DCAN is Truth Inside vocalist Dan Cantarero's hip hop project. If you're familiar with Truth Inside's music, you'll have an idea of what the lyrical content is like in this mixtape. I'm not a huge fan of rap and have only done one other review in the genre, but I really enjoyed this mixtape.
After the intro "The Start," "Road To Success" proves to be a strong first song. With a background of upbeat R&B instrumentals, Dan has a pretty aggressive delivery with a clear message. This song has an especially catchy chorus. "This is the road to success, and I don't care if you claim to be best. It doesn't matter where you been, where you haven't gone, what you haven't done, we're all under the same sun."
"Dear God" is a nice change of pace, with a more melancholy piano chord progression and samples from The Great Dictator. Lyrically, it's a bit more serious but still positive, talking about making change, being less ignorant and having a more positive outlook on things that we encounter.
My favorite song on the mixtape through the first couple listens has been "Middle Ground." It's only fourty-seven seconds long and has no instrumentals, just a heartbeat. It's definitely the most serious and the angriest with lyrics "The moment where you couldn't look me straight into the eyes, tell me what was ripping at you, eating out of your insides."
You can pretty much guess what "Life's Rad" and "New Vibes" are about after listening through the rest of the songs on the mixtape, but each stands out on their own. Both have sang choruses-it's safe to say the singing isn't the strong point of the album, but it provides melody and at least there isn't autotune or anything like that.
"Cruisin'" has my favorite instrumentals on the mixtape, especially with the jazzy chord progression on guitar. This track talks about appreciating the small things in life and at points follows him taking a bike ride. Although it may sound cheesy on paper, the lyrics are a nice change and paint a picture. I prefer this any day, rather than bragging about how much money or what kind of cars you have.
"The End (of something great)" has arguably the catchiest chorus and wraps up the mixtape. All in all, this is another really well-done side project that I hope goes further than just this mixtape. The thing I liked most about the mixtape was the variety. There's enough changes to keep anyone interested, whether it be the lyrical matter or the tone that the instrumentals give off. If you like hip-hop/rap that has lyrical substance rather than "liking the beat," you should check this out. It's available for free download (just enter 0) or name your price from Bandcamp, and also free on datpiff.