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GTA – [DaeMoney] [Veeze] [Lucki]

I remember seeing Lucki say a few months ago that his favorite new wave in rap is the WhiteHouse Studio collective of sorts which features several different Detroit rap crews and large names, even including some of the top Flint talent on their posse-cut dominated collab tapes that often pit mainstream forces with everyone from first time artists to rappers who don’t take the music super seriously and even many of the people most poised to take the reins of the next generation. For this reason I was not surprised at all to see that Lucki and World Tour Mafia’s DaeMoney back on another track together after colliding on “Scotty Ppls” last year. On this latest track the pair is also joined by Veeze who has the potential to be either a bona-fide underground legend or a mainstream star depending on the route he chooses to take. This joint-effort is both a testament to Lucki’s impeccable taste as well as how quickly the Detroit wave is spreading, causing all sorts of unusual collaborations as so many artists that have pioneered other scenes immediately pay homage to the Michigan scene for its realness, humor, and unique bar-heavy style. “GTA” is hopefully …

BLVD – [D Mitch]

Detroit and Little Rock artists have been showing love to each other for a minute now and many have collaborated since, my favorite perhaps being D Mitch and Veeze’s track “Young N Turnt” and that song in many ways put me onto a great deal of the Little Rock scene that I was not yet hip to. D Mitch is back in our pages again today with his track “BLVD” where he unloads his staccato streetwise bars over Space’s suspenseful and ominous instrumental, varying his flows and talking his shit from start to finish in true Detroit fashion despite being one of the leaders of Little Rock. Arkansas’s music scene has been red-hot lately and I know it is only a matter of time until even more artists from Little Rock and beyond start to garner more attention.

Living for Today – [AC FreeThaReal] [EasyMoney Roe] [Veeze]

It is no secret at all at this point that Detroit rappers love Nashville, and really the whole state of Tennessee in general, and this is evident through the music of the entire city’s scene as “The Tenn” has become a goldmine for midwest hustlers and has been for Nashvillians for generations. While Detroit often shouts the city out and Nashville’s rap scene is beginning to elevate itself more and more it has always surprised me that the actual music scenes themselves didn’t cross over more, but that seems to be beginning to change thanks to AC FreeThaReal and EasyMoney Roe who have been very consistent as of late, releasing numerous videos and adapting the Motor City’s sound and flows while giving it a twist with their Nashville drawl and slang. The trio boasts aspirational and motivating lyrics over a soulful but fast-paced instrumental, giving each artist a chance to slide on the beat in their unique ways. If you enjoyed this track you should check out AC and Roe’s other recent memorable collaboration “Trap or Die” or AC’s solo track “Fuck Rap” which is one of my very favorite songs to come out of Nashville in the last several …

War On Drugs – [Los]

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 …

Stunt Double – [Lil Yachty] ft. [Rio Da Yung OG]

Despite the fact that Lil Yachty hails all the way from Atlanta, it almost seems like he turns into a different person when he finds himself up north in Michigan. He’s one of the few people who truly respects all of the insane talents coming out of the state, and even though there are so many different styles and sounds that all of these artists are delivering, I truly and firmly believe that Yachty did his very best to encapsulate just about all of these personalities on Michigan Boy Boat. Even though he might’ve been slightly out of his comfort zone when first starting to rap over some of these beats, he seemed to come into his own on this project and the most noticeable thing is the fact that his wordplay seemed to be at an all-time high. While it’s tough for me to pick a favorite song on the album considering it’s jam-packed full of bangers, one track I found myself gravitating towards earlier on has got to be “Stunt Double” which features the unbelievably talented Rio Da Yung OG. Despite the fact that Rio is currently locked up for various reasons that he describes as things that …

Who Would Ever Thought – [Lil Aaron Japan]

Just a month or two ago, the homie put me onto an artist who goes by the name Lil Aaron Japan, and although he might live out in Houston at the moment, his roots are dug deep in Milwaukee and that’s the place he calls home over everything else. The song that was my introduction to him was called “Thinkin” and it was a Detroit styled banger that was very reminiscent of a Baby Smoove or Veeze type of flow, instrumental, and overall aesthetic, but little did I know that it was going to lead me to more music that is even more unique and incredible than I could’ve ever expected. This incredibility is shown off in his latest project entitled Who Would Ever Thought, a 7 song, almost 13-minute-long mixtape featuring production from T4 and GabyBatBouta that gives a sample size of all the insane and out-of-the-box styles that Aaron can bring to life. Opening up with “Scotty Pippen”, an inspiring piano melody is combined with some airy, lighthearted synths. As he talks, his vocals are soft and angelic, yet it almost sounds like he is putting the most minimalistic amount of effort into his delivery as the autotune …

Call Me GT – [G.T.]

Detroit rapper and Motion Gang member G.T. has been setting his city on fire alongside his Motion Family affiliates Babyface Ray and Veeze and is back with a new project that follows his project Merciless that initially put him on the radars of many, but Call Me G.T. is still without a question a coming out party of sorts and could not have released at a more opprotune moment with the momentum of Babyface Ray who is looking like he will be the next artist to explode from the Motor City on a mainstream scale. G.T. is getting closer to his goals with this latest project and standout tracks like “Chosen,” “Joe Montana,” and assisted “Fade Away” help document his constant growth as a musician. Call Me G.T. shows the Detroit rapper at his most vulnerable. The passion in his voice bleeds through over some of his most advanced production so far. Consistency is what separates G.T. from the rest of the pack. You would be hard-pressed to find someone who wants to succeed more than him. In typical Detroit fashion G.T. recruited a very solid list of features for the project including hometown guests own Icewear Vezzo, Veeze, Babyface Ray, the freshy freed Peezy, Baby …

Thinkin’ – [Lil Aaron Japan]

There are a few different regions beginning to take over the Rap industry, and it might shock some people to find out that Atlanta, LA, and NYC aren’t in the conversation as much as they were even two or three years ago. Obviously, those cities will always be massive hubs for music, but places like Florida, DMV, and especially Michigan are taking over the entire soundscape of the genre. While Milwaukee native Lil Aaron Japan might not be able to rep any of the aforementioned regions himself, he’s definitely putting on for his city and making a name for himself in his own unique way, even if he’s doing so while currently living in Houston. When my homie hit me up and told me to peep Aaron’s latest song “Thinkin’”, I had no clue what I was in for, and although this is legitimately the only record I’ve heard from the rising talent, I was fully enthralled and can’t wait to dive even deeper into his other music. As far as the instrumental goes, the remarkable producer beatzbyt4 brought the beat to life with mischievous piano chords, hesitant yet impactful percussion sounds, and relaxed, tranquil drums that combine for a …

CEO Flow – [Gucci Mane]

When thinking of different artists who have had a glow up throughout their careers, Gucci Mane has to be towards the top of your list. He completely changed his life around physically and mentally while in prison, and when he got out, he truly turned into a real CEO. He has influenced an entirely new generation of artists, and his 1017 collective is as powerful as ever. This is evident after their reintroduction on the group’s recent collaborative album So Icy Gang, Vol. 1, which boasts 19 songs and features numerous talents such as Foogiano, Tay Keith, Mulatto, Pooh Shiesty, Veeze, and many others who all teamed up to drop one of the dopest albums of the year, at least from what I’ve heard so far. Despite all of these features and guest appearances, Gucci Mane always needs to take some time for himself, because that’s what bosses do. Out of the entire 19 songs, he only does this once on the eleventh track, entitled “CEO Flow”, and he introduces listeners to a new side of him that is as creative and intriguing as ever before, which says a lot because of his extensive and fruitful career. Although I’m a …

Yao Twin – [Veeze]

It’s no secret if you’re into Rap music that sports have always heavily played a role in the culture. Whether that means an athlete co-signs an artist, wears their merch, or listens to them before games, or the artist references an athlete’s talents, their number, or their success in their respective sports, the crossover is never far off. When it comes to Detroit’s very own Veeze, his songs include a slew of different sports references that are included in intriguing wordplays, and the way he incorporates these themes is something all up and comers should take note of. As for his latest sports reference, he talks about the legendary Yao Ming and even names his latest song after the towering center. Of course, I’m talking about his track “Yao Twin”, and although he might not necessarily be referring to the basketball player’s skills, his lyrics are comical yet creative and capture your attention from the moment he begins spitting. Mystifying, tiptoeing synths, mischievous percussion, and succinct drums pave the way for a simplistic instrumental that gives Veeze the opportunity to show off his abundant skills and individuality. As he begins to spit the hook, the tone of his voice is …