Prolific Profile: Dangerous [Interview]
Vancouver, BC – Dangerous aka The Deadly MC is a self proclaimed lyrical poet who made waves in his early years auditioning on Star Search at age 11. Ever since he’s been very active as and MC and has dedicated himself to the craft. Working with names like Canibus, Planet Asia and Moka Only to name a few this Vancity rapper is grinding harder than ever to get on your radar. Check out our latest Prolific Profile on Dangerous – after the jump.
HipHopCanada: How do you define hip-hop, and where do you feel you fit into that definition?
Dangerous: “I love to rhyme/ it fills my heart/hip-hop is not a product, hip-hop is Art/ Canibus is Rembrandt, Ras Kass Van Gogh/I guess that makes me Pablo Picasso.”
This is one of my favorite quotes and is partly how I define hip-hop. I think it is an art and that lyricists are unique artists that paint their words on the audio canvas of the existence. I believe hip-hop is complex poetry and a truly creative method for delivering messages, ideas and thoughts to listeners. I am a complex poet, a conduit of lyrical energy that is intertwined with hip-hop and all genres of music.
HipHopCanada: What drives you to stay in a business that is rarely profitable and highly competitive?
Dangerous: As mentioned in the previous question, I don’t view hip-hop as just a product – it is an art form and has intrinsic value beyond any price tag. I used to make music for myself and fans but also to make money a decade ago, now I just do it for the love and the validating experience of formulating and creating the unknown and original.
HipHopCanada: Where are you based specifically?
Dangerous: I was born in the Lower Mainland and had lived in Trinidad & Tobago as a child but grew up most of life on the West Coast. So Vancouver, BC is definitely where I am based and perform predominately.
HipHopCanada: How has living there influenced your sound?
Dangerous: My geography is definitely not the influence of my sound. I was inspired from rappers, lyricists and artists from all over the world. Locally, I did look up to Rascalz and as a Canadian. I also was inspired by K-OS, Saukrates and Kardinal. However, the United States really provided the basis for my hip-hop influence with artists like 2pac, Biggie, Eminem, Snoop and Dre, Wu-Tang and of course my idol and friend Canibus, who I had the honour of collaborating and performing with.
HipHopCanada: Who is your primary fan base?
Dangerous: I am an underground hip-hop artist and the music that I make is not for the mainstream listener who just likes a ‘dope’ beat or the latest gimmick so the collection of my fans would be considered hip-hop heads, emcees, lyricists, DJs, urban artists, b-boys and fans who appreciate lyrics, wordplay and positive messages.
HipHopCanada: What tips would you give young artists coming up, or what do you wish someone would have told you when you first started out in the hip-hop industry?
Dangerous: I am big believer in confidence and being true to yourself regardless of what others are doing. So to aspiring artists, I recommend being as honest with yourself as possible and to have strong belief in your abilities and craft. I wish I had mentors that could have warned me about corrupt labels and conspiring artist agents that are just looking to profit off the artist and take advantage of individual’s dreams.
HipHopCanada: In which ways do you interact with your community?
Dangerous: I am heavily involved in various monthly hip-hop events such as Hip-Hop Karaoke Vancouver and Main Street Live. I also host and perform at various fundraisers and charity events such as Uniting Nations, Imperial Collective and Be Scene Red Carpet Event. As well, I provide entertainment and volunteer my time for various festivals such as Abbotsford Black History Month, North Vancouver Caribbean Festival and the Vancouver International South Asian Film Festival.
HipHopCanada: Which artists have you worked with that left an impression on you, and why?
Dangerous: I have worked with local artists such as Family Compact and Little T, who have great attitudes and are solid to do shows with. Also, I have collaborated with Juno Award winner, Moka Only who was featured on my track “Two Wrongs No Rights” remix and he also produced a beat for me, “Rhyme All The Time”. Moka is a music professional, a veteran in Canadian hip-hop and the reason that I began listening to Swollen Members. Internationally, I had the privilege of working with Grammy nominated, Planet Asia from Los Angeles on a song called Snack Bar produced by REL!G!ON of Wandering Worx Entertainment. Finally, as mentioned, I had the profound honor of not only collaborating with the legendary Canibus on my track “The Dreamcatcher” but also bringing him out to Vancouver for his first ever VanCity show and music video shoot for our track. I also had the fortune of taking Bis out to dinner for his birthday and we have kept in contact by phone and email since, and recently collaborated again on our latest track, “Darkside Of The Moon”.
HipHopCanada: Which Canadian artist would you most like to collaborate with?
Dangerous: I have a true respect for K-OS and I think that he is the most talented and unique Canadian emcee as he is a musician and an original artist. His background is also Trinidadian and I think that we could create an awesome West Indian inspired song or a melodic hip-hop track with a positive message.
HipHopCanada: Tell us about past and present successes, as well as future projects?
Dangerous: DANGEROUS was a rapper on Star Search at age 11 and has been an emcee since 2000. In 2004, he recorded The Deadly MC, his debut album which was in dozens of Vancouver record stores and received radio play on The Beat 94.5fm and CFRO 103.9fm. DANGEROUS has been a finalist for the: *The Beat 94.5 BabyBlue SoundCrew Stand out or Get out Contest *The Beat 94.5 Kokanee Summit Sound Off Competition. He has been a finalist for numerous freestyle battle competitions in Vancouver. DANGEROUS has been a semi finalist for the: *The Beat 94.5fm Starmaker Competition *The Sonar Emcee Battle Royale. 2006 marked his second album release, Complex Poetry which is a true hip-hop album that with highlights his unique lyrics and his own produced beats. He also recorded two mixtures during this time, The Crib Mix and Millennium Rap. DANGEROUS took a break from music to focus on business, writing and acting but then returned in 2009, and started recording wit his brother Jo Blunt, along with Spit Lyrics who represent ‘Rhymists’. These three emcees also started a super group, ‘Coalition’ with Mob Robb and J-Worm from Arizona, USA. Dangerous and Jo Blunt recorded a duo album, Blunt Bro’s, along with a Coalition album, Lateral Trade, and several Mob Robb compilation albums. DANGEROUS has had the privilege of opening for Canibus, R.A The Rugged Man, D12, Chamillonaire, Nelly and Cypress Hill. He has performed at the Caribbean Festival, Sun Festival, Vancouver International South Asian Film Festival and Abbotsford Black History Month. More recently, DANGEROUS has collaborated with Moka Only, formerly of Swollen Members and is branching out to various talented artists internationally such as Planet Asia and his hip-hop idol, the legendary Canibus who are all featured on DANGEROUS’ third solo album, The Dreamcatcher in 2011. That year also marked the publishing of Dangerous aka Daniel J. Joseph’s first book, Me, My Dreams And I which is available on Amazon and Chapters. In 2012 Dangerous along with hi brother Jo Blunt, released Super Blunt Bro’s and also his most recent album, Enter The Danger which once again features the lyrically illustrious Canibus. In 2013, he wrote and produced two short films which were submitted to multiple film festivals, and also a television commercial for the recent Vancouver International South Asian Film Festival. Dangerous is now back in the studio recording tracks for other artists’ projects, and is currently working on his second book entitled, Wise Word From A Father. The future for Dangerous The Dreamcatcher unfolds every moment.
HipHopCanada: Any last words for the HipHopCanada online community?
Dangerous: “Hip-hop’s in my blood / it pumps through my arteries/ It runs through my veins / therefore it’s apart of me, my mind is an odyssey, with the technology, / to possibly, perform hip-hop lobotomy.” – DANGEROUS The Dreamcatcher