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It’s officially 420 & at midnight one particular Detroit artist’s album went live to the world. That artist happens to be DOPEHEAD, one of Detroit’s most talented word weaving lyricists. The Bruiser Brigade member is back from a four year span between records with his latest full length effort “Beautiful Chaos“. The contradictory title intrigues, while the albums first doses in the form of “Sunshine” & “Love Is” entice the listener to dive in. With that, I decided it was time to find out more about DOPEHEAD & his new album so of coarse I asked him 7 Questions.
COMMi$$ION: It’s been four years since the release of your last project “Devil’s Heaven”, bring on 2018 & you’re dropping “Beautiful Chaos” on 4/20. Going into this album was there anything you wanted to be sure you tackled differently during the creation process?
DOPEHEAD: Hell yeah man off top I wanted to do more story telling and show more lyricism bars is life my g
COMMi$$ION: What can fans expect – if it was possible to summarize “Beautiful Chaos’ in one or two sentences what would you tell them?
DOPEHEAD: With this album Beautiful Chaos fans can expect the unexpected !
COMMi$$ION: As a young kid did you always know you wanted to rap, or was there one particular moment that struck you looking back that sealed the deal & began your foray into music?
DOPEHEAD: My family is heavy in music my great grandfather was a singer in a 5 man group back in his day I lucked up and found his record in our house at the time took it to my great grand mother she was looking at me hella shook like you just found the magic next day she gave me a tape recorder and I started freestyling on blank tapes watching mtv shit was the illest I was like 7 but yeah I was always rapping I can say in 93 I was a lil kid and I copped Biggie Smalls ready to die and that shit made my brain explode
COMMi$$ION: iTunes shows a single feature by “Milan Ariel” is this true or can we expect some surprise appearances scattered across the new album & if so any by Bruiser Brigade team mates?
DOPEHEAD: Yes it’s very True Milan Thee Magnificent will be on the album killing shit !she’s super fucking talented and working with her is So Amazing she writes her own music and makes her own beats so Dope that woman Milan Ariel also J-Kidd is on the album dropping flames much love to him Detroit stand up only 2 features !
COMMi$$ION: Outside of music – does DOPEHEAD draw inspiration from any other elements or factors?
DOPEHEAD: Shit man I draw inspiration from breathing Another Day Alive is Another Day To Be Great
COMMi$$ION: On April 22nd you’ll be performing live at GET JXXKY OR DIE 17 in Hamtramck, MI is this the first of many shows to come? Can we expect a tour to pair along with “Beautiful Chaos”?
DOPEHEAD: Yes it’s the first of many to hit The Sanctuary and it’s about to be wild !! Get Jxxky Or Die Parties Go Stupid but’s it’s all about putting on for the city and giving artist a stage and platform to talk dat shit ! And I’d love to kill stages solo on TOUR so if they watching DOPEHEAD KILLS STAGES !
COMMi$$ION: Lastly, we got two video gems in the form of “Sunshine” & “Love Is” what was the inspiration behind these videos & if you could create a visual for any of the remaining songs on the album which track would you pick for the video treatment?
DOPEHEAD: Well with the Sunshine video I wanted to show off my city and let ppl get a view of what I see you feel me like let them get that real Detroit street shit ! And with the Love is Video the inspiration was bars I wanted ppl to sit , listen and watch BARS

Thanks for checking out this edition of 7 QUESTIONS. Join me next time as I dive in for more questions! In the meantime DOWNLOAD/STREAM: DOPEHEADBeautiful Chaos” now! – COMMi$$ION

 

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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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