Donnie Darko is the Detroit baphomet, with his mystical spells casting with his ever so dreamy flow. The rapper gives us a laid back flow over laid back production. Showing his shadows while unveiling some woke truths about himself. He does not care as he swags his way through a boom bap beat, as this is not normal for most rappers as they lyrically excersice through beats with a viscous flow pattern. Be sure to check out the swagged out odd-ball creative in his latest visuals, Smooth.
525 Skeez goes over the Ashanti Rain on me sample. His cadence is worthy of a pastor praising him on a television network. Having a hard life he continues to hustle with his brothers in the streets of the city. His guts and glamor compares nicely to the raw emotions that boost swagger from the Detroit spitter. Skeez is an artist that continues to excell, be sure to check out his mixtape Greek Freak(Taste like Greek Yogurt)
Motown spitter Chippy Wockhardt tells a tale of not having much coming up. As cut throat as the city can get, Chip manages to tell us how he survived and hustles as hard as Detroit. He has had many downfalls but still did not fall off, he proves that the formula is magic by his money moves . Chip expresses his love interest lightly and how him having one woman motivates him, as he builds his empire; being hustler of the year compared to woman in the porn industry. Chip by far is showing us his Motor city magic in the latest visuals. You can check it out below.
Reg Lauren gave his audience a great cut with Vibrations. The video was shot by Reg Lauren and edited by Vontethegawd and Reg Lauren. Napalm spots two favorite duo. As they was doing this under the Covid-19 lock down. They took the respritory risk by storm and got this done by storm. As two men with plumbers ass crack, they went to work. The video took hours upon hours with elements that no regular degular would do in these infectious times.
Kingprez is an artist that has many dimensions to his music. His first project Road runner showed him rapping double timed. Aiming to appease the ears of masses. Then going into music experimentation with different projects he dropped. His cover arts are usually the classic definition of bandcamp cover art. We covered a couple topics. Interview above
Future new project “Save Me” has less hard hitting baselines that bounces for modern day dance music. The new direction he took on Save Me has more reverb and laid back production. The melodic rapper usually does dark music that does not bring attention to himself as an emcee. Usually the rapper falls into the beat, being the production itself. The artist here still keeps songs that are derogatory in subject. This is usually Futures best selling points.
Future best song on the album has to be Extra. Extra has all the makings of a good dance floor ballad. The lights has to be dancing red as the motion in the room becomes slowed. He is intoxicated in the production as he sings about his lifestyle. The lifestyle he lives is extra, everything he does is bigger than life. A lot of the engineering done on this cut stands out, as it all balances together for the frequencies and the different voices used. Making this a standout cut on the album.
Overall the album goes into Future delving into a cool ass lifestyle. His music is usually used to describe the context of drug culture. Future music is great for wanting to enjoy all the sin the world as to offer. This type of music is usually good after party music. The songs on his album are very good music used for chilling on a late night drive.
Yung Simmie has always been known for intoxicated triplet raps that derives from Three Six Mafia influence. Yung Simmie to me is an off spring of trill rap. He embraces the meaning of being the coolest rapper out of his county. Not really focusing on what is happening in the now but what he is going to drop next. Yung Simmie keeps his overall confident demeanor that makes every person feels like they are about to goon out. While sitting in a Chevrolet, clutching their baby FN ready to load out the thirty shots; being high as f***.
Yung Simmie production has really laid back sounds in it. The instruments has to be soaked in light reverb. He chooses his sounds carefully as to keep it underneath his influence. Yung Simmie has branded his artistry with his own unique sound. Still it keeps a trap feel with chord progressions that mirrors ambient sounds that has not been seen in this time era. As much trap music utilizes; organs, pianos and FL Studio synthesizers. Yung Simmie drops stone cold lines that are straight forward. He claims on the opening of the track that he has taken a lost now it is time to bounce back. He wants all the smoke with his gangsta-rap persona that breeds a Floridian hood-superstar.
“I Aint With The He Say She Say….Tell Them Keep Up Its A Relay…Do The Benz Dirty On The E-Way…I Can Sell A Bitch On Ebay…”~Yung Simmie
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.
Napalm Spot went out and got some unique footage of Oluto performing his single, Truly Feel. The song is a mix of neo-soul with new school funk. He delivers soft RNB vocals over the instrumental, showing to his deep love interest to be yourself. The sentiment of this song is to be the realest you possible. What is in the darkness will come to light, the old school saying our grandparents use to say. Oluto breaks into a monologue discussing how he can appeal to the masses while keeping it honest. A hard thing that most people can not express in human interaction, check the music video out below.
I first discovered Terra Lightfoot from the single, No Hurry. I was quite impressed by the songs up-beat tempo and vocals I find unique. The song has no consequences when you enjoy the powerful vocals passionately exclaiming there is No Hurry. The song lyrics remind you of a love ballad. Showing us a very troubled affair that can’t escape from your mind. The song claims that they have an eternity to spend together so it is no hurry. Enjoy the time that is spent with each other even though there are troubles on the path.
Their latest album “New Mistakes”, Terra Lightfoot release a video for their song, “Ruthless”. This single compared to No Hurry has more of a slowed tempo with elements of country. The lead singer hits a falsetto as she sings about her hard-core love she have for someone. The visuals for this song has her in a room by herself strumming a guitar. Walking through a snow-storm. The video shows her band members absent and she sits down as memories of them play on a dated B&W television. Could this song be expressing the love she has for her band members and them not being there.