Monday, October 24, 2005

Close But No Cigar: Daddy-O's Solo Debut

The original Rhymerator

Daddy-O: "Swung It, Blunted, Brung It"
Daddy-O: "Kid Capri"
Daddy-O: "Flowin In File"
from You Can Be A Daddy, But Never Daddy-O, 1993

The credentials were all there--founder of The Hip-Hop Band Stetsasonic, two classic albums under his belt ("Fire," and "In Full Gear"), countless production credits (Mary J. Blige, Junior MAFIA, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Queen Latifah), and piles of respect throughout the rap community--none other than Public Enemy credits Daddy-O for "lyrical inspiration." But when it came time for him to put together his debut album, let's just say the end product didn't live up to the name. Instead, the 1993 release was a muddy mix of ruffneck griminess that should have been left to the young ones coming up in the game at the time. I suppose that's the story of every aging rapper looking to make a mark on the charts well past his prime, and Daddy-O was no exception.

Lyrically, the album was kind of awkward with this originator imitating far lesser MC's in his delivery, growling through verses ("Swing It, Blunted, Brung It," or "Buc Buc Buk"). On the production tip, it's extraordinarily uneven, fluctuating between Atomic Dog samples and weird East-meets-West concoctions that results in an album that's impossible to listen to straight through. Three of the brighter spots on the album are served up in today's post.

Extrablogicular Reading
Daddy-O's ambitious Self Destruction 2 project from 2002 that never materialized (to my knowledge), in memoriam of Jam Master Jay's murder.
A to the L's interview from around the same time.


At 10/28/2005 7:09 AM, Blogger hagus shamus said...

wrongggggggggggggggggggggg NO daddy o was not the founder of stetsasonic, it was a group collective, the dbc, prince paul, NOOOOOOOOOOOOOo, daddy o was tight, dont get me wrong, but he was not the founder

At 10/28/2005 9:20 AM, Blogger The Rap Pundit said...

I stand partially corrected. Daddy-O and Delite were the originators, and by the time On Fire came out, they were 6 members deep--Prince Paul, Delite, Wise, Frukwan, The DBC, and Daddy-O.


At 11/02/2005 1:55 AM, Blogger A to the L said...

thanks for the love...

please note that the interview link will change sometime this month as I port everything over to a blog format...

it'll be here somewhere -

At 12/07/2005 11:33 AM, Blogger The Broke BBoys said...

Wow, This was a very informative post and hella dope beats too. How could I have forgotten about Daddy-O?


At 12/19/2005 1:15 PM, Blogger A to the L said...

correct interview link is now...

you might wanna update...


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