“Indignation” – Divine Suns 

Posted: January 12, 2017 by danjohns in Uncategorized

“Indignation” is a very heartfelt song, and was the perfect launching point for the first lyric video by the Divine Suns (as well as the first lyric video that I have edited) 

Featuring artwork by Infinite, and production by Encornelious, this record really resonates with my soul! Enjoy! 

Directed by Dan Johns, “What’s Wrong” is the visual of an artist (Queen Brick) addressing her relationahip issues through her music. 

“No Debatin That” music video

Posted: April 12, 2016 by danjohns in Uncategorized

I am proud to present the new music video for “No Debatin That.” I want to send a special thank you to jonyfraze, who produced and added cuts to the record. He even took the time to shoot his own scenes for the video!

And a special shout out to my guest stars Akshun, and Tawan & Docta Lock of The Krew.

Hip Hop is “Endangered”

Posted: March 31, 2016 by danjohns in Uncategorized

Today mendangered 5x5 inchesarks the release of my new album, “Endangered.” Initially, this project was to be my production album, featuring vocal contributions from my extended musical family and frequent collaborator, hard-working artists that I am proud to call my brethren (Mag-O’s Akshun, and fellow Divine Suns Plex Long, ANON The Griot, The HunchPunch Champ, Trice Be Phantom Magnetiq, Detroit’s own Finale, Black Box ENT’s FACE The Truth & SK The K.I.D.) lend their voic
es to the message of “Endangered.” And while I am the project’s primary producer, treats from Encore, jonyfraze, and MadSci help define the distinct sound of the album. (Special
s (with the occasional guest verse from yours truly). However, as things started to develop, “Endangered” became a hybrid of a Dan Johns production album, and a solo album. My brother Plex Long probably described it best, saying “this is your ‘Dynasty’ album.”

Several dopethanks to WLPWR of Supahotbeats and Chris Hanebutt) DJ Stylz and the aforementioned jonyfraze represent for the DJ’s, skillfully adding cuts to several tracks.

Visuals for the album’s lead single, “No Debatin That,” and a couple of other songs are in the works, and will be released very soon.

Your continued support is very much appreciated. Endangered is available on all major digital retailers now, including Bandcamp (where you can pay what you want), Itunes, Spotify, Tidal, Amazon, and Google Play.

Divine Suns, the collective that I’m proud to be a part of, presents “Waiting,” the lead single from the new album, “Conscious & Cadillac.” this one is something to ride to!

Song Title: Black Magnum (REMIX)

Artist: Divine Suns (ft Akshun, FACE The Truth & DJ Stylz)

Song Produced by: Dan Johns

Video Directed by: The Hunch Punch Champ

Family biz, like we passed the flow on to our kids.

Video Description: Brotherhood is cool again. Black masculinity is cool again. Family first is officially cool again. If you let the Divine Suns tell it, it never went out of style. So, for the remix to the staccato-hooked Black Magnum, (original on Chaos Theory, remix on inCOREporated) crew love and family ties are on full display.

The Hunch Punch Champ makes his solo directorial debut by keeping things simple and precise. The settings— inauspicious and unpretentious: basketball courts, stairs, and city squares. The shots— intentionally modest back-to-back rotations that seem like subliminal shout-outs to the buddy cop/comedy genre of the 80’s. The content: three pairs of emcees reppin their respective crews and/or cities, passing the torch to each other like the dutchie of Musical Youth. Magnum Opus, Black Box, and Divine Suns.

The Suns make it abundantly clear that they will always be talking about and speaking from Hip Hop. DJ Stylz cuts the record with his fingernail. Akshun and FACE The Truth are agile and seasoned, passing the baton to Dan Johns and Plex Long with the greatest of ease. Then there’s ANON The Griot and The Hunch Punch Champ sharing the spotlight with a boom box, sons, and nephews. No façade. Just real-life rap.

The remix even pays tribute to the original by cutting in scenes of Plex Long running like the best-dressed track star ever, Jarian Rich as the cool other guy, and Diligent; playing either Vincent or Jules (you pick), from the Pulp Fiction inspired video.

In conjunction with their new album, inCOREporated, Divine Suns present webeautifulpeople.com. Click the link and customize BEAUTIFUL apparel for yourself and your loved ones.

Black Magnum (Remix) can be found on Divine Sun’s, inCOREporated. Be sure to check iTunes, Google Play Store, Pandora, and Spotify for new releases, classic material, and exclusives.

Song Title: We Beautiful People

Artist: Divine Suns 

Song Produced by: Dan Johns

Video Directed & Edited by: Daniel Johnson & Laquan Davis

For the People. By the People.

Video Description: If God were an artist, he’d paint in vivid, dripping, and swirling colors. He’d embrace imperfection and find the beauty in our collective ugliness. He’d paint you in front of a mirror, admiring all your flaws and embracing how they come together to create the picture of you. He’d sculpt you as a giant, towering over your piles of bills and stepping over your mountain of regrets. He’d hum blues tunes about the struggle and belt gospel songs about your triumph. He’d paint and sound just like you. He would look like us.

Fresh off the seamless patchwork, Chaos Theory, and a sanguine visual for Scarlet Letter; Divine Suns return with We Beautiful People, an homage to what is perfect within us all. Be advised: this really is a Movement.

The Suns are in rare form. Sporting their We Beautiful People t-shirts and b-boy swagger, the Suns trade bars in the W.A.L.L.S. and along Atlanta’s Beltline. Street art and graffiti cross-cut with scratches from South Carolina’s DJ Prince Ice fit perfectly with the song’s message and the video’s gentrified setting. Think the Humans of New York blog set to a thumping bassline and sharp, introspective lyrics. Best of all— they brought friends and family along for the ride.

The message should be clear. We are scarred. We are flawed. We’ve been branded; and yet, one thing remains true: We Beautiful People. Even the intentional absence of “are” acts as an announcement (a la The Declaration of Independence). For the People by the People.

In preparation for their new album, inCOREporated, Divine Suns also present webeautifulpeople.com, an interactive website where fans can keep current with new releases and custom design their own We Beautiful People apparel.
We Beautiful People is the lead single for Divine Sun’s next project, inCOREporated.

With production and scratches by Jonyfraze, “No Debatin That!” Is a return to the signature Dan Johns sound. Tell us what you think! https://soundcloud.com/danjohns-1/no-debatin-that-produced-by-jonyfraze

Divine Suns – “Scarlet Letter” (ft. Attallah ES Mariposa): https://youtu.be/R6sfA0QpFj0


Song Title: Scarlet Letter


Artist: Divine Suns ft. ANON The Griot, Dan Johns, Plex Long, The Hunch Punch Champ & Attallah ES Mariposa


Song Produced by: Dan Johns and Magnesium

Video Shot, Edited, & Directed by: Dan Johns

We’re Gifted yet Different


Video Description: There was once a time when Hip Hop was not widely popular. Since it was only available in limited markets and under crazy time slots; fans became musical survivalists equipped with backpacks and cassette tapes, hell-bent on capturing any stray musical morsel falling to the ground. At the crossroads of Franz Kafka and Nathaniel Hawthorne, Divine Suns document the evolution of the emcee and their unyielding commitment to the craft.

Directed by Dan Johns, Scarlet Letter is both ode and battle cry. Rather than moan over the current state of Hip Hop (which has become so popular lately), the Suns prefer to offer intimate insight into their respective histories and love with the culture. Borrowing from the classic novel of the same name, Director Dan Johns blends a dreary backdrop and washed-out frames to accentuate a pop of red, symbolically sewing a scarlet A onto the fabric of the video. Simply stated, be it popular or passé, these brothers bear the mark of the emcee with pride.

The airy background vocals of the track are perfectly matched by the angelic glow of Attallah ES Mariposa, both visually and vocally. Yet, it is the unified vibe of family that sets this video apart. Dan Johns seamlessly stacks a cookout with jutting shots and performance scenes to piece together a puzzle representative of the emcee. While the market floods with formula and format, the Suns happily stick to their own script. This isn’t about what’s wrong. This is about what is right and undeniable. “Since we will not conform, we wear the Scarlet Letter.”


 Scarlet Letter can be found on the collective’s Chaos Theory, available on iTunes, Google Play Store, and Spotify. Check out Divine Suns Music  on Facebook for the Hungry Arms, Black Magnum, Divine Suns, and Oxygen Mask videos, as well as constant updates on everything Divine.


Wrestlemania 31 is this Sunday, and I am going to share my uninformed opinions and predictions with you all.

4-Team Tag Team Turmoil match:

With the Usos being out of this match due to injury, I am not overly excited about this match. Safe money would be on Kidd & Cesaro retaining, but I could see an angle where the Uso’s interfere to cost the champs the titles.

AJ & Paige vs The Bellas:

AJ & Paige win, with some bad blood spiced in, leading to a triple threat match down the line for the Diva’s title.

Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal:

I think this should be used to elevate someone from the lower card to mid-card status. I could see this being used as a way to rehabilitate Jack Swagger (if he’s even in the match), or they could plug Sheamus in here for a big pop for his return. (although I think it would be best if Sheamus came back as a heel and sided with the Authority). With people like Mark Henry, Big Show, and Kane in this match, I am almost certain that they will put over someone from the lower card. The winner of the NXT 4-man tournament is the likely choice.

Intercontinental Ladder Match:

This is clearly designed for Daniel Bryan to add value back to the IC Title, but I wouldn’t be totally shocked if Barrett somehow came out of this on top. I like the suggestion of my Getting Networked partner, Dustin Spencer, of putting the title on Bryan and having a ‘best of 7’ series with Bryan and Ziggler. Personally, I say put the IC title on Bryan, and the US title on Cena, and give them long runs, then unify the titles at Summerslam.

Rusev vs Cena:

Cena has done a lot for the company this year, including getting destroyed by Lesnar, a part-time champion, on several occasions. Plus, having Cena be the one to end Rusev’s winning streak gives Rusev some rub too. As I said earlier, having bigger stars compete for and hold the U.S./Intercontinental titles would add value to the titles, which will make them valuable assets when grooming tomorrow’s world champions.

Bray Wyatt vs Undertaker:

Now that Lesnar has ended “The Streak,” conventional wisdom would lead one to think that Wyatt comes out on top here. I disagree, because having Wyatt beat Taker would devalue what Lesnar did. Also, just being IN a Wrestlemania match with Taker adds to Wyatt’s credibility. And if somehow they have a classic match, Wyatt losing will not matter in the least bit.

Randy Orton vs Seth Rollins:

I feel like Orton goes over here, especially if WWE follows their tried-and-tested ‘even Steven’ booking strategy. This could very well be the match of the night, and a feud that could continue on and off for a while. If Rollins goes over here, there’s no way that he leaves Wrestlemania as the Champ.

Triple H vs Sting:

I don’t see how any outcome other than a Sting victory could be booked. If it was my decision, I would book this like Triple H/Undertaker 2, where Trips brutalizes Sting for the entire match, but the Stinger finds a way to win. I really dislike how Trips takes all of these losses at Mania (Taker, Lesnar, probably Sting), but it’s the smart play.

Lesnar vs Reigns:

Lesnar’s gonna get paid big time by either WWE or UFC, and I think that the outcome of this match will be based purely on if Vince McMahon or Dana White’s signature is on his next paycheck. I predict that Reigns goes over here, in a BRUTAL match, leaving the door open for Rollins to cash in and become champ.

Rollins leaving as champ would set up a 3-way title match between Rollins, Reigns and Orton (who would have beaten Rollins earlier on the card).

Or Lesnar could re-sign, and destroy Reigns…which would bring tears of joy to the IWC. I don’t see it happening.

***UPDATE: since I typed this blog, Brock Lesnar has signed a multi-year deal with WWE, so now all bets are off for the outcome of the main event. I suspect the timing of this was not coincidental!***