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RideOut Interview

October 23, 2008

Many emcees spend their entire careers trying to tap into audiences outside of immediate rap circles. Some will collaborate with rock artists, others will make deliberately female-friendly singles, and others will others look to land spots on multi-genre tours. The career of Lansing rapper RideOut, on the other hand, is the other way around. His first live performance was at his high school’s “Battle of the Bands” concert, and while at college in Ohio, he became the lead vocalist of SoundScape, a Hip Hop band that consisted of him and several instrumentalists.

But don’t get his genre-bending background confuse you: RideOut is an emcee’s emcee, placing emphasis on vivid imagery, storytelling and speaking on issues that matter. The City, his new album with SoundScape producer/bass player Terry Cole, has gotten rave reviews from go-to industry sources like OkayPlayer. With The City getting re-released in Japan through P-Vine Records earlier this month, RideOut talks to MichiganHipHop about the differences between rap crowds and rock crowds, how a Japanese audience will respond to his music, and what makes Michigan’s rap scene better than anywhere else’s. Continue reading →

RideOut On Why MI’s Hip Hop Scene Is The Best

You’ve done music in Michigan, you went to school in Ohio, and you’ve lived in Chicago, Tennessee and Alabama as well. How are the Hip Hop scenes in all those places different from each other, and where does Michigan’s Hip Hop scene fit into play?
Personally, I’m not really a big fan of the Chicago Hip Hop scene. Actually, I won’t even say the Chicago Hip Hop scene, because I don’t know about the “scene,” but I’m not a big fan of a lot of Chicago rappers. I feel like a lot of them don’t have the layers that you might see in Detroit or other places. Everything has it’s exceptions, though; like I’m a big fan of Common, Kanye, Lupe, Crucial Conflict, Do or Die, PyschoDrama. That’s a couple that have stood out to me, I count those as influences. Down in Tennessee, at least when I was down there, it was all Three 6 Mafia, they reigned supreme, and that’s something I’ve never really been on, but even as much as I don’t like Three 6 Mafia, that region really helped to diversify the flow, diversify the different types of music that I was open to, able to rap on. There’d be cats from New York saying, you know, “You can never rap on a Three 6 Mafia beat”, but I can do that, even if I don’t like them, I’ve been able to adapt the flow. Being down there in Tennessee and Alabama definitely helped me appreciate 8Ball, Scarface, OutKast, Goodie Mob, even Ludacris. I heard Luda before everybody heard Luda; everybody outside of the south, anyway. I already knew the words to most of Luda’s album when I moved to Michigan. Like, I remember going to school hearing “Hey, you heard this guy Ludacris? He’s got this song ‘What’s Your Fantasy,’” and being like, “Yeah, I already know this dude.” Coming up in the Midwest, being a cat that was really into the Jay-Z and the DMX and the Fugees, all the mob beats and stuff, that was something I wasn’t used to, that definitely helped broaden my horizons. Looking at the East Coast art form, I found different ways to do it. Even when I was down there, I was still into Eminem and D12 and Canibus, guys who had that lyrical quality; the guys in the south are stuck somewhere in the middle. Continue reading →

RideOut & Terry Cole “Giving Love”

RideOut & Terry Cole “Giving Love”

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RideOut & Terry Cole “The City”

RideOut & Terry Cole “The City”

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RideOut & Terry Cole “How Many Tears? (Feat. Tanesha White)”

RideOut & Terry Cole “How Many Tears? (Feat. Tanesha White)”

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Mae Day in Vegas Part 1 & 2

Big Sean In The Studio With Pharrell

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Black Milk “Losing Out (Feat. Royce Da 5’9″)”

Black Milk “Losing Out (Feat. Royce Da 5’9″)”

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Off Black Milk’s “Tronic,” In Stores Oct. 28, 2008

Eminem “I’m Having A Relapse”

Eminem “I’m Having A Relapse”

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14KT “Can We (Chill Again) (Feat. Aloe Blacc)”

October 6, 2008

14KT “Can We (Chill Again) (Feat. Aloe Blacc)”

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14KT’s “The Golden Hour LP” drops October 14th.