Dame O is proclaimed in a throne of his own serving as a multi-talented genius. A singer, songwriter, and foremost an innovator and respected emcee of excellence is apparent in the debut The Dame O Show. He is self-analytical by vividly painting the colorful portrait of Chicago life for the common listener and does it well with “The Intro” and the truthful yet uproarious “Hoopties and HoodFood.”
The soulful clap of “Thinkin’ Bout You” is a woman’s cupcake with a mouth-watering heart shaped cherry on top: an ode to love at first sight. The beautifully crafted instrumentation of “Stay Right Here” makes kisses in the rain under an umbrella fun as each summer raindrop sings Cupid’s saintly song. Each track gradually gets better. The “Punch In” is an ode to “those grinding nine to five and hustlers on the streets.” Dame makes it clear he is destined for prominence: “I made it to the sky/ I’m reaching for the stars/ Point me to the way of Hollywood Blvd/ I’ll show you where the big things are.”
“If you are not fresh…can’t do the things Dame O does” then you are not like him from “Inside and Outside,” a track that makes the average platinum chain worn on many hip-hop heads look like plastered pieces of scrap metal and aluminum. The Einstein “Push It Along” has nostalgia hip-hop appeal pushing all real heads to pull out their 80s Puma Clyde original b-boy sneakers. The critical “never had a budget or special effects/ any artificial backdrop, scenes, or sets” single “The Show” cinematically displays how the entertainment scene is changing as everybody is trying their hardest to impress and do things like Gangstar “just to get a rep.” “ZOOM” is more of a “POW, KABOOM,” linguistically luminous with a touch of the black mamba’s venom.
The Dame O Show is a mixture of the College Dropout and 808 Heartbreaks displaying humor and bold nature of Kanye West, the forceful wit of Jadakiss, and the ultra Coolness of Lupe Fiasco. In the accent of Madea, Dame O is the “rare, extraordinaire, gentlemanaire, lyrical visionaire.”
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