DINCO - THE BLACK PIRATE KING JAMES


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Album: Singles From The Black Pirate King James
Artist: Dinco
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The man formerly known as Dinco D has dropped the D and is trying to make a go of a solo career. This review is a little different in that I don't actually have the album, I just have 6 mp3's that were emailed to me. But we've said before that we'll review anything, and they're mp3's from a dude who was in one the classic groups of my youth, so I don't mind taking a listen and writing a bit about them.

As you should know if you're reading this, Dinco D was a member of the Long Island supergroup Leaders Of The New School. Busta Rhymes, Charlie Brown, Dinco D, and Cut Monitor Milo did indeed lead the new school as part of a wave of younger artists who emerged during hip hop's fabled golden age. And I love me some golden age, and like many, I can't let go of it, so I love hearing what old school rappers are doing now. So let's find out what Dinco's up to.

If you're a regular reader of the site, you know Dinco made an appearance on the jam Treacherous 3 on Chris Lowe's The Black Life. I said then that it sounded like Dinco had gained weight as his voice had more bass, but it's probably more likely age that's changed his voice. But there's some moments on these new songs that make you remember that you're listening to Dinco D from Leaders Of The new School.

It seems Dinco's re-located to Atlanta and hooked up with some kind of crew. He's being managed by some dude named Mr. Adassa who's apparently emailing all corners of the earth, including Herohill, to try and get the word out about Dinco. What he should be doing is emailing producers. Rise & Fall is apparently produced by Rick Rock, and it's a great song. But the other songs don't hold up as well. In fact the beats for Truck Shit and Up All Night are kind of weak. Spin Facta isn't bad, but Dinco would certainly benefit from some beats that matched the quality of his flow and lyrics. He might also want to limit the appearances of his unknown crew on the mic. There's some dudes called Da Faculty (A New School tie in?) on a couple songs and they're kind of bland. They're close to being on the thug tip, and that's not matching Dinco's steez.

Dinco's still a very good mc, and I could see enjoying a full album of him. But he should follow Masta Ace's lead and get some underground or lesser known but skilled producers on the case and put a solid album out. Unless Busta brings him back on the scene, Dinco's probably not blowing up in the club, so get some buzz going on the underground I'd say.

But the old school dudes need support, so buy Dinco's album if it ever comes out.


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