A chemistry so tight can also lead into an album that flows well between the tracks. So there’s no need to push the skip button at all, the production meshes that well.
“In this movie, I’m for real. You just played ya self.”
There’s no half-steppin’ with the beats. Soulful tunes and head nodding rhythms populate Series Premiere with that classic Hip Hop aesthetic. A track that stood out to me is “True to You” featuring Naya Marie. Promise hits up the beat with clever wit & a precise delivery and the homie Dan-e-o drops some serious double time on this joint. To go along with killer verses, Naya totally owned this chorus…& gotdamn, her voice is nice. The duo goes through a range of topics in this album that talk about the life of the everyman, witty assaults on obnoxious materialism, the travails and joys of love, narratives on the emcee’s travels and well supported braggadocio. At times, an excess of collabs would slow down an album, but the additions, which feature the likes of Justin Nozuka, Wordsworth and EmceeNemesis, all contribute to a successful Series Premiere.
“Dude, I had a voice since Royce was 5’2!”
Be sure to tune in to this album as this is only the beginning for a duo like Dan-e-o and Promise. Both excellent craftsman, these guys have delivered a dope release. Beats & rhymes come correct and the product is fresher than 10 new car interiors. This is a definite recommendation, so check it out. And did I mention that it’s FREE?! Welcome these Canadians and go get the album, you won’t be disappointed.
Words by Scott Ramirez