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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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T-Henn ft. Booster – “Good Vibes” (Official Video)

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T-Henn ft. Booster - "Good Vibes" (Official Video)

As we find ourselves traversing a new reality of isolation and quarantine, what better way to alleviate those everyday stresses than some feel good music plugging through your speakers.  T-Henn is here to do just that, as he teams up with the soulful assistance of Booster on top  AGiLE SOCiETY production for some soothing “Good Vibes“. A record perfect for gaining a chunk of peace amongst the chaos, “Good Vibes” is emulated throughout the Chris Haze & Cole Anthony directed video which encapsulates its journey through beginning to end, rehearsal time and all. Grab your good vibes above and take in the brand new video from T-Henn.

Stream/Purchase: T-Henn ft. BoosterGood Vibes here.

[Produced by @agilesociety] 🎥 official video directed by @chrishaze_rog is on YouTube… link in @t_henn5873’s bio #GoodVibesOnly •Keys: @airinartisan •Guitar: @omarcross1 •Bass: @justgood_music •Drums: @jr.got.the.hits •Turntables: @djlos_the_original •Mix: @merlyn_theengineer •Master: @maestrowilliams

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“DON’T STAND TOO CLOSE VOL. 1” Junii

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"DON'T STAND TOO CLOSE VOL. 1" Junii

Year of Junii. . .
 ITS one of those things that you know is coming. Not to be psychic .. But when you hear an artist like Junii (Shaina Ferrell) and you hear
her undeniable creativity, innovativeness and originality. You know you are witnessing something more than special. Its a gift. And Junii is
truly gifted. Starting as a duo in the Hip Hop Soul group called Better In Black, Junii’s drive and talent was the backbone along with her
brother that made them stand out. Their sound, was Junii’s creation. She was the creative mastermind behind the productions as well as
delivering master class rapping and impressive singing chops to boot. She has enjoyed the rise as an independent artist, which saw
Better In Black transition from Internet to actual performances and moving beyond Sound Cloud releases. They officially released the EPs
The Garden (2018) and DELETE_EVERYTHING (2019).. The latter was recognized by Industry trade magazine, Music Connection Magazine
 Review Section with an 8.0 rating and later Bettr In Black was named as “Ones To Watch in 2020” by the magazine. Eventually her brother
Natrol Black would step down from Better In Black in late 2019. But Junii took the time to realign herself with ne collaborators and bounced
back with “THE UMA THURMAN EP” with Production unit STR8 BANGAZ out of NYC. The Result is Pure Hip Hop Euphoria with cuts like
“Uma” and “Hot Days” showing Junii ripping the verse in Full emcee mode. Its clearly obvious YES, she can work wonders with others and
not just on her own productions. The UMA THURMAN EP, has generated a solid buzz around her.  And recently she was chosen by Rapper
Reason of TDE Records (Kendrick Lamar, SZA, SiR) to appear on the remix of his hit “Flick It Up” thru the online contest #FlickItUp Challenge
which found her beating out thousands of up & comers to score the once in a lifetime opportunity. It is a Dream come true to do something with
the House that Kendrick built TDE .. And not one to slow down she kept the momentum byTaking things in another direction.. Junii gets
vocal on “All Real” an alternative R&B and organic Soul workout. Reminiscent of Mary J, Jill Scott vocally, with a dose of Floetry
and The Internet to set the vibe and mood..in addition to “OUTOFHERE” & “LONG DRIVE” , she is on a tear release consecutive singles
all leading up the release of a full dual debut solo EPs in the Spring . As for Better In Black, Junii is not letting the creation fall by the wayside.
She linked up with fellow Detroit emcee Nappi Devi, who if we didn’t know better, is Junii in male form. They more than compliment each other
as rappers, but even a vocalists and writers. Making for the return of Better In Black to be an all out assault for the listener…2020 will go down
as The year of  Junii. Dropping two EPs plus the Better In Black Resurrection EP, She currently has the singles “outofhere” and “Long Drive”
released independently from the “If Tomorrow Never comes” in April EP.. And “ALL REAL” and the NEW SINGLE “LET ME KNOW” a
more Neo Soul driven groove .. AND NOW THE FULL EP “Don’t Stand Too Close Vol. 1#  .IS HERE!! “DON’T STAND TOO CLOSE VOL. 1”
by JUNII… is 8 original tracks Including ” All Real” & “Let Me Know”.. with cuts produced by Wyldfyer (Kendrick Lamar, Jay Rock,
Schoolboy Q) , Lonestarr (Eminem – Kamikaze, Lil Xan) & More.
Artist – Junii       Rapper, Singer, Songwriter, Producer
Genre – Hip Hop / Sou/ Neo Soul / Alternative Soul
Hometown  Detroit, MI           PRO – BMI
Comparable: Rapsody, NoName, Kendrick Lamar          Inspirations and Influences: Lauryn Hill, Erykah Badu, Kendrick Lamar and Amy Winehouse

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Detroit Emcee Isaac Castor “Rabbit Hole” Album Prod By Foul Mouth & First Single

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Detroit Emcee Isaac Castor "Rabbit Hole" Album Prod By Foul Mouth & First Single

The Rabbit Hole is the first full-length collaborative effort from Middle Finger music representatives emcee Isaac Castor and producer Foul Mouth. Recorded over the span of 2019, the project fuses hard hitting boom bap drums with an even distribution of psychedelic rock and Motown soul samples. This album is likely Isaac’s darkest work yet, with lyrics touching on drug addiction, mental illness, and failed relationships. Take a journey down the Rabbit Hole with Isaac and Foul when the album drops on 4/20/20. The First Single is “Rabbit Hole (99 Bottles) Avaiable Now!

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