At the age of 13, Dan-e-o won a Rap-Off Contest on Toronto’s “Electric Circus” dance show. Five years later, in 1996, his first single “Dear Hip Hop” was featured on Beat Factory’s Rap Essentials Volume One compilation.
Dan-e-o established his crew, Monolith, as a Canadian favourite in the world of hip-hop in 1997 by co-founding One Rock Records and independently releasing the EP, The Long Awaited… the following year. The project helped put Dan-e-o and the Monolith crew permanently on the hip-hop map.
In 2000, Dan-e-o released his eagerly anticipated debut album, The Book of Daniel to rave reviews and nationwide intrigue. In 2004, Dan-e-o’s second album, See No Evil, Hear No Evil smashed onto the scene cementing Dan-e-o’s reputation as one of the world’s most elite MCs.
Dan-e-o’s highly anticipated and long overdue solo projects, Immortal and Inevitable were strategically released on 9/10 and 11/12/13 respectively. Both the EP and follow-up album – entirely produced by Monolith cohort, Charisma a.k.a. Skizzz – highlight Dan-e-o’s growth as a songwriter, vocalist and potent lyricist.
In November 2014, Dan-e-o went back to his roots by releasing the seminal album, Dear Hip Hop, exclusively on vinyl through France’s Sergent Records. Comprised of tracks written and recorded during the “boom bap” heyday of the 90’s, the project was re-released by URBNET as a 20th Anniversary deluxe edition album entitled Dear Hip Hop: 20 Years Later in October 2017.
Dan-e-o’s greatest accomplishment took place on April 23, 2014. He became a father. His fifth album, The Day It All Changed takes listeners along with him on his new fatherhood journey. Doubling as a soulful ode to his wonderful daughter Melina and his most mature, polished presentation of lyricism to date, the album dropped in October 2019 on URBNET.