7/19 – iLLite Album Release Party

July 16, 2008

iLLte “Creme De La Creme” Album Release Party
Saturday July 19, 2008
Alvins (5756 Cass Ave Detroit MI 48202)

with performances by:
Octane, Nick Speed, MaGestiK LeGenD, Fes Roc & Asylum 7

sounds by:
DJ Phrikshun and DJ Drumma

eLZhi “The Preface” Cover + Tracklist

Unfortunately eLZhi’s album The Preface has been pushed back to August 12 but we now have a cover and a tracklist for you to check out. It will be worth the extra two week wait.

  1. Intro (The Preface)
  2. The Leak (Feat. Ayah)
  3. Guessing Game
  4. Motown 25 (feat. Royce Da 5′9″)
  5. Brag Swag.
  6. Colors
  7. Fire (Remix) (feat. Black Milk, Guilty Simpson, Fatt Father, Danny Brown, & Fat Ray)
  8. D.E.M.O.N.S.
  9. Save Ya (feat. T3 of Slum Village)*
  10. Yeah (feat. Phat Kat)
  11. Transitional Joint
  12. Talking in My Sleep
  13. The Science (feat. Fes Roc)**
  14. Hands Up
  15. What I Write
  16. Growing Up (feat. A.B.)

Produced by Black Milk
*Produced by T3
**Produced by DJ Dez

The Detroit Reunion Concert (Pics & Video)

July 14, 2008

Royce Da 5’9” and D12 have had their differences, but this weekend, they definitively answered any question as to whether they were still beefing.

Saturday night at St. Andrew’s Hall, they were the headliners of “The Detroit Reunion Concert,” a show that revolved around them working together again.

“It was a big day, and it was a big move,” Bizarre told

The Eminem-led crew and Royce had issues with each other—documented in songs like D12’s “Smack Down” and Royce’s “Malcolm X”—in the early 2000s. After a showdown between crews, Royce and Proof, the group’s founding member that was slain two years ago, resolved their differences while sharing a jail cell that night. Royce and Proof would go on to tour overseas together. In reports from earlier this year, Royce said that he and Eminem—who, before the birth of D12, were the duo of Bad Meets Evil—made up and began to repair their friendship. Continue reading →

Danny Brown Interview

July 10, 2008

Detroit emcee Danny Brown has already gone through the whole “Visit New York to find a record deal” drill. After catching the attention of a Roc-A-Fella A&R in 2003, he went to the East Coast and recorded several mixtapes—his famed Detroit State of Mind trilogy—on other artists’ studio time, with beats from the likes of 9th Wonder and Kanye West handed to him. But the Roc’s untimely demise, along with Brown’s lack of chemistry with the crew’s already-established brand, landed him back in the Motor City.

But Danny’s glad to be home. From Motown to The White Stripes to the birth of the techno music scene, Detroit boasts a rich multi-genre musical history. It is against this colorfully chorded backdrop that Danny and producer Nick Speed (Elzhi, 50 Cent, Talib Kweli) have released Hot Soup, an album dedicated to the city’s melodic legacy. And if they keep up their engaging, meticulously-arranged yet blissfully simple brand of Hip Hop, they leave the door open for themselves to continually add their own pages to Detroit’s blue-noted archives. In an interview with MichiganHipHop,com, Danny Brown talks about his time out East, his chemistry with Nick Speed, and why he and the Stripes’ Jack White should collaborate. Continue reading →

Danny Brown “Dance”

Danny Brown “Dance”

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Off Danny Brown’s “Hot Soup.” In Stores Now.

Royce Da 5’9″ Talks Revival Leak & Release Dates

July 7, 2008

An internet leak of a 14-track album called The Revival started circulating the Internet this weekend, but Royce Da 5’9″ assures that it’s not the real deal.

“To the people listening, it’s not even near what the album is,” Royce told “It ain’t nothing but old copies of certain shit. … Some of the songs, I still plan on using, but it’s such a rough and old copy, it’s not even worth listening to because it’s going to sound like such a different project by the time it comes out.”

Royce simply identified the culprit as “Somebody from back in the day, who thinks I don’t know who he is,” and said that he’d deal with the situation appropriately. Regardless of the leak, Royce says that Bar Exam II is set to hit the Internet as a free download on Aug. 26. Continue reading →

Young Mase Interview

July 2, 2008

DJ Young Mase is essentially the heart of the Detroit street Hip Hop scene’s circulatory system—as much as everyone else works independently, they’re still connected to him. .After studying the game while working radio at Clear Channel for seven years, Mase left to build his own empire. And these days, that empire is fully intact: between being a member of The Aphilliates Music Group team with heavyweights like DJ Drama and DJ Don Cannon, serving as Obie Trice’s official DJ, and crafting street classics for everyone from D12 to Quest M.C.O.D.Y., he keeps a busy schedule. Last week, he started his Operation Young Mase campaign, in which he plans to release new music from some of the aforementioned artists every week. Fortunately, he had the time to sit down with MichiganHipHop to go into detail about his success, give advice on how the state’s Hip Hop scene can expand, and react to Jermaine Dupri’s “The DJ is dead” comments. Continue reading →