Danny Is Dead [Japan Bonus Tracks]
Released: Aug 2007
Label: Badenov Records/1911 Music
South Carolina rapper/producer Danny Swain is an Internet star with loads of blog coverage and major fans such as the Roots' Questlove. Despite a brief stint on El-P's Definitive Jux imprint that yielded little, he's never had proper distribution for his music. But he's clearly talented. On this 2007 30-minute EP, he samples both U.K. downtempo curios King Kooba on "Now You're Back (Stephen's Reprise)" and A Tribe Called Quest on "Check It Out." Casual allusions to Salvador Dali's melting clocks and De La Soul Is Dead abound in this indie-rap sleeper.