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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.



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



What’s Hot On The Streets? Coalition Djs Det Top 10 Chart.




Coalition Dj Top 10 3/10

Coalition Djs Detroit provides a weekly top 10 of whats hot on the streets! Make sure you get in touch and take part in new music Sundays. Tell them your people from sent ya!!!

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The Hot Hand Belongs to 42 Dug




42 Dug You Da One artwork with Yo Gotti

The Most talked about artist in the city of Detroit right now is 42 Dug

The rapper has lived the life of a man double his age. As predicted, he became the product of his circumstances, which put him behind iron poles at age an early age. The defiant young hustler spent a considerable amount of time in solitary confinement, which is where he found his voice in hip-hop. The rapping style of 42 Dugg, whose moniker derives from his neighborhood, rivals no one although artists with similar narratives inspired him such as Yo Gotti, Jeezy and Peezy. His lyrics are also riddled with gritty street observations; angry messages about systematic oppression and unrelenting tales of criminality. Every aspect of his art, from rhymes to stage performances, is grounded in realism.

On his debut project, Young and Turnt, 42 Dugg has a lot to rap about. The overwhelming majority of his songs were penned while in the hole. Writing his truth not only passed the time, but it also fortified his belief in himself and his ability to overcome obstacles. From the prolific “Mama I’m Sorry” to the profound “Free Minds,” the savvy MC flows with passion, precision and in precise detail. But it’s the track, “You Da One,” featuring Gotti that will cement his status as a viable chart-topping artist. From the day he decided to take his shot behind the mic, he knew he wanted to be an inspiration for his generation and that includes the young people that can relate to his transparent storytelling. By connecting with the culture through his pain, 42 Dugg has been able to grow a solid fan base and also create a major label bidding war. He is everything that hip-hop represents, an authentic and raw talent who has overcome extreme difficulties that would break the average.

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TIDAL Unplugged Kicks Off One Million Dollar Artist Grant Program in Detroit Starting March 1, 2019.



As we say ourselves – THE NEW MOTOWN IS HERE! Now Tidal is putting their money where their mouth is establishing a brand new one million dollar artist grant program to help struggling artists reach the next level! The best part of it all though? They are kicking off the Tidal Unplugged program right here in DETROIT! That’s right if your a Detroit area based artist who could use a little help reaching the next step in your musical career & you believe you have what it takes to do so with that extra little push than today is your day! Be sure not to waste any time & click here to apply now!

Once again if your ready to take your music career to the next level that submission link is right here:

Read the full official press release from Tidal themselves below for more information about the program, & good luck!


TIDAL Unplugged, One Million Dollar Endowment, Launches to Support Emerging Musicians

With Support From Donors, Artist Grant Program Kicks Off in Detroit, MI on March 1, 2019

(New York, NY – February 21, 2019) Today, global music streaming and entertainment platform TIDAL along with Mark Lampert & Robert Nelsen have announced the launch of TIDAL Unplugged, an unprecedented million dollar artist grant program dedicated to building emerging artists’ careers. Funded by a generous donation from Mark Lampert & Robert Nelsen, TIDAL Unplugged will kick off in Detroit, where Lampert’s grandfather started his musical career. Local artists will have the chance to submit their music through TIDAL to receive part of the million dollar grant.

As an artist-owned platform built with the goal of creating a sustainable music industry and empowering artists, TIDAL supports talent helping to bring their artistic visions to life. TIDAL Rising is a key pillar of the platform’s mission to showcase emerging talent. TIDAL Unplugged is a realization of Lampert and Nelsen’s desire to provide artists with the means to pursue their dream. Both have a long history of philanthropy outside of their venture capital endeavors and supporting TIDAL Unplugged is a personal touch point as music has always been a passion.

The artists chosen will each work with the TIDAL Unplugged team to create a personalized program aimed to cover resources needed to further their musical career. The grant can cover living expenses, equipment, studio time, and more as well as access to expertly guided recording and creative resources. This once-in-a-lifetime opportunity allows aspiring musicians to chase their dreams as well as dedicate more time and energy to pursuing a career as an artist. Beginning March 1, 2019 Detroit residents can apply on Artists from all genres are encouraged to submit, but music must be performed acapella or acoustically and must not rely heavily on digital elements. The finalists will be announced in May. Following a pilot run in Detroit, TIDAL aims to expand the program into other markets.

“The TIDAL Rising program is incredibly special to everyone at TIDAL – from the interns to the artist-owners — we recognize the power of streaming and the importance of supporting and encouraging emerging musicians,” said Jason Kpana, TIDAL SVP of Artist Relations. “Being able to expand  the program to support musicians in an authentic and substantial way is truly an honor.”

Working with TIDAL and utilizing the resources provided, the finalists will develop and finish four songs for distribution. Once the tracks are complete, they will exclusively premiere on TIDAL and receive promotion through its TIDAL Rising program. Artists will maintain 100% ownership of recording masters. As part of TIDAL’s mission to support rising artists with unique opportunities to grow their fan bases, the finalists will perform their songs in a TIDAL Unplugged showcase in November.

Since inception, TIDAL Rising has spotlighted up-and-coming musicians with documentaries, playlist features, performance opportunities and more. From Ari Lennox performing on the TIDAL Stage at Made in America (2017) and Alessia Cara at TIDAL X: Brooklyn (2015), to A Boogie wit da Hoodie’s TBA Tour (2016) and SiR’s “Where I’m From” (2018)  docuseries, TIDAL Rising helps grow Rising artists’ fan bases and get their music heard by more people in more places.


TIDAL is an artist-owned global music and entertainment platform that brings artists and fans closer together through unique original content and exclusive events.

Available in 53 countries, the streaming service has more than 60 million songs and 250,000 high quality videos in its catalog along with original video series, podcasts, thousands of expertly curated playlists and artist discovery via TIDAL Rising. With the commitment of its owners to create a more sustainable model for the music industry, TIDAL is available in premium and HiFi tiers—which includes Master Quality Authenticated (MQA) recordings.

In the US, Sprint customers with the Unlimited Plus plan are able to access a “free-forever” TIDAL membership.  For more information, please visit

About Robert Nelsen

Robert Nelsen is a co-founder and a Managing Director of ARCH Venture Partners. He joined ARCH at its founding and played a significant role in the early sourcing, financing and development of more than 100 companies, including twenty-one which have reached valuations exceeding $1 billion. His seed and early-stage investments include Illumina (ILMN); Alnylam Pharmaceuticals (ALNY); Juno Therapeutics (JUNO); Unity Biotechnology (UBX); Hua Medicine (2552:HK); Sienna Biopharmaceuticals (SNNA); Vir Biotechnology; Agios Pharmaceuticals (AGIO); Sage Therapeutics (SAGE); GRAIL; Gossamer Bio (GOSS); Ikaria; Kythera Biopharmaceuticals (KYTH); Receptos (RCPT); Aviron (AVIR); Denali Therapeutics (DNLI); Rubius Therapeutics (RUBY); Syros Pharmaceuticals (SYRS); Sana Biotechnology; KSQ Therapeutics; Beam Therapeutics; NetBot; Bluebird Bio (BLUE); R2 Technology; XenoPort (XNPT); Fate Therapeutics (FATE); Caliper Life Sciences (CALP); Trubion Pharmaceuticals (TRBN); Adolor (ADLR); deCODE Genetics; Array BioPharma (ARRY); Editas (EDIT); IDUN Pharmaceuticals;; Hua Medicine; Fate Therapeutics (FATE); WuxiNextCODE; and Everyday Learning Corporation.

Mr. Nelsen is a director of Vir Bio, GRAIL, Sana Biotechnology, Beam Therapeutics, Unity Biotechnology, Denali Therapeutics, Arivale, and serves as Chairman of Hua Medicine, among others. He previously served as a Trustee of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Institute, the Institute for Systems Biology, and was a director of the National Venture Capital Association. Mr. Nelsen holds an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago and a B.S. from the University of Puget Sound with majors in Economics and Biology.

About Mark Lampert

Mr. Lampert is the founder and General Partner of BVF Partners L.P. (“BVF”), a San Francisco-based, private biotechnology investment firm established in 1993 that manages the Biotechnology Value Fund, L.P. and related entities. Mr. Lampert has been active in the biotechnology industry since 1984, having served on the boards of directors of numerous public and private companies. Prior to forming BVF, Mr. Lampert was a Vice President at the investment banking firm Oppenheimer & Co and the founder of Biotechnology Royalty Corp., aimed at pooling university biotechnology patent royalties. Mr. Lampert was previously employed by Cambridge NeuroScience, G.D. Searle & Co., and the Boston Consulting Group. He is a founding donor to the Lampert-Byrd Foundation and Born and raised in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Mr. Lampert holds an A.B. with honors in Chemistry from Harvard College and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.

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