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A few months back I was lucky enough to be invited to the studio for a sneak preview of what undoubtedly is one of the most put together records of the year for Detroit hip hop. After leaving that day I was left anxious for the release to come so I could dive in for a deeper listen. Now a little over four years apart from his previous hard hitting effort “At Odds Til I’m Even”  Vstylez blesses us with his much anticipated full length album “Thornton Melon“. It’s twelve powerful tried & true hip hop records packing replay value galore, legendary production, & an entourage of sharp witted emcees that mesh with perfect chemistry alongside Vstylez stellar lyricism. I’ll have my full review of “Thornton Melon” in the coming week here at DetroitRap.com but in the meantime we’ve been gifted with the video premiere for “Detropolis“. The legendary Pete Rock produced record is not only one of the shining moments on the new album but also pays homage to Detroit & a slew of our very own legends. Stay tuned for my full review later this week, meanwhile show your support & cop “Thornton Melon” available digitally everywhere now!

Stream/Purchase: https://song.link/album/us/i/1444895197

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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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Ty Farris – “No Cosign Just Cocaine 3”

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Ty Farris - "No Cosign Just Cocaine 3"

The highly anticipated third installment from one of Detroit’s most decorated emcee’s Ty Farris has graced the internet as of midnight. “No Cosign Just Cocaine 3” is here available digitally with pre-orders for CD’s & Cassette’s live as well. Bangers ensue, with a heavy roster of production & some key features. We’re gonna dive in deeper for or more well-rounded review after we spend more time with the album, but for now, take it all in yourself. Trust, if you dig the nostalgic feel of a physical copy in your hands, Ty Farris always delivers with quality, easily evident in the attention to detail in the visuals.

BUY HERE: https://tyfarris.com/?fbclid=IwAR2fPmSDZu37vKuAOxNacgef0pjj38QkS2KpwCjz2Rp8n0cMFb8wPylCf6M

Features:
Eto,
Flee Lord,
M.A.V
Eddie Kaine

Production:
Bozack Morris (2x)
The Standouts
Mr. Authentic
Stu Bangas (3x)
Vinyl Villain
Sebb Bash (2x)
Dirty Diggs
MichaelAngelo
Trox
J Bansky

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“62” By Finale

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"62" By Finale

Just RAP! I dont know how long Finale has been running with that phrase but after listening to “62” I get it. AND I LOVE IT! If your looking for them trap beats with tales of cash fashion and ladies this is not for you. A bunch of punchlines with the sole purpose of whos the greatest rapper of all times? Nope. This is something more. With a flow that fills rhythm like twista, every single word Finale uses possess true meaning. Every song on the project has meaning and that what gives this album the ingredients to be a classic.

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