It wouldn’t be right if Dapa Don didn’t start his newest project, Chicken George, with a feature from Biggie Smalls just like on #FOOD2 and letting us all know he “Just Can’t Quit” (the Ron Isley inspired ad-libs add a nice touch too). Piggybacking off his last two albums he decides to keep food incorporated in the title but there is a background behind this one that you catch in the intro. Chicken George is a prominent character from Alex Haley’s book turned TV miniseries, Roots: The Saga of an American Family, who got his nickname from his skills in cockfighting and was the grandson of Kunta Kinte. The funny thing about it is, at first I thought the album was titled this because Dap loves chicken and he wanted a funny play-on name but then I had to remember the real history. The Brooklyn native has been perfecting his infusion of hip-hop and R&B and I must say he has really reached his peak with this project. He has the ability to swoon the ladies but he also reminds you that he is not to be overlooked as a lyricist. You almost can’t even tell it’s Dap that is transitioning from rapping to singing in tracks like “Creep” because his voice is so smooth and I honestly request that he forms an alter ego for his singing abilities. The artist also reveals that he is behind some of the instrumentation on the album which boosts his artistry 50 percent. He keeps features down to a minimum but one that really caught my attention is from China Boss and how she embodies Lil Kim on “Roc U” with lines that are parallel to “Crush On You”. I also appreciated “The Wild” featuring Cash Sinatra, IknowBrasco and Jus Smith because of it’s pure, gritty hip-hop vibe. It’s almost as if they were all battling each other. Dap throwing in a track entitled, “D’usse” is not surprising since his latest release party for Chicken George was sponsored by the liquor brand and it is one of a celebratory vibe. The skits that he places are hilarious and I wonder if that chick ever found her a Dominican papi with the hookah? Dap ends it all with the R&B, synth-pop infused, “1989”, which has me wondering, could this be his next dabble of music? I will have to find out but for now I’m going to bump this Chicken George and you should too.
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