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Seven Questions With Blizzard

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Every year DetroitRap.com helps throw the largest beat battle of the year in the city & 2018 proved no different. As March Madness consumes us – a bracket of producers prepare themselves for the stage in hopes of taking home the championship belt! On March 31rst, 2018 that producer was Detroit native Blizzard. I had the the chance to discover more about this years champion & so of coarse I asked him 7 QUESTIONS to figure out about the man, the myth, the beat battling legend BLIZZARD!

Seven Questions w/ Blizzard

COMMi$$ION: First off congratulations on winning the 2018 March Madness Beat Battle championship belt! What was going through your head after you took home the top prize that night?
BLIZZARD: First, thanks for having me and my fellow competitors made me work for it that night, man! Lol but the main thing that went through my head was it was about time i finally won a march madness belt.
COMMi$$ION: When it comes to preparation for a beat battle what sort of things are you taking into consideration before compiling a list of beats to compete with?
BLIZZARD: The main thing that I take into consideration for battling is the crowd and how can I use my tracks to interact with the crowd Next is usually if i am going to use a clever phrase or something in a track Ive learned that its those little things that keep the music exiting and if the crowd gets a laugh thats always a bonus Afterwards its how my mixes are and then pray lol
COMMi$$ION: For those who haven’t been blessed with the sounds of Blizzard before, can you tell us a little about yourself – when did you get your start in the scene & why beat making?
BLIZZARD: I’m just your friendly neighborhood blizzard I’ve been battling since i was about 18 and going strong I got into my first battle at the bullfrog against one of my mentors x the detective I got started beat making at 13 my dad got me a pro tools bundle and FL studio And being a 13 year old with no money i made my own beats lol but from there it grew as I learned more about the process and then I learned sampling and here I am now.
COMMi$$ION: Growing up who were some of your largest musical influences & when it comes to your own music is their one in particular you feel you’ve drawn the most inspiration from?
BLIZZARD: Growing up my musical inspirations were dre and swizz beatz but since ive been at it now I am hugely inspired by Araabmuzik and Apollo Brown those two guys came from the battle scene and are have made tons of dope records
COMMi$$ION: What’s your favorite piece of equipment you’ve owned or used in the production process?
BLIZZARD: I have not owned any hardware personally but I would have to say an mpc Ive used them off and on never got good at it but its fun to mess around on the pads and have fun chopping samples on those
COMMi$$ION: As I was watching you take on producer after producer during the battle, I noticed you reference DragonBall Z. How often would you say you bring non musical elements into the creative process & of coarse whose your favorite DBZ character?
BLIZZARD: My favorite character is a toss up between Broly and Trunks lol But i use anime as an inspiration sometimes the awesome fight scenes or just even a groove you might hear in a song thats in the show can sometimes get the creative spark going
COMMi$$ION: Finally, you’ve taken home the March Madness belt but there’s still a lot of 2018 left! What’s next for you & what can fans expect in the coming months?
BLIZZARD: Well as of right now I have worked on a single with Big Gov Blame it I have production for Quest Mcody on his album the gosp3l Also mariimomma a dope femcee And crimson alchemist another dope femcee And i got the pistons anthem by a blessing with P.L. And a few things you will be hearing soon that are under wraps And now im finishing up an instrumental album and working on an ep I’m going to step back in the booth and see if i still have it haha! But thanks for having me its a blessing and an honor! Thanks Joe Uncle P and Detroitrap.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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