Gain more insight about significant hip-hop figures by checking out their answers to our Allow me to reintroduce myself questionnaire.
The dynamic duo of Dan-e-o and Promise from Toronto have joined forces as Perfeck Strangers and their debut album, Series Premiere is out this week on URBNET Records. Check out Dan-e-o's answers below and some new songs too.
What was the first hip-hop record you ever bought and where'd you get it?
I bought Beastie Boys' Licensed to Ill album on tape when I was in Grade 4. I heard it on an overnight camping trip with my school and fell in love with it. It was my first real introduction to hip-hop. I went crazy buying tapes after that. Albums by Run-DMC, LL Cool J, Fat Boys, Big Daddy Kane and mad others were soon added to my collection … and I haven't stopped yet. I can't exactly remember where I got that tape from but it may have been from a long-since-gone Sam the Record Man at Scarborough's Woodside Square. I used to buy a lot of music from there including Maestro Fresh Wes' Symphony in Effect on vinyl.
Where did the name that you perform under come from exactly?
I created the name Dan-e-o when I was 12 years old. My homeboy, Jaytrill and I were a duo known as “2 Weird" … . Our names came from simple abbreviations of our full names. I took the first half of my first name, middle initial and last letter of my last name to come up with my alias.
What was the last book you read and how was it?
The last book I read was The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown. As an English major, you would think that I would read more but I barely have time for it. But after hearing so much about The Da Vinci Code years ago, I read it and kinda got hooked on reading all of Brown's books. Very suspenseful and cleverly written stuff. I'm about to start reading The Power of the Actor, by Ivana Chubbuck. Highly recommended reading for actors, I've been told.
Where is your favourite place to eat on this planet Earth and what are we having?
I have a lot of favourite spots to eat. But it's a tie between Lobster Trap and Lobster Royale, which both offer the illest dish on the planet, known as "lobster thermidor." It's an expensive and fattening dish so I've literally had it only a handful of times in my life but it rules. Other than that, my choice sushi joints are Super Sushi House and Ten-ichi in Scarborough.
Which artist, living or dead, would you most like to collaborate with and why?
Michael Jackson. Hands down. He's my all-time favourite artist and the reason I've wanted to be a musician my whole life. When Thriller was released, my life changed. And I was only five. An irreplaceable legend. I can’t imagine a higher honour in music than recording a track with him.
Hear brand new songs from Series Premiere by Perfeck Strangers:
"Work to Do"
"Come Back Home"
Allow me to reintroduce myself: NYCE
Allow me to reintroduce myself: Wonder Mike of the Sugarhill Gang
on Mar 06, 2012