The irony is Underground Hip-Hop never dies. It thrives on its freedom. Freedom from contractural obligations, sponsorships, an fickle popular expectations. It is steadfast. A true and living example is Godfather Don.
From the Bushwick section of Brooklyn, New York, Godfather Don rose to to prominence in 1991 with his solo debut “Hazardous”. He then went on to produce and rhyme with the inventors of Underground, backpack rap, Ultramagnectic MC’s on arguably their best album, “The Four Horseman”. One listen to that album will underline Don’s contribution to making that Ultra’s best album. The next few years saw Don working with the likes of Sir Menelik, Nas, Phife Dawg (RIP), Cormega and of course a reunion with Kool Keith on the underground classic “Cenobites” album.
The Godfather has been continued to hone his craft with subsequent releases, “The Ill Funk Father”, “Osmosis” and the recent release “Beats, Bangers & Biscuits at 535 E 55th St.” This album really helped to quench my thirst for some hardcore, grimey underground Hip-Hop. The Don features raw vocals in the key of Mistachuck D, with the wordplay of Motion Man. I love this album because it has the feels of a 90’s backpack LP but still features modern relevance.
For those of you disillusioned with post-2K Hip-Hop, cop “Beats, Bangers & Biscuits at 535 E 55th St” today! One spin will pull you back through The Godfather’s catalog and I guarantee your love for Hip-Hop will be rekindled.