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In a day that was packed full of releases for Detroit hip hop & beyond – without a doubt one release has garnered the majority of the spotlight. A front to back adventure through the lyrical tendencies of Royce Da 5’9″ Book Of Ryan is a deeply personal journey that gives you a glimpse into the life of Ryan Montgomery. A developed, well oiled machine that packs a career into twenty one tracks full of bars, lyrical life flashbacks, & seamless delivery. Book Of Ryan is a defining album full of immense feeling that helps you visualize the stories it tells. Songs like Cocaine, Power, & Amazing are prime examples of Royce diving deep into his personal life with raw & vivid imagery crafted into articulated stories. It doesn’t stop with those three songs either, the whole album carries along fragments & glances into his life. Even when he isn’t the one tangling words together effortlessly others have tagged along to shine as lyrical or singing companion. A feature list containing Eminem, J Cole, Melanie Rutherford, Ashley Sorrel, King Green, Pusha T & Logic amongst others lend some of the best collaborations of the year & help meld Book Of Ryan rather than drag it down. I’m about five listens in at the time of finishing this brief synapse of what I might end up the calling album of the year but I can’t stop listening. Now the year is early & in respect of all other artists we do still have seven months to go. Regardless of what else drops this year though Royce Da 5’9″ has certainly cemented a solid contender in his latest full length effort. Best of all this man happens to be from one of the greatest rap cities in the world – Detroit! Listen, stream, buy, share, but most of all enjoy. – COMMi$$ION

Also available on iTunes/Apple Music: https://geo.itunes.apple.com/us/album/book-of-ryan-bonus-track-edition/1360464920?mt=1&app=music

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Valid – “Mihajlo” + Release Party on May 11th at Underground @ DIME

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Valid - "Mihajlo" + Release Party on May 11th at Underground @ DIME

This Saturday at Underground @ DIME join Valid for the release party behind what I can honestly say is one of my favorite full-lengths to drop in 2019. I’ve had a bit of time to soak in all that is “Mihajlo” and although I want to spend a little more time before dropping my formal review I can definitely say off early impressions that it’s quite a fantastic project.  The eleven songs that grace “Mihajlo” take you on a personal journey in getting to know Valid on a deeper level in a powerful and cohesive way.  The minimal features fit in perfectly such as Elzhi, Mahogany Jones, DJ Los, & Aaron Taylor among others providing their talents in an effective way. I’ll have my full review of the project here in the next couple weeks but besides that this Saturday, you can take in “Mihajlo” live as you celebrate alongside Valid himself plus star-studded performances via Clear Soul Forces, Supa Emcee, & A Minus. Preview the album above & come out this Saturday, May 11th at 9 PM for “The Mihajlo Album Release Party” at 1265 Griswold, Detroit, MI. $10 ENTRY.

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WateRR x Ty Farris – Bulls Vs. Pistons

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What’s better than a good old rivalry between two NBA teams in the prime era? Imagine Jordan VS Thomas in rap form, the Bad Boys against the ’90s dynasty that was the BULLS. Well, imagine no longer as the tale of two cities tells itself via two lyrical monsters going back and forth over ten banging records. Make that twelve if you’re copping the physicals – a purchase well spent if you ask me. Yes, Detroit’s own top-notch lyricist TY FARRIS represents the home team, our very own Detroit Pistons as he goes head to head with Chicago emcee WATERR representing the Chicago Bulls. Preview the fire below & take in an old fashioned rivalry with a modern twist for we may not be seeing these two teams in the playoffs with the current state of the NBA but we surely can enjoy these two emcees in champions form on “Bulls VS Pistons“.

PURCHASE HERE: https://bullsvspistons.bandcamp.com/

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Nolan The Ninja – “Oranges” + “Sportee”

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Nolan The Ninja - "Oranges" + "Sportee"

Word master Nolan The Ninja is back showing once again that he can “really” I mean “really, really” rap.  The Detroit area lyrical devastator packs a brand new collection of his hip-hop imagination sourced into twenty plus ear enticing cuts that have him channeling old school Busta Rhymes in the visually aided “Oranges” above and partnering up with the likes of Chuck Inglish, A-Minus, and T3 of Slum Village for starters. Take in the creative visuals well finding the project in its entirety via the link below.

Purchase/Stream “Sportee” Here: http://smarturl.it/SPORTEE

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