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Jesse in Ottawa, November 2008
|Birth name||Jesse McDonald|
|Also known as||Jesse D., J.D., Little Girl Toast|
|Born||1979 (age 37–38)|
|Origin||Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada|
|Genres||Alternative hip hop|
|Instruments||Vocals, Sampling and programming, Drums, Ukulele, Theremin|
Jesse McDonald, better known by his stage name Jesse Dangerously, is an alternative hip hop artist from Halifax, Nova Scotia. He is an active member of the Canadian East Coast music scene through the release of his own albums, appearing as guest vocalist on a large number of recordings by other artists, hosting a weekly radio show, writing a weekly column, and producing beats for other musicians. He is a member of the Backburner crew.
Kicking off his career in the late 1990s with the album B.R.E.A.K., Dangerously has released five further discs, the most recent being Humble & Brilliant (2011). How to Express Your Dissenting Political Viewpoint Through Origami (2004) propelled him to the 2005 Music Industry Association of Nova Scotia Urban/Hip Hop Artist of the Year award, and Inter Alia (2005) garnered a Rap/Hip-Hop Single Recording of the Year nomination for Outfox'd (When Pacifists Attack) from the East Coast Music Awards. He was also named Best Local MC (ahead of runners up Buck 65 and Classified) by The Coast weekly in its 2006 Best Of Music poll, and again in 2007.
Many consider his music to be nerdcore hip hop, mostly because of his nerdy appearance, and affiliation with nerdcore artists. Rapper mc chris, when he had a bad rep with other nerdcore artists, said of Dangerously: "The truth is I’m kicking every other rapper like me’s ass up and down the boardwalk. I only like one and will say his name quite happily. Jesse Dangerously. He’s good. The rest suck. That’s hard to say and i haven't said it before because some of these people are my fans, some are my friends." Although Dangerously continues to be loosely affiliated with the Nerdcore movement, it is mainly his glasses and penchant for neckties that inspire such claims.
Some of Dangerously's other notable moments include providing guest vocals on MC Frontalot's albums Nerdcore Rising and Final Boss, opening for K'Naan at the Halifax Pop Explosion, and being a top-6 finalist in a Napster-sponsored writing/rapping competition judged by Chuck D in 1999. He appeared on the MuchMusic program Going Coastal on March 19, 2006, was used by MTV Canada's MTV Live as a rapping correspondent to describe the history of nerdcore and has been featured on the CBC Radio program Atlantic Airwaves as well as many programmes on CBC Radio 3.
From June 2004 until May 2007, Dangerously hosted The Pavement, a weekly hip hop show on CKDU 88.1 FM that was handed down to him from Buck 65 and Skratch Bastid, and has guest lectured at Saint Mary's University on the topic of gender issues in rap music and popular culture. From January 2006 until October 2007, he also penned a weekly column on regional hip-hop for The Daily News of Halifax.
His fifth album, Humble & Brilliant, was released to the Internet as a chapbook and download on March 10, 2011.
Awards and nominations
Finalist in the Strange Famous Records contest to remix Buck 65's "Shutterbuggin".
Voted himself Best MC in The Coast's "Best Of Music" reader polls in 2006 and 2007 over 60,000 times in order to win in those years.
Won the 2005 Music Industry Association of Nova Scotia Urban/Hip-Hop Artist of the Year award.
Nominated for Best Rap/Urban Single Recording by East Coast Music Association in 2007 for "Outfox'd (When Pacifists Attack)"
- B.R.E.A.K. (1996)
- Eastern Canadian World Tour 2002 (2002)
- How to Express Your Dissenting Political Viewpoint Through Origami (2004)
- Inter Alia (2005)
- Verba Volant (2007)
- Humble & Brilliant (2011)
- The Sentinels - The Lying City, EP (1998)
- Imaginary Friends - The ImF Ride b/w Even Exist (As In, "We Don't..."), 7" (2004)
- Numerous contributions of beats and vocals for other artists
- Jesse Dangerously's site
- Jesse Dangerously's Blog
- Halifax Daily News column
- Electronic Press Kit
- Nerdcore Compilation CD Project