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Alpha Writer

by Dan Johns

Origin 03:27
Shotgun 04:35
Ring Rust 04:04


Dear Friends & Supporters,

After taking ‘time-off’ to focus on my responsibilities as a husband and father, this I am proud to present “Alpha Writer,” my first full length album in 5 years. This project reflects not only my growth as an artist, but as a man as well. Contributors to this project include Jah Freedom, Gino Brown, Croup, Akshun, Encore, Anon, Fat Rat Da Czar, Chris Hannebut, Eclipz, Swan Dito, as well as some surprise guests.

In the years since my last music release, many things have changed. Some of those changes include the direction of the music industry, the expectations of fans, and my motivation as an artist. Any artist that is honest will tell you that one of the most important aspects of creating music is for the fans to have an opportunity to hear your work.

With that in mind, I am releasing the digital version of “Alpha Writer” under the “pay what you want” business model. It can be yours for free, or for whatever price you feel is fair.

For those of you who still like to be able to hold your music in your hands, we will also be releasing physical copies, priced at a reasonable $5.00.

As I mentioned earlier, my motivation as an artist has changed, and what matters the most in my world now are God and family. With that said, all profits from the digital or physical sale of “Alpha Writer” will be donated to my father, who is in need of a new kidney, and is on the transplant waiting list.

Being able to use my talents to help my father during these trying times means more to me than fame, accolades or recognition for my music. I hope that you find enjoyment in “Alpha Writer,” and thank you for your continued support.


released May 20, 2014


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Dan Johns is the Shogun. The South Carolina native is the definitive oxymoron: a Southern Emcee. Dan seamlessly navigates the divide between country grammar and true-school lyrical construction. Simply stated, the soul may be bible-belt, but the content is all boom-bap. His extensive and almost exhaustive catalog is a testament to his love of the mic. ... more

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