Detroit has been at the center of controversy and financial distress for many years. Between its impending bankruptcy, rebirth and the constant criticism it receives, it’s safe to say there is no more room left for error on the city’s part.
But one thing that never seems to fail is the musical allegiance and talent that its residents naturally encompass. From Diana Ross to Eminem, from the Winans to Jack White, from Aretha Franklin to Juan Atkins, this city boasts a long list of musical icons from multiple genres who rep the D to the fullest.
In terms of hip hop specifically, Detroit has continuously churned out hit makers (Eminem, Big Sean, Royce da 5’9, Danny Brown, etc.) and now add to that list two new hot rap artists who are destined to enhance the city’s reputation for producing amazing musicians. Detroit Che and DeJ Loaf are seriously making some noise on the local and national scene right now.
Both artists were raised in the D and have been on their grind to get their music out to the masses. Che and DeJ have mad skills and they don’t let their femininity or small stature interfere with their hardcore rhymes, intense appeal and unique lyrical flow. Detroit Che was recently selected as one of the Hot 16 contest winners for the BET Cypher, where up and coming rappers get to freestyle at the BET Hip Hop Awards. She is the first female winner of the annual BET Cypher challenge. DeJ Loaf’s new single “Try Me” is blowing up all over the country and has gotten the MC co-signs from some of the hottest artists in the game including Drake and Wiz Khalifa. Dej’s sing-rap-along style in the song may sound sweet, but she goes straight ham on anyone who dare step to her in a negative way. If you are new to DeJ Loaf and Detroit Che, you won’t be for long. Here are a few facts about the artists:
Detroit Che, whose real name is Cherrish, started rapping at seven-years old. She played basketball in high school, and put down the pen for a bit, but picked up rhyming again in 12th grade.
She won the Imported from Detroit contest at the underground hip hop venue The Shelter and got to perform at the Hot 107.5 Summer Jamz event this past June.
She dropped her debut mixtape NOAH in early 2014 and it includes her lead single “Talk My “s&%$”, a fierce, in your face tune that gives listeners a taste of Che’s rough poetic style. Some of her musical influences include Kendrick Lamar, Missy Elliott, and Eminem. She is currently working on her followup project NOAH 2, which is scheduled to drop in 2015.
Catch her on the BET Hip Hop Awards on Tuesday, October 14 at 8pm. Check out her BET Cypher feature here.
Deja, more popularly known as DeJ Loaf, 23, hails from the east side of Detroit and has been jotting down lyrics since she was nine-years old. She attended Saginaw State University after high school, but dropped out after three semesters to focus more on her music.
She released her debut mixtape Just Do It in 2012 and is currently affiliated with the the music movement IGBM (I’ve Been Gettin Money) which includes Detroit artists/producers SAYITAINTTONE, Oba Rowland, DJ Limelightz, and DDS. Her latest single “Try Me”, produced by DDS, was released in July and has quickly gained a ton of buzz. The song has been remixed by a lot of artists, including Wiz Khalifa. Some of her musical influences include E-40 and Jay-Z.
DeJ Loaf is currently working on a new album.