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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]

Choir boy: How this former Mumford High student launched a promising career as a smooth R&B balladeer

By Kahn Santori Davison

Published: 8/4/2010

Types: Music, Hip-Hop/R&B

Rising Detroit R&B star John Brown is hanging out with his manager, Phillip Ragan, at a downtown Starbucks near his home. Even he's dressed Detroit casual — T-shirt and jeans — and though he's generally a low-key guy, he's got this energy that can suddenly kick the volume up enough t...[MORE]

Midnight to midnight: A star sideman guitarist who influenced Hendrix and inspired Sam Cooke finally finds his voice

By Kent Alexander

Published: 7/28/2010

Types: Music, Hip-Hop/R&B

It's nearly 9 p.m. on a damp day's night. The Eastpointe record store Melodies and Memories is all but empty, save for manager Gary, and he's 15 mouthfuls deep into his ninth story of the evening, when this tall black dude steps in through the store's double door. The manager's face fixes on him.  ...[MORE]

You ain't alone: Mavis Staples on the tea party, her new album with Jeff Tweedy, MLK and kissin' Bob Dylan

By Chris Parker

Published: 7/14/2010

Types: Music, Hip-Hop/R&B

Mavis Staples is irresistible. She is. It's simple why: She's as charming as she is talented.  Aretha may've had more range and Betty Davis more sassafras, but no female R&B-soul singer matches Staples' vocal personality, if not power. No one. Her deep, "growling" (as Bob Dylan once d...[MORE]

Renaissance state: Monica Blaire and Ro Spit talk the new Detroit 'tude toward community and spirit

By William E. Ketchum III

Published: 6/30/2010

Types: Music, Hip-Hop/R&B

Lord knows that Detroit has its share of struggles. But a resurgence of activism, hometown pride and some DIY 'tude sees this place getting unified in many ways. And if the recent Allied Music Conference and U.S. Social Forum were any indication, you can feel it in the streets.  Enter Monica Blaire...[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]

Funk Duminie-est: P-Funk, Public Enemy sideman Duminie DePorres finally debuts on his own

By Hobey Echlin

Published: 6/23/2010

Types: Music, Hip-Hop/R&B

"I've helped more people paint their pictures in this city than Picasso," says Duminie DePorres. "Lately, I feel like Goya."  After decades as an A-list sideman for George Clinton, Public Enemy, jessica Care moore, Bad Brains' H.R., and Last Poet Umar Bin Hassan, DePorres has sp...[MORE]

Judgment dazed: Guilty Simpson is writing new chapters for the Detroit 'Thug Life' saga

By Hobey Echlin

Published: 5/19/2010

Types: Music, Hip-Hop/R&B

On the song "New Heights" from his new OJ Simpson album, Detroit's Guilty Simpson lays out his place in hip hop, circa 2010:  I got a murderer's intent when I jump on a beat and vent/I'm Guilty, I leave my prints ... Stuff that rap missed while they do handstands and backflips ... The gr...[MORE]

Idol, American-style : Sista Otis, Detroit's traveling musical nomad, gets major kudos in America's biggest pop arena

By Khary Kimani Turner

Published: 5/12/2010

Types: Music, Hip-Hop/R&B

The fact isn't just how badly Sista Otis wants — nay, needs — to play music. The fact is she virtually breathes and lives music. Her life, for many years now, has consisted of little else. Perhaps the producer of the Metro Times Blowout realized this when Sista Otis was booked to perfor...[MORE]

Chip off the block: Rising R&B star Vina Mills still looks to her late 'rock star' father for inspiration

By Kahn Santori Davison

Published: 4/28/2010

Types: Music, Hip-Hop/R&B

Vina Mills sits gazing out the window of the 19th floor of Southfield's North Park Towers. Usually around this hour, this space echoes sounds of Mills and her backup dancers — the grunts and thrusts of performers rehearsing stage routines. But instead, she's taking it easy on this Sunday eveni...[MORE]

Reinventing the wheel, part one: Michigan's FrontStreet Records mixes old and new school to nab the hip-hop consumer

By William E. Ketchum III

Published: 4/7/2010

Types: Music, Hip-Hop/R&B

The music industry today is certainly a lot different than it was 20, 10, even five years ago. Music video request shows are irrelevant; radio is shunned as much as it's relied upon; and CD and vinyl buyers— the ones who prefer hardcopy over downloads — are purchasing music from their ar...[MORE]

Black noise: Darkred is determined to bring shoegazer psych into the modern age

By Kent Alexander

Published: 3/24/2010

Types: Music, Hip-Hop/R&B

Sitting at a wall table in downtown's Majestic Café, guitarist Rob Smith coolly puffs his Camel, waiting for sound check. Decked in a dark blue tailored two-piece suit and sporting a bush of an Afro — he could've stepped straight out of Super Fly — the tall, svelte Smith tugs anxiously a...[MORE]

Who the fuck is SelfSays?: Journeyman emcee moves to the Motor City and takes over ... London?

By Travis R. Wright

Published: 3/3/2010

Types: Music, Hip-Hop/R&B

When this cat Charles Vann stepped onto Detroit's rap scene last winter, newly dubbed as SelfSays, he arrived as a new face and a fresh voice. For some vet local emcees, DJs, promoters and hip-hop heads who've kept track of important and upcoming names and faces over the years, Vann's move to Detroi...[MORE]

Come together ...: The Midwest Hip-Hop Summit calls for progressive action and activism

By Kahn Santori Davison

Published: 2/10/2010

Types: Music, Hip-Hop/R&B

M-1 has a University of Michigan assembly hall of 400 students, artists and faculty hanging on every syllable that leaps off his tongue. It's little wonder. Sporting a black shirt, jeans and sneakers, he's charismatic, firm and earnest. But the emcee — mostly known for politically charged lyri...[MORE]

Into the light: After stints on Showtime and MTV, Detroit emcee Quest MCODY's kickin' it with his charitable foundation

By William E. Ketchum III

Published: 12/16/2009

Types: Music, Hip-Hop/R&B

Music videos don't have the same cachet or traction they once had, not in an era when MTV's seminal video countdown show Total Request Live has been canceled and BET's 106 & Park no longer registers with a lot of music fans. Hell, MTV doesn't even broadcast all that much music these days. As a r...[MORE]

L.J.'s cool joint: The legendary and reluctant voice of the Dramatics launches a gospel career and a 'greatest hits' tour

By Michael Hurtt

Published: 11/18/2009

Types: Music, Hip-Hop/R&B

When disc jockeys dropped the needle on L.J. Reynolds' first solo single, "Key to the World," back in 1981, they found that the former lead singer of the Dramatics — and previously, Chocolate Syrup — needed no introduction. It wasn't that people recognized his name; the problem...[MORE]

Burn, baby, burn!: Burn Rubber' co-owner Roland 'Ro Spit' Coit sees a rap career revived via cross-marketing

By William E. Ketchum III

Published: 11/11/2009

Types: Music, Hip-Hop/R&B

As a member of one of Michigan's most storied hip-hop crews, Roland "Ro Spit" Coit, 30, has been working on music for nearly a decade. But within the past two years, Coit and business partner Rick Williams have also established Burn Rubber, the most reputable sneaker boutique in the state,...[MORE]

The Don of Detroit: Even a behind-the-scenes dude called Hex Murda needs some love

By Travis R. Wright

Published: 10/14/2009

Types: Music, Hip-Hop/R&B

Tragedy follows the men who find themselves at the center of Detroit's rap world.  In the Eminem flick 8 Mile, actor Mekhi Phifer plays Future, the right-hand man to Rabbit, the film's hero. Future is at the center of the Detroit hip-hop scene, hosting open mics, promoting shows, dropping sharp 16-...[MORE]

Hush V.2: After much TV exposure and a lauded major label debut, Detroit's other 'white meat' rapper hits rock bottom and rises again

By Hobey Echlin

Published: 8/19/2009

Types: Music, Hip-Hop/R&B

Four years ago, Hush was on top of the world. He'd been on the season finale of the reality show The Contender. Nate Dogg was singing his hooks and Eminem was appearing in his videos. "Hush is coming …" the song said — and the Detroit rapper born Dan Carlisle was on his way. Or at le...[MORE]

Second coming: Royce Da 5'9" returns despite jail time and misfortune. Some say he's bigger, better and more defiant than ever.

By William E. Ketchum III

Published: 8/5/2009

Types: Music, Hip-Hop/R&B

Four years ago, the career of Detroit emcee Royce Da 5'9" was immensely different than it is today. No one could have guessed that he'd still be prepping for the release of a long-planned album that's executive-produced by rap icon DJ Premier. Or that he'd be ghostwriting for the likes of Diddy...[MORE]

R.I.P. Baatin: An open letter to the hip-hop community on the passing of Baatin

By Khary Kimani Turner

Published: 8/12/2009

Types: Music, Hip-Hop/R&B

Editor's note: The Detroit and international hip-hop family suffered a huge loss on Saturday, Aug. 1, with the passing of Titus "Baatin" Glover, co-founder of the legendary Slum Village rap supergroup, who was found dead on the 14000 block of Anglin Street in Detroit. The cause of his deat...[MORE]

Neville Neville land: The forever young Aaron on Nat, Aretha, Hank and the man with the tear in his voice

By Don Waller

Published: 7/15/2009

Types: Music, Hip-Hop/R&B

Aaron Neville first burst into the national consciousness when his fluttering falsetto and flawless phrasing propelled the shimmering slice of mid-'60s zeitgeist, "Tell It Like It Is," to the No. 2 spot on the 1966 Billboard Pop charts.  A decade later, Aaron — the third eldest of t...[MORE]

Perfect rush: Finale aims at the top of Detroit's hip-hop crop

By William E. Ketchum III

Published: 6/24/2009

Types: Music, Hip-Hop/R&B

"Before I started rapping, I used to write a lot of short stories and compositions. So I write [rhymes] like I'm writing a short story. I write exactly the thoughts I want to get out there because if you try to fit lyrics in with [the music], you might miss a few words or the emotion that you w...[MORE]

Motor City Cribs: How Stoopz and Breeze time-traveled their way to the top — of the Pontch

By Doug Coombe

Published: 6/3/2009

Types: Music, Hip-Hop/R&B

The online bio of Detroit hip-hop artists Stoopz and Breeze is implausible. Bob Stoopz, the duo's producer, was "raised by wild German shepherds on the streets of Farmington Hills [and] had to learn how to play the keytar at a young age to make ends meet." Drew Breeze, the duo's emcee, was...[MORE]

The Eminem interview: The greatest rapper on earth gets personal on Proof, guns, Bill O'Reilly and being an artist from Detroit

By Bill Holdship

Published: 5/13/2009

Types: Music, Hip-Hop/R&B

When it comes to Eminem, a lot of backstory probably isn't necessary. Especially in Detroit. But, really, that's pretty much true anywhere in the civilized Western world (and I'd be surprised if he hasn't been used by al-Qaeda or some organization like that somewhere along the way as a symbol ...[MORE]

Fabulously funky: Hip-hoppers sample them, Europe loves them, but Detroit's Fabulous Counts never got their due

By Don Waller

Published: 4/1/2009

Types: Music, Hip-Hop/R&B

The Counts (aka the Fabulous Counts) are back! And some of you may be wondering just why that's so important. The Detroit group racked up a pair of 1969-'70 R&B hits with the wig-poppin' funk instrumental "Jan Jan" (later covered by jazz guitarist Grant Green) and the almost-indescribably ...[MORE]

R.E.S.P.E.C.T: Fluent's out to prove heavier ties between poetry and hip hop, and earn some respect along the way

By William E. Ketchum III

Published: 3/4/2009

Types: Music, Hip-Hop/R&B

Competition is fierce in the Michigan hip-hop arena. The state — or more specifically, the Motor City — is heralded worldwide for its versatile array of lighthearted rappers and lyrically dense emcees, not to mention artists signed to both huge major label and powerhouse independent ...[MORE]

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