Philadelphia MC and U Don’t Deserve This Beautiful Art label owner Darko The Super has a wonderfully oddball discography, and his new LP sees him teaming-up with self-proclaimed “post-Dilla” beatsmith BLKrKRT, whose own breezy and soul-infused instrumental a hot summer also dropped this month. The duo’s Card Tricks For Dogs is titled after a line from comedian Bill Hicks, is dedicated in the liner notes to “all the dogs in the world,” and pits Darko’s screwy and spaced-out tales against slick, synth-heavy arrangements, with entertaining results. On the ’80s-influenced “Imaginary Girlfriend,” Darko plays out a fictional breakup in his head; elsewhere, “MC Pee Pants” showcases Darko’s warped story-telling with an incident involving drinking too much Mountain Dew causing him to miss a show while hunting down a restroom. Guest appearances include a nostalgic turn from Mr. Muthafuckin’ eXquire on “Purple Ketchup,” plus some sartorially-inspired rhymes from MC Paul Barman on “Semiotics Of The Suit.”
- Philip Mlynar
"Darko's latest effort, appropriately titled Card Tricks For Dogs includes songs about breaking up with an imaginary girlfriend, Charleston, SC and being the self proclaimed "worst rapper in the world". The 13 song album includes features from Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire, Torito, Height Keech, even MC Paul Barman! Darko's raps always make me laugh when I least expect it. His verses are a series of one liners that tickle every funny bone in my body as they lay over lo-fi beats that put me in the mind of Madlib." - Spoken Nerd
"Card Tricks For Dogs is Darko the Super’s 257th album and it finds him wearing many hats, from indie rapper to R+B wordsmith to lounge singer to heartbroken crooner to standup comedian." - Charles Bridgers IV
"This is my latest and greatest magnum opus. Produced by my long time collaborator and friend, BLKrKRT, one of the best in the biz. The title "Card Tricks For Dogs" takes its inspiration from my light and guide in the universe, Bill Hicks. Some may tilt their head at this album and there's nothing wrong with that. Others may wag their tails and to those that do, I salute you. Thank you for listening. I put my heart, soul, and hard earned money into this release. It's a labor of love. I brought some friends along for the ride. Thank you to everyone involved in bringing this to life. Steel Tipped Dove mixed the socks of it. Harvey Cliff crushed the artwork, someone should guard his precious hands at all times. BLKrKRT sent me the illest beats. MC Paul Barman brought the most delicious cake to the session. Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire is on top of the world, it's an honor to have him as a friend. Height is the master of his craft. Everybody loves Googie, the man with a smile that could light up the world. ialive, you handsome son of a gun, don't ever change. Torito, you deserve this beautiful art, you're The Sphinx to my Mr. Furious. Joe of the legendary Static Brothers came through with the ill peripheral. Alora, you're my heart. Thank you to everyone who inspired these stories. Darko loves you!"
- Darko the Super
This album is dedicated to Minnie, Shadow, Snoop, Marla, Kacey, Bismark, Honey, Piper, Lexi, Georgie, Scruffy, Rocco, Bella, Enzo, Toodles, Biscuit, Jelly, Snowflake, CD, and all the dogs across the world.
Raps: Darko The Super
Mix & Master: Steel Tipped Dove
Artwork: Harvey Cliff / Jacob Dombroski
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