Call for Feature Essays About Any Aspect of Popular Culture, Present or Past

Music
cover art

Danny!

Danny is Dead

(Badenov Records; US: 17 Jul 2007; UK: Available as import)

Danny! (South Carolina’s Danny Swain) has stayed too unnoticed for too long. Last year’s Charm, his third full-length, was one of the best hip-hop releases of the year and, while you’ll be hard pressed to find a copy of it, it helped him finally sign with Def Jux. Now he’s dropping one last independent disc, the EP Danny Is Dead. While Swain has a brilliant album in him, this disc exists more to keep him active before his label debut. Even so, it still reveals not only his smooth production skills, but also his blend of intelligent cleverness and humor. He also mixes boasting with self-deprecation, worldliness with “prayer requests”, and his possible personae (“the media insists that I stay hood”) with his fluid self-image (“but I never was to begin with”). Danny Is Dead succinctly shows Swain’s art, but it lacks the amazingness of both what he’s done and what he’s likely to do.

Rating:

Justin Cober-Lake lives in Charlottesville, Virginia, with his wife, kids, and dog. His writing has appeared in a number of places, including Stylus, Paste, Chord, and Trouser Press. His work made its first appearance on CD with the release of Todd Goodman's first symphony, Fields of Crimson. He's recently co-founded the literary fly-fishing journal Rise Forms.


Media
Danny! - Fly, Pt. 2
Related Articles
15 Mar 2012
An album this solid shouldn't have to struggle so hard to find a release date.
By Andrew Martin, Michael Miller, and Quentin B. Huff
14 Dec 2009
2009 was the Year of the Comeback, filled with powerful storytelling, dense lyricism, and sprawling departures.
14 Apr 2009
When Danny Swain finally got a record deal and it didn't play out as expected, he just kept doing what he's always done, which means he's still working hard for you to hear him.
Comments
Now on PopMatters
PM Picks
Announcements

© 1999-2014 PopMatters.com. All rights reserved.
PopMatters.com™ and PopMatters™ are trademarks
of PopMatters Media, Inc.

PopMatters is wholly independently owned and operated.