“Rap Essentials” reunites the veteran spitter with “Rap Essentials Volume One” alumni, Mathematik and Deuce Deuce on a Lancecape-produced mash-up of “Dear Hip Hop”, “Learn To Earn” and “Boiling Point” – three joints that appeared on Beat Factory’s seminal Canadian hip-hop compilation in 1996. Produced by Lancecape © 2018 Daniel Faraldo. Distributed by URBNET Communications Inc.
Born in Toronto, Canada, Dan-e-o won a contest on the television dance show, Electric Circus, at the age of 13 and went on to become a consistent winner of rap battles and talent show contests. His recording career was officially launched in 1996 when his first single “Dear Hip Hop” was featured on Beat Factory/EMI’s, RapEssentials Volume One compilation. The track is now considered by many to be a Canadian hip-hop classic. Dan-e-o helped to establish his crew, Monolith in 1997 by co-founding One Rock Records and independently releasing the EP, The Long Awaited… the following year. With two videos, “At The T.O.P.” and “Plan Eh”, this project helped put Dan-e-o and the 10-member Monolith crew permanently on the hip-hop map.
RAP COMPETITIONS AND AWARDS
In May 1991, Dan-e-o performed live on Electric Circus and won a rap-off competition. The win sparked his career as a professional hip-hop artist.
Dan-e-o won the Darknights Freestyle Battle in July 2003 in Markham, Ontario, defeating Detroit’s Swann in the finals. On June 6, 2015, Dan-e-o won Best Hip Hop Act at the Black Canadian Awards in Toronto, Ontario.
In 2000, Dan-e-o released his debut album, The Book of Daniel. It included the singles “Corrida De Toros”, “Margerine” and “Baahd!”. In 2004, Dan-e-o’s second album, See No Evil, Hear No Evil was released containing the singles “T.N.T.”, “Funkbox”, “Deadly” and “Kama Sutra” which features Dan-e-o’s cousin and dancehall star, Red Rat. Its music video currently has over 8 million views on YouTube. Over the course of the next several years, Dan-e-o released numerous mixtapes, including Dilla Pickles – a full length tribute CD to producer J Dilla. Dan-e-o also launched his acting career.
With a number of TV commercials under his belt, Dan-e-o (using his real name, Daniel Faraldo) landed a bit role in an episode of the A&E series, Breakout Kings in 2011, played a key role in his first full-length movie, Anything Goes that same year and starred in 2014’s Tapped Out.
“Dear Hip Hop”, one of Dan-e-o’s most well known songs, was released on Beat Factory’s Rap Essentials Volume One album in 1996. The CD included artists from all over Canada that have at one point toured Canada with Dan-e-o including Rascalz, Kardinal Offishall and Choclair. In 1998, on One Rock Records, a label he helped to found the year before, Dan-e-o released an EP entitled The Long Awaited with his group Monolith.
In 2000, Dan-e-o released his debut album, The Book of Daniel on the same label.
In 2004, he released the See No Evil, Hear No Evil album on the newly named Planet Rock Records imprint. This album featured a hybrid style which composed of funk, soul, reggae and rock along with Dan-e-o’s freestyle lyricism.
On Planet Rock Records, Dan-e-o has also released mixtapes/albums entitled Dear Hip Hop in 2004, containing recordings from the 90s and Speak No Evil in 2005, a remix edition of his sophomore effort.
On January 9, 2009, Dan-e-o, as part of Tha O Show, released OBLIVION! Tha Indy Wrestling Album, an album containing theme songs of several Ontario Indy Professional Wrestlers that features performances from himself, T.J. Habibi, Chemist, Tika Simone and Summer Brockwell.
In November 2009, Dan-e-o released a 2 in 1 album/mixtape entitled Dilla Pickles in honor of the late hip-hop producer, J Dilla. The project contains such tracks as “Break It Down”, “Last Minute” and “Locked” and includes performances by himself, Famous, Ian Kamau, marveL, Promise and others.
In 2012, together with Promise, Dan-e-o released his first album as part of the duo, Perfeck Strangers entitled Series Premiere on URBNET Records.
In 2013, Dan-e-o released an EP Immortal and an album Inevitable through URBNET Records. For these projects, he worked with such artists as Moka Only, Big Kish, Maestro Fresh-Wes, Red Rat, Pascalle, Chip Fu and Rich Kidd.
In 2014, Dan-e-o finally released the Dear Hip Hop album as a vinyl-only release through France’s Sergent Records.
In 2017, URBNET Records released a deluxe version of the album entitled Dear Hip Hop: 20 Years Later to commemorate the two-decade milestone of the release of Dan-e-o’s debut single.