Billy Danze Takes A Classic Rick James Sample & Hammers It

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Last Friday (March 8), M.O.P.’s Billy Danze released his first solo project. The 6 Pack features Bill’s band-mate, Lil Fame, as well as longtime First Family affiliate Teflon, on the second single “Ain’t Gone Do Sh*t.” However, the six-song effort opens with an exciting solo record that captures the Brooklyn, New York veteran’s energy to a tee.

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“He Aight” is produced by G-Wiz. Using a precise chop, the record apparently takes a chirped-up vocal from Rick James’ “Super Freak” and lets the masses know that Billy Danze’s career is in great shape. With some engineering, the line “she’s alright” becomes “he’s aight.” Not unlike Large Professor’s legendary chop of Biz Markie’s “recognize” vocal to “Nas” for the “It Ain’t Hard To Tell (Remix),” this is no easy feat. It is also quite a different take than M.C. Hammer’s 1990 self-produced use of the Motown smash. Coupled with a regularly-quoted vocal from Bill’s former Roc-A-Fella employer, JAY-Z, this track has soul and groove.

Lyrically, Bill commands the track from rip. “You ni**as ain’t got no position / Your bark ain’t got no conviction / Your video in the slums / A few b*tches with bums, a couple ni**as with guns / I’m not convinced, nah / I ain’t buyin’ this bullsh*t you’re pitchin’ / You lightweight, I couldn’t see you as an opposition.” The delivery has the bite that has made Danzini one of the hardest MCs of the last 25 years. His growling voice and O.G. wisdom blend well with the MC’s fire-and-concrete delivery. This Mash Out Posse co-founder is more than aiight, and he’s stayed authentic to his formula.

In recent years, Bill has made solo appearances with The Snowgoons and Daz Dillinger, among others.

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In addition to new music from “the Brownsville Sluggah” Bill Danze, the official AFH playlist includes songs from 2 Chainz, J. Cole, Nas, Atmosphere, Boogie, Eminem, Big K.R.I.T., Pharoahe Monch, Denzel Curry, Benny The Butcher, Masta Ace & Marco Polo, Apollo Brown & Joell Ortiz, Drake, AZ, Bun B, Wu-Tang Clan, Evidence, and others.