I’ve talked copiously before about the booming rap scene in Detroit, and things don’t seem to be slowing down whatsoever at this point. The amount of under the radar talent coming out of the motor city is immense, and I’m just glad I can be here to witness the scene blossom in real-time. Although I’ve paid more attention to some more notable names like Sada Baby, Baby Smoove, and Teejayx6, I’m always looking for the next up and coming talents, so when I saw SlitwristShawty, an A&R discovering some of these rising stars, put together a mixtape featuring some of the most promising young artists, I had to listen up.
The name of the tape is Mudd Classics, Vol. I, and although I had never heard of any of the featured rappers on this project prior to giving it a listen, I now know I have to get in tune more than ever before. Featuring only four songs that extend just over eight minutes, this concise project shows all seven artists at their best and gives them a platform to truly prove why Detroit is a force to be reckoned with in the music industry. Once again, because I’m not overly familiar with the emcees on this project, I apologize in advance if I wrongly mention someone’s name when talking about their contribution, but just know that each and every talent goes off and does their thing in the best way possible.
Opening up with “Back 2 Back”, Big Ticket Juice and Skoot Luciano get this tape off to a hot start through unapologetic bars and off-kilter flows that the city has seemed to put on the map in recent years. Baby Gvee gives these two spitters a piano-heavy instrumental that is brought to new heights with momentous synths and chattering percussion that truly provides some nice movement to kick this project off on the right foot. The two rappers seem to come in for certain lines on an offbeat but find the rhythm immediately, speeding up their delivery and slowing it down in the perfect places to bounce right over the beat.
The next song “Finish Move”, uses a more mysteriously haunting instrumental that utilizes 808s at the forefront while spread out piano keys once again add some mischief to the party. East Ken and LIE Wayne offer up their nonchalant demeanors that are on full display, and although their enthusiasm never truly gets out of hand, it’s their subdued mannerisms that couple with the beat magnificently as the switch off spitting some interesting bars.
The third track “I Ain’t Tryin To Hear U” shows off church bell-driven production created by MookMadeIt, as he uses cryptic synths to contribute even more impetus to the melody. Crisp percussion and succinct drums provide even more vigor to the instrumental, providing us with probably the quickest tempo on the tape. Although the song might be fast-paced, Yogi Bows and Da Don take this in stride and never hesitate or allow their words to falter, giving us even more impeccable flows that bring this mixtape to unbelievable new levels. Finally, Kane Kash takes the last song “P.a.D” for himself, shoving his deep voice and aggressive flow right in your face over the grimy West Coast instrumental, not allowing you to let your mind wander, keeping your attention for the rest of the project.
“P.a.D” even has a music video that comes with it, so I figured it’s well worth mentioning due to the fact that it gives us even more incredible content that will help extend the project’s longevity. The camera opens up on a scene where Kane seems to be lecturing some of his homies about pimpin’ as they sit back, smoke blunts, and listen to the lesson that he’s providing them. As the song starts up, some of his other friends join him in the all-white setting as he picks up comically large speakers, dances around, and recites his lyrics. The camera shakes as the bassline rattles the screen, complimenting this element of the production seamlessly. After the brief song culminates, he quizzes the students on what they learned before turning it into a full-on infomercial promoting his Pimpin’ class for anyone else who is interested in learning the trade.
Considering there are single songs that last longer than this project, there are absolutely no excuses why you can’t tune into this brand-new mixtape. All seven artists bring something new to the party and although their deliveries and dispositions might sound similar, their individualistic wordplays and cadences contribute so much artistry to the offering. SlitwristShawty gave us four straight-up bangers that are sure to get any function bumping, and you can get familiar with some of the most promising talents coming out of the Motor City. Since this is the first volume of the Mudd Classics series, I’m already excited to see what the following additions to the series bring to the table, but I’m going to be revisiting this first volume consistently until we see what else Detroit has to offer. Trust me, you’re going to want to get familiar with some of the most talented rising stars coming out of Detroit with Mudd Classics, Vol. I as soon as you possibly can.
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