Veteran MC, Dan-e-o, began displaying his word play at the age of 13 and became a consistent winner of rap battles. His career was officially launched in 1996 with his first single “Dear Hip Hop” was featured on Beat Factory/EMI’s, RapEssentials Volume One compilation. The track is now considered a Canadian Hip-Hop classic.
An advocate of lyricism, Dan-e-o founded “The School of Rap” in 2006 - a Hip-Hop songwriting program that he currently teaches. An English and Mass Communications major, the ever-busy Dan-e-o is also a freelance blog writer and co-host of “Tha O Show” - a weekly internet radio program with a growing worldwide audience.
Dan-e-o established his crew, Monolith as a Canadian favorite in the world of hip-hop in 1997 by co-founding One Rock Records and independently releasing the EP, The Long Awaited... the following year. With two hit videos, “At The T.O.P.” and “Plan Eh”, this project helped put Dan-e-o and the 11-member Monolith crew permanently on the Hip-Hop map.
In 2000, Dan-e-o released his eagerly anticipated debut album, The Book of Daniel to rave reviews and nationwide intrigue. The LP represented one of the most incredible displays of breathless lyricism ever! In 2004, Dan-e-o’s second album, See No Evil, Hear No Evil smashed onto the scene cementing Dan-e-o’s reputation as one of the world’s most elite MCs. One of the record's biggest hits, “Kama Sutra” featured Dan-e-o’s cousin and dancehall king, Red Rat. Its music video has nearly 8 million views on YouTube!
Over the course of the next several years, Dan-e-o continued to master his craft as an MC while solidifying his role as a multi-talented entertainer and entrepreneur. Releasing numerous mixtapes, including Dilla Pickles – a full length tribute CD to producer J Dilla, Dan-e-o also focused on an acting career. With a number of TV commercials under his belt, he landed a bit role in an episode of the A&E series, “Breakout Kings” as well as playing a key role in his first full length movie, Anything Goes in 2011.
Currently, Dan-e-o is one half of the duo Perfeck Strangers with fellow Rap veteran, Promise. Their debut album, Series Premiere is an outstanding ode to back and forth emceeing as well as an amazing display of soulful songwriting and musicianship. The album will be available through Urbnet Records early in 2012.
As far as Dan-e-o is concerned, he is “only getting started”. Also expected to drop in 2012 is a new solo release entitled, “Dope”. The new project will highlight Dan-e-o's growth as a songwriter and potent lyricist. Its first single, “Serial Killer” is a re-imagining of Dan-e-o's role in the world of hip-hop as television's “Dexter”. As Dan-e-o says in the track, he lives “by a code to only kill them rappers that's making hip-hop erode!”