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Music you can feel. 

I didn’t plan to write anymore than those four words. However, Reverie strikes a nerve every time.

To Unbosom is to relieve oneself of or disclose inner feelings or secrets. Keep that in mind while listening. How many of your favorite artists are able to capture what hip-hop.. What the essence music is supposed to be on wax? Unabashed expression. 

So again, give us music we can feel. Be more than a rapper. 

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KARI FAUX | SPONTANEOUS GENERATION THE EP

KARI FAUX is one of my favorite femcees right now, even though I don’t like to use that label. Bringing what she calls Avant Garde Rap, she’s fearless. But of course I’m totally biased because she produces a lot of her own music & well, if you know me, you know i’d do almost anything for that gift. Enough on me, Kari’s coming from Arkansas and definitely slick with her tongue and style. She serves. 

Faux’s released Spontaneous Generation, an EP with a self-explanatory name. No gimmicks, she begins talking about how she uses pain to create and how far her generation is from all the potential actually breeding within it. But of course, she addresses more frivolous, key topics in our lives like material things, guys, and hating hos. She wants to have a good time but she isn’t taking anyone’s shit. 

My favorites: Vince Carter, Sun Goes Down/Kum & Go, Poetry In Motion

Check out NO SMALL TALK, as well. 

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DETROIT’S VERY OWN | DEETROIT SOUNDS BY SOUND BOY

Sound Boy definitely takes a few pages from the late, great James Yancey with this project but i’m not mad at all. The tape has true nuances of hip hop with every track. Not to mention the subject matter, it’s all about what Detroit music should be, where it started, how far off the path it’s gotten, and how it’s coming full circle. Sound Boy even pays homage to the artists of today he sees talent in. That’s love. That’s what Detroit music needs. Hell, that’s what Detroit needs. 

Glad I’m done sleeping. The features on the project are also noteworthy. No skips. Sound Boy takes us back to Dilla days then by the end of the tape, he’s updated his sound, love it. 

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MARTIN $KY | STEAM [OFFICIAL VIDEO]

Since spending most of my time (and money) in Chicago (:/), I’ve found it completely necessary to find music that is not drill

Fortunately, I’ve been successful with Martin $Ky and a couple others I’ll fill you in on later. 

Although I’ve enjoyed $ky’s visuals before this, STEAM is one of his latest singles and probably a great glimpse of him before the whole deal thing happens. 

I’ll recommend PEARL GAWD & DRAMA as well.

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SUPAKAINE | THAT SHIT PROD. DAG

Honestly, I like the #Zagteam separate. Supakaine has been getting play lately especially now that he’s collaborated with one of my favorites producers, DaG. The two come together on “That Shit” a track focused on nothing other than disregarding bullshit. They mesh pretty well on this one. 

Just in time for summer. 

Find Supakaine on Soundcloud.

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ADOLFJYN | SWORD FOR HIRE [VISUAL BY JOE HENDO]

"RUNNING WITH NO PLACE TO GO, SO TELL ME.. WHOS GON’ SAVE YOUR SOUL?"

You’d just have to listen. There’s no sense in my sitting here and typing out the break down of this artist’s lyrics, you’re either with it, or you’re not. Jyn comes from a collective of artists called Nightmerica —- not your average rap group. They’re rebels for lack of better words. 

Jyn stands out amongst the crowd without many words at all. However, the bit of music we’ve heard from him speaks volumes. I’m told there’ll be more in due time. 

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ERYKAH BADU | LOVE STORY // Archive Series

Just found an old interview with this Queen. Still relevant today, she’s simply walking art. But you knew that. 

Part of the Archive Series, we’ll be digging up classics and rekindling your love for them right here on our site. 

STONI | COMMITMENT ISSUES ( F*CK LOVE) VISUAL

Reminding me of The Weeknd, Oakland, CA native Stoni reals in the listener with her sultry appearance and catchy, yet truthful lyrics. 

She plays the strongly seductive, but frightened feline in Commitment Issues that every girl plays before she gets over those heartbreaks and blossoms into a strong woman. 

Stoni will be releasing "Exhale" the EP very soon

Look out for her on:


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MIKE MELINOE OF ORGANIC GENIUSES | MAJOR GROOVE PROD BY STEREO SYMPHONY

Mike Melinoe hails from Detroit and is brought to us in part by the Organic Geniuses collaborative. 

Also known as The OG Tribe, this collective has been making waves on Twitter and at local showcases. I’m especially biased to Melinoe being that he is from my hometown. Not only is this emcee talented, but his music further proves that there really is diversity in the music that comes out of Detroit.  I’m eager to see what else they have up their sleeves. 

Download Mike Melinoe’s Latest Single Henry OlSkool Here

Get Mike Melinoe’s Project Daze N. A Day Here

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ADAM REVERIE | ALL I HEAR IS [PROD. ELI MYLES]

Westside Rev is definitely an emcee with a purpose.

Best known as Adam Reverie, I’ve yet to hear a cut without a message. This artist is definitely one who isn’t afraid to show that he understands his roots and how he wants to influence the world. 

Reverie’s lyrics and posts on any social accounts are always drenched in one theme —- manhood. A bold, yet welcomed statement to make when entering this industry (in my book) where he is surrounded by rappers and even R&B (once reserved for love & adoration of women) singers making music about minutiae and objectifying women. 

Reverie’s latest full project is entitled FATHER SON BROTHER FRIEND, the title is a literal summary of his content. Glad to say he’s from my hometown of Detroit, MI & a Westside native, at that. Excited to hear what’s next from Reverie, an emcee who isn’t afraid to approach the topic we’ve heard silence behind for so many years, manhood

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KOPELLI OF COLD MEN YOUNG \ GENTLEMEN JACK

This review has been a long time coming, Cold Men Young has been one of a few collectives keeping the Underground true Hip-Hop scene in Detroit, MI alive and to the standards of true hip-hop heads, (not hipsters). 

Kopelli’s conquered the grown & sexy of underground hip-hop and instilled it in his latest solo project Gentlemen Jack.  

Gentleman Jack is promotes celebrating life despite the ups and downs while preserving the gentlemen. Cuts like Dean Martin chant “I’ve been sipping, drinking, smoking.. simply sip sophisticated.. You can’t keep me down when I’m up in my zone!”

Other cuts like Salty speak on the fact that Kopelli is still only human, and a man at that. Therefore he should probably wish his old love well, yet he’s salty because he’d rather have her, realizing his loss. Still he understands, life must go on, even after love.

Salud concludes the project seamlessly. Its a culmination of all the themes heard on the project yet isn’t redundant.

Look out for more from Kopelli & Cold Men Young

STANDOUTS: VanHunt, Dean Martin, She Hate Me, production from The Olympics, Features from most of Cold Men Young, smooth Vocals. 

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