Larry Donaldson better known as Lil Larry was convicted in 2006 for the murder of Detroit legend Blade Icewood. Little is know about Larry, legend has it he was a notorious hit man. Larry is currently serving a life sentence for multiple murders. Besides being a total scum bag, he also wins the award for the best mugshot. Below are few highlights from his State Of Michigan appeal that was obviously denied in 2008. If anyone has any more information about this crazy f*** please send it to email@example.com. I would like to do some more investigating.
Personally, I feel that the state of hip-hop has been uninspiring over the last few years. Maybe I was spoiled by the era I grew up in; Public Enemy, Gang Starr, MC Breed, One Be Lo, Esham, Scarface, Ras Kass, Dead Prez, Wu-Tang, O.C., Cormega, Nas, and Pac are the storytellers I admired. Don’t get me wrong, there is a lot of good music being released, but there is also a lot of garbage being released. Now that any high schooler with a tattooed face can cheaply purchase a microphone, computer, and music software the game has changed. Add a Soundcloud page and voila, a generation of wannabe rappers and producers are born.
I ran across this great article on racked.com that highlights Detroit’s obsession with Cartier glasses. Here’s an excerpt.
Detroit hip-hop and rap lyrics in particular played a vital role in educating young men on Cartier culture. Frequent Eminem collaborator Royce da 5’9”, who’s almost never photographed without a Detroit Tigers hat and some Cartier frames, mentions them on songs like “Shake This”: “On some couple thousand-dollar suit type shit / From behind thousand-dollar Cartier scrips.” One underground group called Bandgang refers to themselves as “The White Buff Boyz,” although, as their manager told me, they recently had all of their glasses confiscated in a federal raid. And in an early track from rapper Danny Brown called “Cartier,” he raps, “And I think them wood frames better on me / Sold ’em for six, coulda got a G.” Thanks to artists like these, Cartier has received a wealth of free advertising, and, according to Rosenberg, the music has actually translated into revenue.
Blade Icewood was set to be the first gangster rapper from Detroit to blow up on a national scale. Tone “AK” Scott produced many of his most well known songs, and I teamed up with AK (who also worked with me on the T Stuckey Story) to bring the “The Preview Volume 2: The Blade Icewood Story” this uncut interview features K-Deezy- one of Detroit’s most well known underground artists talking about the life, times, and death of the Great Lakes Ruler Darnell “Blade Icewood” Lindsey.