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Written by: Robbie Ettelson
It would appear that Hydra Entertainment is back in effect with the release of Godfather Don‘s Donnie Brasco. I guess this is the project that Jerry Famolari told me about years ago:
Jerry Famolari: I’m actually working on a Don album right now. An unreleased album. I just put together a Hydra single – a white label – that I’m going to release next month. This is gonna be like a “Best of”. There’ll be about fifteen unreleased records on there, so there’ll be about twenty, twenty two cuts. I’m walking around with the work DAT today, actually, just looking for songs to pull, songs to mix. It’s tough because after Diabolique, him and I worked on about fifteen, twenty songs – but we never released anything. The stuff that I have that I’m mixing now is crazy, because some of it is from ‘99, 2000 and 2001, and a lot of the stuff is still hot! There are some good little records. The only thing is, sound quality on a lot of these things is gonna be tough because I don’t have the reels of some of these records. Anything I find the reel on, I’m bringing up and remixing. There’s stuff that we didn’t use for Diabolique, which is about another dozen songs that we had as well.
I’m enjoying this collection of vaulted Don material, since it reflects the era that he had moved past the abstract vocal styles and adapted a slightly ignorant Brooknam delivery, which is one part Biggie Smalls, a dash of Masta Ace and two parts his own unique shit. Production-wise, it reflects the stripped down sound of Diabolique rather than the obscure jazz chops of his earlier work. While nothing on here is on the level of ‘Seeds of Hate’ or ‘Piece of the Action’, it’s well worth a place in your collection as a companion piece to Diabolique.
Godfather Don – ‘Raw’
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