June 3, 2010

Artist of the Day: Godfather Don the Producer

A creative force within New York City's underground hip-hop scene, Godfather Don first appeared in 1991 with Hazardous, released on the Select imprint. The album established the Godfather as an MC influenced by the blatant, hard-hitting style of Chuck D. A few years later, the Don appeared on and produced the Ultramagnetic MC's' Four Horsemen, which led to a collaboration with that group's standout, Kool Keith. The Cenobites EP was issued on Fondle 'Em Records, which was started by New York b-boy, DJ, and man about town Bobbito Garcia. The material on the EP had originally been recorded as gags or promos for Garcia's underground hip-hop radio show on New York's WKCR. The Cenobites EP was then reissued by Fondle 'Em as a full-length LP. Throughout the 1990s, Godfather Don continued to work as a producer, working on tracks from Kool Keith, Hostyle, and Ayatollah, among others. In 1999, he released his second album, Diabolique, on which his flow was very similar to the bludgeoning raps of his 1991 debut. The album included cameo appearances from Kool Keith and Sir Menelik, and appeared on the Hydra Entertainment imprint, for which Godfather Don continued to record, releasing several 12" singles in 1999, 2000, and 2001 (Loftus, 2010). 

You can listen to Godfather Don's music at:

Released Albums:
Godfather Don - Hazardous
Godfather Don - Hydra Beats The Next Level Vol. 1
Godfather Don - Hydra Beats Vol. 3
Godfather Don - Hydra Beats Vol.7
Godfather Don - Hydra Beats Vol.11
Godfather Don - Hydra Beats Vol. 14
Godfather Don - Diabolique
Godfather Don - The Nineties Sessions
Godfather Don - The Slave of New York Ep
Godfather Don - Selections Ep

Loftus, J. (2010). Godfather Don. All Music. Retrieved from

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