One of the hip hop MC’s main strengths has always been the ability to tell stories, to provide insight and draw listeners into the music through vivid imagery and personal accounts. At it’s best, hop hop earns the moniker of “the black people’s CNN” made famous by Chuck D in the late ’80’s.

Daddy Was a Sailor Man is hip hop in personal documentary storyteller’s tradition. Told through a series of flashbacks, reflections and imagined scenarios, the song recounts a heart to heart conversation between a father and son, one of those intimate, introspective moments that often get overlooked in mainstream hip hop.

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Esinchell’s music drips of hard won experiences and the kind of intricate details that separate honest storytelling from over-hyped imagery. The Oakland native has made a career by subverting the usual musical stereotypes and won the Digital Underground alum performances with some of urban music’s legendary figures from KRS-1 to DJ Quick to Lenny Williams.

Esinchill’s new album Vigilante is due out in early 2010 and features performances from Dave Hollister, Mistah F.A.B., Casual (Hieroglyphics), King Beef and others. To find out more about the MC and the music go to


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