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A recent mix by Detroit-based producer Fake Gold Chain is currently girding through my speakers and countless other speakers in Europe and parts unknown. Given how intrinsically Detroit electro this music is, chances are listeners around the globe will gravitate to it more than American audiophiles. Frankly that’s the way it’s always been.
Fake Gold Chain recently put out a mix called The Law of Club and Fang that delves into various parts of either Juan Atkins-style early techno, soul-driven Craig Huckaby type blacktronica and then veers into areas that are exclusively his own. For more on the project, go check out The Loop.
With the post, I’m also announcing the end of my semi regular Detroit Heat post here at LxNxM. The city is so all over the place with music that makes global listeners fawn… much of which we’ve posted without the Detroit Heat moniker that I’ve decided to give it some rest. You can be on the lookout for the full podcast/CD/DVD/straight to HBO mini movie in the near future. Until then, keep Detroit on your radar and listen to Fake Gold Chain.
This video has circulated the internet for a wee bit but the strength of the song and lyricism deserves more love than just one-week of blog hotness and then fade away status. Hip-hop is so throwaway these days that regardless of if something is a dud or a perfect 10, it’s forgotten about in two weeks time flat. Bollocks! Elzhi rapped his ass off throughout the entire Elmatic project and if you haven’t watched the video yet for “It Ain’t Hard to Tell,” jump on that right now. And major shoutouts to one of Detroit’s most slept-on emcees, Fes-Roc, who is Elzhi’s right hand man in this video, and in real life. Salute fellas.
detroit heat is typically wordlush’s domain (i’m pretty sure this is the first non-wordlush detroit heat post), but i couldn’t resist. this track from the upcoming ep, bad meets evil, by detroiters eminem and royce da 5’9, leaked late last week, and wow can these dudes rap. the beat is really nothing to write home about, but anything too flashy would detract from the skills on display. i have never been the biggest fan of eminem (and i do think royce da 5’9′s verses are better), but it’s hard not to like “fast lane.”
Every time I see a positive move from the homie Boog Brown on a big level, it puts a smile on my face. She’s a rapper from Detroit (now residing in Atlanta) that worked relentless at the craft of emceeing until good things happened. She’s signed to Mello Music Group, one of the best indie labels around right now, and recently dropped an album called Brown Study with her production partner, Apollo Brown. Both of them have Detroit connections and are on the same label so crafting a project together only made sense.
Here’s the latest video off that album and it shows you how fierce of a lyricist Boog can be when she’s got shit to get off her chest! It would really suck if she were rapping about you.
I recently came across this video from Detroit emcee Draetown and was glad to see a fresh piece of visual art that shows my hometown in a positive light. There isn’t nearly enough of that so it’s a pleasure to give this video more exposure. If you’re used to watching that wack-ass Detroit 187 show on ABC — which I hope hurries up and gets 187′d — then this video will do you some good.
This whole Detroit Heat column got started roughly a year ago when I realized how crucial it is to highlight music from my hometown that more of the world needs to experience. One of the first group’s to get the Detroit Heat treatment was Stoopz N’ Breeze, a comedic tandem of producer Bob Stoopz (Hugh Whitaker) and rapper Drew Breeze (Leaf Erikson). Their last project, Turn Up The Smooth, was a concept album linking the underworld cultures of Miami and Detroit, something I explained more in depth during Detroit Heat Part 2. As of last week, these cats shot finally got around to releasing a proper video and it’s some of the most lo-fi, low class, crass, piece of comedic coonery you’ll ever see. All of that I mean in a good way.
Check out the vid for “DADE COUNTY CRUIZIN’” above and head over to Wax Poetics if you want to purchase the album. Be on the lookout for Detroit Heat the Compilation from yours truly as a digital stocking stuffer later this month.
Here’s a cut from one of Miz Korona’s closest collaborators, Moe Dirdee, that I think more folks outside of Detroit need to see. Moe has been on his grind for awhile and is probably one of the best street rappers in the city. It would be a shame if his music didn’t branch out further because lyrically, he’s got bars and heart and hustle and he represents “the fourth letter” better than anyone. Be on the lookout for more Moe Dirdee projects dropping in early 2011. And if you want a quick glimpse of what Detroit cats are really like, this is definitely worth watching.
I’ve said for years that Detroit has some of the best hip-hop on the planet. Waves and waves of quality artists keep making moves nationally, and they’re not doing it simply for fame and fortune but rather because creating good music is in the bloodstream.
This is the latest mixtape from Detroit’s emcee Magestik Legend and it doesn’t take long to internalize the way he’s pouring his soul out on all of these tracks. This is what it sounds like to make rap for rap’s sake. The project is called To Be Continued… Chapter 2 and it’s hosted by Rapper Big Pooh from the now defunct Little Brother crew. To be clear, Big Pooh doesn’t make many appearances (he’s hosting!) so don’t listen to what’s below for him; folks really need to just get familiar with Magestik Legend. He’s been grinding in Detroit’s music scene for years and will be dropping a full length album at the end of November. More on that later. For now, peep the 14 tracks on To Be Continued… Much of the production comes from France’s Astronote and there’s guest appearances from Buff 1, 14 KT, Slop Funk Dust, and Dave New York! Dive in.
A lot of folks are starting to come around and appreciate the hood genius of Detroit rapper Danny Brown. He’s got a rap voice only a mother could love, and totally comes off as a thug nerd, but his subject matter makes people’s eardrums percolate with nearly every song he’s released. He’s like the train wreck that you can’t look away from. A train wreck that can rap his ass off. As House Shoes stated in his interview with us last week:
“He’s a one of a kind artist. He fits right in the middle. The grimy cats appreciate it, and the poppy kids appreciate it. Everyone likes all of Danny Brown. He strikes some type of nerve in people.”
He also likes to feature people in the act of stealing copper wiring in his music videos. He’s probably the first to ever do that. Between the offensive lyrics and bare knuckle budgets for his videos, I’d say Danny Brown is the best hood rapper out right now.