I first wrote about Estonian-born rapper Danny Degtjar in 2005, when he was still known as Young Avatar. He had come up under the wing of NW knights Oldominion and the Stuck Under the Needle crew in their full swing—Yo Son! was popping at Chop Suey and Boom Bap Project ruled the roost—while he was still a high-school freshman, among whatever else ("World class trapper, you can't see me," he spit on his 2009 cut "NASA"). Under the aegis of the mysterious Shadow Company, Avatar soon dropped the "Young" prefix, but eventually added the suffix "Young Blaze" in tribute to his incarcerated streets mentor. All the while, he pumped out consistently high-quality product, including one of my favorite locally sourced mixtapes ever, last year's Danny Darko. Recently, Av hit me up to let me in on the fact that he was consolidating his aliases and was now to be known as Avatar Darko, just in time for the release of his 11th (!) full-length release, the sweltering Soviet Goonion.