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Daken / Press

“In today’s rap music climate, people can get away with saying just about anything if the beat underneath them is hot enough. As a result, far too many brain-dead bars have been dropped over intelligent rhymes. It’s enough to make emcees and fans that still care about lyrical content want to push the genre aside. Daken Breland has chosen to persevere in spite of it all, preparing for battle with the poise of a young Luke Skywalker armed with an advanced vocabulary as his light saber. If rap music’s mainstream audience can appreciate the storytelling and unparalleled skill that Kendrick Lamar has brought to the game, then chances are that hip-hop heads will see those same qualities on display within Daken’s music. The genre could use a full-length release from this young man.”

Jason Randall Smith - ReviewYou

“While offerings from the Southern rap community come in a variety of flavors, there does seem to be a preoccupation with bass rumblings that make speakers rattle and backsides bounce. Beyond that, there is a rising tide of rappers taking their influential cues from the likes of Drake, Jay-Z, Kanye West, and Lil’ Wayne. Daken Breland is certainly not one of them. Based in Mississippi and barely out of his late teens, he is making it his mission to bring lyrical substance back to the South. . With wisdom beyond his years, his hook may not be the next custom ringtone, but his verses have far more staying power than most flavor-of-the-month cuts in heavy rotation right now.”

Jason Randall Smith - ReviewYou