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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

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DETROIT INVADES GUADELOUPE SUN Festival Sept 3rd thru the 5th

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How can you be a artist and don’t enjoy rocking the stage? How can you get a “BUZZ” without leaving your city?

A huge thank you is in order for Hale Management’s Chuck “Luck” Riley. Chuck was a important part of this Festival taking place and making sure the city of Detroit was represented properly. The three day festival includes Rap, Hip Hop, R&B, Pop, Reggae, Techno, Dance as well as food and art. Guadeloupe a French overseas region, is an island group in the southern Caribbean Sea.

Artist catching the flight to perform include The World famous DJ Maestro, World P, King Renigad, Jass Mack, J Murk, Willie Devon, Kyle Simpson, and Dj Drummer B.

keep up to date with the fest by following ig: @guadeloupe_sunfestival

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RAP ROYAL RUMBLE! A sit down with Josef Coney Island

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So we just Recently had the “RAP ROYAL RUMBLE” a Rhymin Round Robin? What is this exactly?

     It was a night featuring 4 rappers going song for song for 8 rounds (8 songs a piece)  while SNTNCK mixed the set!  We were set up in a ring and instead of each performer doing a straight set of material we all went back and forth Iike a round robin!
How did you come up with thisRobin!
I love the vibe from cyphers and wanted to bring that feel to a showcase.  This is a perfect way to keep the crowd engaged, give the DJ something more to do than just press play,, and keep the rappers on their toes and at their best by putting them right after eachother.
Is this going to become a regular event?
Every 3 months we will do a RAP ROYAL RUMBLE!  Trading cards included
What went into choosing the artist and producer that participated?
I wanted to bring different talented acts that are sonically diverse and have fan bases that don’t really cross eachother but would like everyone on the bill.  We pretty much decided to do the show about 2 weeks before the event. I wanted to book Isaac Castor at the spot and I ran into him and foulmouth at the 37th Shield Library in Eastern Market (shouts to Lord Dru and Dj Psycho), from there I wanted to get Crimson Alchemist on the ticket and had done a couple shows this year already with Dango Forlaine so reaching out to them was real easy… in fact Crimson Alchemist was also at the record store while we were there.  The whole thing was booked in under 30 mins…
The graphic aspect was dope, how did that all come about?
I sat with my designer Kyi from Kyiros Media and explained the vibe I was looking for sent a few reference pics and let them take It from there… we are currently working out the rules for the RAP ROYAL RUMBLE trading card game.
What can we expect in the future from the creatives that put all this together?
First Fridays at the Co.Lab will feature hip-hop shows- release partys, open mic game shows, and of course the RAP ROYAL RUMBLE.  Every third Thursday will be the Cypher. And we have tons of electronic and other music throughout the month as well.  The Co.lab is located at the  Russell industrial center in building 1 room 135.
I forgot to ask, was there a winner? Who won?
Detroit rap won this one. We all killed it. But to give you a real answer I think Crimson Alchemist  had the edge, I mean she came with a bushido blade, and was the last emcee to spit so by the rules of the royal rumble I’d have to give her the Dub...

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Straight from Italy: New Music Lil Mile hits us with “DENARO” produced by Helluva

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Detroit not only put the world on wheels we are also a huge foundation to black music. Most notably hip hop has put the the globe in a chokehold. Detroit artist are touring and making noise. One of the main reasons for this is Detroit producer Helluva. Dont get it twisted for one second the Detroit sound in rap music is not only being sought out nationwide but globally.  Read on as we check in with rap artist Lil Mile from Italy.

 

1. Whats the hip hop music scene like in Italy?
The Hip-hop music scene here in Italy is expanding and it’s pretty strong. Right now hip-hop is the most listened music genre here in Italy and everybody listen to american hip-hop and italian hip-hop.
2. Is Detroit music popular in your country with fans of Hip Hop?
It’s not as popular as it should be but a lot of people listen to Detroit artists like Big Sean, Tee Grizzley, 42 Dugg, Icewear Vezzo but my goal is to expand Detroit music over here with collabs and big projects.
3. How did you land a single with Helluva?
I always listen to songs that are produced by Helluva, but everything is started thanks to Dawgface Calderon. He is my main american contact and he linked me the legend Helluva. He liked my style so he is in my team too supporting me and believing in this project: to build an hip-hop “bridge” between U.S.A and Italy/Europe. The project is big and this single prod by Helluva is just the beginning.
4. Is there plans to do more work with Detroit?
Yessir! Everything has just begun. As soon as they will open the flights I will fly to Detroit to Dawgface and Helluva to make songs, big collaborations, interviews and to “build this bridge”. As I wrote to you we have big big projects on the way.
5. How do you plan to make an impact here in the US?
I played college basketball in U.S.A. for 4 years and I assimilated the real american hip-hop culture. I made real friendships, connections and contacts because of my hard work and dedication. With Dawgface and Helluva there is a brotherhood first, it’s not just a collab. We are a family, more than a team. I am the first italian with real connections built from respect, loyalty and brotherhood. I sing in english too, my accent is my particularity and I have a unique sound, melodic flow and powerfully honest lyrics. Positivity is my main message of my music, to unify everybody.
6. Who are some other US artists you would like to work with?
I would like to work with a lot of US artists because I respect them. Lil Durk is one of my favorite, I went to his live show back in 2017 in San Diego, I met him and he a real one. Big Sean, Fredo Bang, 42 Dugg, Tee Grizzley, Lil Baby, Rod Wave, Da Baby, Toosii, Roddy Ricch, Kodak Black and many others! in Detroit area too!

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