Tuesday, January 05, 2010

I know it's 2010, but I wanted to begin my first post of the decade by reflecting back on some Detroit hip-hop that dropped at the end of 2009. The best part about these releases is that they are all free for download. Some of these artists you may know, and others you may not. Regardless, put ears on all of these artists and hear what you think. First up is the dope emcee Elzhi from Slum Village fame. Many of you may not know, but Elzhi was a solo artists on Detroit's underground scene long before he joined Slum Village. Working with SV definitely gave him more exposure to the masses, but I think he shines more as a solo artist. In the fourth quarter of 2009, Elzhi dropped his solo mixtape "The Leftovers Unmixtape" for his fans. If you didn't get a chance to get it before, click the mixtape cover and grab it!

Next up to the batter's box is Marvwon (a.k.a Marvin Wonderful). Marv is definitely a local favorite on the Detroit hip-hop scene. He's been putting in work for many years around the way, and has earned the respect of his comrads. I came to know Marv back in the day as a member of the infamous Detroit Fat Killaz rap group alongside King Gordy, Bango and my homie Fatt Father. What I dig about Marv is that he keeps it street and he reps that Detroit flavor to the fullest. DJ Houseshoes (another Detroit favorite) and Marvwon dropped a free (very album-like sounding) mixtape last year called "Way of The Won" featuring 11 tracks. The hottest guest featuring on this joint is definitely the soul singer Bilal. We can always use a little more Bilal in our lives. Production duties were handled by Mr. Porter (D-12), Black Milk, 14KT and DJ Houseshoes. Check this album out by clicking the cover, then go to his website: MARVWON ONLINE and show him some love.

A new edition to the Detroit rap game is Ro Spit! He has made a local name for himself as an emcee in a short period of time. However, Ro is already known for his local Detroit sneaker store called Burn Rubber Detroit where you can go and step your shoe game way up. The dude is defnitely businesses minded, so now he's trying his hand in the rap game. He dropped his debut album "The Oh S#!t Project" back in November of 2009 and so far it has gotten a lot of positive praise. Guest appearances on the album include Bun B (UGK), Monica Blaire, Stretch Money, MarvWon and few other locals. It has 21 tracks on it! Get the new Ro Spit joint by clicking the cover above.

Also, just in case the joints above aren't enough to fill your craving for Detroit and the hip-hop music that is created here, I have one more local ear-goodie you should to endulge in. A crew of local emcees: Black Milk, Fat Ray, MarvWon, T3, Fatt Father, Buff1, Ro Spit, Phatboy Chef and One Be Lo have come together to make a track in rememberance of the Detroit Riots of 1967. Local clothing companies Burn Rubber and Acapulco Gold are backing this lyrical tribute and the clothing that's associated with it.

Click: DETROIT RIOTS to download the dope track and get more info...

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