Local Reviews: Mark Dago

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Mark Dago
SelfHighFive
Earth Burn Records
Street: 10.05
Mark Dago = Salvador Santana + Jack Splash + Vinnie Paz
Plain and simple, this is one of the better local CDs I have been lucky enough to come across. SelfHighFive is a testament to the talent in the area—the production is tight, the beats hit your ears crisp and clear, and the dude’s lyrics are sharp. The intro song “Up High” starts you up nicely, but it isn’t until “Every Today” with Ebay Jamil that you get to putting one in the air. My one and truly only concern with this album is that the sound sometimes doesn’t fit the beat. Your voice is hard, homie—you sound so angry. On the topic of voices, “Alright” with Lauren Hoyt and Bad Brad Wheeler is a wu-banger of a track. Lauren Hoyt sounds like an angel. There is a lot more to this album, so I suggest you go out and buy it. That’s good business.