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Detroit Hip Hop Artist Zelooperz Talks About Linking With Danny Brown's Bruiser Brigade and Dealing With Haters, New Album 'Bothic' Out Now

Kelly Frazier | Posted 04.07.2017 | Detroit
Kelly Frazier

(Photo Credit: Jake Bayer) Emerging out of Detroit, Zelooperz is one of the most exuberant hip-hop artists out of the city since probably his own me...

First Listen to New Ugly Heroes Track "This World" From Upcoming Album 'Everything In Between', Due Out in June on Mello Music Group

Kelly Frazier | Posted 04.06.2017 | Detroit
Kelly Frazier

(Photo Credit: Jeremy Deputat) The three-piece hip-hop group Ugly Heroes of producer Apollo Brown with emcees Red Pill and Verbal Kent bring a hyper...

Hip-Hop Artist Ro Spit Represents His Home City of Pontiac on New Album I.V. Life

Kelly Frazier | Posted 10.07.2016 | Detroit
Kelly Frazier

Ro Spit just released his newest album titled I.V. Life, a play on the Indian Village neighborhood in Pontiac he grew up in. Recently, I met up with Ro Spit at Burn Rubber's new location on Main Street in Royal Oak and we talked about the new album along with his career in hip hop and fashion.

Detroit Hip-Hop Emcee Phat Kat Unveils New Project Re-Dedication to the Suckers With Premiere of New Song 'All Madden (Remix)' Featuring Guilty Simpson and Elzhi

Kelly Frazier | Posted 10.02.2016 | Detroit
Kelly Frazier

Detroit hip-hop artist Phat Kat steadily has had a career full of quality records, but still never got all the credit he deserved. The acclaim he did ...

Detroit Hip-Hop Artist Nolan The Ninja Unveils Forthcoming EP with Premiere of New Song 'clockers.'

Kelly Frazier | Posted 09.14.2016 | Detroit
Kelly Frazier

Of the new faces emerging from the Detroit hip-hop scene, Nolan The Ninja is arising quickly as one of the city's next notable names.

Detroit Hip-Hop Artist Quelle Chris Tackles Our Society's Virtue on New Album Innocent Country

Kelly Frazier | Posted 09.01.2016 | Detroit
Kelly Frazier

Quelle Chris has always been an oddball of Detroit hip-hop. From his early days with the group Wasted Youth along with other projects like Awesome In Outer Space or Crown Nation, he defies all aesthetics with music that is a mirror reflection of his own self.

DJ Soko Builds From his Detroit Hip-Hop Roots on Debut Album Domino Effect

Kelly Frazier | Posted 08.25.2016 | Detroit
Kelly Frazier

In these times when hip-hop is struggling with its own maturation, Domino Effect is one of many examples where an album can live through grown sensibilities.

Detroit Emcee/Producer Denaun Porter Reminiscences About His Early Days in Hip-Hop

Kelly Frazier | Posted 07.07.2016 | Detroit
Kelly Frazier

Recently, I was able to chat with Denaun Porter. We talked about those early years in hip-hop and the struggles that came with it that he still deals with, along with what he learned from Dr. Dre, Eminem, Big Proof and J. Dilla.

Detroit Hip Hop Artist Finale Unveils Forthcoming Album Odds & Ends Produced Entirely by Oddisee With New Single 'Just Due'

Kelly Frazier | Posted 06.28.2016 | Detroit
Kelly Frazier

There's not too many left in the hip hop game that encompass skill, passion and integrity all at the same time, but Detroit native Finale is definitely an example of one such person.

Detroit Hip-Hop Artist MAHD Battles Life Through His New Album 13

Kelly Frazier | Posted 06.29.2015 | Detroit
Kelly Frazier

When it comes down to it, MAHD wants to stand on his own and make a name for himself by himself on his own merit. In the end, he just wants to be in the same conversation with the greats. That's a lofty goal, but who really knows what will happen? It's not impossible.

Detroit Rapper Red Pill Channels Everyday Life on New Album Look What This World Did To Us

Kelly Frazier | Posted 05.24.2015 | Detroit
Kelly Frazier

Red Pill is not cool in your stereotypical rapper way. There's no flashy attitude or a sense that he constantly needs to be the center of attention. It's a bit of that Almost Famous/William Miller uncool mystique with him.

Hip-Hop Legend DJ Premier Teams Up With Detroit's Own Royce Da 5'9" to Form PRhyme, Tour Set to Hit Ann Arbor

Kelly Frazier | Posted 04.25.2015 | Detroit
Kelly Frazier

The recent chapter in the career of DJ Premier is PRhyme, a project he did with long time collaborator, Detroit emcee Royce Da 5'9", in which Premier sampled songs from the world-renown producer/composer Adrian Younge.

Detroit Hip-Hop's Own V-Stylez Embraces Life and Culture on His Debut Album At Oddz Til I'm Even

Kelly Frazier | Posted 04.08.2015 | Detroit
Kelly Frazier

If more people believed that it's never too late to truly do what you are passionate about, then maybe more people would experience some satisfaction in their life. Music has its pedigree, and it's been evident for centuries how its effect grows to places that no one can ever control.

Detroit Hip Hop's Black Milk Says If There's A Hell Below May Be His Last Rap Album for a While

Kelly Frazier | Posted 03.11.2015 | Detroit
Kelly Frazier

Recently, Black Milk released If There's A Hell Below, his latest project that might be his last album as a rapper for a while as he looks to shift to the production side of things. I chatted with Black Milk on the phone recently about the new album and about the balance he's trying to find between being a rapper and a producer.

Detroit Hip-hop Producer Apollo Brown Presents Detroit Cypher Featuring Ras Kass, Red Pill, Noveliss, MarvWon, and Miz Korona

Kelly Frazier | Posted 02.06.2015 | Detroit
Kelly Frazier

Apollo Brown has low key become one of Detroit's most consistent hip-hop artists currently making waves in the underground. Whether it's solo projects...

Detroit Born Hip Hop Artist Denmark Vessey Uses Religion As a Backdrop for the Misuse of Power on New Album Cult Classic

Kelly Frazier | Posted 01.23.2014 | Detroit
Kelly Frazier

Denmark Vessey is a bit of an oddball, but his awkwardness is a part of the charm.

Detroit Hip-Hop Artist Quelle Chris Brings All of His Experiences Out On New Album Ghost At The Finish Line

Kelly Frazier | Posted 12.28.2013 | Detroit
Kelly Frazier

"I think the vast amount of outlets for artists now without having to grovel at the feet of the industry like it's the great Oz has its pluses and negatives. On one hand, it waters down the music with an overabundance of rappers that never had to go through the show and prove eras."

Detroit Hip-hop Artist Black Milk Back With New Album, No Poison No Paradise and Show at Saint Andrews Hall on Wednesday

Kelly Frazier | Posted 01.23.2014 | Detroit
Kelly Frazier

"Certain things might come along where I hear a spark of inspiration, but for the most part, me waking up in the morning and knowing I can walk in a room and create whatever I want and release it to the world soon after is enough inspiration for me."

Game Not Over: Detroit's Hip-Hop Scene Still Alive

modeld | Veronica Grandison | Posted 09.10.2013 | Black Voices

This post originally appeared in the September 10, 2013 edition of Model D. On a hot summer Saturday night, a crowd of hip hop aficionados gathered...

David Sands

Detroit Hip-Hop Show Will Celebrate The Scene's Talented Women | David Sands | Posted 05.09.2013 | Detroit

An all-star cast of local female hip-hop talent, including rapper Mae Day, will be converging at Detroit's Tangent Gallery next week to celebrate a lo...

Rapper Big Sean Celebrates 25th Birthday With Friends

Stephanie Penn | Posted 05.27.2013 | Black Voices
Stephanie Penn

Last night Detroit, Michigan born rapper Big Sean celebrated his 25th birthday with friends. Guests joining in on the surprise included Common, Wiz Khalifa, Naya Rivera and Jhene Aiko.

Danny Brown Talks New Album, Favorite Drug Habits

Pitchfork | Posted 03.30.2013 | Detroit

In the two years since Danny Brown's breakthrough mixtape, XXX, the Detroit MC has become a ubiquitous figure, a go-to for artists of any stripe-- fro...

Detroit Hip Hop Producer House Shoes Lets It All Go on Debut Album

Kelly Frazier | Posted 10.05.2012 | Detroit
Kelly Frazier

Detroit is a special place. After you sharpen your teeth within the scene, you always represent the city no matter where you live. You are always a Detroiter.

WATCH: Passalacqua Has A Ball In 'Been A Minute' Video

Posted 09.18.2012 | Detroit

In a new music video Passalacqua shows off their Metro Detroit roots with nods to Faygo and 5 E Gallery, as well as an enviable day-in-the-life of the...

Video: Police Raid Home Of Detroit Rapper Who May Have Encouraged Dog, Cock Fighting

Posted 07.11.2012 | Detroit

DETROIT-- WXYZ reports that police are now at a home shown in a video from Young Calicoe, the Detroit rapper whom may have encouraged dog fighting and...