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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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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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