Avante Garde Stylings For The Modern Hip-Hop Era: Reviewing Darko The Super’s New Record, Great White Buffalo

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Innovative, Philadelphia-based Hip-Hop MC Darko The Super is back at it again with his newest effort, Great White Buffalo.

Fans of Golden Age and East Coast Hip-Hop will be at home here as Darko’s quirky yet buttery smooth flow melts over the rapper’s fifteen new tracks with effortless finesse, and a certain maturity Darko is steadily garnering as he ingrains himself within the Hip-Hop game.

The album opens with “Great White Buffalo,” a sax sample-laden track reminiscent of A Tribe Called Quest colliding head-on with the styles of Open Mike Eagle’s Unapologetic Art Rap.

Darko’s eclectic musical background is on full display here with samples of legendary singer-songwriter Dean Friedman’s 1981 classic, Rumpled Romeo, used liberally. Cuts like “Buy My Baby A Car” and “Nookie In The Mail” are skillfully reworked by Darko in his decidedly varied fashion as “Buy My Baby A Used Fiero On Craigslist” and “Nookie Through The Phone.”

Also featured on this lowkey Hip-Hop mega album is a verse from the reclusive Exile, a guest appearance on the infinitely talented and truly singular Fatboi Sharif, as well as a memorable sax solo from the Saxsquatch.

In short, Great White Buffalo is a record that has put Darko The Super on the proverbial indie Hip-Hop map. Fans of Tobacco, People Under The Stairs, George Clinton, DJ Screw, Soulsonic Force, and Machine Wash Music ought to take notice. Slick production, masterful lyrical imagery, combined with deep-cut, crate-digger sampling make this album an absolute must listen.

Darko The Super has managed to take everything we love about 1980s Electro-Hop, 90s Golden Age Hip-Hop, and 2000s Vaporwave, and merge it all into one ultramodern, futuristic, forward-thinking tour de force.

Great White Buffalo is a record we are going to be talking about for years to come. With these tracks laid to tape and now unleashed unto the world, its legacy is soon to be formally cemented.

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Andrew Daly

With an immense passion for music, a disposition for writing, and an eagerness to teach and share both, Andrew decided to found VWMusic in 2019 as a freelance column under the column Idle Chatter. Over time, the column grew into a website that now features contributors who further the cause of sharing both a love of music and the art of journalism with the world through articles and interviews. While Andrew enjoys running the website, his real passion lies in teaching and facilitating others to do what they do best, and giving them the opportunity to explore their passions in the process. Some of Andrew’s favorite artists include KISS, Oasis, ACϟDC, Elvis Presley, Ace Frehley, The Rolling Stones, Rush, The Pretenders, Led Zeppelin, The Gaslight Anthem, Iron Maiden, John Lennon, The Melvins, Noel Gallagher, Regina Spektor, Rory Gallagher, The Stone Roses, The Strokes, Thin Lizzy, Elvis Costello, Van Halen, Neil Young, Blur, Billy Joel, Bruce Springsteen, and many more.
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