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THE HIP HOP LOCKER ROOM WITH LAZARUS.

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Welcome to The Hip Hop Locker Room, our new monthly interview series at DetroitRap.com. Starting the year off right we’ve got our first special guest LAZARUS. It’s been quite the year for the Detroit bred lyricist, who’s been repping for the 313 all across the world alongside the legendary Wu-Tang Clan. Accolades include his viral hit “Decapitation Chamber” feat. Ghostface Killah which has garnered over five million downloads worldwide, as well as performing with Wu-Tang at at the legendary Sydney Opera House in Australia. The #LazArmy movement has seen a tremendous amount of growth & as it continues it’s momentum it felt like the perfect time to dig deeper with one of Detroit’s most gifted lyricists.

THE Q & A.

COMMi$$ION: You’ve garnered quite the accolades across your hip hop career ranging from a Discovery channel documentary to unleashing bars in front of an audience inside Russell Simmons own home. Now you’ve got a brand new music video alongside Ghostface Killah for “Decapitation Chamber”. Is there anything still left on your rap career bucket list?

LAZARUS: I just want to keep making good music. It’s been a long journey and I’ve met a lot of my idols along the way, but at the end of it all I want to lay down a legacy and have a catalog of quality work that I can be proud of.

COMMi$$ION:  Speaking of “Decapitation Chamber” in the beginning of the video Ghostface Killah is shown handing over the “keys”.  What did that moment signify to you & how was the experience of working alongside the legendary Wu-Tung Clan member like?

LAZARUS: Ghostface Killah is one of my favorite emcees of all time and he is without question the most aggressive presence on the mic in Hip Hop. To have him say that to me is worth more to me than getting 10 Grammy awards.

COMMi$$ION: You’re not only a rapper but a doctor as well. How have you been able to manage two careers successfully for so long & has there ever been moments you’ve considered abandoning one for the other?

LAZARUS: Doubt has lingered throughout both careers. Because this standard has never been set before, it’s been met with resistance from almost everyone. I had to challenge myself every single day to make this a reality.

COMMi$$ION: As a lyricist in a world of auto tune what drives you to stay true to substance over “dumbing” down and how do you see the industry taking shape in the coming years?

LAZARUS: The current rap scene is trash to me. The standards have lowered so much that subpar emcees are getting praised nowadays. I still sharpen my blades listening to rap music that came out in previous eras. I need substance in my rap.

COMMi$$ION: You’ve been a part of Detroit hip hop scene since the early 00’s championing rap battles over local airwaves all the way to current times collaborating alongside the likes of Royce Da 5’9, Obie Trice, & Swifty Mcvay among others.  Though you currently reside in Las Vegas, Nevada you have always stayed true to the 313.  How has Detroit influenced you personally & musically throughout your life?

LAZARUS: Growing up in Detroit and the Detroit Hip Hop scene has molded me to who I am as en emcee. Just as you learn your first language in your early childhood, Detroit was and forever is my stomping ground. Detroit is where I learned to rap, learned to battle and where I honed my skills as an emcee. Being mentored by Royce and D12 has enabled me to be the lyricist I am today.

COMMi$$ION: You’ve been hard at work crafting your next album “Music Is My Medicine”. Outside of a mixtape in 2010 your last album debuted in 2007 with “Chapter One: The Prince Who Would Be King”.  As time has passed & anticipation builds for your new project was there anything in particular you told yourself you wanted to accomplish going into this release?

LAZARUS: I want to release this album when the momentum is absolutely right for it. In the current climate of music, albums are released and then disposed of within 24 to 48 hours. Attention spans are so short nowadays and great music is overlooked because of it. The most effective approach I see now is to release one song at a time with a video and promote it heavy so that it gets the proper promotion and recognition.

COMMi$$ION: You’ve recently taken to the road touring across the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand alongside the legendary Wu-Tang Clan. What have been some of the challenges & triumphs during this new journey?

LAZARUS: It’s been a monumental dream-like experience to tour the world with my idols. For them to show me respect and give me guidance on this journey is an indescribable feeling.

COMMi$$ION: Not too long ago you shared a photo from the tour with you rocking a stage in front of 10,000 people. How would you describe what was your going through your head at the moment as you graced the stage?

LAZARUS: It was the biggest rush I’ve ever felt in my life. And the second I got the crowd rocking with me, I knew it was my time.

COMMi$$ION:  Thank you for taking the time out to answer some questions for the readers here at DetroitRap.com. In closing if you could leave fans with only line from any of your records to be etched in their memories which would it be?

LAZARUS: “I’m the sickest, wickedist boogie man like America made of Osama/ Wrap the heads of rap gods around my neck like Anacondas/ Come to take the throne despite your willingness, with honor/ Like Killmonger came to Wakanda to take it from T’Challa/“

So not only did Lazarus get to rock the United States, Canada, & Australia alongside Wu-Tang Clan. He was also a part of a extremely special New Zealand tour date the celebrated the 25th Anniversary of “Enter 36 Chambers“.  A new year is among us, & brand new developments are surely coming from the #LazArmy camp. Until next time, this has been The Hip Hop Locker Room powered by DetroitRap.com.

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ART OFFICIAL “His Story of Hip Hop” Live Concert with One Be Lo and Friends

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One Be Lo hasn’t performed in Pontiac since 2015.  Born and raised in Pontiac, Mi as Raland Scruggs aka Rahlo and rapping since Highschool, here comes Nahshid Sulaiman aka One Be Lo, full circle.

 

After graduating from Pontiac Northern in 1994, Lo fell of track and ended up going to prison that same year for armed robbery.  This is when he changed his name to Nahshid, and change his mind to use Hip Hop as a tool for change, starting with himself, close friends and ultimately people across the world.

After being released from prison, he cofounded a Group called Binary Star and performed on parole all across Michigan while releasing music independently.  In 2000 he founded Subterraneous Records and more artists joined the crew.  Since then One Be Lo has released 4  i ray Star albums (Masters of the Universe, Water World 3, Lighty and Ears Apart), 1 compilation album (Subterraneous Records Presents Water World Too), 8 solo albums (Fetus, Sonogram, Rebirth, Labor, Kick Push, Original Born Ones, C Section, Baby), 2 live albums (DL7, 10 G.r.a.m.s), 6 mix tapes (Stillborn, Laborhood 1-5), and 5 audio books (The Looma part 1-5).

One June 12th, One Be Lo will present The Art Official His Story of Hip Hop show at the Flagstar Strand Theater, hosted by Uncle P. The performances will highlight songs from his catalog, which feature Pontiac artists like Binary Star, Decompoze, Kodac, Malaki, Bubby Ro Spit, Bubby Webb, Coko Buttafli, Binx Vader, Melanie Rutherford, Poopie Doo, Mic Phelps, Project Logic, Lon Won, Wil Black, The Tyrant, Jiggz; Detroit artists like T Calmese, Zhaoski, Guilty Simpson, Marvwon, Tate McBroom, Emily Rogers, Apollo Brown, Finale, Miz Korona, 87, A Minus, Journalist, Ron Dada; Flint artist Brenda Jae; Ann Arbor artist Buff1 of Athletic Mic League, Oak Park artist JBo Lean.

This Art Official event is a release party for One Be Lo’s latest album Baby, that features Ro Spit, T Calmese, Melanie Rutherford, Guilty Simpson, Black Milk, Royce da 5’9, Freeway, Devin the Dude, Phonte, Jean Grae and more.  To celebrate 20 years of hip hop, The Baby album is featured along with 14 other albums on a custom 16gb usb, inside of a Test Tube, with sign Birth Certificates.  The Art Official Test Tube Baby will be available at the show on June 12th.

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P Dot & 3269 Chise – Coney Island 2

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Hot off the press the 2nd instalment of Coney Island. Coney Island 2 brings P-Dot and Chise 3269 back to the booth to create 7 new bangers and a remix feat $ the Symbol. Stand out tracks on this project “Evil Eyes” “Swerve” “Starters Saturday Night” and “Life Style”

Check out the links for the project on your favorite streaming platform and peep out the video for the Remix “Temperature Check”.

  1. Apple Music – https://music.apple.com/us/album/coney-island-2/1563547289
  2. Amazon Music – https://music.amazon.com/albums/B092SFMXW5?marketplaceId=ATVPDKIKX0DER&musicTerritory=US
  3. IHeartRadio – https://www.iheart.com/artist/p-dot-and-3269-chise-36115125/albums/coney-island-2-131801269/
  4. ITunes – http://itunes.apple.com/album/id1563547289?ls=1&app=itunes
  5. Pandora –  https://pandora.app.link/vP2A1YNNfgb
  6. Spotify – https://open.spotify.com/album/0bLAIrAP2nCPK3jxR2Dw2B?si=44XRDTO6QGi__cZ10nCHyA
  7. Tidal – https://store.tidal.com/us/album/181012295
  8. YouTube Music – https://music.youtube.com/playlist?list=OLAK5uy_mCzjoAuEaVGEQNkYayUwPW8cMSfXPV4tU&feature=share

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Detroit’s Fatt Father “Soccer Dad” Album Prod By Foul Mouth

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You have no idea of what “Raw & Uncut” means until you’ve
witnessed parents on the sideline going hard for their children as they
head towards the goal line. That’s the energy that Fatt Father brings on
his fifth studio album, ‘Soccer Dad’, which is produced entirely by Foul
Mouth.
On this Fueled By Life/Middle Finger Music release, Fatt Father
paints vivid pictures of life and his overwhelming commitment to
family on a soulful Foul Mouth provided canvas. Songs such as “Do
Better” and “Truth” speak of responsibility and growth while songs like
“Head Shot” and “Soccer Dad” reassures listeners that Town and
Countries most definitely do have a stash spot for whatever may be
needed in a heated situation.
Fatt Father also enlisted the raw talents of Tone Plummer and
Marv Won to assure that there were absolutely no missing ingredients
to this magnificent recipe. ‘Soccer Dad’ will be released on May 14,
2021 and available for purchase at fattworld.com and
fattfather.bandcamp.com. Load up the coolers, ponchos, umbrellas, and
foam fingers because game day is right around the corner.

https://www.fattworld.com/

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