Tha ephemeral, cosmic, nebular, eternal aesthetic
the STORY of DANNY K
Tha ephemeral, cosmic, nebular, eternal aesthetic
the STORY of DANNY K
no vowels just numerica
Chillin after doing lots
Jammin to the album
Need more streams and followers
I’m going silly
On the gitty
Like I’m Santana
Make a mili
Smoke a philly
Checkin in … miss ya
Here it is everyone. My very first official music video for the single “Vortex in My Mind”. I directed, and edited the shoot. I wrote, performed, produced & engineered the track. Enjoy! Don’t forget to subscribe to my channel for more new music.
“Albums are Dead. And Streaming Killed Them.” is the title of a new collaborative EP being released by Nas & Frederich Nietzche.
But all jokes aside.
Here is my explanation:
This reality, or my perception of it rather, is not necessarily a bad thing. Albums are just EPs with a bunch of fillers that artists are typically too egotistical to remove and executive producers are too inefficient to recognize.
What is bad about the streaming era, however is the payout for artists. There must be legislation granting artists greater leverage over streaming platforms which are basically the unmerited capitalists of the artistic laborers. Keep in mind, rich capitalists are arbitrary owners of resources, rich entrepreneurs are crafty workers and innovators.
Once upon a time ago people bought albums. There was no Spotify or Apple Music. iTunes somewhat changed the game, but still, you could buy singles or full albums. You weren’t overloaded with millions of artists and streaming them each for .007 cents per song with a monthly subscription. Since you paid $10-15 for an album, you were more likely to listen to the whole thing, get your money’s worth, even if that meant listening to the “filler tracks”.
Streaming ended that process.
The album is dead. The artist now is the album.
Because of easier and more disposable accessibility, fans can choose to skip over tracks after 15 seconds in without feeling guilt for wasting money. What’s one song to a billion others?
Take Drake’s Scorpion, for example. If it were up to me, I’d have the album condensed into the following records:
No disrespect to Drake. That’s one of my top 5 artists. And his producers are incredible, particularly 40, who is also of Palestinian descent, like myself, and has inspired much of my sound.
The same applies to Kamikaze. Em is my favorite artist ever. I think if he had condensed Kamikaze to the following tracklist, it would have been even more enjoyable. And maybe if he added two more tracks, although I know he didn’t want to put a “diss track” on the album.
Kendrick Lamar hasn’t had a solid piece of rap material since Section .80. That’s an unpopular opinion. Even to him. I love him, but to me, there were about 5-7 songs off Section .80 that could have been condensed into an EP.
The same applies to good kid m.A.A.d. city.
Since then, the only stand out tracks by Kendrick have been Humble & DNA. To Pimp A Butterfly was conscious, but musically it didn’t do it for me.
You see what people don’t understand is socio-economics. A lot of decisions are made based on the technology and social, political and economic conditions of the time. Albums were a byproduct of all of those influences up until 2012, when streaming really kicked off. Now that you are exposed to a plethora of artists – some of whom you aren’t even interested in – and now that you can skip over tracks at your discretion without a sense of guilt for wasting money – streaming has turned the artist into the album, and has officially replaced the album with the EP & singles. Like I said, the only bad thing about this is that streaming services need to pay more per stream. A lot more. Or else they’ve become the “new record labels”, along with the editorials and blogs that pretend to care about quality but perpetuate the cycle of promoting what is already known.
The last album I bought was Magna Carta Holy Grail. I enjoyed it. But there were definitely some fillers. 4:44 had two good songs in my opinion, The Story of OJ & Marcy Me, which were magnificent. Everything is Love wasn’t my cup of tea, except for Ape Shit, although, I think it would have been just as hard without Jay on the track, ironically. No disrespect, again.
Just so you can get an insight of what I listen to, here are my top 10 favorite hip-hop artists of all time. A little context.
J Cole is climbing up the ladder. But that’s only cause of K.O.D., No Role Modelz & Middle Child. I need more of that. And maybe he’ll end up on my top 10. Just a “critical opinion”.
Every ethnic boy’s most important person in his life is his mother. His father and the rest of his family too of course. But there is a special bond between mother and son. I knew I achieved my greatest goal when my mother looked at me and said, Danny, I am so proud of you, you have become a man now. You are my love. You are now the man of the house. Dear Papito, you are the most loyal father anyone could ask for. You, Jiddo Yervant, & Jiddo Rajaie (Allah Yerhamon) are my shining examples. Mom, my queen, you have blessed this boy with the most important words he could ever hear. I shed tears writing this. God keep you all by my side. And may I find a wife who has your qualities, beautiful both inside and out, who is there for me in my highs and my lows, and who reminds me of your unmatched spirit. God watches over us, as you said. He is always there for us. I am truly grateful.
2018 will be a year I will never forget. I went through the most extreme difficulties and challenges in my life. I was denied healthcare in the midst of a mental health crisis. I was betrayed by the closest of my friends and business partners whom I grew up with, and suffered from abusive relations. I was heavily addicted to marijuana as a result of a lack of medication access as well as manipulative people to whom I was vulnerable due to a lack of resources. Being a Syrian-Armenian “Dreamer” (DACA) is not exactly easy in this harsh environment America is reverting into. Financially I was broken. Physically, emotionally too. But somehow God lifted me up from the ashes. He blessed me with a family like no other, who stood by my side at every second. I quit marijuana and rehabilitated myself without an institution. I cut out all toxic individuals from my life. I lost 30 pounds and dwindled to 125 pounds, severely underweight. Now I stand tall, strong and healthy at 157 pounds, and growing. I released my debut album which was four years in the making. I became Danny K, or rather, Danny K was reborn. I graduated with an M.A. in Political Science in the face of institutionalized prejudice. My battle is not yet over, perhaps it never really is. But there is beauty in the struggle, and there will be ups and downs. But I stand firm, strong and resolute. I will win. With my family and God by my side. May this serve as inspiration to all of you struggling out there. Know you are not alone. Everything happens for a reason, though momentarily we may not understand. God has a plan for us all. Thank you to each and everyone of you who showed me compassion and love. You will hold a special place in my heart always and forever. Alhamdulillah 1000 times over. God is the greatest. I am truly blessed. A toast to a new year as it approaches. I am ready to conquer the world, to achieve my dreams as a musician, and to help lead this fragile earth towards justice and human dignity for all. God bless you all. Amen.