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Seven Questions With Blizzard

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Every year DetroitRap.com helps throw the largest beat battle of the year in the city & 2018 proved no different. As March Madness consumes us – a bracket of producers prepare themselves for the stage in hopes of taking home the championship belt! On March 31rst, 2018 that producer was Detroit native Blizzard. I had the the chance to discover more about this years champion & so of coarse I asked him 7 QUESTIONS to figure out about the man, the myth, the beat battling legend BLIZZARD!

Seven Questions w/ Blizzard

COMMi$$ION: First off congratulations on winning the 2018 March Madness Beat Battle championship belt! What was going through your head after you took home the top prize that night?
BLIZZARD: First, thanks for having me and my fellow competitors made me work for it that night, man! Lol but the main thing that went through my head was it was about time i finally won a march madness belt.
COMMi$$ION: When it comes to preparation for a beat battle what sort of things are you taking into consideration before compiling a list of beats to compete with?
BLIZZARD: The main thing that I take into consideration for battling is the crowd and how can I use my tracks to interact with the crowd Next is usually if i am going to use a clever phrase or something in a track Ive learned that its those little things that keep the music exiting and if the crowd gets a laugh thats always a bonus Afterwards its how my mixes are and then pray lol
COMMi$$ION: For those who haven’t been blessed with the sounds of Blizzard before, can you tell us a little about yourself – when did you get your start in the scene & why beat making?
BLIZZARD: I’m just your friendly neighborhood blizzard I’ve been battling since i was about 18 and going strong I got into my first battle at the bullfrog against one of my mentors x the detective I got started beat making at 13 my dad got me a pro tools bundle and FL studio And being a 13 year old with no money i made my own beats lol but from there it grew as I learned more about the process and then I learned sampling and here I am now.
COMMi$$ION: Growing up who were some of your largest musical influences & when it comes to your own music is their one in particular you feel you’ve drawn the most inspiration from?
BLIZZARD: Growing up my musical inspirations were dre and swizz beatz but since ive been at it now I am hugely inspired by Araabmuzik and Apollo Brown those two guys came from the battle scene and are have made tons of dope records
COMMi$$ION: What’s your favorite piece of equipment you’ve owned or used in the production process?
BLIZZARD: I have not owned any hardware personally but I would have to say an mpc Ive used them off and on never got good at it but its fun to mess around on the pads and have fun chopping samples on those
COMMi$$ION: As I was watching you take on producer after producer during the battle, I noticed you reference DragonBall Z. How often would you say you bring non musical elements into the creative process & of coarse whose your favorite DBZ character?
BLIZZARD: My favorite character is a toss up between Broly and Trunks lol But i use anime as an inspiration sometimes the awesome fight scenes or just even a groove you might hear in a song thats in the show can sometimes get the creative spark going
COMMi$$ION: Finally, you’ve taken home the March Madness belt but there’s still a lot of 2018 left! What’s next for you & what can fans expect in the coming months?
BLIZZARD: Well as of right now I have worked on a single with Big Gov Blame it I have production for Quest Mcody on his album the gosp3l Also mariimomma a dope femcee And crimson alchemist another dope femcee And i got the pistons anthem by a blessing with P.L. And a few things you will be hearing soon that are under wraps And now im finishing up an instrumental album and working on an ep I’m going to step back in the booth and see if i still have it haha! But thanks for having me its a blessing and an honor! Thanks Joe Uncle P and Detroitrap.com

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“My Money” New Visual from Stretch Money

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Rebel Nation flag ship artist Stretch Money has been real busy in the first half of 2020. Not letting up Stretch drop a new video for MY MONEY!

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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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Verdict Album Review “Keep Livin” By Brandon Scarber “Real Name No Gimmiks”

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KEEP Livin for tomorrow is not promised!!

By Brandon K. Scarber (Real Name, No Gimmicks)

 

In 1991, Geto Boys released “My Mind Playin Tricks On Me” via their magnum opus We Can’t Be Stopped on Rap-a-Lot/ Priority Records, who doesn’t know the timeless lyrics:

At night I can’t sleep, I toss and turn…four walls just staring at a nigga. I’m paranoid, sleeping with my finger on the trigger…But I ain’t goin’ out without a fight…” – Scarface [of Geto Boys, raps]

This song with these specific lines, is the first time in hip-hop/rap we experience an artist describing issues with mental health and dealing with it in real time.  But, it definitely wasn’t the last time we would hear it on wax, or deal with it either.

From Mac Miller’s death to XXXtenacion, Capital Steez [Pro Era], Juice WRLD and documented accounts from Eminem, Joe Budden, and recently Big Sean and Charlamagne the God, hip-Hop/rap awareness on mental health has grown over the years. Verdict’s coming of age shall be no different!!

VERDICT, a Detroit bred emcee and lyricist, is the new artist to watch. Verdict dropped his first project Eastside High back in 2014; and now he’s back with KEEP Livin.  A project filled with vivid storytelling and visceral bars, delivered in an entertaining way.

He’s unafraid to address the taboo of mental health and its relationship with social media.  Unapologetically, he tackles musical withdrawal, stagnated successes, public acceptance and validation.

All of these things drive artists and creatives, at times to fall into depressive mind states and situations.  The feeling of maintaining one’s own perceived “hype” and/or success, or the keeping up of appearances to maintain a status, which can become ultimately a liability to the artist and/or creative.

Not to mention, the elusive RESPECT from fellow artists and creatives, who could be considered peers? But let’s be honest, Hip-Hop/Rap is a blood sport!!  Verdict gives us the realness from a black man’s perspective who is taking control of his life and career.

Most artists are spewing clickbait, and/or more concerned with the superficial “comments,” “hearts,” “likes,” “shares,” and/or “views.”  Verdict, on this project is openly talking about not being immune to these divisive things as well.  At the same time, he is doing the handy work of dispelling what it means to be an emcee and lyricist in Detroit and beyond.  He is an artist, creating music aka stereo therapy!!

KEEP Livin, is not just his manifesto but a war cry to all the refugees of the culture who’ve dealt with similar issues and circumstances.  KEEP Livin is only 8 cuts!  There are some bangers, conscious tracks, introspection, and pretty much something to satisfy any type of listener.  This isn’t your regular degular!!!

I do not believe he did this in vain. Maturity is woven into the lyrics and songwriting.  It is heartfelt throughout the project and it is refreshing!!!   Keep Livin should surpass Verdict’s past records “Feelings” and “Scenario” Feat. Neisha Neshae, as they both gained some radio successes and premiered on MTV. KEEP Livin is another strong entry into his musical catalogue behind local favorite – College Ain’t for Everybody.

With KEEP Livin the title trackVerdict raps about short term retirement and re-igniting his creativity for music. You feel the hunger pains and growth throughout the track, the same can be said for the “come up story” you hear on the Eminem sampled Don’t Lose Yourself. Verdict is beaming with vigor.

Applause to the Production team. They took creative risks and it’s paying big dividends throughout this project.  Quarter Pound Music did most of the heavy lifting on this project with 6 of the 8 tracks to his credit.  The Snap! song “The Power” sampled on Verdict’s Hectic will definitely catch you off guard.  On JODY, the way Quarter Pound Music flipped 2 Pac’s “Hail Mary” was solid too!!

Verdict refuses to dumb down his content to the mumble rap.  What You Know has single potential. It’s a summer time vibe that’s sure to be heard cranking out plenty of whips cruising down Jefferson Ave to Belle Isle this summer.   On July 19, which closes the project combining Mary J. Blige and Roy Ayers’ brings everything back home for the listener.

With all of this content, Verdict has the talent, but I don’t think he has fully found his voice or place within the music community of Detroit and beyond. Maybe, his music is bigger than the city? But, at any rate, with KEEP Livin, he is definitely headed in the right direction.

Rise up, Gunston and E. McNichols!!!

Rise Up!!

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