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Behind the Scenes with “KILLZ” OPEN MIC Do’s & Dont’s

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There is a certain mystique that surrounds the concept of an open mic when it comes to HipHop, especially in the city of Detroit. Some of the feelings towards open mics are amazing and some are purely negative, and today I will tell you the reasons why each opinion exist.
A good open mic/showcase provides a few key things for an artist with one of the most important ones being consistency. The open mic should provide a dope stage, great sound, and a consistent event that is hand picked for talent each week from a list of acts who have taken the responsibility of of signing up. The promotion for the open mic should be heavy as the artist who wanna take the stage and the promoters should post the flyer for the event like they are all apart of it. A lot of people tell me this is crazy for the artist to have to promote along with the promoter when the only person who is getting paid is the promoter. This is an easy explanation. The promoter pays for the rental of the club, the dj, the flyer, and the security usually in the case of an open mic. This is where the $10 per head (usually the entry cost) fee comes into place. The artist receives promotion on the flyer, as well as the stage to promote themselves and hone in on their emcee skills. An artist should take these shows as opportunities to sell Merch and gain fans for the future and the bigger venues that are set to come.
A good open mic gives everyone one chance to shine, because you never know who is out there undiscovered and ready to set the word afire. Money cannot be the objection of the open mic. The focus has to be the music. That is where the one chance comes into play. No matter how lucrative it may be to place any and every rapper on the stage, you must choose the music as the ultimate reason why you say an acts name when calling them to your stage.
The open mic should take place in a bar that pays residuals for music being played in there. Artist who are registered (either with ASCAP or BMI) can report their show and receive income from the performance. That $10 investment can do a lot for an artist if they choose to take the business side serious. The artist should be in the building making new relationships with DJs, videographers, producers and AnRS, the expected atmosphere of a good open mic. If these things are not included in your idea of an open mic, then don’t support it. Rappers please stop performing at the strip club. People don’t like your song or they would pay you for your performance there. The only reason you are up on the stage is because you agreed to throw a certain amount of money for the rent time of that stage, just like a dancer. Trust me as I share this information as I managed a strip club for 7 years. Whenever there was an act that was hot, we paid them for their performance and every week we allowed tons of rappers who were trash to hit the stage because of the amount of money they were prepared to spend in the bar on bottles and girls. Believe this information or don’t, just know that I’m telling you all FACTS my baby NO CAP 🧢.
A good open mic should have a reputation that makes the top notch emcees and A list acts stop through to see what’s going on. This show should provide the vibe of the city. I ran a successful open mic from 2006-2015. Out those 10 years we had all of the hottest acts from the city and more show up. We provided Redman, Devin the Dude, DBCO, Icewear Vezzo, Kashdoll, and Many many more names.
The reach of a good open mic should be nationwide and able to gain an artist respect when they mention they perform there. My brother Supa Emcee represented my open mic night as he rocked in New York along with Talib Kwali and the legendary KRS-1. Several emcees like Nov-Ra and Dman the Champ also took the stage to rep our set with the good people at the easy speak weekly in NY.
Artist please respect the building when hitting an open mic and know that sometimes you may not hit the stage. When a legend comes thru, new comers need to understand that there are people who have 20 years in this game and are amazing at controlling the stage and performing. Don’t take it that you were cut and didn’t get to rock. Take it as you were able to see one of the best people rock that night and enjoy the music and make connections that night. Continue to patronize the event as in the years to come you will love when you receive that legendary treatment for you as well💯👌🏾💪🏾.
This is the guide to an open mic but it is a cheat book. If you follow these steps and remember to provide consistency, you will become a legend yourself amongst your peers and the respect that is provided from that open mic will last for years. Shouts to Lush Lounge (hosted by Kontact and Ike love), Monday nights at the bullfrog (Reddbone), 313wedz (Kkp) , 3dolla Thursday at Alvin’s (Iron fist records), No Bs at the Bullfrog (Kkp), Sunday nights at Status (Don P) and all the dope open mics over the years in Detroit. Know that the open mic is always needed , it just has to be done right. Thanks for the time and if you have something to comment hit me on Twitter and Instagram @iamkillz

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Icewear Vezzo. Up The Sco feat Lil Durk (Video)

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Icewear Vezzo. Up The Sco feat Lil Durk

A Detroit figurehead and a quintessential hustler, Icewear Vezzo brings a grizzled wisdom and a sharp wit every time he hops in the booth. Unconcerned with sportsmanship, Vezzo aims to dominate the opposition with Up The Sco,” his latest video single. Armed with a woozily swung beat from Detroit producer Rocaine–an instrumental for the sizable number of sippers in Vezzo’s fanbase–”Up The Sco” finds Vezzo delivering an effortlessly fly 16 and a raspy-voiced hook before handing the mic off to a hungry Lil Durk, who delivers the kind of vicious “no auto” missive that only he can provide. In the video, directed by Counterpoint 2.0, Vezzo and Durk deck themselves out in ice and mob with a sea of associates that rap along to their every word. “Up the Sco” is the latest in a run of street singles for the prolific rapper and entrepreneur, following last month’s “Different Bag” and recent collabs with Bankroll FreddieGT, and more.

Respected from The A to The Bay and everywhere in between, Icewear Vezzo helped build the Detroit rap scene into the flourishing behemoth it is today.  Since releasing his first mixtape The Clarity in 2013, Vezzo built a large and loyal fanbase in The Mitten and beyond, feeding the streets and his 131k YouTube subscribers with high-quality releases and representing for Detroit on tracks by Big SeanG HerboDrakeo The RulerDJ MustardZaytoven, and many others. The 31-year-old artist frequently collaborates with other major figures in the Detroit scene–in just the past two years, Vezzo made waves with songs like Meg Thee Stallion” ft. Babyface Ray, GT & Veeze (7.8 million YouTube views. named one of the Best Songs of 2020 by Passion Of The Weiss), The Sit-Down” ft. Babyface Ray (6.2 million views), and Dog Action” ft. Rio Da Yung OG (10 million YouTube views).

In addition to his heavy stature in the rap game, Vezzo makes moves as an entrepreneur in multiple industries. He’s the owner of his own label Iced Up Records, recently launched the Iced Up Films, a production company whose first film Price Of Love (starring Vezzo himself) is available for rent on Amazon, and is the CEO of his own clothing company Drank God Clothing. Though he’s a self-made man, Vezzo never forgets to give back–his company Iced Up Realty focuses on providing affordable housing in the Detroit community in which he was raised, and he teamed up with his mom to start The Detroit Rappers Organization, which is heavily involved in seasonal giveaways and field trips for Detroit’s youth.

Currently preparing his upcoming Rich Off Pints EP and a highly-anticipated album in partnership with Active Mindz Music Group, Vezzo is locked-in, making some of the best music thus far in his career and attracting A-List collaborators who respect his hustle. Keep your eyes peeled for more from Vezzo very soon.

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Willy J Peso feat Neisha Neshae “12 Plants” (Music Video)

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Cant wait much longer for this new “Willy J Peso” project! Planet Peso. Got to send shout outs to the people over at Hot 107.5 our man DJ Gifted is keeping Detroit music in rotation. Big ups to Dr. Darius over at WJLB for playing that joint 12 Plants by Willy J Peso feat RnB Trap Queen Neisha Neshae. Check the visual to this hot joint!

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Scolla – #ThirdEyeWide EP Produced by iRockSays

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The Detroit frontmen of VibeHausScolla and iRocksays are back to end the first quarter of 2021 with the release of an incredibly succinct and soulful body of work entitled “ThirdEyeWide”

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Half-rapper, half-singer, but all talent. Detroit, Michigan native, “Scolla” blends an introspective lyrical style with infectious melody. Scolla’s pen is well-respected amongst his peers, having released multiple projects and collaborating with artists such as Nipsey Hussle, Freeway, Travis Scott and Mac Miller, before taking a hiatus from rap. Scolla now returns with his new EP entitled “ThirdEyeWide” produced in its entirety by multi-platinum producer “iRockSays.”  Scolla is also currently working on multiple projects to be released later this year.

Message from Scolla:

I’ve been living with quite a lot on my spirit. 2020/Quarantine was a powerful period of self-work and realignment for me. I’ve been documenting this journey along the way and I felt at this point that I was ready to begin sharing these discoveries with you. It starts with this offering. #ThirdEyeWide

is a 3-Track ep I recorded in my home studio, produced entirely by my brother iRocksays and it serves as page one of this next chapter. The number 3 is the trinity, the sign of light workers and those involved in spiritual development. Over the past 4 months I’ve continued to see the number series “313” which is not only Detroit’s area code but an angel number which aligns with so many current things in my life. All of this played a large role when it came to creating the project and especially when I partnered with my brother Rich Hustle to create the cover art. This artwork represents the divine feminine, our highest selves. I pray this brief body of work resonates with you. #Tribe

With Love,

OG

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