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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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Steffanie Christi’an – “It’s Complicated”

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For now, hear it for yourself & enjoy the sounds of Detroit's talent rocker from EVRY MUSIC's Steffanie Christi'an.

It’s here! The much-anticipated album from Steffanie Christi’an has arrived! Preview the whole album above & keep tuned to DetroitRap.com because I will have an entire breakdown of my thoughts after a thorough listen. For now, hear it for yourself & enjoy the sounds of Detroit’s talent rocker from EVRY MUSIC’s Steffanie Christi’an.

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Mark Cooper aka Player 1 in “THE ALLSPARK”.

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There is commentary from the album's host throughout as we hear the analyzation's of Player 1's own life & lessons.

The nerdcore specialist is back at it again! Player 1 Mister Mark Cooper brings us along for a hip-hop infused audible video game in his incredible follow up to last year’s stellar “I Am Player One“.  Incredible indeed! Well traveling through the game Player 1 gets “super lost” on his way to discovering “THE ALLSPARK“. Aided by Optimus Prime & fused with the lyrical creativity of Mark Cooper’s storytelling & production the produces quite the gem. Crown Royal, Magic ft. Key Jay, & Frame Data were some of the early standouts in the first half of “Allspark“. “Frame Data” was like an in your face retro arcade game beat of gold before sliding into the more mellow “Stormtroopers”.

There is commentary from the album’s host throughout as we hear the analyzation’s of Player 1’s own life & lessons.  As we traverse deeper through the game alongside his daunting task to capture the Allspark & return home we are doused with different sounds that scream depth, tying together all the elements & executed precisely in the theme provided.

Super Saiyan” felt like theme music to the ’80s & was a favorite, when we get verses they fit & and truly help build the songs. This album does justice the mashing of different elements outside the verses themselves to provide a cinematic feel that carries a wide range & packs a punch for the listener.

The remainder of the album finishes out just as strong as it’s beginning & middle, I don’t want to spoil the story so you’ll have to listen for yourself to find out if Player 1 ever found his way & got home.  One thing is ensured if you do decide to play the game, it’s one you might just have to play over & over after the first playthrough in this excellent offering from Titan Records Mark Cooper.

Stream/Purchase: https://songwhip.com/song/mark-cooper/the-allspark

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Filthy Rockwell presents “FILTHY AMERICA”

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https://theelectrifiyinfilthyrockwell.bandcamp.com/album/filthy-america

Depending what time of year it is, unfortunately things fall thru the cracks when the staff here is getting things in order for the Underground Hip Hop Awards. This project is definitely one of those. Filthy is a Grammy Nominated, Gold, Platinum, and Double Platinum producer, songwriter, arranger, composer, music executive, A&R, and entrepreneur based in Detroit Michigan. Having worked with the great of old and new Filthy has a wide history of music to pull from.  Stepping from behind the scenes he creates a musical sign of the times with “Filthy America”

There is only one vocal performance on this project via the song Behold a Pale Horse which Underground Hip Hop Awards nominee for best artist delivers a lyrical onsluaght from start to finish, no breaks needed.

With that said this project is mostly a instrumental album with sound bites scattered thru out  album. Starting off with the Inauguration its fitting to hear the voice of the late Coleman Young making his vision clear for the city of Detroit. We the people which is the song featured in the visual in this post feels like a soulful time warp. Sit back and enjoy the ride. We will leave it to you to discover the rest.

Every soundbite, every vocal snippet was strategically chosen and meticulously placed on the track(s) in a way to craft a narrative, maximize effect and evoke thought/emotional provocation.

You wont be disappointed

 

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