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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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“King Father” New album from Fatt Father

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Fueled By Life/ Middle Finger Music  presents ‘King Father’, the highly anticipated
fourth studio album by Detroit veteran emcee, Fatt Father. ‘King
Father’ takes listeners on a personal journey through life. Fatt
Father searched as far as Windhoek, Namibia to make sure that the
production on this album was undeniable. There, he found the
soulful sounds of Namibian based producer, Becoming Phill. Marv
Won, Blizzard, Trox, Foul Mouth, Jeremy Ford, and Scud One, also
contributed powerful production to ‘King Father’ as well.
The 12-track album showcases Fatt Father’s growth as a
lyricist, conversationalist and as a father. With features that include
Melanie Rutherford, Finale, Quelle Chris, Fatt Father’s 11 year old
son, DJ Oreeyo, and more. ‘King Father’ is well balanced on every
level. Whether in the car, gym, or living room, this album is the
perfect soundtrack. After many projects and years as an emcee, Fatt
Father continues his dominant reign as King Father.

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Bully Hendrix: “It’s Not You It’s Me”

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Straight out of Inkster Michigan, the Detroit metropolitan area is full of talent. After taking some time from music, “Its not for you its for me” is the follow up from his last release in 2017. Bully said this project is a little more personal. “I’ve had a lot of changes throughout the years, I lost every file to this project and luckily I was able to retrieve them. And after ALL of that I was still in love with the material as if I had heard it that day. I know this means nothing because we should love our art, but the connection for me to this body of work was different”.

Check it out and see what popping out of Ink Town

 

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Check out Spanglish Emcee “Yung Profhet” from Southwest Detroit

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Spanglish emcee Yung Profhet started rapping in 2011 and founded his record label Da Basement Records later changed to DBR Entertainment LLC. He released an EP called “Music is My Life” in 2012 and in 2013 released a mixtape called “Pa Mi Raza” with King Quota. In 2019 he released his first official album “Vida Rapero”. He has opened for MC Magic, lil Rob, Conejo, Capone, Jae-p, Kinto Sol, Ms Krazie, Doll-e Girl, Juan Gotti, Akwid, Amanda Perez, Someone SM1, & Lil Wyte.

This album was recorded in 2019 at Sound smith studios. It was mixed and mastered by Tony Rizzo (Won a co-Grammy for Producing the clark sisters). The Album was produced by mostly Detroit producers and a Mexican producer by the name of Elder El Futuristico. His album consist of Spanglish rhymes and heavy bass beats. Some of the highlights of the album were having worked with Conejo, Capone, Jae-p in the same studio. The features choosen for the album Yung Profhet says were not for clout, he chose these artist that influenced his rap career and that he loved listening too growing up.
– Features: Conejo, Capone, Jae-p, Rasheed (Dope House Records), Duende, Doll-e Girl, Leazzy, DJ Los (Toured with Royce the 5’9 & Eminem), King Quota.

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