The last year has seen the whole world turn their eyes to the Detroit music scene through a variety of different avenues as many, many artists at this point have stamped their names into the national consciousness from the Motor City, but to me the group of artists that are both some of the purest embodiments of the chaos and problems with their city as well as the ones who are the most committed to telling their stories in the most creative fashion possible are without question Los & Nutty, who alongside their Daisy Lane companions, have built a cult-following for their music almost as rabid as the fiends they rap about serving from Michigan to Tennessee, not to mention having been arguably the most consistent out of their city as the last two years has seen them drop three collaborative mixtapes, several individual projects, and dozens more features and singles to boot.
While I also really, really enjoy WB Nutty’s music, Los has always been my favorite of the duo, and honestly from a personal perspective is my favorite rapper out of Detroit period, and on his latest project War on Drugs he delivers some of his very best work yet unloading fourteen songs and several videos to boot, feeding his hungry fans who have been eager to here more from Daisy Lane’s bad boys. The features on this project are my favorites that Los has assembled yet on one project, obviously including his blood brother Nutty as well as many of Detroit’s hottest artists and underground favorites ranging from Babyface Ray, Rhalo, Brooks, WTM Scoob, Rio Da Yung OG, Veeze, Rude Villain, Shaudy Kash, YBN Lil Bro, and WB Cash as Los shows off his curation skills proving his attention to detail that goes far beyond just the music itself.
Los and NightRunner brought the intro track “It Get Deep” to life with a lavish visual that shows off Los’s menacing, all-business swagger that makes his stories of road-running and drug-dealing all the more believable, carefully revealing the different parts of his persona that have allowed him to survive in the cut-throat environment that he has. Los’s stories of heroin sales and deranged junkies are believe it or not a very essential part of the American experience that has not been documented at all from the point of view that their music comes from and helps you understand the proliferation of opiates and their consequential vice-grip on their users better than some VICE camera crew or journalist ever could. It has also been inspiring to watch Los and the rest of the Detroit rap scene apply their hustlers mentality that was originally molded for the streets into the music business world and grinding so hard and together as artists and that has made them able to monetize their rap careers to a much greater extreme than just about any other city, hitting the road for features and shows harder than they used to hit the Greyhound. I cannot wait until we get the fourth installment of PANAGL4E from both Los and Nutty and also am looking forward to seeing what other creative visuals Los comes with later in the rollout.