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What can Brown do for you?: A former Detroiter drops a stunner of a debut

By Jonathan Cunningham

Published: 10/6/2010

Types: Music, Hip-Hop/R&B

When many hip-hop listeners think of Nicki Minaj as the only notable female rapper, it's clear they've not heard D-Town spitters Miz Korona and Invincible. If the latter two artists are becoming huge, there's a third female Detroit rapper, Boog Brown, deserving mass attention. Her freshly released d...[MORE]

Detroit West: One of the city’s grittiest emcees finds polished 'fame' in L.A.

By Jonathan Cunningham

Published: 9/29/2010

Types: Music, Hip-Hop/R&B

Someone said that if you can make it in Detroit, you can make it anywhere. But they didn't know Detroit music, because the local artists often make it anywhere else but here. The once slightly popular but always respected Detroit hip-hop group Frank N Dank had a strong affiliation with longtime frie...[MORE]

Needle Rap: Three months after its release, Miz Korona's 'injection' is giving her career the shot in the arm that it needed

By Jonathan Cunningham

Published: 9/22/2010

Types: Music, Hip-Hop/R&B

For some time, if you'd asked practically any Detroit rapper who they considered the most slept-on emcee here and almost universally they'd say Miz Korona, after citing themselves, of course. She's outbattled and outhustled local lyricists for years and her songs sport more punchlines than a comedia...[MORE]

Got Milk?: How a dark 12 months in this producer-rapper's life spawned the 'album of the year'

By Jonathan Cunningham

Published: 9/15/2010

Types: Music, Hip-Hop/R&B

For 27-year-old Detroit producer Curtis Cross — better known by the name Black Milk — things operate best in his life when everything is moving in organized fashion. Call it the assembly-line method of progress and personal growth. If his music is evolving and gaining more recognition, t...[MORE]

Femme power: OneBeLo talks his band of women

By Jonathan Cunningham

Published: 6/23/2010

Types: Music, Hip-Hop/R&B

If you're a fan of Michigan hip hop, you'll know of OneBeLo. The Pontiac native has been a fixture in local music for more than a decade, has been featured in these pages, and is one of underground hip hop's most beloved figures nationwide. Whether it's from his material as a solo artist or his days...[MORE]

Mad music, media & DIY mayhem : The annual Allied Media Conference is growing exponentially, and music's at its top

By Jonathan Cunningham

Published: 6/16/2010

Types: Music

Is the grand convergence of music and social media finally here? Music lovers can jump from blogs to Twitter to Bandcamp to Vimeo in the span of an hour, discovering more new music released that very day than any publicist could promote in a week. The savviest of today's musicians, without a doubt, ...[MORE]

Ross the boss

By Jonathan Cunningham

Published: 8/27/2008

Types: Music, Hip-Hop/R&B

The past two months have been horrible publicity-wise for Miami rap star Rick Ross. He's caught up in the hip-hop scandal-of-the-minute regarding rumors that the large-and-in-charge emcee was a correctional officer in years past. He's denied the rumor vehemently since it first broke on the Web...[MORE]

Sketches of maturity: Dwele's got a new album and label but the soul remains the same

By Jonathan Cunningham

Published: 6/25/2008

Types: Music, Hip-Hop/R&B

Sometimes it's best to catch Detroit's most talented musicians outside the city to get a real sense of how universally appreciated their artistry is.That was the case for Detroit-based soul singer Dwele (born Andwele Gardner), who was recently in Miami, working out the kinks for his upcoming t...[MORE]

Pathe’s path

By Jonathan Cunningham

Published: 11/1/2006

Types: Music, Jazz

Jazz musician Pathe Jassi is one of Detroit's best-kept secrets. Before moving to the United States three years ago, Jassi spent half of his career playing and recording alongside legendary West African singers Youssou N'Dour of Senegal and Cheikh Lo of Burkina Faso. He's known among jazz musi...[MORE]

Schools that keep sight of the Motherland

By Jonathan Cunningham

Published: 11/1/2006

Types: News, Education

During the last 15 years, one of the more important movements to establish a greater link between African-American children and the continent of their heritage has been African-centered schools. The schools are among a group of similarly minded Detroit institutions, from the Shrine of the Bla...[MORE]

The new African-Americans: Understanding a wave of immigration, battling misperceptions

By Jonathan Cunningham, Sandra Svoboda

Published: 11/1/2006

Types: Cover Story

Kehinde Ayeni is working as the medical director of a Detroit community mental health center, writing books and running a nonprofit agency to raise money to educate children in her home country of Nigeria. Mulugetta Birru was recruited to direct the nonprofit Wayne County Economic Development C...[MORE]

Life lessons: Local author offers young girls cautionary tales and warning signs in new book

By Jonathan Cunningham

Published: 9/27/2006

Types: Arts, Literature, Books

Lynette Love knows all about the downsides of May-December love affairs. Relationships between older men and younger women aren't new, but these romantic — and often predatory — pairings are something she experienced growing up in Detroit. They're also the subject of her debut book, ...[MORE]

Blair laid bare: This self-described queer-dread-Mohawk-commie is coming completely clean

By Jonathan Cunningham

Published: 8/23/2006

Types: Arts, Literature, Poetry

Blair's unpleasant truth is that he's 37, unemployed and avoiding therapy one poem at a time. However, this self-described queer-dread-Mohawk-commie fuck and potential porn addict still knows that he needs to be authentic, because that's when he makes his strongest artistic statements. And he's...[MORE]

A rose by any other: Mo’s lovely nudes debut and Detroit’s Dopest Ethiopians ‘pay it forward’

By Jonathan Cunningham

Published: 5/17/2006

Types: Arts, Visual arts

In the nine years that Maisha Hughes has pursued her artistic endeavors full time, she's been laughed out of galleries, starved herself to pay for art school, and nearly let criticism ruin her dreams. She's seen enough rejection and condescending attitudes within the Detroit artistic community...[MORE]

Sentimental mood

By Jonathan Cunningham

Published: 4/26/2006

Types: Music, Hip-Hop/R&B

On the day of rapper Proof's funeral here in Detroit, soul singer Jaguar Wright is audibly sullen. As she talks to Metro Times via phone from her New Jersey home, she fumbles through a pile of old photographs of herself and Proof. She cries intermittently, and comments on the violence that's p...[MORE]

Final moments and nagging questions: A 'normal night' that exploded in violence

By Jonathan Cunningham

Published: 4/19/2006

Types: Music, Hip-Hop/R&B

Editor’s Note: After this story went to press, Metro Times learned that 35-year-old Keith Bender Jr. died at St. John Hospital and Medical Center in Detroit. The police believe that Bender was shot by Proof. Detroit's hip-hop community is still holding its breath. As details continue to e...[MORE]

Dancehall days: Stone Love selector G-Fuss on mixing it up in Windsor; DJ Killa has something hot for Detroit

By Jonathan Cunningham

Published: 4/12/2006

Types: Music

When it comes to dancehall, there aren’t many sound systems that warrant as much respect as Stone Love. SL has, in fact, ruled the worldwide dancehall scene for the last 30 years; they’ve shaped dancehall culture, set DJ trends, and can control a reggae crowd like nobody else. So when local promoter...[MORE]

Island hopping: Detroit’s reggae dance culture gets a swift kick in the ass

By Jonathan Cunningham

Published: 3/22/2006

Types: Music, Ethnic/World

Is Detroit ready for "the frogback" and "gangsta rock" and "dutty wine"? Can the Motor City catch up to reggae capitals like Toronto and Kingston? Can dancehall queen Candie and Haitian Rudebwoy help show us the way? In Jamaica, the dances change weekly — popular dancers such as Shelly ...[MORE]

Dilla: The real deal: A good son, nice guy, hip teacher and the Ellington of hip hop

By Khary Kimani Turner, Jonathan Cunningham

Published: 3/1/2006

Types: Music, Hip-Hop/R&B

Whether they knew him first as James Yancey, or later as John Doe, Jay Dee or J-Dilla, many were touched by his talent and personality. The Motor City hip-hop producer, who passed away Feb. 9, in Los Angeles, from complications of a kidney ailment, was a Detroit legend. On the eve of Metro Tim...[MORE]

Goodbye, Detroit: DJ House Shoes on Dilla’s departure — and his own

By Jonathan Cunningham

Published: 3/1/2006

Types: Music, Hip-Hop/R&B

Metro Times: What have the past few weeks been like for you on a personal level? House Shoes: A roller coaster ride, baby. I'm good, man. I went on the whole journey from the highest to the lowest and back up again. I was out in New York for Dilla's release party having a good time. Waajeed [o...[MORE]

Melody unchained: All hail the king of lover’s rock

By Jonathan Cunningham

Published: 2/15/2006

Types: Music, Ethnic/World

"Lover's rock" is filled with enough romantic sexual innuendo to make anyone disrobe once the needle drops. See, lover's rock is the Jamaican version of baby-making soul. One of the genre's pioneers, Ken Boothe, is flying in straight from Jamaica and headlining an evening of total, um, genialit...[MORE]

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