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Digging In The Crates – Number 4.

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Grab the sonic shovels because I’m back with my listening cap absorbing the submissions of recent months. It’s the fourth installment of DetroitRap.com’sDigging In The Crates“. This is where I display my favorite findings via direct submissions to the site, random discoveries online, or artists I might have caught opening up in recent shows I’ve attended. In each edition I shine light on five different artists that brought something intriguing to the table & in which I felt was worthy to share with our readers! Let us know what you think of these picks in the comments or drop suggestions for future editions. The first spot here in DITC #4 is via Sol’Le with her record “Scotty“.

Sol’Le is new to the scene but the Detroit rapper/singer caught my attention with this particular submission. The simple video follows her displaying her musical abilities traversing through one’s home in a subtle attention grabbing manner. She’s at work on upcoming music & set to perform in Europe soon after releasing. Here is the video for her single “Scotty“.

Next up, my second crate delivery comes from J. Smith. I ran into him at the Swifty/Obie/Lazarus show the other week & researched up some of his music that night when I got home. Doing so brought me to his latest “The J. Smith EP“, an extended play of seventeen musical renderings that caught my hip hop addicted ears. The project has some standout features via Supa Emcee, Bizarre, & KXNG CROOKED. J. Smith flexes lyrical abilities with a dash of sing-song-raps that fit well into the project & has been a project that been in rotation since my discovery. Take a listen:


It’s the middle of these crates but the digging isn’t stopping. This next one came from word of mouth. My good friend Anthony hit me up when he came across a friend of MCXI out on his grind. We connected dots & his team sent over some samples. His most recent effort comes across his six track ep “No Pawns“. The audio quality is crispy which I can’t emphasize enough but he has knack for finding beats that mash well with his abilities. It’s a short and punctual listen that left me with an memorable impression. I even “dig” the artwork being a graphic junkie low-key. A pleasant referral that definitely placed MCXI on my radar, I can definitely see this having a wide appeal. 

Installment four & here we are at this editions fourth selection. Gifted lyricist Crimson Alchemist has been on my radar for a minute now & with rumblings of new music on route I felt it’s the perfect time to introduce ya’ll. The Mark Cooper produced “Trust The Process” delivers that lyrical hip hop packed with substance showcasing first hand the skills behind the mic Crimson Alchemist possesses. Indeed I will be bring more coverage forth on this up & coming talent out of the three one three. Enjoy!

One more to go and here it comes. The last dose in this serving of Digging In The Crates comes our way in the form of an exclusive of sorts with the Twitch streamed “REIGN SUPREME” from Danny Brown & the BRUISER BRIGADE. Adventure through twelve BRUISER tracks combining the efforts of Danny Brown, Dopehead, Zelooperz, Kash Tha Kushman, & Fat Ray. A powerful pack of emcees putting on a display in this combined effort. Here’s “Reign Supreme” to close out the crates. Until next time, thanks for coming along for the lyrical excavation.

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Digging In The Crates Vol. 3

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The crates are back, crashing into your eardrums with five finds from previous submissions & beyond. In each volume of Digging In The Crates I highlight some of the best discoveries from artists who have sent music our way at some point in time. I’m looking for a unique or creative approach to a song/concept, quality audio, & an overall well put together presentation. Uncover this editions five picks & as always if you hear something dope be sure to share!

 

Big Papa Mood – I Was Bullshittin EP
Here’s a throwback submission that caught my attention quick. The opener “Back To It” caught my ear right off the bat. Claiming a journey of “rags to humble” Big Papa Mood raps his ass off & gives fives songs of his own in this ep to show a culmination of ten years in the game. He may of been bullshittin, but this is still a dope little project worthy of a listen.

RappinA$$Willz’s raspy voice laced over this somber almost lo fi hip hop sounding instrumental rode out smoothly. I can see this as a good record for the summer with the windows down just soaking in the vibes. The video was a simple but crisp addition & it’s always dope to see a team of support behind an artist. “PurpleLude” earns my second selection on this weeks Digging In The Crates.

RappinA$$Willz – “PurpleLude”

A Gary Vee sound byte opens up to XCEED, an emcee representing New Zealand ( by way of Toronto) letting us all know that just like Gary Vee he’s prepared to do whatever it takes to reach the highest accolades. I spoke with XCEED & also uncovered that he has participated in the BAR WARZ battle league that a lot of you in the area might be familiar with. “Bad Company” is just a sample of this dudes catalog & @XCEED09 has quite the back log of projects for new fans to scour through. Find more here: SOUNDCLOUD
This next one is from acid rapping Detroit legend Esham with this visual money trip “Trust No One“. Sent the March before last – the changing voices of Esham rapping trust issues grabbed my ears & eyes simultaneously. A simple but effective video paired with creative dialogues & a heavy hook. All well drenched inside the song this somewhat video game sound is driving through the background. “Trust No One” however you should trust that this one is worth a listen. Four down & one last find to uncover I must say I’ve thoroughly enjoyed this weeks discoveries so far.

Lastly but far from least, ASDR provides my favorite selection of this Digging In The Crates blessing us with some smooth classic hip hop sound. Boom bapperific “Family” is a gem laced over one cold beat – a sampler off his debut mixtape ‘Health, Wealth & Vibe Vol.1‘ which can be found here. The Michigan based lyricist is certainly sounding polished with this particular sample, & hence this submission got sent in nearly a year ago I will certainly be scouring for more examples of this mans work. In closing here is ASDR with some eardrum magic, & thank you again for tuning into another chapter of Digging In The Crates.COMMi$$ION

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Digging In The Crates, Vol. 2

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With another week comes another dig! Join me as I go shoveling through the digital crates of past submissions & showcase five of my favorite finds in this weeks edition of Digging In The Crates! Throwbacks & lost gems are on the menu with our first lyrical meal via the likes of hometown emcee J Howw who sent in this raw introspective life rhyme ish way back in 2015. I love when I see these younger artists embrace the art form on some real life rhyming. Forgive me for not knowing him, but this was the first time I heard J Howw & I enjoyed the first track & video he sent “Stay Lowkey” so much I went looking for more. It just so happens the second track I come across “My Generation” featuring Donni Luchi stood out even more to me. An anti-generational social commentary in rap form from 2017, made me decide to start things off a bit different in this edition. I was feeling these tracks so much I’m gonna give J Howw two of this week’s five Digging In The Crates spots. So here goes: the crates prove worthy of another week!

Ahh...refreshing, but now back to searching, scavenging for eardrum gold! As I click, click ,click amongst these digital crates, my next selection brought me to Kenyatta Rashon from Ypsilanti, MI. The singer sent in “Push” feat. Pinnacle Ent. back in 2016! I imagine hearing this one on your fm radio stations & Kenyatta Rashon flexes her vocal range while carrying a great energy across the song. Pinnacle Ent. comes in with a couple verses towards the end & overall bring a close to an enjoyable record.

Kenyatta Rashon – “Push” feat. Pinnacle Ent.
Next up KIDD989 caught my ear with his self produced “Jezebel“. It was the perfect match alongside his smooth flow lacing his own production with the perfect mesh. The somber sample weaves it’s way inside & KIDD989 paints vivid portraits with his bars. Listen below:

Our final dosage, the fifth spot on this weeks Digging In The Crates is courtesy of Detroit hip hop duo kenlowe & Keith Anthony trading verses while Melanie Rutherford provides her soul full assistance. A classic sounding hip hop record to close out the week, “The Good Life” is a song about just that & the talented trio give us fitting closure to this weeks scavenger hunt! Until next time….this has been DetroitRap.Com presents Digging In The Crates! – COMMi$$ION

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Digging In The Crates, Vol. 1

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Getting started here at DetroitRap.com one of the first things I’ve tackled is digging through the submissions we’ve received over the last couple years. Upon doing so I’ve stumbled over an array of various local talent hidden inside our digital crates. Rather than letting their sounds die off in inbox abyss, I’ve decided to shine some light on these individuals. Over the next month I’m going to highlight five of my favorite finds each week . First up for week one we’ve got a DJ Premier production brought to you via Ann Arbor emcee Tru Klassick. Welcome to Digging In The Crates, Week One!

Tru Klassick – Hit The Alarm feat. S. Delli & GQ

Next up we’ve got Mike Spitz a Saginaw native with “Long Day“. I almost turned this one off to be honest but the hook came in & the song built even more as it went on. I ended up playing it a couple more times after I made it through. Mike’s unique & raspyish voice drives the song & the guitar slides through the background pulling you in.

Ah. That golden era boom bap sound laced over two minutes of Sir Manley production. B. Skyes & E-Will put on for Grand Rapids, MI. Short, simple, & to the point “Watchu Think” is a fast & worthwhile intro into B. Sykes for the unknowing.

Directed by Danny Z + Adam Skorupskas. Adam sent us this track & killer video from one of Bruiser Brigade’s affiliated members Ka$h Tha Kushman. This hard hitting Bulletproof Dolphin produced background lays the landscape for Ka$h to flex his speed alternating delivery & raw lyricism.

Going through old submissions I came across this track which is funny because I’ve got some new heat from John Stone of The Prime Eights to unleash for you soon! In the meantime check out the live band’s “Forevereva eva! An infectious hook with a tiny Outkast sample, live instrumentation, & hype verses tie together this great offering.

There you have it! Week one of digging through the crates. See you next time as I uncover sounds of the Detroit area & save five more local artists from inbox abyss! – COMMi$$ION

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