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… Read More Meet DeJ Loaf and Detroit Che: Detroit’s hottest new MC’s
With the immense popularity of Australian rapper Iggy Azalea’s hit record “Fancy” I decided to revisit a blog post I wrote a couple years ago about a few up and coming rappers, one of which was Azalea. Although it may seem as if Azalea just popped up from out of nowhere, she’s actually been tugging for the crown for a… Read More Move Over Nicki Minaj: Part II
We’re at a time in hip hop where plenty of rappers are called, but few are chosen. There are always a ton of artists who feel that they are changing the game and influencing other MC’s, but to really change or impact someone, their lyrics have to be authentic and speak genuine truth. In Detroit,… Read More Detroit emcee Big Tez talks new mixtape, goals and new company
Ah yes, it’s that time of year again that music fans have all been waiting for: Grammy nomination time:) On December 6, the nominations for the 56th annual Grammy’s were announced and for the most part, there were not many surprises in terms of the nominees. Mr. Magna Carta himself Jay-Z was the top runner with… Read More And the Grammy for best artist goes to…???
Everyone knows that music goes way beyond melody, rhythm, beats, and breaks. Musical expression, at its highest level, can inspire an entire culture. Bebop, for instance, was not just rapid improvisation, but a movement that enlightened society on the intellectual ability of the African American art form known as jazz. Likewise, R&B is a genre that… Read More Redefining Rhythm and Blues: The Nouveau Noir
2012 is coming to a close. As like with every year, there have been ups and downs in every sense of word. And the same thing applies to music. There have been some hits and misses as well as some refreshing new artists who are adding more creativity to the musical landscape. Here are just… Read More Best albums of 2012
Just when I thought hip hop was on the brink of death, one artist comes around and gives me hope that this genre is not completely going down a commercial drain. My friends and I were talking about the dismal state of hip hop one day when they mentioned this cat named Kendrick Lamar and… Read More Kendrick Lamar: Good Kid in a m.A.A.d city