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Crown Royale (DJ Rhettmatic x Buff1) – HHO Artist of the Week (Video)

June 25, 2009

Mike Posner Interview

June 10, 2009

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By day, Mike Posner is a typical college student at Duke University, but at night the Southfield native trades his books for beats. The 21-year-old junior and his band, The Brain Trust, released their DJ Benzi and Don Cannon-hosted mixtape A Matter of Time in March and held the coveted #1 free download on iTunesU. For many, the idea of living such an active life and juggling classes is intimidating, but with the school supporting him, Mike Posner can only seize the opportunity. The not quite Hip Hop artist traveled to Austin, Tex. last month to perform at one of the nation’s largest music festivals, South By Southwest.

In an interview with MichiganHipHop, he talks about G.O.O.D. Music signee and Finally Famous brethren Big Sean, how The Brain Trust came to be and his Detroit homecoming.

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DJ Mo Beatz Interview

May 25, 2009

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DJ Mo Beatz was born in a box—a DJ-in-a-Box starter kit. At 15 years old Mo Beatz, then only know as Chris Elliott, took a $400 investment and turned it into a career with abundant paychecks and priceless experiences. Now the 22-year-old metro Detroiter has broken out of the box, and is turning out parties nationally and internationally—all while working with some of the hottest artists and companies today, such as Eminem’s Shade 45 satellite radio and G.O.O.D. Music signee Big Sean.

An inspiration to anyone with a dream, DJ Mo Beatz shares with MichiganHipHop how he got to live out his.

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Royce Da 5’9″ Interview With Culture VI

March 13, 2009

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Asylum 7 Interview

March 11, 2009

mihha7fam Asylum 7’s Zo!-produced album Overdue Process (released on New Year’s Day) has a fresh, modern feel to it, but Asylum is far from a new figure to Detroit’s hip-hop scene. As both a solo emcee and as a member of the group United States of Mind, the University of Michigan graduate has been sharing his crisp, equally clever and socially cognizant rhymes with fellow Michiganders and an international audience for nearly a decade. This year, he plans to follow up Overdue Process with an album with the Italy-based DJ Baser. In an interview with MichiganHipHop, the Motor City veteran talks about new and future projects, his role in the area’s music scene, and how a college education enhances his rhymes.

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Sam Beaubien (of Will Sessions) Interview

March 4, 2009

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Initially, trumpet player Sam Beaubien wanted to be like all the other kids and play drums. But since the music department at Royal Oak, Mich.’s Northwood Elementary ran out of the instrument when Beaubien was in fifth grade, he had to pick up the horn. Fast forward more than ten years later, and the frontman for the instrumental Hip Hop/jazz collective Will Sessions, in tow with a Bachelors degree in music from Wayne State University, has been enlisted to work with both established and fledgling Detroit Hip Hop acts. Beaubien has peppered the horn ingredient for “Give The Drummer Sum” on Black Milk’s 2008 album Tronic, and for Buff1’s Pure album, along with layering Will Sessions’ debut album Many Faces, released last November. The trumpet is a notably versatile instrument, but Beaubien has taken a passion for the microphone-checking art form cultivated from his childhood — sprinkled with some jazz and bebop, to the main stage of the Michigan indie urban music surge. Whether it’s being the driving force behind Will Sessions’ Hip Hop-tinged jazz sound or crafting horns for Black Milk, 14KT and even the up-coming Slum Village reunion LP, Beaubien puts new meaning in the Detroit nickname “Renaissance City.”

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Black Milk Interview

February 25, 2009

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Luckily for hip-hop fans both in Michigan and across the globe, Black Milk is a workaholic. Since his 2007 album Popular Demand (released historically on March 13, in honor of Detroit’s 313 area code), he’s been ubiquitous in the music scene. Not only did he craft beats for heavyweights like eLZhi (of Slum Village), GZA, and Kidz In The Hall. He also released several projects of his own: Black Milk Presents…Caltroit and The Set Up with Fat Ray. His most recent album, Tronic, hit stores in October and was hailed as one of the best albums of the year due to Black’s upgraded rhymes and the futuristic progression of his sound. And with the Random Ax—the trio of Black, Guilty Simpson and Sean Price—album impending, 2009 won’t see him slowing down. In an interview with MichiganHipHop, Black Milk talks about switching his style up, balancing a heavy work load, and his responsibility as one of Detroit’s musical ambassadors.

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Illa J Interview

February 18, 2009

illaj Since J Dilla’s death in 2006, everyone has done their part in making sure his legacy continues: artists have recorded tributes and performed in benefit shows, DJs have played his music during their sets, and fans have copped everything from music to T-shirts to show their allegiance to the Detroit superproducer. But who’s better to keep the spirit of J Dilla alive than his own flesh and blood?

Illa J has already shined through cameos on The Boondocks’ Hip-Hop Docktrine Two mixtape and Black Milk’s Caltroit compilation, but his debut album sees him putting family first. On Yancey Boys, the 22-year-old sings and rhymes self-written material over 14 Dilla beats that had been locked down for more than a decade.

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14KT Interview

February 12, 2009

14ktComing from humble beginnings in the streets of Ypsi, Athletic Mic League producer 14KT was destined at an early age to be the musical genius that he’s developing into. His mother, who was a pianist, was big on instilling musical discipline in her son. And after hearing his first solo project, The Golden Hour Soundtrack, it definitely worked! MiHH caught up with 14KT to discuss everything from his new album to his early influences.

How did you get your start in music?
My mom played piano. She’s been playing piano for forty plus years. She was determined to have my sisters play some kind of instrument. When we were little, we had to play but at that time I didn’t really love music. I was just doing it because mom told me to do it. Continue reading →

Big Sean “UKNOWBIGSEAN” Parts 1-5

January 20, 2009

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