Various - The Fallen Soldier Compilation: A Tribute To D-Boy

Published Wednesday 18th October 2006
Various - The Fallen Soldier Compilation: A Tribute To D-Boy
Various - The Fallen Soldier Compilation: A Tribute To D-Boy

STYLE: Hip-Hop
RATING 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 18622-10020
LABEL: Independent

Reviewed by Steve Hayes

Danny Rodriguez, or D-Boy, was a gifted Christian rapper who ministered to gangs in Dallas, Texas. In 1990 he was shot dead in a drive-by aged 23. I'd heard of D-Boy from the Corey Red, 'Precise' album where "A Martyr's Anthem" is dedicated to him. But here is an album dedicated to D-Boy's memory. This various artists project has a gritty, street feel to it with laid back, rolling Dirty South style delivery. We start up flicking through some of D-Boy's tracks, before moving into the album proper. Two tracks of bouncy Dirty South encouraging us that seeds planted will grow - and "church hopping". There's more of an old skool feel with Nate G while TekSon on "God's Posse In Effect" and "That UB Urself" offers some interesting syncopated timing. The album isn't afraid to confront social issues, as in "Cease For Peace", a look at gangs being the only family kids know, the trap of the ghetto, violence and guns. "Shout" samples The Isley Brothers, "Shout, throw my hands up..." Nate G calls out hip-hop in "Hip-Hopracy". We end up with a track dedicated to D-Boy, "Fallen Soldier" - a true pioneer and "the first big rapper to lose his life on the streets." As Corey Red says, "Yo D-Boy, see you at the resurrection." Amen.

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Reader Comments

Posted by Wayne Brooks in Dothan, Al. USA @ 03:52 on May 6 2007

Used to listen to DBoy way bacck -when. I thought he was killed while his apartment was being robbed. And what ever happened to the Street Academy He use to run in Dallas.

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