Let’s Be Frank-N-Dank


So any given hip hop DJ will laud the utility of some good ol’ instrumentals on vinyl. It allows them to showcase their skills on the wheels of steel without being drowned out by an overzealous emcee. When it comes to instrumentals, J Dilla be the holy grail. So it comes as no surprise that the previously unreleased instrumentals off Frank-N-Dank’s “48 Hours” LP was met with much consumer joy. You can pick up the product in the Stones Throw online store. My concern is the verbiage accompanying the product in the store, here’s some of what I’m talking about:

J Dilla spearheaded a project for two of the most unlikely major label emcees: Frank N Dank. In retrospect it’s not hard to understand why the label shelved and eventually dropped the project.

I get it, I get it. Frank N Dank weren’t The Roots, and they weren’t Mobb Deep. But I was bumping their bootlegs and so were countless others (and this was in Toronto, Canada). Frank N Dank composed of Frank Nitty & Dankery Harv were grimey spitters married to their style and their way of doing things. This ostracized some but made a plethora of hip hop fans ecstatic anytime a random FND track got some airplay. Their involvement in the Detroit hip hop movement inspired a slew of rappers to follow, and gave a vital co-sign to some Canadian artists who now drive luxury cars (ahem, Kardinall & Saukrates).

So please do celebrate this release, Dilla was a genius, and this was one of his finest works. But let’s not use this as an opportunity to subtly blame a couple of uncelebrated dope emcees for causing the delay.

Citizens of Toronto

By now, you know I got my intellect on in Toronto, aka, a Bachelors in Criminology. By now, you should also know that I have an educated soft spot for T-Dot rappers. A decade ago, a group called Citizen Kane dropped an album titled Deliverance. The album was known as a complete gem, a very thorough hip hop album, with all the necessitation required, aka, an in-depth view at their lives punctuated with dope rhyme schemes. The saddening part was their evolution, or lack thereof, their sophomore effort was a little disparaging, it just lacked the proverbial umpf. After that, it was a swan dive into what I assumed was a career cessation. I was wrong. This new video got dropped this week, new material is being recorded. It’s like they took a hot tub 10 years into the future.

Click the cover of Deliverance for a nice free download, courtesy of Hip Hop Bootleggers (steady taking the heat off of me and other dope ass blogs).