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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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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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