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Young RJ Interview

May 29, 2008

During his entire career, producer Young RJ has consistently stepped up to the plate when the opportunity or obligation arise. As half of the production duo B.R. Gunna, he helped construct a new sound for Slum Village after group mastermind J Dilla left to pursue a solo career. When Black Milk was busy pursuing his own projects, Young RJ produced the third installment of Gunna’s Dirty District series on his own. And when he was given the chance to work with G-Unit emcees Lloyd Banks and Young Buck, he rep’d the D by producing bangers that landed on their respective albums.

Now, Young RJ is set to face a couple more challenges. His Concert Hall EP project with Frank Nitty (of Frank-N-Dank) is on iTunes now (click here for the project’s single, “Automatic,” and a rundown of the song by Frank), and he’s currently working on The Recipe, an album with Rapper Big Pooh, the slept-on half of North Carolina’s indie mainstay Little Brother, and Dirty District Vol. 4. In an interview with MichiganHipHop.com, Young RJ talks about a family-first policy, impending projects, and the status of B.R. Gunna. Continue reading →

Young RJ Audio

Young RJ & Rapper Big Pooh “Smile”

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Young RJ & Rapper Big Pooh “Money”

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5/23 – Asylum 7 Album Release Party

May 22, 2008

United States of Mind presents the Asylum 7 & Eddie Logix “Lights Out @ The Power Grid” Album Release Party with preformances by Asylum 7, USM, Midcoast Most & Octane & Illite. It takes place on Friday May 23 @ the Berkley Front. It’s $5 to get in, doors open at 9pm and you got to be 21+.

Fat Ray on Kilpatrick, Politics

May 19, 2008

During his interview with MichiganHipHop, Fat Ray talked extensively about Detroit mayor Kwame Kilpatrick and the sex scandal that’s saturated the news. Follow the jump to see what he said. What you read may surprise you… Continue reading →

Invincible “Shape Shifters” Release Party (5/17)

May 16, 2008

Invincible “Shape Shifters” Album Release Party

Sets By:
Invincible
Finale
Buff1

DJ’s:
14KT
Slo Poke
Graffiti
Sicari

Hosts:
Jessica Care Moore
Prince Whipper Whip

Saturday May 17, 2008
Alvins (5765 Detroit, MI)
Doors @ 9pm
$7 – 18+ w/ID
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Fat Ray Interview

May 14, 2008

Chances are you’ve been a Fat Ray fan for a long time, even if you didn’t realize it. The 7 Mile veteran has rep’d the D proudly since the days of the Hip Hop Shop, whether it’s with fellow Detroiters like Black Milk and Young RJ as the trio of B.R. Gunna, or in the national spotlight as a contestant on 106 & Park’s Freestyle Friday. But this year, you’ll know who you’re hearing: after enjoying breakout success in 2007, Black Milk has started his own label, Music House. The label’s first release is The Set Up, an LP that features him behind the boards and Fat Ray on the mic. The album has garnered critical acclaim, putting it at the forefront in what many have dubbed as the year that The Mitten finally gets the attention it deserves: a destination that Fat Ray has been working toward for years. As he says in the interview below, “When it’s your time to shine, and the camera lights turn on, you gotta be ready.”

Follow the jump to read MichiganHipHop.com’s conversation with Ray. From beats & rhymes, to talking about the times, the way Fat Ray amazes is amazing… Continue reading →

Fat Ray Audio

Fat Ray & Black Milk “Flawless”

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Fat Ray & Black Milk “Take Control (Feat. AB)”

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Fat Ray & Black Milk “Bad Man (Feat. Guilty Simpson & Scorpian)”

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Buff1 “Beat The Speakers Up” Music Video WORLD PREMIERE

May 13, 2008

MichiganHipHop.com is proud to present the world premiere of Buff1’s “Beat The Speakers Up,” the first single for his sophomore album “There’s Only One,” which is set to drop on August 5, 2008. You’ll find the music video and a stream for the song below, or you can download the track by clicking here.

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For more Buff1, checkout his MySpace www.myspace.com/buff1der

Frank Nitty “Automatic”

May 9, 2008

Frank Nitty on “Automatic,” the first single from “The Concert Hall EP,” a project with Young RJ and Craig Lane:
I just felt it was a strong record. I ain’t necessarily looking for “singles;” if it’s got a good hook, it’s a single. I’m looking for strong music that’s well put together … and this record felt friendly enough, and still musical enough at the same time.

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Last Week in Michigan Hip Hop

This past week, the mitten had some great hip-hop events go down: Respiration’s two-year anniversary in Lansing, a Binary Star show in Detroit, and The Roots’ Official Detroit Listening Party at Confidential Lounge. Follow the jump for rundowns and pictures:

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