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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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Dillatroit Day 1 2021

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The global celebration of music icon James ‘J Dilla’ Yancey continues this February with Dillatroit 2021, the 6th annual Detroit Hip Hop celebration of J Dilla’s life and legacy, presented virtually by The James Dewitt Yancey Foundation, Crazy Noise Productions, SPIN INC, and The Moorish Mudd Show. Hosted by Mudd of 5 ELA, the live stream event features exclusive music videos, live concert footage, dance performances, production workshops, and interviews with Detroit artists and community members.

Dillatroit 2021 debuts Friday, February 19 at 3:13pm, with continuing episodes on Saturday and Sunday also at 3:13pm. Tickets are $19.99.

Dillatroit 2021 is a fundraiser for the James Dewitt Yancey Foundation, the official charitable organization endorsed by Maureen “Ma Dukes” Yancey, the mother of J Dilla, and is coordinated DJ Butter of Crazy Noise Productions. The video production is a debut presentation of The Moorish Mudd Show, a show will explore Detroit culture and community development through the lens of Hip Hop with host Mudd, whose group 5 ELA (5 Elementz) included rap legend Proof and featured production by J Dilla.

Since 2017, SPIN INC has participated in the J Dilla Youth Day events coinciding with the annual Dillatroit concert festivities, providing valuable equipment and DJ workshops for aspiring musicians in the community. This year’s workshops are presented virtually, featuring dynamic mini-workshops from presenters with Ableton, Sweetwater Sound and Roland Corp. Detroit producer Merch Music will give a special Dilla tribute tutorial, plus an exclusive interview with one of J Dilla’s music mentors, P-Funk legend Amp Fiddler.

Exclusive footage for Dillatroit includes a rare interview with Maureen Yancey, a DJ set with DJ Dez Andres, performances by Jessica Care Moore, Phat Kat, Finale, D’etnam, Drew Green, and Dogmatic, interviews with T3 of Slum Village and FORCE Detroit, plus two original dance videos by Body Shop Xperts, choreographed by Damn Della.

 

https://hopin.com/events/dillatroit-2021

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Bruiser Brigade’s Fat Ray Drops “Santa Barbara” Album

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Detroit’s Bruiser Brigade Is Back Once Again Dropping More Heat! This Time Around It’s The new album “Santa Barbara” From Detroit Legend Fat Ray! The Album Features Bruiser Wolf And Danny Brown, Also Features Production From Raphy, Crisfantom & Black Milk. Go Purchase The New Album & Support Dope Music!

 

Click Here To Purchase “Santa Barbara” By Fat Ray

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“PONTIAC” the hidden GEM. Over 30 artist featured!

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Detroit is what most people know when you say Michigan, but its not the sole spot that the hip hop culture comes from. Although it has its heavy influence on the cities around it like Inkster, Pontiac, Ypsilanti, and a little further out to cities like Grand Rapids, Lansing, Flint and Saginaw Michigan is like a “TASTE FEST”  for music.

Today we will put a spotlight on PONTIAC. Now what’s interesting about this story is it all came about because of a video reel put together by a videographer from another state. In the hip hop game everyone is a self proclaimed super star. That’s ok because if you don’t believe in yourself who will? But with all the self hype i tend to pay attention when fans speak on things they have no affiliation with. In my opinion that’s when your really buzzing, when random people speak on you.

Enter Shades Vision Tv.  I had to know how all this came together so i asked him a couple questions.

  So how does a videographer from North Carolina end up putting together a reel on Pontiac artists?

I Actually Did a Flint Michigan List where I Featured Dro Skino & He Later Let Me Know That he was Actually from Pontiac,

So I Asked him if he would like to see one for Pontiac & he sent me the artists for the first list, And because of that I ended up getting to know more Pontiac artists & couple lists later we are where we are now, it’s still more awesome artists that aren’t on the current list but they will be recognized Very Soon.

  Have you done this kind of feature work before for other cities?

Yes My Very First City is my Home Town Lima Ohio, So Far I’ve done about 20 Cities From states like  Ohio, Michigan, North Carolina, Oregon, Louisiana, New York & Wisconsin. 

What are your thoughts on the indie music underground scene nationwide. What are some similarities and what are some differences?

Well I Find that I Like The Underground Rap Scene Much Better than Mainstream, 

I think the style From The Midwest Are Soo Much Different then The Deep South.

Every city Has It’s Sound that people generally cling too. New York has that UK Trap Sound they Brought Out With Artists Like POP Smoke Making Noise Shortly before his passing, then Detroit, Flint, Pontiac Just has that unique sound that surrounding States Like Ohio Illinois try to Imitate because it’s become so Popular. But if I were to say one thing about Pontiac it’s The “ variety” 

For Example 

You got Mark Fay GHG & Sxam Man with the  Melodic Sound

You Got BH True, K Scheming, YakGod Drizz with the story Telling Knowledge Music.

You Got Dro Skino, Mari Red, Tay Stacks with that Detroit Flint Sound.

You Got T. Krueger, Mohawk Roc, Dee Bee with that music that make you Wanna Rob Somebody lol

I could go on Naming Names cause I really am Legitimately a Fan of Pontiacs Talent & I Think They Deserve to Be Mentioned when people think of the Michigan Rap Scene

  What are some of your personal goals over the next 3 years?

I Would Like To Get Most of the City lists done in All 50 States by that time, I know that’s a Long Haul but that’s my Goal, To Connect All Underground Artists too each Other in Hopes To Create a easier Networking System.

After chatting with him i found that his back story is the same as most inner city youth. Losing homies to the streets growing up and being the odd man out as a white kid in what’s considered to be black culture hip hop gave him a sense of peace in a ruff life growing up in Lima Ohio. Shout out to Shades Vision for spotlighting some of the mittens that may not be on most peoples radar. And also big up’s to Dro Skino. Without him sharing names this may not have ever became a reality.

So what we have here is a collection of videos from the city of Pontiac. If you want to dive deeper Shades made it simple to do so making sure all of the names are mentioned in their clips. I was familiar with a handful of the artist featured, but there was quite a bit I’ve never heard of. I cant say I’m surprised as the city of Pontiac always had some talented artist, producers, and musicians in the city.

I invite you to get familiar with some hot music!

*side note- the first video has no audio due legal issues

Artist featured

Pontiacmade ddg

Mark Fay

Dro skino

Dee bee

G stacks

Mari red

D law

Tay stacks

Bh true

Baby nellz

Ro Blakk

King skoonk

T.Krueger

Zaydo

Sxam man

K Scheming

Tone Gotti

WTG DEE

Yung Jefe

Pink Polo Jay

Flocko

Money Mays

Grind hard Gang

Drill Gang

Chedda Sleaze

Aye Aye Hen

Cal Commas

Kid Swoop

Mac

Klew

Mani Eli

Wayne Jay

The Squids

YakGodDrizz

TNL Sosa

Blue Strip Young

BagLifeBoyEj

OTW Jones

OfficialLilK

Pontiac Nutt

Thuggan

 

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