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D|REVIEWS – The Davis Way Brings A Collaborative Experience With “Eclipse”

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I was first introduced to The Davis Way’s production through the Michigan Beat Battle League and have been keeping an eye on his efforts ever since discovery. A few weeks back he delivered a collaboration of some of the finest lyrical talents & artists in a front to back album that shines light across a slew of dope artists combining forces over his precise production. There’s a lot being said here, from a large selection of voices – as usual, I give my track by track breakdown in D|REVIEWS: The Davis Way – “Eclipse“.

01. Eclipse (Intro) – Feat. Lady Davis : We enter the collaborative effort that is “Eclipse” with some words from Lady Davis as she introduces us.

02. Came Home To The Darkness – Feat. Amber Cimone: It grabs your attention instantly with the crow-like opening before Amber Cimone opens to “rip it” & left me with a great first impression. Being the opening track I was instantly brought in, the way the second verse builds over The Davis Way instrumentation instantly made this one stand out to me. She really did her thing on this one and I love it more and more with every listen.

03. Running On E – Feat. Moo Goo Gai Pan: Pure lyricism is on demonstration with this record that had me feeling like a mix between some Queensbridge repping Nas slash MF Doom type record.  Moo Goo Gai Pan articulates bars that if are what running on E means for the emcee than I’d hate to have to face off when he is on a full tank. It had a classic boom bap record that really came together & kept me excited for what’s in store on “Eclipse”.

04. Ain’t Sayin’ Nuthin’ – Feat. Horatio The Best Man: A social commentary in rap form on the state of rappers who “Ain’t Sayin’ Nuthin“. Horation The Best Man has me snickering to his hook as he pokes fun at the non-lyrical new gen rappers who lack any substance. I smile well I listen to this one.

05. Fraudulent – Feat. 3269 CHISE & Pierre Anthony: One thing is without a doubt on “Eclipse” so far, The Davis Way didn’t hold back any punches lacing the backgrounds to Detroit’s Finest. Two of my personal favorites collide in this beyond excellent hip-hop masterpiece. The way “All I Really Know” is sung and the back and forth lyrical throws between these talents it outstanding in its pure form. It’s been an incredible streak here at track five, however “Fraudulent” is my top cut so far!

06. Raw Talent – Feat. Mr. Furious: Speaking of talent Mr. Furious demonstrates his tremendous amount of it on “Raw Talent“. A title worthy of a general description of this entire batch of artists on “Eclipse” but here in the middle, we have met another gem amongst many. I love the scratching behind the transition between verses, the old school record vibe, & the way Mr. Furious attacks this vintage sounding production.

07. Evolution Of The Revolution – Feat. Josef Coney Island: A spectatorship on consumerism, following the masses, and general societal commentary from Josef Coney Island throws out a lot to take in. This blogger here doesn’t “hate the deep shit” & I found this enjoyable – it’s a quieter record sonically versus some of the harder hitting spots on “Eclipse” but it melds well here in the middle & offers an intricate dive into the “Evolution of the Revolution“.

08. Destiny – Feat. 01 AD & Coko Buttafli: “I leave you in awe01 AD states in his opening verse before Coko Buttafli drives home the chorus. I don’t know who was talking about O falling off but they clearly must not be listening to the same thing I am. This man here has got bars and a buttery flow to coincide that ties well with Coko’s vocal partnership in “Destiny“.

09. By Any Other Name – Feat. P Dot: From catching her perform well-helping closing out The Bullfrog late last year to taking in her cypher verse at the Underground Hip Hop Awards I’ve been impressed with everything P Dot has been putting out there. She is one lethal lyricist ready to have you screaming dot gang by the time track nine rolls thru. “By Any Other Name” is yet another standout on “Eclipse“.

10. Nothing Nice – Feat. Valid: Embracing one of the faster if not fastest flows on “Eclipse” we are delivered “Nothing Nice“. It’s a clean track sonically, & throughout my journies in Detroit hip-hop, I’ve enjoyed a bunch of records Valid has put out. Unfortunately, this was my least favorite cut on this compilation of sorts, I didn’t hate it or nothing but I just didn’t like it as much as previous efforts I’ve taken in from Valid. Something just was vibing for me personally on this one, that’s not to say someone else might absolutley love this one.

11. Fake Love – Feat. Pierre Anthony: The only artist besides The Davis Way himself that I believe makes an appearance more than once, we get a more intimate one on one offering of Pierre Anthony’s talents here. “Fake Love” blends his rapping plus singing abilities in the signature form we’ve come to expect from the world-class artist that is Pierre Anthony. “I see the hatred in your eyes…” in an ode to saying no to fake love sings Pierre stating he has “no room” for it. Fire!

12. The Life We Chose – Feat. Verdict & Kay Janey: “What we choose to experience in our lives we must first feel in our hearts as if it was already there” opens into this fantastic closing effort from Verdict & Kay Janey. “Heartbreak & memories done took soul..” and more Kay sings between two of my favorites verses across “Eclipse” amongst a sea of lyrical shining moments. What a lovely way to finish off this wonderful mesh of abilities.


In closing, “Eclipse” does what I’ve found to be quite often a rarity. The Davis Way has managed to curate a jam-packed offering of local talent across his beautiful sonic creations in a way few compilation style efforts are able to pull off. It was hard to find any weak spots here in what is overall an extremely cohesive thrust of lyrical, vocal, & instrumental creativity banded together via a collective of impactful voices each with their own messages to spread. It’s a great sampler of Detroit hip-hop in it’s purest forms. 8.5/10

Purchase/Stream: https://songwhip.com/album/the-davis-way/eclipse

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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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