Weigh In: Should Dangafield Quit His Day Job?
Dangafield started his musical career in high school in New Orleans where he played trumbone in the Alcee Fortier High School marching band, learning to read sheet music,and appreciate the music which is the cultural influence of his hometown.While in school he met his rhyme partner Ed “P Chizzle “Mossop in Hollygrove, a neighborhood famous for producing hip hop talents like Lil Wayne,Skip from UTP, Fiend,and a host of others. In 2002 his senior year in high school, they both were hustling in the neighborhood when they were approached by J Dawg from the legendary rap group Black Menace about 2 kids at his former High School that were really talented rappers, after spittin a few bars he brought him to his studio to record for his mixtape .
Hailing from the 13th ward in New Orleans,Dangafield quickly made a name for himself on the New Orleans underground circuit as an extremely talented lyricist ,that would battle any MC on the spot and leave the crowd stunned by his wordplay. While in the process of recording mixtape material with JDawg in 2004 he was introduced to
Chuck”Big Boy” Temple and was offered a recording contract with Big Boy Records who brought the world of Hip Hop artist like Mystical, Fiend, Mia X, Black Menace. In November of 2004 Dangafield released his self titled debut on Big Boy Records. The following year while promoting his project,the city of New Orleans was struck by the countries worst natural disaster Hurricane Katrina, sending residents of the city to seek refuge in neighboring Texas and elsewhere.
Dangafield found himself in Dallas, Texas on the August 29,2005,hence the events took the life out of him as an artist and he then resorted back hustling, and selling drugs. While driving on interstate 45 coming from Houston the car he was riding in was stopped for speeding. Upon searching the vehicle cocaine was found in the vehicle. He was convicted in December 2006 and sentenced to 3 years in Texas Department of Corrections. After serving 18 months he was released on Parole in March 2008.
He vowed to never return to jail for anything like such again. In August 2008 he returned home to New Orleans. Seeing the condition in which his city was in he was compelled to start rapping again. November 2008 he ran into and old friend international recognized visual artist Dennis Holt known for his creative insight and shooting and editing video.Holt was always of Dangafield and had shooting a video for him before the city was destroyed by Katrina.
Dangafield and Holt quickly began brainstorming ideas on how to reenter the rap game. January 2010 they formed A.T.M. Records LLC. (Artist That Matter). Since then he’s worked with artist like Sean Price,Juvenile,Skip from UTP and has released a firestorm of viral videos via the internet – YouTube,.com, OnSmash.com, Ilovepwnage.com, DailyMotion.com, Facebook.com, and Vimeo.com.
The future is now looking a lot brighter for Dangafield, in June 2010 he released a remix to his single the Da Finest featuring veteran Brooklyn Mc Sean Price and has been praised by artist like Jay Electronica for his skills as an true MC. This fall he started his pursuit as an Electrical Engineer at Delgado Community College in New Orleans, and is ready to take the Rap World by the horns.
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Here are Dangafield’s submissions:
New Orleans Finest