At this point, I feel like I’m beating a dead horse every time I begin writing an article about new music coming from Michigan and share my high praise for the scene up there, but I simply can’t help it. I just feel like I have spoken copiously and extensively about just how impressed I am by all of the artists up there whether they’re a bit more comedic or as serious as it gets.
I guess the one thing that just still gets me to this day is the fact that they literally came up with their own original style, and even with slight inspirations from other regions, they created their own sound and their own specific cadence that has grown in popularity in such a short span of time. There are way too many special artists to name in this one article, but one emcee who has taken the world by storm and has shown just how innovative this new sound can get is Detroit’s very own BabyTron.
Tron’s flows are simple on the surface but beyond dexterous if you look even deeper, and his wordplay is something that could go toe to toe with any of the best lyricists in the game, even if they’re comical or lighthearted at times. A few days ago, I saw that he teamed up with 12 Mile Visuals to shoot a music video for his brand-new offering “Prince of the Mitten”, and even though the video is awesome, it’s the song that really took me by surprise.
I usually comment on the different aspects of the production in my articles, but this song literally switches up beats, tempos, and rhythms so many times that I actually lost count. I think it’s safe to say that there are over 10 production changes including a portion from fellow Detroit rapper Sada Baby’s hit song “Whole Lotta Choppas” as well as various other innovative instrumentals that all contribute to this record’s lengthy 4-and-a-half-minute run time.
Even with all of these switches and curveballs thrown at Tron, he picks up every new change in stride, never hesitating or getting caught up by the changes but rather using them as an opportunity to show his adaptability and pure lyrical prowess. BabyTron is an artist who I’ve come to never expect anything specific from because he is always going to deliver something out of the box in the best possible way, and “Prince of the Mitten” is yet another perfect example of this, making it something you can’t miss out on for even another second.
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