Quick Hitters:: Brandon Dramatic - Domino Jones

Man, if I had a dollar for every time someone asked me “Shane, where are the good Canadian hip hop mixtapes, you know, from folks that do that honest, True School rap music the way I like it?”, I would have many, many dollars. Or no dollars. It would certainly be somewhere between zero and many dollars. But no matter, because I have an excellent answer for you if you were planning to ask me that question today.

 

Toronto MC Brandon Dramatic has a new mixtape called Domino Jones (named for his delicious, yet perhaps unhealthy recording meal plan of Domino’s Pizza and Jones Soda), and it’s great stuff. Brandon appeared on our radar when he played at this Spring’s LLTQ festivus here in Halifax, in fact we’ve already posted Drums of Funk, the James Brown-based banger that appears as the second track on Domino Jones. So I was eager to hear Brandon’s new work, and it doesn’t disappoint. As he proclaims in the bio that accompanied the mix, Dramatic is indeed a “Damn Good emcee” - there’s plenty of deft wordplay on display here, and his tales of girl trouble and raps about rappin’ are delivered with enough charisma & humour to draw me in much more than similar fare from another 21 year old emcee/producer might.

 

Domino Jones also sounds tight, with assistance from DJ James Redi (+1 for that name, if DJ Ten Penny exists they need to collab ASAP) and production from folks like DviousMindz, Jinesis, R.C. The Great, Jonathan Lowell, Asen James, hill faves The Extremities & Bix, as well as himself, the mix feels fresh throughout. He even breathes some new life into the Gang Starr Mass Appeal beat on DRAMAppeal, which is just a great move in my humble. He’s also joined but a solid group of TO MC’s (Erik Flowchild, KJ, Element, Rez Raida, Jazmine, Guapo Of The Saints, & Roshin of Notes to Self) who all seem to share his love for good, honest hip hop.

 

So go and grab Domino Jones why don’t you? You know your friends here at the hill wouldn’t steer you wrong, especially where Canadian Hip Hop is concerned. Bottom line; this is one mixtape I can wholeheartedly recommend.

 

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MP3:: Brandon Dramatic - Mr. FeelGood

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MP3:: Brandon Dramatic - Jones For It
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