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Enter Portraits, A Definitive Album From Chris Orrick.

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Chris Orrick isn’t afraid to tell you everything he hates, yet the opening verse of Portraits paints an artist who seems to be questioning his position in this world of creators he enters. Not for this era he laments before going on his hate rant & I’d venture to go to bat with that argument in an industry consumed by simple melodies plus a lack of lyrical depth. I would also dare to say I don’t buy that – this year has been a treat for hip hop listeners & Portraits provides a competitive slice of lyricist pie. In fact as I listened to Chris Orrick’s advice & let the music play on I knew this ex-factory worker from Michigan whose been at the lyrical helm for the last half-decade was delivering a definitive album. Formally RED PILL, Chris ditches his old entity & delivers an honest, real life rap, & social commentary infused lyrical portrait of who he is as an artist. Piano pattered productions from a powerful team of producers including Nolan the Ninja, L’Orange, Exile, Apollo Brown, and Onra blend effortlessly into each other & demonstrate the perfect backdrop for Portraits. The element of consistency record to record is one of my largest compliments for PortraitsChris Orrick has seemingly mastered the art of having a sound that defines him. He successfully delivers an album that plays like one enormously long song even on shuffle yet in a rare way each song still carries it weight solo. The first three entree’s of Portraits provide a powerful opening punch & as you move forward it just builds & builds. Fashawn & Verbal Kent arrive as the only two guest appearances both to shine with fantastic verses. All in all Portraits is well worth the listen, & damn near one of the best projects I’ve heard this year.( Surely in my top ten.) If I were to pick three standouts “Design Flaw“, “Bottom Feeders feat. Fashawn“, & “Mom” would top my list with extra props to Nolan The Ninja on “Mom” for having supplied easily one of my favorite instrumentals of the year. Preview “Portraits” below and remember if your down with the sounds to share, stream, or buy the album today to help show your support for one of Mello Music Group’s finest artists & latest offerings. – COMMi$$ION
TRACKLISTING:
  1. Self-Portrait (prod. Nolan The Ninja)
  2. Stories (prod. Bruce Wain)
  3. Design Flaw (prod. L’Orange)
  4. The Rubric (feat. Verbal Kent / prod. Calvin Valentine)
  5. Lazy Buddies (prod. Apollo Brown)
  6. Escape Plan (prod. Samarei)
  7. Anywhere Instead (prod. L’Orange)
  8. Bottom Feeders (feat. Fashawn / prod. Exile)
  9. Barfly (prod. Onra)
  10. Jealous of the Sun (prod. Onra)
  11. Mom (prod. Nolan The Ninja)
  12. What Happens Next (prod. Nolan The Ninja)

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Must Cop: Marv Won “UNTIL”

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Eminem – “Music To Be Murdered By” + “Darkness” Video

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Eminem - "Music To Be Murdered By" + "Darkness" Video

This morning the internet woke up in a frenzy to an Alfred Hitchcock inspired album of mass proportions. “Music To Be Murdered By” came out of nowhere when the clock strucketh’ twelve and Eminem was driving social media into a buzz of debate, discussions, praise, & well a large range of emotions. To myself... I don’t understand how anyone can truly process an album in it’s entirety in the span of just one day or less. Especially with 20 songs totaling an hour and five minutes. I’ll tell you this though, DETROIT is on  fire this year in terms of the artistry unleashing at the dawn of this new decade, and it only feels right for Eminem to be a part of that conversation. I mean Royce da 5’9″, Black Thought, Q-Tip and himself on one record, come on. What are you waiting for, press play on your favorite streaming service or purchasing preference & keep safe well you dive into “Music To Be Murdered By“. Take in the music video for “Darkness” above as well!

 

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REVIEW: COMMiSSiON- GROWiNG UP

The editor finally tells his own story.

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Modern independent musicians wear many hats, from guiding the production of the music they love, directing merch and marketing, and working the mechanics necessary to get their music heard. Likewise, content creators have to stay on their toes to contribute consistently; staying in touch with the game and building relationships with everyone in and out of the machine is essential.

Joe Commisso, aka COMMiSSiON, also serves as the editor and webmaster of DetroitRap.com, creating content that supports and reviews Detroit music. He also supports Detroit acts directly at shows and events, and has been actively performing and preparing his own contribution to the discussion about Detroit hip-hop.

As the new decade opened, Commission released “GROWiNG UP” across platforms and chose to weave a narrative about his past as his first full project.With appearances from VStylez, Kid Vishis, Jonnie Morris, Sin Crawford, and Redman, there is an edge to GROWiNG UP that reflects the struggles that COMMiSSiON encountered growing up on Carlisle Street in Detroit. JRGotTheHits, who helmed the majority of the production on the album, provided him with a synth-heavy soundscape that is sparse enough to allow Joe to do his thing while incorporating a good live feel that should translate well in Joe’s performances.

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Standout tracks include “Tell Em,” “Too Much,” and “Flagrant,” where Pontiac’s Sin Crawford drops a notable verse. COMMiSSiON does a great job of maintaining a subtext of growth throughout the tape, and the album climaxes with “Rapper Dad,” where Joe balances music with maintaining his connection with his family.

Overall, GROWiNG UP is a solid project. Making a thematic album for a debut is challenging, as streaming playlists don’t always allow today’s listeners an opportunity to hear records in context. Nevertheless, the songs can stand on their own, and it will be interesting to see how COMMiSSiON and JRGotTheHits continue to build chemistry. As we look forward to future projects (and content) by COMMiSSiON, we can bet that his music will stay true to what those of us who are music multitaskers already know — having balance is the most important thing.

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