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Catapult through memory lane...it’s the late 90’s and the Detroit scene is bursting with soon to be legends. Unaware of what the future held, a killer combination forms between two talented souls and one of Detroit’s most legendary underground rap groups is born. Enter Da Ruckus, a combination between talented rappers HUSH & UNCLE ILL. The year is 1997 and on “We Shine’ you can hear the duo trade verses with another younger friend & rapper Eminem. From there no one could’ve predicted what was about to unfold. Major record deals, fame, & experiences to last of lifetime drenched on top a catalog of classic Detroit hip hop. Fast forward and the year is 2018 and HUSH is still here unleashing his passion for all ears to soak in. To top it off, a couple weeks back he teased a collaboration with T3 of Slum Village and a new song “Let’s Get Back 2 Us”. Luckily it’s no longer a tease, “Let’s Get Back 2 Us” dropped at midnight streaming on all major outlets and you can grab your first listen below! In honor of the new release I reached out to HUSH and asked him 7 QUESTIONS as part of my ongoing interview series here at DetroitRap.com so let’s get started….

SEVEN QUESTIONS WITH HUSH

COMMI$$ION: You have a new single on the way featuring T3 of Slum Village, how did the collaboration come about & have you two ever worked before in the past?
HUSH: T3 and I go way back. We both were products of the “Hip-Hop Shop” era, and have been friends since at least 1996. Later, we found out we actually grew up in Conant Gardens together, along with J Dilla, and various mutual friends like Mark Mixx. I did a record with him and Baatin back in 2001, and then we collaborated together with Dwele for a track called “Bad Boys” off my album Danny Boy: The Life & Times of a Kid in the D.
COMMI$$ION: Speaking of collaborations. Detroit and beyond, what emcee’s in the game besides yourself would you be open to collaborating with for the first time if the link came together?
HUSH:I’m so focused on “Era” rap, rather than the present, so my dream collabs consist of people like Pete Rock, Erick Sermon, Q-Tip, and a few more. I’m really listening to anything in between 1986 & 1994. To me that’s my golden era, so to collar with anyone from that time would be special.
COMMI$$ION: It’s been about four years now since your last album Danny Boy: The Life & Times Of A Kid In The D came out. With the new single soon, is this a preview of more to come – can fans expect a new HUSH album soon?
HUSH: Honestly, I’m just enjoying the music right now. I’m working on a new album with a new retro Hip-Hop group called Def By Stereo. It consists of 3 other emcees, Bohemyth, Dirty White, & Powerdise. All no stranger to the Detroit music scene. We are working on a real fun album that I’m producing called “Fresh Never Dies”. As far as anything solo, I’m just having fun doing what I love. Spoiler alert also, be looking for a single from Da Ruckus this summer!
COMMI$$ION: Hopping in a time machine back to the days of Da Ruckus, what was your most memorable moment in the earliest days of your career & was there anything in particular that shaped you as an artist going forward?
HUSH: Man, there was a lot. Memorable, probably opening up for Usher at The Palladium in 1998 with Royce Da 5’ 9” & his group Wallstreet, the night that became immortalized in Royce’s song “Tabernacle”. Various particular moments that shaped me as an artist, was Proof crashing on my couch on so many occasions and helping me shape my writing on songs like 150 MC’s, or If The Beef. To add on to that time, Eminem & I would drive around freestyling, and trading verses, crafting songs, and that helped pave the route that I wanted to take as a lyricist.
COMMI$$ION: Outside of rap you co-founded & were a part of Detroit Dog Rescue a few years back. Do you ever see yourself being involved or contributing to something similar in the future, or is there another cause you would like to help with?
HUSH: Yes. I’ve always felt that artists should be more responsible and stay grounded to the community that raised them, and do their part to help in whatever fashion that may be. Right now, I’m looking at many opportunities to contribute, it’s just a matter of finding the time again in between my projects and also my personal life as a single Dad.
COMMI$$ION: Back to the rap realm, what was the first album you ever purchased growing up and what do you remember most about it?
HUSH: First album I purchased was The Fat Boys self titled debut. I just remember how fun that album was, and trying to recreate the beatboxing. I remember my parents telling me on the daily to “stop making those damn noises” with my mouth.
COMMI$$ION: Lastly, you’ve recently have teamed up with Supa Emcee for the D-Cyphered Podcast. What made the two of you decide to start up the podcast & will it be strictly interviews or will you be debuting music as well?
HUSH: I’ve had the idea of doing a podcast for 10 years. Between timing, and ideas, it just never came to fruition. After being a part of the D-Cyphered exhibit, I was looking for a co-host to be a part of it. I took around 6 months vetting locations, co-hosts, DJ’s, etc. After talking to Supa it was a no brainer. Him & I agreed to put this tighter, and he went to Jenny Risher to ask for permission for the name, and blessing. After that we decided to focus not only on all things Hip-Hop, but have a special focus on Detroit artists, those that were in the exhibit, as well as those that were not. It’s a true Detroit Hip-Hop radio show, it’s very honest, and definitely gonna be juicy. Might cause controversy at times, but that nothing Supa & I can’t handle. We are going to have an interview format, as well as a DJ spotlight, and hopefully be followed up with a performance. We’ve been entertaining the idea of it actually being a Hip-Hop night. Everything is still in the works, but nothing is off the table. It’s gonna be a lot of fun.
HUSH – Let’s Get Back 2 Us feat. T3

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“Backwoods & Bonfires” Hip-Hop Festival 4.20.2019 @ The Farmhouse

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Quite the hip hop experience is headed our way on the first 4/20 since legalization in Michigan. In what without a doubt will be a jam-packed fest full of dope performances & activities comes the “Backwoods & Bonfires” hip-hop festival featuring local stars, bouncy houses, live artwork & even FREE BEER & PANCAKES! Crowdfreak, 50BARZ, & WE ARE CULTURE CREATORS present this glorious day starting at noon for the pre-gamers out there & occupying The Farmhouse on 3733 McKinley in Detroit for the remainder of the day. Dive into the entire roster of talented Cloud 9 stage performers on the official flyer & take in the full details/highlights below!


Highlights:

 
On 4/20 2019, prepare yourself to experience one EPIC day and night full of fun, music, art and MORE! Featuring Doja Cat, Rocky Badd, B Free, Neishae Neshae & More!! The Backwoods -n- Bonfires music festival will be the greatest event on this side of the Midwest! There will be adult bouncy houses, live artwork, food and more!! With music from some of the best acts in the Detroit area, this event is sure to be amazing from start to finish! 5+ djs, talented artist and one EPIC stage! Come fire up a backwood next to one of our several fire pits and have one hell of a time!
 
What You’ll Get
  • General admission or VIP
  • What’s included with VIP: free gift bag, access to smoke-and-party barn, free food & drink vouchers, full access to the artist area, where guests enjoy additional free drinks, catered food, and a resting area.

Backwoods & BonFires Music Festival

  • The Music:  Hip-hop acts perform while top Djs spin crazy party sets throughout the day
  • The Performers: Enjoy Music by Doja Cat, Rocky Badd, B Free, Neisha Neshae and more!
  • The food and drink: Grub and drinks will be available for purchase (and free for VIP guests)
  • The extras: live murals created on the spot, fireworks, free alcohol infused hot cocoa bar and adult bouncy houses
Please FOLLOW @Backwoods_and_Bonfire & @CrowdFreak on Instagram for festival updates!

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Kid Swoop – “Little Man, Running Wild”

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After a tumultuous impact throughout 2018 with the success of his debut album “4 So LongPontiac’s Kid Swoop is back for another round. Letting off a brand new eight record effort “Little Man, Running Wild” has the bar raiser embracing a new chapter in his rise. From start to finish the EP carries it weight in audible gold, including one of my favorite records of the year so far in the closer “Tribulations” feat Dot2X, Sin Crawford, & Castro. I will have my full review here at DetroitRap.com soon, in the meantime on this Valentine’s Day forget the flowers – buy your loved one the latest Kid Swoop project, stay home, & enjoy the sounds of “Little Man, Running Wild“.  On top of taking in the new EP new visuals have arrived as an extra treat for #Swoopnation fans with “Don’t Pick Up The Phone” starring Deanna Patch.

That’s not all! We had a chance to hear a little bit of the story behind “Little Man, Running Wild” from the source himself! Here is Kid Swoop giving us an explanation of the latest project in his own words.

“It honestly feel like May 4th, 2018 all over again. Little Man, Running Wild is yet again another celebration and milestone for SwoopNation and I! They really motivated me during the whole creative process, due to how much shade and negativity was being thrown at me by my own city. I overly thank them for constantly tunneling my vision upon the greater prize. Honestly, that’s where the title and cover art came from, being the underdog since a jit led to me running wild seeking for answers, support, love and courage. I’m proud to say SwoopNation led the race and February 14th, 2019 will be the epic finish line of Fury! Don’t just Buy/Stream Little Man, Running Wild take heave to the free game I’m applying.”

Stream/Purchase: https://songwhip.com/album/kid-swoop/little-man-running-wild

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Dillatroit 4 @ The Marble Bar 02.23.19

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In celebration of the life of James Dewitt Yancey “Dillatroit 4” brings together an evening packed full of fun & entertainment in honor of his legacy. A star studded line up of performance , a surprise guest, & even a beat showcase with DetroitRap.com’s own Uncle P. Come out & celebrate one of the greatest artists to ever come out of Detroit at The Marble Bar on Feb.23rd from 9PM -2AM! Special guest + host VSTYLEZ! Take a look below at the entire jam-packed evening paying homage to the late great J Dilla.

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