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Tee Grizzley Gives Self-Reflection Of Detroit Tales On Still My Moment

On November Ninth, Tee Grizzley stormed the internet with his latest project. The cuts on this album deals with the rapper going deeper into his story. Being a person that is from rags to riches. He showcased this on his first big break-out single, First Day out. Recording this down the street from Persian high school, located on seven mile. Tee was showing coming from prison to driving the latest cars and flooded Cartier glasses. Tee has always been a rapper that stands on his self-confidence, embracing a larger than life character. Tee Grizzley is a miracle coming out the gates of Detroit, considering most will not make it out alive on the grit dealing with a dangerous come-up. Tee Grizzly gives us more on this mix tape, after coming off of three club hit records.

Tee Grizzley is not pretending in his music, my favorite cuts off the album were; Pray For The Drip, Babies To Men, and Keep The Rest. Keep The Rest is Tee Grizzley going off, telling his fans he wants to bring the rap game to it knees. Over a trap beat that hits with a lot of bounce in between rhythms, leaving a different sound from most Detroit rappers. His production almost sound like an alteration of Metro Booming but catered for a Detroit artist. Tee also tells his fans he believes in the constitution and the right to bare fire arms.  This is a perfect climate to drop lines like this. Why ? Because of the recent elections for our Governor that is taking place. Tee explains to us that he still has haters, most of them where people that he used to be in his past life or want to be in his current life. Most of all, Tee Grizzley does not crack, he strengthens his elements of who he is and dominates.

Babies To Men is very introspective of a person coming out of his community in Detroit. He explains going to school having to get into fights. Him and his friends getting expelled then entering into the darker side of life. His OG’s taught him how to be the men he is in a city we’re the hearts is cold like the winter. Since a rug-rat he always was troubled, stealing bikes and pulling woman in the hallway’s. As he grew as a man he realized the system and the world is against him. Wearing his uncle clothes and always wanting more, he is a person that kills for his gang and hustles. He details his story and how people around him died or incarcerated. This cut was produced by producer Helluva, being a producer from Detroit, he has done many famous cuts for people like Stretch Money and Doughboyz Cashout.

Pray For The Drip may be another single that is going to take off for the rapper, Tee Grizzley. Tee still embraces a more street-poetic mindset, being uplifting from the struggle. He looked in the sky during the times of downfall, praying for the drip. Having an influence from Southern sounds, he called for the help of Offset. Offset does his usual thing, snapping so hard with his signature flow pattern and ad-libs. Bringing more into the rappers arsenal in his records. Giving his Detroit fans another style and appeal while keeping his realer than life attitude.

This project has many features and much experimentation from the Detroit artist. He is a person that stays true to his cities sound. I believe the rapper is branching off into another sound, expanding his empire. Detroit is seeing much success in the scene, and Tee still holds the forefront of this movement with his latest project. Tee still shows us that he is down to earth while growing even larger. Tee shows every person that is going through economic hard-ship that if you struggled, you can overcome and be the next successful leader.

 

Osiris Is The Spirit Of Yugi Mutou

Slifer The Sky Dragon was a ferocious deity sealed away inside a stone tablet. Atem had this as his stead then to be inherited by Yugi Mutou on the search to gain back the pharaohs memories. This card having been introduced In the battle city arch, was seen as Yugi’s first god card. The original adaptation of Slifer The Sky Dragon was meant to be Osiris The Sky Dragon. Which is a pharaoh that was overseer of the Afterlife and underworld.

Osiris lead his people from great famine, creating fertility among the crops. People during this time believed in ritualistic children sacrifices. Heartache and confusion with people spirituality took a great toll on the land. Making it hard for their country men to  prosper. The god Osiris risen, showing people how to take advantage of their soil. He single handily reverse curses of past rituals, stopping child killings. At the end of it all Osiris met an end. Only to be killed by Set. Jealousy took control of the heart, leading Osiris to an unfortunate end.

Slifer The Sky dragon is an adaptation of Osiris. The qualities that make up the character Osiris is an unique one. He only wanted to protect his people and is described as a protagonist in his story. Yugi Mutou has the same qualities that would make up a pharaoh looking after his people. Offering protection and guidance during the perils of battle. Only to turn out victor at the end of it all. Also the person that killed Osiris has a name familiar to Yugi’s main rival, Seto Kaiba. Both of them fight it out, only to fulfill their inner most desire, Being The King of Duels. Kaiba animosity toward Yu-Gi had no ends. As Kaiba would go through great length just to receive great power, only for Yu-Gi to be able to beat him in the end.

WXYZ LOUNGE POST MOVES TRAIL BLAZES BY NUNTHELESS

Walking into the lounge I was with my homies. We had met up with some of the set performers. I sat and chat with the people around the venue. My homie interrupted my conversation with a full glass of beer, telling us about how well treated the artist here are. I walked around scoping the place as Black Moon Child played her set. The place was very elegant, showing an up-scale lifestyle. Nothing of the average is seen here. People that we’re bosses and artist that has a style of experimentation. I had to go and get me a drink myself. Before getting myself a drink, I had caught a quick conversation with Nuntheless. 

His mission is to bring out anybody that has not played a live set that embraces a totally unique style. He said the scene here in Detroit can kind of get cliquish, isolating artist from not having their time to shine. He started out being a producer then evolving into a DJ. It all started when Omar was out of town, that is when his ideas started brewing like the cold refreshing beer in this lounge. He exclaimed networking is a big element to have in Detroit and he utilize that for an advantage. Having a venue with all the talent he knew, infused within the elegant style that Detroit embraces. Nuntheless is a; producer, DJ, drummer, and even a pianist.  You can check out some of the highlights below.

Darkseid And The Search For The Control Of Humanity

Darkseid was created by Jack Kirby for his New Gods series that aired in 1970. Darkseid is a god in Apokolips, controlling people eliminating the power of free will. Darkseid strength was able to go against Super-Man and The Holy Genesis. Darkseid rules with an iron fist over Apokolips. Even after being brutally beaten by Super-man and tossed down to his nation. The people mobbed around him looking like they we’re ready to attack. Instead Super-man exclaims, Darkseid is finish, you may do your will to him. Instead, they pick him up then carried him off into his kingdom. Only to halt his people, so he can tell Super-man that he is a god to his people. Darkseid has eyes that are melting to the flesh. No literally, he can stare at you and melt any human who stands in his way. Super-Man was almost killed because of Darkseid power. Instead, Super-man grabbed gravel off the ground then shoved it into Darkseid’s face until the room imploded from the two opposing power-forces.

Darkseid would be comparable to Madara. Both have special eye gifts that grant them unnatural abilities in their universes. Both characters have a will to control all of man kind. Believing that their control will make all of humanity better. The confidence inside of both characters come from many of hard battles. Darkseid battled against The New Genesis, waging war until a truce was finally called. Making alliance’s by exchanging their first born within their family heir. Madara has the same kind of method. Fight a bloody war until the last one victors out on top. The difference between the two, Madara’s intentions are completely passionate. With the loss of his little brother, Izuna , he lost all sanity. Both sides suffered causalities losing a family member of their own. Darkseid was purely ego, he wanted to rule all of the universes with his will. Darkseid is considered the God Of Evil in the DC Universe.

My Interpretation Of How Anime Become Apart of Hip-Hop Culture

Afro Samurai is the cartoon that I recall being the first Anime that had rap culture in it. Afro Samurai embraced rap music, staring Samuel L Jackson as one of the main characters. Having a black samurai raise his blade against other opponent just to fight the character Justice. An antagonist who killed his father so he can obtain the number one headband. Rza had production credit for this Anime as well.

Hip-hop culture also appeared in Manga’s like Naruto and Samurai Champaloo. Naurto had Killer Bee, a Jinchuriki that raps any chance he gets. Samurai Champaloo having Dj scratches as apart of their show stylistics.  Anime started to hold cultural structure in our genre of music. The two cultures started dancing with hip-hop for sometime, creating a new breed of rap artistry.

People that we’re infatuated with hip-hop culture and Anime started making AMVS. A short collage of fight scenes with a hip-hop music bed. The most popular AMV currently is Naruto Vs Sasuke final fight, Suicide Boys plays as the two collide. AMVS are used for cool promotional visuals for songs. The anime world has a lot of story-lines revolving around; drama, romance, family ties and vengeance. Why not have a genre that has the street struggle and glory: embrace these type of story lines.

I can name a bunch of rappers that used Anime as apart of there music and image. One of the most popular I can remember is Lupe Fiasco. By nature being a skateboarder, he became etched into the fabrics of nerd core hip-hop. Lupe has always been known as a fan of street-fighter. Rapper Rob Bank$ heavily embraces Anime and rap culture. His lyricism centers around Anime references. Comparing himself to cracking seals like the Akatsuki, the way one would crack seals on promethazine.

Growing up in a predominate black school getting reduced lunch as a young kid. We all use to trade Yu-Gi-Oh cards and talk about Dragon Ball Z. I remember fights use to break out over Yu-Gi-Oh and we played that game like we was playing at the gambling house. I had homies that use to hustle out Yu-Gi-Oh cards during morning time. It got real over that game, we all use to meet up just to play during breakfast and lunch. I remember when our cards had got confiscated, we use to creep in the teachers room when she was not there. Just to steal all are sh*t back that got taken away from us. I always thought the confiscation rule was a load of bullSh*t. In my opinion it was another form of stealing. Fast forward down the line, we all grew into our now early twenties and are still going hard for Anime world.

 

The Genius Behind Max Payne

Max Payne is a video game franchise that blew up so big it had to be turned into a movie. Imagine a man running around New York city. Finding the people who killed his family. An Ex-copped turned into a gun-slinging vigilante, on a con-quest with two dessert eagles in a New York underworld. This being the side effect of the street drug Valkyrie. This drug has took the streets by storm. The test subjects that were sent to kill his family we’re users of this drug. The person that manufactured the drug sent them in to annihilate his family. Max Payne’s wife, Michelle Payne found out entitles that helped pushed this street drug.

Max Payne’s world is a noir romantic inspired video game with dramatic elements. The game has undertones of a twisted dark society New York does not know about, that involves  a very dark life. This world spirals a man on the hunt, blowing bosses, occultist and even restaurant owners heads off. Max Payne has been face to face with contract killers. One of which is Mona Sax, only for her to turn around and fall deeply in love with him. Preventing him from being murdered.

He always is known as a person that saves the damsel in distresses. Max has been known to ruminate on his past surrounding Mona Sax. The two always meet up together, guns blazing through New York. One has an affiliation tie to no one. Mona Sax motive is strictly business. Max Payne, is a person that is all personal. His mission in this video game are personal infused with no money put into his pocket. Just vengeance for the pain he felt for the loss of his family.

I was impressed behind the cinematic story-line this game has always portrayed. The game was so successful it had became a movie. Grossing at-least 85 million world wide. The movie embraces the same noir style elements the game did. Showing Max in a world we’re Valkyrie is a drug used to enhance super-soldiers. Max answers the call of a vigilante by killing those that are involved on his discovery for who is responsible. The movie was such a success it has grossed 85 million dollars world wide. I myself enjoyed the movie a lot.

The person that went into making such a kick-a** video game is Sam Lake. We commend you Sam Lake for penning such an amazing game. It has resonated so deeply with us as an audience we wanted it as an a movie. In my opinion, the origins of Max Payne reminds you of someone like, Punisher. A marvel super-hero. Same concept of a vigilante roaming the streets in order to protect the morals that they stand for. Either way it goes. This video game will be a classic that will every one will remember.

 

Cerebral Apex Release Party W/ Noveliss And Other Guest Emcees

Detroit emcee Noveliss held a ceremony for his album Cerebral Apex. Gathering everybody that has a deep appreciation for him as an artist. He had a very chill demeanor as he greeted those walking into his release party. Noveliss shared his thoughts on entertainment and how he has a great appreciation for Avatar The Last Air Bender as a cartoon. He thought the movie was trash though. He also curated the movie Split directed by M. Night Shyamalan. He moved around the room, having short conversations with people. He had a look that was wise and discerning as he dawned a Kakashi-Sensei shirt. Noveliss is an ideas man, he always exchanges a couple with those around him. The emcee was thinking about innovative ways he can rap his flows in the booth.

 

 

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We caught a quick conversation with Nolan The Ninja and he said that Noveliss is his brother and he came to support: regardless if he was on the album or not. Nolan said that he been knowing Noveliss since Clear Soul Force. We also asked Nolan The Ninja some questions and he shared some secrets to finding success as an independent artist. Having a partnership can also help boost your success in the music game. I was not surprised seeing Nolan The Ninja at a Noveliss party. Nolan The Ninja  came out with a strong underground break-out called He(art). The album caught so much attention it got picked up for review by Dead End Hip-Hop. Receiving mostly positive reviews from seasoned hip-hop listeners.

We even caught conversation with rising hip-hop artist from the east side of Detroit, Crimson Alchemist.  Crimson Alchemist has been keeping up to date with his catalog of artistry for a minute. Going way back to when he was spitting laser sharp lyricism on his song, “Get No Better” with the Clear Soul Force posse. Laying down the foundation of back-pack rap catching attention over-seas. Showing that his energy has always been bigger than a confined space. His flow is infinite past the stars.

As Noveliss premiered his album, I was amazed by the intricate flow pattern he delivers. His rhyme schemes are always well put together. He is the definition of a person that will be your rappers favorite rapper. Noveliss is a person that has a die hard-fan base. His listeners will appreciate this album because it shows Noveliss as a person. How much he has matured with his audience. Cerebral Apex discusses him now as a family man, still balancing out his fascination for Anime and hip-hop. He also talked about his depression slightly, wanting to drift away from the outside world into his own. Still through-out his journey in Cerebral Apex. He came out to deliver a swift, clear cut album infused with a manga he created for his fans.