Dan-e-o

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Dan-e-o
Birth name Daniel Faraldo
Also known as Dan-e-o
Born (1977-06-10) June 10, 1977 (age 37)
Origin Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Genres Hip hop
Occupation(s) Lyricist, Actor
Years active 1991–present
Labels Planet Rock Records, URBNET Records
Associated acts Monolith, Perfeck Strangers
Website www.dan-e-o.com

Daniel Faraldo (born June 10, 1977), professionally known as Dan-e-o, is a Canadian hip hop artist and actor of Jamaican and Spanish descent, from Toronto, Ontario. He is currently a member of the group Perfeck Strangers, based in Scarborough, Ontario.[1]

Rap competitions[edit]

In May 1991, Dan-e-o performed live on Electric Circus, a dance show based in Toronto and won a rap-off competition, beginning his journey as a hip hop artist in the music industry.[1]

While participating and winning in many different rap-off and freestyle contests, his biggest accomplishment at these competitions came when he won the Darknights Freestyle Battle in July 2003 in Markham, Ontario.

Album releases[edit]

“Dear Hip Hop”, one of Dan-e-o’s most well known songs, was released on Beat Factory’s Rap Essentials Volume One album in 1996. This CD included artists from all over Canada that have at one point toured Canada with Dan-e-o including Rascalz, Kardinal Offishall and Choclair. In 1998, on One Rock Records, a label he helped to found the year before, Dan-e-o released an EP entitled The Long Awaited with his group Monolith.[1]

In 2000, Dan-e-o put emphasis on his unique style of lyricism by releasing his debut album, The Book of Daniel on the same label. “Corrida De Toros”, “Margerine”, “Revenge” and “Baahd!” were among the more popular songs featured on the album.[1]

In 2004, he released the See No Evil, Hear No Evil album on the newly named Planet Rock Records imprint. Dan-e-o’s second album, it included the singles and videos "T.N.T.", "Funkbox", "Deadly" and "Kama Sutra" featuring Dan-e-o’s cousin, reggae artist, Red Rat. This album featured a hybrid style which composed of funk, soul, reggae and rock along with Dan-e-o’s freestyle lyricism, helping to make Dan-e-o’s reputation as an MC even stronger.[2]

On Planet Rock Records, Dan-e-o has also released mixtapes/albums entitled Dear Hip Hop in 2004, containing recordings from the 90s and Speak No Evil in 2005, a remix edition of his sophomore effort.[3]

On January 9, 2009, Dan-e-o, as part of Tha O Show, released OBLIVION! Tha Indy Wrestling Album, an album containing theme songs of several Ontario Indy Professional Wrestlers that features performances from himself, T.J. Habibi, Chemist, Tika Simone and Summer Brockwell.[3]

In November 2009, Dan-e-o released a 2 in 1 album/mixtape entitled Dilla Pickles in honor of the late hip-hop producer, J Dilla. The project contains such tracks as "Break It Down", "Last Minute" and "Locked" and includes performances by himself, Famous, Ian Kamau, marveL, Promise and others.[3]

In 2012, together with Promise, Dan-e-o released his first album as part of the duo, Perfeck Strangers entitled Series Premiere on URBNET Records. In 2013, Dan-e-o released an EP Immortal and an album Inevitable through URBNET Records. For these projects, he worked with such artists as Moka Only, Big Kish, Maestro Fresh-Wes, Red Rat, Chip Fu and Rich Kidd.[citation needed]

Tha O Show[edit]

In mid-February 2006, Dan-e-o joined with friend, under the character name of Big Daddy Donnie to launch Tha O Show, a website based in Toronto. In the beginning, it consisted of articles and weekly reviews of professional wrestling and mixed martial arts shows, but later on would turn into what the pair had envisioned all along: a weekly online radio program that broadcasts on Tha O Show's website and on dozens of affiliate sites. The show has carved out a niche as a unique radio property, catering to an audience that loves wrestling and MMA, but wants to hear about other things as well. The show often features an in-studio guest or co-host who is a professional wrestler, as well as guests on the phone. Tha O Show avoids typical "interview" format and instead strives for a more conversational approach - best noted by their Round Table segment.[3] Due to his massive success with Perfeck Strangers and budding acting career, Dan-e-o stepped down in June 2012 as official co-host of Tha O Show, being replaced by professional wrestler and Big Daddy Donnie's former co-host on Live Audio Wrestling, Notorious T.I.D.. Tha O Show officially went off the air by the end of 2013.

Discography[edit]

Main article: Dan-e-o discography

Dan-e-o has released and/or appeared on the following albums and mixtapes:

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