Danny!

Danny!

 Atlanta, Georgia, USA
BandHip Hop

Slicker than your average.

Biography

Daniel Swain, better known by his stage name Danny!, is an American rap performer and record producer from Columbia, South Carolina.

Danny! was born in Killeen, Texas and is a former student of the Savannah College of Art & Design. Danny! released six self-produced studio albums, three instrumental albums and a greatest hits compilation prior to, and during, his brief affiliation with Definitive Jux Records. He often wears an oxford shirt and pinstriped necktie, and has gained notoriety for prank-calling celebrities.

Danny! is most notable for his self-released albums "Charm" and "And I Love H.E.R.", the latter named by ABC News as one of the best 50 albums of 2008. 2011's "Where Is Danny?", despite internet leakage that hindered sales, has received acclaim for its cartoonish lyrical content and "lo-fi" production; in press coverage prior to its release SPIN revealed that the record would be less of a departure from Danny!'s musical direction but more of a return to original form, sounding "[as] over-the-top as 'The Slim Shady LP' a decade ago".

Shortly following the proclamation by The Roots drummer Questlove that there was strong interest from Jay-Z, Danny! was subsequently signed as the flagship artist to Questlove's re-launched Okayplayer Records after years of being loosely affiliated with the company. In support of the new venture Danny! made his television debut on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon in September 2012, premiering his song "Evil" alongside The Roots.

(Source: Wikipedia)

Lyrics

At What Price

Written By: D. Swain

[Verse 1]
She was a former associate of mine, we both had similar dreams of
Using our music as means to make us larger than life
Her life was like: she lived on her own, not much attention at home
She dated this thug from around the way, homeboy was sittin' on chrome
Now shorty could sing, this much is true but who gave her permission to use
The people that she called friend, time and time again
My phone would only ring when she needed me most: "give me some tracks"
I'd never hear back long after the fact, using D. Swain for personal gain
Now every time I'd try to push her away, she'd pull the relationship card
"Good gracious I hardly know you, don't you have a man you're devoted to?"
Pretended to like me to get inside the inner circle I made
Whatever it takes to make it I guess, I seen this shit comin' a mile away
So I cut her off and I watched her go flutter off, I had my own mind and she hated that
But she was too busy to care, her ego was gettin' inflated, back-
To-back shows, around the town, she started creatin' a name for herself
Kept dissin' her friends, and that's when the ceiling fell in

[Bridge # 1]
Never forget where you came, never forsake all your friends if fame
Should stray in your lane, never use someone to get in the game
Oh I know you want success, and yes, there is a cost
But lost relationships and actin' fake'll make you sick
N-now, the lesson she never learned is your bridges should never burn
And the people you see on the way to the top are the same that you'll see at the end of your term
Now I know it's been a minute since we've talked on the phone, uh
But I'll bet she's probably sittin' at home, and she's probably singin'

[Chorus 2X: Maria]
Shouldn't have cost me that much to be happy
To be free (to be free)
To be me (to be me)

[Verse 2]
Livin' amuck, not givin' a fuck
'Bout anyone else, except herself
Expected herself to be much further along than she was
But she was complacent, with the attention, that she was gettin', she never got it before
Her friends had been givin' attention, support, of course, unfortunately not anymore
She pushed 'em away, the more she became, a local celebrity
But she didn't know it was all that she'd ever be, it takes a lot more to get in the door
The lime of the light had blinded her sight, so she couldn't see that the people
She treated like dirt had gone on to do much bigger, much better things
Now several years passed, look at my ass
Finally got my name to pop
I'm famous, doc; the premise of "Charm" has finally come to life
But never got caught up in hype, hopped on a flight to visit the city I earned my stripes
Stepped into a lounge I frequented when I was young, and honey was still on the mic
She stayed in the city to sing, never achieving her dream
Of using her music as means to make her larger than life, 'cause karma came back at her twice
She was a former associate of mine, we both had similar dreams
But nobody cares, walked out of the club before she realized I was there, yeah

[Bridge # 2]
She never felt more alive than when she was on the stage
But she never realized the reason her friends had all gone away
I know that she was selfish, she couldn't help it
If only she took control of her fate before it became too late
Maybe then she'd have been concerned with not letting her bridges burn
'Cause the people she saw on the way to the top were still at the bottom awaiting their turn, damn
It's been a minute since we talked on the phone
But now I know she's probably sittin' at home, every night just singin'

[Chorus 2X]

Do You

Written By: D. Swain

[Verse 1]
Single mother, Papa Rolling Stone
Rolled away when little man was ten years old
Left a noticeable hole, where her heart had once resided
Tried to hide it with a cold lump of coal
Slowly turned into a woman that she knew before
She was four years old when HER father walked up out the door
And her mother never loved the same again
Now granted, men were in and out her home
But she'd love 'em leave 'em, 'cause her heart of stone
Just would not allow no occupants, and since her love was non-existent
You can bet her daughter missed it
When she'd try to find it all she'd get is
Empty looks, no confirmation
Only complications
Watched her mom become the woman that she ("tried to avoid, she said")

[Chorus]
Do now as I say darling, not as I do
See the way I play kid, not do as I do
Do do dodo do do dodo do do not as I do
Or you'll feel blue

[Verse 2]
But despite her mom's advice
Everybody knows the cycle goes around and around
Little girl is grown now, but she never found
Anybody that could change her back into the woman that she was
Woman that she was, she attempted to instill some values into little man
Never wanted little man to grow up fatherless, but
Showing affection is something that she never bothered with
So little man grew up to be misogynistic
Got a twisted sense of how to love from the way his momma did it
Momma didn't ever set a good example, but she never wanted little man
To end up cold and lonely like she was, wasn't in her plan
Yet here I am...

[Bridge]
It's not possible to teach a kid by preaching
When you do the opposite

[Chorus 2X]

Scrambled Eggs

Written By: D. Swain

[Verse 1]
Man
Fuck rappin' 'bout a broad
Rappin' 'bout a necklace
Rappin' 'bout some sex, man I'm rappin' 'bout my breakfast
So pass the coffee
If Asher Roth did this
You would probably give his ass a pass, get off me
Softly
Mix my flappy jacks with some sassafras and toffee
Grab a tab of frothy
Cheese for my broth, B
Raisin oatmeal with the soy milk? Nah-uh
I'd rather have the french toast, you want some?
Don't come near my plate unless you want a severed hand
And when it comes to cereal don't pick whatever brand, never man
Them Apple Dapples is forever bland
And the fake Alpha Bits got funny letters, damn
You seen my cousin? This nigga makes the meanest English muffins
Hit up the Krispy Kreme, bring a dozen
Of them
Cinnamon rolls, save one for dinner
But for now, sausage and toast is for beginners
You wanna get with D. Swain, then don't be rude with them Toaster Strudels
If you're frugal with the food, nigga screw ya

[Chorus 1.5x]
Muffins with the blueberry spread
Cheese grits and scrambled eggs
Did ya hear what I said?
Save me some scrambled eggs

[Verse 2]
One of the few fuckin' songs on this album with a hook
A breakfast connoisseur, maybe I should write a book
I'll give you hell if you ain't sellin' Belgian waffles
The fuck is turkey bacon? Man I swear that smell is awful
I like my hash browns scattered and smothered
Battered and covered with diced ham and splattered with mustard
I'm all about the fried potatoes, and sliced tomatoes
And beans and rice but I don't even like to try the bagels
This sunny side egg is lookin' like a cyclops
D. Swain signin' off, I'll meet y'all at the IHOP

Discography

"Payback", 2012
"Where Is Danny?", 2011
"And I Love H.E.R.: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack", 2008
"Danny Is Dead", 2007
"Charm", 2006
"F.O.O.D.", 2005
"The College Kicked-Out", 2004