Dragon Fli Empire – Mission Statement [Album]
Calgary, AB – On Nov. 5, Calgary’s supreme hip-hop duo, Dragon Fli Empire, dropped their latest Mission Statement project at Republik Nightclub. We’ve been waiting since 2009 on this one—that’s the last time producer DJ Cosm and rapper Teekay released a DFE album together. The Mission Statement album release party went down in conjunction with Pete Rock and C.L. Smooth’s show in Calgary. It was only fitting to have one of Calgary’s most legendary rapper-producer duos on the same bill as one of the world’s most legendary rapper-producer duos.
DFE has been on the scene now for almost a decade. But in the last few years, Teekay and DJ Cosm have taken on a slew of side projects. But the classic DFE sound is always evident in their respective works—a touch of jazz, a lot of boom bap, and an easy-going mellow vibe. It’s an oldschool sound. And it’s always relevant.
Mission Statement doesn’t stray too far from the winning formula. The 13-track album starts off with the groovy little “Ain’t Goin’ Down” track. It’s pure smooth DFE jamming. So pop a bottle. Invite over a lady friend. And start things off with this joint. Because it’s about as suave as things can get. Seriously. Forgo your usual seasonal holiday tracks this year, and just play DFE instead. Deck the halls with Teekay and Cosm.
The album also features several talented soul songstresses including Lady C and our local R&B girl crush, Yolanda Sargeant (she’s featured on the hook of “The Way It Goes”). There are also a couple of star-studded social commentary tracks that were released as singles earlier on this year including “The Daily News Pt. 2” (featuring Sadat X) and “Back Up” (featuring Qwazaar and Thaione Davis). And make sure you keep your ears open for other featured artists including Def 3, Birdapres, and more.
And shout outs to HipHopCanada’s own Stefan Lewis. He did the album art for this project. Which is pretty dope. Make sure you head over here to cop a download of Mission Statement. It’s pay-what-you-can. So make sure you show some support by paying what you can.