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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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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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BayBro – Escape/2AM

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BayBro - Escape/2AM

Enter the cinematic adventure immediately ahead with this intriguing clash of two pieces together as one perfectly portrayed. Broken Blanket Media visualize “Escape/2AM” in a way that pulls you into a story well letting the verses poke through from Baybro directly. Baybro has been on a heavy streak of releasing quality records and this mashup is a perfect sonic entree for those who are just tuning in to the emcee for the first time. It’s always fun to see the creativity of a talented artist get a visual that both grabs your attention and allows the song to breathe. The All The Way Free Records artist Baybro is out to be a force to be reckoned with & undoubtedly upon this offering there shall be more to come.

 

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Lazarus Joins GZA For A Legendary Performance January 28th, 2020 at El Club, Detroit

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Released on November 7, 1995, GZALiquid Swords” has stood the test of time in a way very few hip-hop records will ever come close to. Critically acclaimed out the gate, “Liquid Swords” has cemented its legacy in the hip-hop books forever. The Wu-Tang Clan members solo album sliced its way into history and now a celebration of the iconic offering arrives this January 28th, 2020 at El Club in Detroit, MI! That’s not all though, as GZA joins forces with one of Detroit’s own legendary emcees who just finished having one of the most monumental years of his career after hitting the road with Wu-Tang Clan for the 25th Year Anniversary of Enter the Wu-Tang: 36 Chambers tours as well as dropping the mega-hits “Leatherface” with Bizarre, Hopsin, & King Gordy as well as “Decapitation Chamber” alongside Ghostface Killah. Yes, Lazarus is coming home for a night not to be missed as he performs alongside GZA for a celebration of “Liquid Swords”. Get your tickets now!

Tickets are on sale now at El Club’s website here: https://www.elclubdetroit.com/e/gza-liquid-swords-year-anniversary-tour-86371476411/ but act fast before you miss out on this legendary evening of performances.

Venue Information:
El Club
4114 Vernor Hwy
Detroit, MI, 48209

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