Michigan is a state fraught with music history. From Berry Gordy and the sounds of Motown to Eminem, one of the most recognized hip hop artists on the planet, Michigan has it all. Detroit, in particular, continues to be a acknowledged for most of the talent coming out of the Great Lakes State. Most people, however, don’t know or recognize that Flint was actually a hotbed of great talent as well back in the day. Artists such as Top Authority, Dayton Family, Bone Skanless and Jake the Flake are just a few of the big names to come out of Flint. And let us not forget those artists such as J Dilla, Blade Icewood, M.C. Breed, Proof, and Bugz who are no longer with us but whose impact on rap music will always be remembered. I wanted to put together a master list of the top hip hop talent coming out of Michigan that you should be following on Instagram. These are artists, producers, and designers that continue to pave the way for the Michigan rap scene.
Pause. Stop. Rewind! The cassette, long consigned to the bargain bin of musical history, is staging a humble comeback. Sales have soared in the last year – up 125% in 2018 on the year before – amounting to more than 50,000 cassette albums bought in the UK, the highest volume in 15 years.
Does Madlib have a Maclib (Mac Miller) album in the vault? According to this XXL report, he just may.
Since the untimely death of Mac Miller in September 2018, many fans have wondered about how much music he left behind. Now, it’s looking like he might have a lot of left over material, and a sizable chunk of those tracks could be on an unreleased LP he reportedly recorded with producer Madlib.
Tekashi 6ix9ine Official Court Papers: Geoffrey S. Berman, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Angel M. Melendez, Special Agent-in-Charge of the New York Field Office of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations (“HSI”), Ashan M. Benedict, the Special Agent-in-Charge of the New York Field Division of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (“ATF”), and James P. O’Neill, the Commissioner of the New York City Police Department (“NYPD”), announced the unsealing today of an Indictment charging six members and associates of the Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods, also known as “Nine Trey,” with racketeering conspiracy and firearms offenses.
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.
His latest Freestyle on L.A. Leakers is an instant classic that should have wack rappers re-evaluating their career choices. Even better than the L.A. Leakers is a freestyle he did with Funk Flex on Hot 97 where he destroys the mic for almost 9 minutes.
Ayem Honcho, one of the most underrated rappers from West Philly, has just released the visuals to his hit single “The Wake Up.”
The title track to his upcoming project, also titled The Wake Up, doesn’t disappoint. Ayem’s positive vibe shines throughout the soulfully produced Glen Mills track. The video was shot at Cobbs Creek in West Philly, and is a reflection of Ayem’s persona; full of life and surrounded by balance.