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March Madness Beat Battle 2018 Recap & Highlights!

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A new year, a new champ, a new story of stories to tell. Throughout the night 22 producers armed with two beats per round battled in a bracket style fight to the finish. Five rounds filled with comebacks, sudden death, & some extremely close calls proved for yet another exciting year of March Madness! This year’s championship belt was brought home by Blizzard after fierce battle including a rematch with the man with multiple lives Deejay Quality. The final four of this years beat battle was unique in a number of ways. You see back in round one 2017’s March Madness champion Chris Wellz surpassed DeeJay Quality, but with two comeback rounds in this years bracket judges gave Deejay Quality that second chance on both of those occasions. Coming back twice in the tournament allowed a back to back duel with this years grand champ Blizzard & the two time survivor DeeJay Quality. Where on one side of the final there was a rematch, the other side brought a clash of the familiar reigning champ Chris Wellz &a newer face Wodii Beats. Proving to be a formidable contender Wodii Beats carried on to ultimately face Blizzard after surviving a sudden death vs Chris Wellz. The final matchup left them choosing their final two selections in hopes of taking home the belt. In the end, crowd reaction & judges alike made way for 2018’s March Madness Champion. Congratulations to Blizzard! I’ll be catching up with Blizzard soon so you can learn more about this years champ with an upcoming dose of my new interview series “Seven Questions” only on DetroitRap.com.

You can see how the rounds leading up the final four played out to the left.
Above we have a video highlights reel courtesy of DJ Kode Red.

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TINY JAG DENIED PROMO FOR ANTI-PATRIARCY VIDEO

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TINY JAG DENIED PROMO FOR ANTI-PATRIARCY VIDEO
Detroit’s Tiny Jag is a rapper, singer/songwriter known for conveying relevant messages throughout her music. One of her most consistent; the empowerment of women. Recently, Tiny Jag released a vibrant visual to her single ‘Bizarre,’ challenging the traditional story of creation and Adam and Eve.
Tiny Jag on her intentions with the ‘Bizarre’ Music Video:
“We hear about Eve’s shortcomings at a very young age. Many of us are influenced by that to view women as inadequate before we can even understand what we’re digesting. I wanted to challenge that narrative and give its followers a bit of a hard time.”
Shortly after releasing the controversial video via YouTube, Tiny Jag and team began to push the visual for support and promotion. Among these attempts were numerous tries with Facebook (also owning/controlling Instagram). After every tweaked attempt fell short of approval, Tiny Jag realized the concept and message of her work may be what was truly denied.
Tiny Jag on being censored as a woman:
“So I knew we weren’t going to get support for the video if it had cursing or discriminatory lyrics, I avoided those things.  The track/visual do not discuss, promote, or demonstrate sexual acts, no nudity. I mean, it’s a bit out of the box but to censor me for anything short of those things seems discriminatory in itself. I can’t help but believe that it’s an attack against what it represents.”

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VStylez – “Jeet Kune Do” ft. Elzhi – Prod by: DJ Dez

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VStylez - "Jeet Kune Do" ft. Elzhi - Prod by: DJ Dez

Last years “Thornton Melon” is just days away from dropping on limited edition Vinyl sporting a revisited version of last year’s masterpiece. Just 100 copies of the Brown 12” vinyl’s with black heavy splatter will be available. Never to be repressed in this vinyl color. It’s all happening in just a couple days on June 24th 3 PM EST /9 PM CET  at Copenhagen Crates https://cphcrates.com/

If “Jeet Kune Do” is any inkling of what’s to come forth on this reimagined take repackaged in an exquisite format than hip hop fans are in for something outstanding. This particular lyrical exchange of two Detroit legends sparring words atop an in your face battle royale worthy production from Dj Dez. Vstylez projects the confidence he comments on this verse with flawless delivery and Elzhi slides in providing sword slicing word dicing fine example of Detroit hip-hop. It’s a different level with these two and not too many emcees got it like this. Get yourself that brand new vinyl this June 24th and don’t wait too long… I have a feeling 100 copies won’t last long for this one, I’ll know I’ll be ready to grab my copy that day.

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XrossRoads – “KROWN”

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XrossRoads - "KROWN"

As the upcoming digital ep from XrossRoadsRoad Less Traveled” approaches we’re given the first visuals from it with “KROWN“.  The collaborative works of Supa Emcee and Baby Paul waste no time in drawing you in with the creative visuals illustrating the ‘heir to the throne” slicing syllables across the beast of production that compliments Supa’s direct lyricism. From taking the throne, swords galore, and wearing the KROWN lyrically Supa Emcee also co-directed the video with Moe McCoy for FireProof/Provitan Films.

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