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Allstar JR assembles a star-studded roster to deliver “Organized Crime 2.”

Detroit artist Allstar JR is continuing to cement his name alongside the most popular in Detroit, with his most recent release Organized Crime 2. Even from the first time I’d written about JR not too long ago, I’ve seen his following and work grow considerably, which is no surprise (to me, at least). The clever lyricism, distinctive style, and pressure-packed energy have only become more methodical and apparent as time has gone on, and it’s clear with this latest LP. Detroit is a music hub bubbling with talent and style, and JR was able to wrangle some of the city’s biggest names for this one. The entire project has a complete and well-rounded feel, almost compiled like a narrative story. Babyface Ray, BabyTron, and Icewear Vezzo are just a few of the names JR was able to land, further showing the respect others have for him and his talents. TraumaTone, W$ Kharri, Flex OTB, Pooh Beatz, ForeveRollin, and more submitted beats to round out the heavy-hitting production team. I was also a huge fan of the interludes, which took shape of radio interviews with esteemed music journalist Ahmad Davis. I listened through the whole album twice now, and I’d say …

Still Shit Talking – [Rio Da Yung OG]

Over the past few years, the Michigan rap scene has exploded out of nowhere. Out of everything that we’ve witnessed, though, I think the wildest realization I’ve had is the fact that many of these emcees have been crafting their sound for many years, so I’m not sure if they just turned it up a notch or if the masses were just ready for a new and innovative sound, but either way, these musicians are finally getting the recognition that they deserve. Detroit phenoms like Babyface Ray and Icewear Vezzo have become mainstays in the industry, but as they continue their rise to fame, other spitters aren’t far behind. In the same breath, Rio Da Yung OG has been doing his thing for quite some time now, and although he might not be as widely recognized as the aforementioned hitmakers, he is just as well-respected considering he pretty much has just as many hits under his belt. Despite the fact that he’s from Flint instead of the Motor City, these two hubs have so much in common that I believe they’re almost one and the same, and the fact that all of these talents work together and show each other …

Loyal Bros 2 – [Only The Family] & [Lil Durk]

The empire that Lil Durk has built over the years is not something to take lightly, and neither is the lineup he has built with his Only The Family collective of other lyrical talents. We might not get to experience all of these artists in one place all the time, but it makes things so much more special when we do, and that was abundantly clear on last year’s Loyal Bros album. Fans raved about this project for the entirety of 2021 and even most of 2022, so it was only right that they made a second installment to the series, and it keeps the momentum going incredibly. The best thing about these albums is the fact that it showcases so many local emcees’ unmatched talents, but it also allows them to team up with other notorious spitters like Future, Kodak Black, Icewear Vezzo, Trippie Redd, and more, bringing a little bit of every part of the country to the party. One thing that I have to clarify is the fact that even though this is Lil Durk’s carefully curated project, it’s not strictly his album, and I quite admire the fact that he is able to take a step …

On My Shit – [Prophet The Artist] ft. [Icewear Vezzo]

If you haven’t heard of him, Prophet the Artist is turning many heads in the rap game, especially with the release of his latest project 3 Major.  The three-song EP includes the lead single “On My Shit”, which features popular Detroit MC Icewear Vezzo. TheMajor follows the single “Moving Tact”, which dropped in August and is Prophet’s only other release this year.  The other two tracks on 3 Major are very different from “On My Shit”.  On the closing track “Never Gon’ Stop”, Prophet moves away from the rapid-fire flow he showcases on the intro “Where 6 At” and gets more vulnerable over an Atlanta-style trap beat. The Newark, New Jersey native was inspired to pursue rap seriously after witnessing the tragic death of his best friend.  Since then, he has started to find some success; his 2019 single “Irregular” has racked up over four million streams across all platforms and he also has collaborations with YSN Flow and YN Jay under his belt as well. Prophet the Artist is undoubtedly an artist to keep an eye on.  He has been dropping songs prolifically since 2019 and it doesn’t look like he will stop any time soon. Watch Prophet The …

Hanging With Wolves – [Lil Durk]

The empire that Lil Durk has built around his Only The Family label is truly magnificent, but I guess that’s what we should expect from an absolute veteran in the music industry. That’s not to take away from his accomplishments, either, because we’ve seen emcees who have tried to do what he has done, but they end up creating a little league team compared to his professional lineup of hitmakers. Simply put, Chicago wouldn’t be the same music mecca it is today without Lil Durk’s contributions, and he isn’t even close to being done. Along with the release of his brand-new Jerry Productions-directed video single “Hanging With Wolves” produced by Chopsquad DJ, Durk also announced that he and his OTF squad are planning to drop their Loyal Bros 2 album on December 16. We already know to expect a myriad of anthems, but with hometown heroes spitting verses alongside the lineup of features including Kodak Black, Future, Icewear Vezzo, and more, there’s no way that you can overlook this one when it drops next week on December 16th. While I’m not sure if his latest single is going to be included on the project or not, I could help but …

Paint the City – [Icewear Vezzo] & [DJ Drama]

If you’re already a fan of Icewear Vezzo, you should already know that there is certainly no shortage of music coming from the Motor City mainstay. He has been evolving from a street legend to a world-renowned icon over the past few years, and I couldn’t be more thrilled to see him receive all the accolades and success that he has experienced in recent history. If anyone deserves it, it’s Vezzo, and I just feel like the more achievements he collects, the hungrier he gets. I say this because so many artists slow down once they see some upward trends in their notoriety, but I feel like he has put out even more music since becoming the industry force that he has become, and I am always here for more Icewear Vezzo music. Just last week, I was notified that he was gearing up to put out a mixtape with DJ Drama, someone who is no stranger to the hottest music in the industry, and I knew that it might just end up being one of Vezzo’s strongest efforts to date. Now that Paint the City is out for us to enjoy, I can confidently say that it certainly lived …

One Time – [Icewear Vezzo] & [Jeezy]

It goes without saying, but I think over the past few years, Icewear Vezzo has made all the right moves and has solidified his spot as one of the best emcees in the rap industry. As it stands, he has worked with some of the world’s most well-known artists, but these aren’t even the songs I personally bump on a daily basis. Instead, I vibe with his solo tracks, the ones where he really lets himself loose and just spits, because those are his playground and I feel like he truly shines brighter than ever as he is able to demonstrate everything he can bring to the table. Unsurprisingly, he is gearing up for another project to drop in just a few days on December 8th, but the surprise here is that it’s a Gangsta Grillz mixtape hosted by DJ Drama. I mean, it’s not a surprise that these two legendary entities are teaming up, but I just didn’t expect it after his already monumental year. To add even more fuel to what is sure to be a fire tape, he released a single with none other than Jeezy, one of Atlanta’s most iconic rap figures of this century, and …

Detroit legend G.T. returns with “Money Counter Music Vol. 2: Born In It.”

Detroit legend G.T. tags Icewear Vezzo, Curren$y, Babyface Ray, Larry June, and more on his newest LP, Money Counter Music Vol. 2: Born In It. The 16-track project gives a vivid look into the genius of the storied MC in only a style that he can pull off. His unique delivery, top-notch production, and big-time features make for an impressive full-length album, one that’s only boosting his discography and status. With this nearly 40-minute project, listeners can only appreciate the consistency and hours put into its production, especially with a tracklist of this depth. Song for song, you can hear different creative deliveries, highlighting his versatility and ability to mesh alongside star talent while also killing the independent tracks. G.T. is already cementing his legend in his own city, though it seems his talent will undoubtedly reach far beyond the midwest with material like this. Listen to Money Counter Music Vol. 2: Born In It on Spotify below!

Trick – [BFB Da Packman]

One thing that I feel gets overlooked when it comes to examining the Michigan music scene is the diversity that comes from the Midwestern state. The biggest sound to come out of the northern hub is one popularized by rappers like Icewear Vezzo and Babyface Ray, but when you look at a list of other emcees from Detroit or Flint, you see that musicians like Sada Baby, whiterosemoxie, BONES, and many others sound nothing like this currently exploding style. I love that because it shows Michigan isn’t just going through a phase in time, and I believe the state is only going to continue proving that they’re here for a long time as well as a good time. One of the most relatable yet intriguing individuals that calls Flint, Michigan home is BFB Da Packman, and even though he has lived in Houston for many years, he still manages to stick to his roots and show off his origins within his music. At first, I became a fan because his one-liners and wordplay were simply hilarious, but it didn’t take long for me to appreciate exactly how much thought and creativity went into his art. Sure, sometimes he may rap …

Dormin’s – [Boldy James] ft. [2100 Bagz]

Over the past couple of years, I have been raving about all of the talent pouring out of Detroit because emcees like Icewear Vezzo, Babyface Ray, whiterosemoxie, and so many others have really been putting on for their city and making it a true hip-hop destination. One person that I’ve been sleeping on, though, is Boldy James, and I think it’s about time that I woke up. I mean, I knew that he had worked with plenty of immensely talented producers like The Alchemist, Real Bad Man, and Nicolas Craven, and he is in the same circle as some of my all-time favorite rappers like Action Bronson and Earl Sweatshirt with whom he toured with recently, but considering the Milwaukee show that I was going to be at got canceled, I had to wallow in my sorrows and persevere through the FOMO. I just had this dumb preconceived perception of him for some reason that was entirely false, so now I have no choice but to play the catchup game, but thankfully, he just dropped a brand-new album entitled Mr. TEN08 that was entirely produced by Futurewave, so I know exactly where I need to start this rediscovery process. While …