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Its always a given that those who create music, often reflect their creations. That songwriters be as deep and introspective as their songs dictate. NAPPI DEVI, a rapper/ singer/ songwriter from Detroit, who delivers melancholic and introspectiveness as a vocalist and songwriter, as much as he delivers rawness with a rapid fire delivery as a rapper.. He has stories to tell, as we all do. His are more entertaining yes, but he clearly wears his past pain and hopes for the sustaining of a brighter, stable and fruitful life. He is not afraid to put in the work, and is proud of his work and, to share his triumphs

NAPPI DEVI, is a creative. a born creative Virgo who has been into music since his youner days as a High Schooler . Its a safe haven of expression. His style is a blend of natural melodic vocalese. Its street but more poetic and descriptive . He flows between singing his verses and rapping in an effortless emotional flow that gets his message out and makes it easily, and enjoyably digestable. Much like vocalists SiR, Pink Sweat$, and his favorites Brent Faiyaz and Brother Kamau. He makes the kind of music that has a strong message of self reliance and resilience.
2020 as it began, Devearie Williams aka Nappi Devi, saw him Make moves early. An opening slot for Grammy Nominated RocNation emcee , Rapsody that set the tone and heightened expectations. Then COVID hit. But instead of wallowing and following, the Detroit emcee got more into his craft. “Hiphop is changing, but not necessarily in a bad way. The new styles make room for new artists.” says the doule threat Rapper & Vocalist who is adapt at both skills equally. Its his emotional approach to both that give you the best insight into what makes him tick. ” I like where it’s headed, especially knowing I’m not too far off from getting that ticket in. So it’s a vibe to my ears. (some songs & artists). Detroit is home, I feel like a lot of Industry people got their eyes on the city. Its only a matter of time before things really start poppin off.” Introspection is a Big part of not just his music, but who he is and strives to be as a person. He learned this at a young age to be resilient in his own self reliance. He also wants to be known as an artist, who took his career as serious as as his own life.. “I want to be respected as a artist & listed as one of the greats someday. That cool hipster kid who did his best & succeeded. Never gave up even when things were at its worst. Still overcame & rises, victorious.”
Its this focus that took him into and thru 2020 on a mission.. This year alone he has dropped two eps The 8 song Hip Hop Hipster Heavy “7.11” in April. Featruing the single “Muffin” which earned him write ups in National Blogs HypeOffLife.com and Singersroom.com.. which stated: “Devi may be one of the top stars in the musical genre without even knowing it. This cutting-edge, innovative ballad will continue to resonate with fans across a myriad of generations — old and young.” A Great distinction to be recognized and revered in such a way. But as the year 3030 raged on, DEVI got moved to action thru inspiration, and began crafting the 3 song “Mini” EP “NAPPIII” which he dropped in July. These songs served to give him release and relief as we went thru possibly , the worst year on record, for us all. But He decided, to take his personal observations, and create not just music but to up his visual presence as well. With Video treatments of the Lone Banger “Note to Self” and the Jazzy Smooth “5 on 2”, whos video has gained the most numbers of any of his prior videos and in one months time. He in turn has been energized to want more and to do more. He quickly retuned to the studio to create what I think will be a serious game changer, in audio form and visual.. the song called “Namaste”. Namaste, is defines or described as sometimes spoken as namaskar and namaskaram, is a customary, non-contact form of Hindu greeting. In the contemporary era, it is found on the Indian subcontinent, Southeast Asia and among the Indian diaspora worldwide. The gesture is widely used in the parts of Southeast Asia where Indian religions are strong.  As the the title of his latest new song and video, is mainly about growth. “It’s about all the stress & anxiety I overcame to get where I am today. But the title is a sign of peace & tranquility. Basically trying to forget those dark moments to move into a brighter future.” says the Artist who draws comparisons and inspirations from a multitude of artists like Brent Faiyaz, Michael Jackson, Eminem, Andre 3000, Kendrick, Pierce the Veil, Erykah Badu, and Isaiah Rashad. He is riding a wave making it all count. “This has been a great and productive year . I have been focused …. And came a long way. I feel like I have a new musical direction .. I quit my job for this.” says Devi who is making noise in Detroit and giving people what they want.
A tireless and strong performer who gives an invigorating and human, stage show. Often interacting with the audience as if its a full blown conversation. He would make a great host, as his engagement is what draws in the audience, and his music moves them. He recently performed with a live band for his set for the Annual “Arts, Beats & Eats” Festival. Which due to Covid 19, was held virtually. Devi had a chance to flex his vocals organically and enjoyed every minute of it as did his supporters who gave him a steady audience and has returned for replays of the performance. “Nappi Devi now is a force to be reckoned with. Musically I’ve been hella productive, steady working hard to get ahead. I’m in a more comfortable position as an artist, even in my personal life! “Namaste”, is mainly about my growth. Its about all the stress & anxiety I over came to get where I am today. But the title is a sign of peace & tranquility. Basically trying to forget those dark moments to move into a brighter future. Says the detroit artist who cites one day working with fellow Detroit artist , Sada Baby.. “I like what Sada Baby is doing, I’d love to work with him, even if it was of his style. he says.. Always faithful to the “D”. Nappi Devi will no question hold Detroit down no matter how High he gets. No More Sorrows or Regrets. .

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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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