Dan-e-o's first-ever Japanese release, "Dear Hip Hop (Return To Sender)" appears on the mixtape, ReMakin'. Produced by Japan's DJ S-KY The Cookinjax, this track has Dan-e-o revisiting the story he started with his classic 1996 original.
Dear Hip Hop, what did we do wrong?
It's like my heart stops with every new song
And now I'm in the fog, working through the pain
'Cause if I lose you dog, what will I gain?
Dear Hip Hop, what did I do to earn this letter?
I turned the envelope over, it read "return to sender"
I thought due to our history, I'd be deserving better
An earnest defender against any worthless contender
Feeling anxiety as the package sit beside me
My eyes defying me, this stamp is from the middle nineties
I made some noise with this official statement
And held my ground the way I put it down like an initial payment
I thought this shit was sacred, you stripped like chicks who's naked
Of what's sophisticated in all of your hits that's made it
Disrespected and desecrated, no warnings heeded
I mailed you soul, you didn't have the heart to read it?
We must depart, depleted of any hope that my mission ain't got defeated
Have fun being a pop elitist
Top of the charts, I see this
I would've carried on your name, but now I've cause to be ashamed like an aborted fetus
Dan-e-o, don't feel downtrodden or derailed
Your mission is something I'd never wanna see fail
God, I hope you get this e-mail
This industry's imprisoned me, this whole system might as well be jail
Yeah, they captured me on TV and radio
But what made you think to find me, that'd be the place to go?
In Japan, they still breaking and graf bombing
DJ'n, beatboxing to start a clash rhyming
But where you're from, look at the class I'm in
It's such a crass climate, abusing me and creating cash giants
It ain't even new school, it's after school detention
'Cause in history class, these new cats ain't paid attention
Thank God they came with YouTube
'Cause how television be representing ain't keeping it true dude
Stay online, we'll travel this portal together
Immortal forever, I'd never ignore your letter
from Mixtape Exclusives,
track released November 8, 2011
(D. Faraldo, M. Sasaki)
Produced and mixed by DJ S-KY The Cookinjax
Recorded by T.J. Habibi at Secret Suburbia Studios, Toronto, Ont
From the mixtape, ReMakin'