Bill Danze TooBusy The Listening Session

Billy Danze and M.O.P were iconic during raps ‘golden era’ but in 2020, Danze shows that he is every bit as relevant now as he / they were back then. There have been too many emcees to count, who as ‘elder statesmen’ in the game, are still showing the young bucks how to rock a mic, command a track and deliver brilliant hip hop projects.

Last year, we got the brilliant ‘6 Pack‘ EP and also ‘The Bakers Dozen‘ album, and in 2020 we get his latest opus as he teams up with TooBusy to drop ‘The Listening Session‘. As you can probably expect from his 2019 releases, his hard as nails bars on the epic DJ Kay Slay ‘Rolling 50 Deep’ joint and his Gotham‘ track with Method Man – Danze just keeps getting better and better. Still delivering ferocious rhymes, but with ever increasing content and subject matter – Billy Danze continues to embody the hip hop ethos.

Let’s start with some of the (numerous) postives with this album. Billy Danze is a talented emcee, who has a unique presence on a microphone and track. TooBusy is up for the challenge too, and provides the ‘Ante Up’ artist with a fantastic soundboard to support the content and flow. It really is a great pairing. Speaking of great pairings, we need to address the Lil Fame feature on ‘That Time’ which is one of the standout tracks on the album. We have largely had to endure a spate of features and separate offerings from Fame and Danze, but when they share a track together, the results are just perfection. ‘That Time’ carries on that tradition.

DJ Premier (who won the Raw Side Hip Hop DJ of the Year award for 2020) also features on the album with the street-vibe, soulfully sampled ‘Take a Step‘ and as you can imagine, it’s another flawless victory – not just for Danze, Preemo and the album but also for TooBusy. The track fits seamlessly into the overall collection of beats which shows just how impressive TooBusy is on the boards.

I must also make a special mention of the Cormega feature – a dope track and I love Mega, but also the interesting pairing of Billy Danze and Daz Dillinger on ‘Respect Some Shit‘ which really worked and gave the overall offering some nice diversity.

Bangers: That Time, Take a Step, Don’t Believe Ya, Gotham, Southern Man

Score: 8 / 10. All in all this is yet another gem in the Billy Danze crown. While I personally feel it was just a little short and gives me a kind of ‘this is just the starter’ vibe, it also does standalone and leave me wanting more – so mission accomplished I guess.

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By Brutus Maximus

Founder of Raw Side Hip Hop. Been rocking with the hip hop culture for over 30 years. Love the creativity, authenticity of the art and the culture as a whole. Shout out to the real ones making and supporting true hip hip and the artists who make it!