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D|REVIEWS: Damo The Great – Order Out Of Chaos

One more chance to be great…..& from the opening realm of “Order Out Of Chaos” the man who has been a mainstay in Detroit hip hop for a decade plus arrives in polished form ready to present that greatness. From the days of Abstrakt Intellekt to those of The Prime Eights the emcee slash producer Damo The Great steers away from group form providing a solo effort packed with immense production & developed lyrical trips.

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One more chance to be great…..& from the opening realm of “Order Out Of Chaos” the man who has been a mainstay in Detroit hip hop for a decade plus arrives in polished form ready to present that greatness. From the days of Abstrakt Intellekt to those of The Prime Eights the emcee slash producer Damo The Great steers away from group form providing a solo effort packed with immense production & developed lyrical trips.

The opening “Means, Motive, & Opportunity”  opens with the spoken words “I see humans everywhere but no humanity” going on to the touch on a possible explanation behind that before John Stone goes on about that “one more chance“. I reviewed his beat project “Now You Know” a while back and the live instrumentation vibes that one brought feel almost amplified here from the very beginning. One things apparent, he knows how to find beats that fit his particular sound very well.

With “Like I Do” at first the rhyme schemes felt simplistic to my ears but as the verse grew and the trumpets blew, the chorus swept in & had me replay this one a few times before the next number. The song builds lyrically & gets stronger as it goes on. The vintage samples mashed live sound feeling mixed with Damo’s unique voice puzzle pieces together & has a certain catchiness to it.  *

The first accomplice in rap on “Order Out Of Chaos” brings the first amongst multiple Detroit legends lending a hand on the album with Esham. “Icon” brings a more signature hard hitting hip hop sound with Esham opening, and Damo The Great ending as the two trade verses. A solid showing from both here, I enjoyed this track.

First Hits Free” was reminiscent of an Apathy sorta flow .Damo goes “perfect verses, leave the mic infected with turbulent ancient curses” and these were my favorite verses from him four tracks in. A lot of multi syllable spilling, & the production continues to shine. *

Rass Kass! Bekay! Marv Won! The heavy hitters are along on this one, & of coarse its fire. Real hip hop point black, wordplay galore & Bekay damn it’s been a minute since I heard him but he murders his verse on some old school Em style punchline shit. It’s like the four horsemen colliding verbally. “In My Sleep” is not the one to sleep on. *

The Intermission” moves forward with the sound bites with this monster tale. Give’s a storytelling angle and doesn’t feel unnecessary as some intermissions can. It’s a dope minute breather leading into the next chapter.

Halfway through what is showcasing that underground hip hop sound I grew up on. “Severed Limbs and Shark Teeth” brings lyrical lacerations in a triple threat laced via Damo The Great, Aztek The Barfly, & Cancer. My only complaint on this one was the hook/chorus – just seemed a little lackluster compared to the previous examples but each emcee carries their own verse wise with shouts to “Shadow Creek” embedded.

The old school vibes are strong with this one…Copywrite packs energy from the start with slicing syllables before some DJ cuts bridge into John Stone’s words. “Two of the midwest best oh god on Shadow Creek.” Repping the label as John Stone & Copy are “Apollo & Rocky” in this hip hop boxing match. *

Do You Believe In Monsters” had me thinking of that intermission a few records back…I’ve never personally heard of the two features here. Sankofa & Rocknezz Monsta that is. Nine tracks in I’ve been pretty much into everything I’ve heard but something about this one fell a little flat for me. It’s not bad but it’s my least favorite track so far.

Rebound city. The last track was my least favorite well “Everybody Dies” contends for one of my personal favorites of the thirteen track offering “Order Out Of Chaos“. This beat. THIS BEAT. Can I get on a remix on this one or something please haha…. Honestly though just played it back again. “Ah, I’m a beast of burden, you can die for certain, pull the curtains, now your face to face with Tyler Durden.” opens atop that piano & bassline that got my mind blasting creative thoughts. It’s a dark chorus but fitting. Standout track.*

Three to go and “Legion Of Doom” opens up with another monster line. Another hard hitting hip hop record vibe going on here. Hibernation and Kovax are along for this one – I’ve heard of them but haven’t heard them – for a first impression it fairs better than the last duo I was unfamiliar with. The third verse from one of the aforementioned stood out to me & finished this dope track off well.

DETROIT! “The Evil That Pens Do” suspense-fully drives in crashing bars into your eardrums. A classic sounding underground anthem with a Russian roulette of emcee’s releasing evil pen speech. Aztek, Fatt Father, Foul Mouth, Cancer, Marv Won – it’s a Detroit super squad. This one is gold & yet another standout proving there is a little order out of chaos. A lyrical dagger fight sort of order.*

Aztek is back again, AT, and another legend Kool G Rap. Damo The Great kicks things off in the track closer…a livelier joint “Hustlers and Pimps” has the smoothest chorus on the album & throughout this track there is a somewhat different sound from previous. Kool G Rap flexes a perfected verse & on a lighter note comes some order in the chaos with this departure.

Order Out Of Chaos” in closing is a well-oiled record with only a couple misses for me. I’ve put a * next my favorite/standout tracks as I listened through after that particular tracks description. If you notice theres a decent amount of those. I’ve been listening to the album across different avenues – headphones, Macbook speakers, & car speakers – it’s apparent the attention in detail to quality mixing/mastering & it really captured the essence of a cohesive & well put together underground record. The majority of the features fit nicely & those individuals often shine when their time comes. Damo The Great brandishes a polished sound & a knack for self production that often perfectly matches the sound I feel he is going for. – COMMi$$ION

RATING ~ 8/10

PHYSICAL RELEASE/PICK UP YOUR COPY OF “ORDER OUT OF CHAOS” HERE: www.shadowcreekentertainment.com

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“Backwoods & Bonfires” Hip-Hop Festival 4.20.2019 @ The Farmhouse

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Quite the hip hop experience is headed our way on the first 4/20 since legalization in Michigan. In what without a doubt will be a jam-packed fest full of dope performances & activities comes the “Backwoods & Bonfires” hip-hop festival featuring local stars, bouncy houses, live artwork & even FREE BEER & PANCAKES! Crowdfreak, 50BARZ, & WE ARE CULTURE CREATORS present this glorious day starting at noon for the pre-gamers out there & occupying The Farmhouse on 3733 McKinley in Detroit for the remainder of the day. Dive into the entire roster of talented Cloud 9 stage performers on the official flyer & take in the full details/highlights below!


Highlights:

 
On 4/20 2019, prepare yourself to experience one EPIC day and night full of fun, music, art and MORE! Featuring Doja Cat, Rocky Badd, B Free, Neishae Neshae & More!! The Backwoods -n- Bonfires music festival will be the greatest event on this side of the Midwest! There will be adult bouncy houses, live artwork, food and more!! With music from some of the best acts in the Detroit area, this event is sure to be amazing from start to finish! 5+ djs, talented artist and one EPIC stage! Come fire up a backwood next to one of our several fire pits and have one hell of a time!
 
What You’ll Get
  • General admission or VIP
  • What’s included with VIP: free gift bag, access to smoke-and-party barn, free food & drink vouchers, full access to the artist area, where guests enjoy additional free drinks, catered food, and a resting area.

Backwoods & BonFires Music Festival

  • The Music:  Hip-hop acts perform while top Djs spin crazy party sets throughout the day
  • The Performers: Enjoy Music by Doja Cat, Rocky Badd, B Free, Neisha Neshae and more!
  • The food and drink: Grub and drinks will be available for purchase (and free for VIP guests)
  • The extras: live murals created on the spot, fireworks, free alcohol infused hot cocoa bar and adult bouncy houses
Please FOLLOW @Backwoods_and_Bonfire & @CrowdFreak on Instagram for festival updates!

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Kid Swoop – “Little Man, Running Wild”

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After a tumultuous impact throughout 2018 with the success of his debut album “4 So LongPontiac’s Kid Swoop is back for another round. Letting off a brand new eight record effort “Little Man, Running Wild” has the bar raiser embracing a new chapter in his rise. From start to finish the EP carries it weight in audible gold, including one of my favorite records of the year so far in the closer “Tribulations” feat Dot2X, Sin Crawford, & Castro. I will have my full review here at DetroitRap.com soon, in the meantime on this Valentine’s Day forget the flowers – buy your loved one the latest Kid Swoop project, stay home, & enjoy the sounds of “Little Man, Running Wild“.  On top of taking in the new EP new visuals have arrived as an extra treat for #Swoopnation fans with “Don’t Pick Up The Phone” starring Deanna Patch.

That’s not all! We had a chance to hear a little bit of the story behind “Little Man, Running Wild” from the source himself! Here is Kid Swoop giving us an explanation of the latest project in his own words.

“It honestly feel like May 4th, 2018 all over again. Little Man, Running Wild is yet again another celebration and milestone for SwoopNation and I! They really motivated me during the whole creative process, due to how much shade and negativity was being thrown at me by my own city. I overly thank them for constantly tunneling my vision upon the greater prize. Honestly, that’s where the title and cover art came from, being the underdog since a jit led to me running wild seeking for answers, support, love and courage. I’m proud to say SwoopNation led the race and February 14th, 2019 will be the epic finish line of Fury! Don’t just Buy/Stream Little Man, Running Wild take heave to the free game I’m applying.”

Stream/Purchase: https://songwhip.com/album/kid-swoop/little-man-running-wild

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Dillatroit 4 @ The Marble Bar 02.23.19

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In celebration of the life of James Dewitt Yancey “Dillatroit 4” brings together an evening packed full of fun & entertainment in honor of his legacy. A star studded line up of performance , a surprise guest, & even a beat showcase with DetroitRap.com’s own Uncle P. Come out & celebrate one of the greatest artists to ever come out of Detroit at The Marble Bar on Feb.23rd from 9PM -2AM! Special guest + host VSTYLEZ! Take a look below at the entire jam-packed evening paying homage to the late great J Dilla.

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