A hot preview to Dogmatic's upcoming Reality Show mixtape

Kevin Bailey aka Dogmatic truly represents Detroit’s real 8 Mile Road. His music fully testifies it. The Sick Notes soldiers will take his listeners by surprise with his assaultive style. Dogmatic’s words an instrumentals are very Detroit City alike. Like hit-and-run units, the electric guitars in the background will proudly carry Dogmatic’s belligerent spirit. Ready for war?In Drama, Dogmatic attacks snitches in a very pugnacious manner. Instrumentals and lyrics are hard hitting. Dogmatic is in the building and is taking the scene over by force. He is braveness is insolent and his skills undeniable.
Murdering You is one of those beautiful Proof-Dogmatic collaboration. The entertaining melody, the catchy beats in the background and both Sick Notes soldiers’ energy make this track an unbeatable underground hit. Let both brilliant artists enthusiasm overflood take you away into their rich musical universe.
King Of is built on violin and keyboard sounds. The track is enhanced with some oriental sounding melodies. The autoproclaimed King Of Detroit will convince you with his brilliance. Like a meteor fallen from the sky, Dogmatic s talent shines brightly and intensively.
Don’t miss 8 Mile s tribute to Proof, an excellent track I reviewed a few months ago for the Eminem blog.
Preview Dogmatic’s Reality Show mixtape here.
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B.O.B: Atlanta's pride

B.O.B is an Atlanta hip hop master whose nicknames has different meanings according to the situations he might be facing. So B.O.B can simply mean Bring One Blunt, Business Over Bullshit or Beats On Blast and so on.
I discovered the remarkable emcee a few months ago, around Easter, thanks to a mixtape entitled Inspired By The South Volume 13 made in collaboration with DJ G-Spot, in which B.O.B has some brillant demonstration of his craft to offer.
B.O.B is the kind of emcees that doesn’t leave my hip hop loving ear indifferent. His well mastered flow delivery, his good lyrical skills combined with an original use of his instruments definitely make this man stand out in the various world of hip hop.
Haterz featuring Wes Fif is built on synthetized sounds. B.O.B will attack his haters with an ironic and offensive attitude accompanied by his accomplice in crime, Wes Fif. All eyes are on him, haters are all around, looking at the ground, ready to get knocked out and to hit the dust.
B.O.B’s windy flow delivery will punch them haters right in the face. The dynamic dimension of the track will probably enchant you. Don’t sleep on that song!
Use Ur Love is built on an electric guitar background. The dark instrumental background will let the listener guess about men who abuse girls about real feelings. Follow B.O.B with his bad intentions.
Altlanta Georgia: let B.O.B rep his city with his typical Dirty South instrumentals. The gifted emcee managed to combine a rhythmic and rapid flow delivery with a beautiful sense of pride for his city. B.O.B is incredibly good at doing his thing. Enjoy. his Atlata Swanging track with delight.
Dark bass sounds in contrast with soft violin notes and an entertaining melody introduce Cloud 9, a soft- bitter song. Say Goodbye, Good Night to the entertainer who is ready to take a trip in the colored world of smelly blunts. The ballad alike track is very melodic. It will allow you to navigate into the forbidden world of Mary Jane consumers.
If you haven’t heard about the skilled Atlanta rapper named B.O.B, discover his my space account here.
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Empovered rhymes by $treydog

Streydog is an Ohio artist from Columbus who knows how to put fuel on the fire of his passion for hip hop. The talented artist will give wings to his words and recruit you in no time as an enthusiastic follower.
Get caught into his euphoric, rhythmic storm of words and let the passion get hold of you. Go is built of a strong symphonic violin backgrond that contrasts with some dark and catchy drum beats. $treydog is one of those genuine emcees who will make his audience feel what hip hop is all about. Like a mighty warrior, $treydog carries his astute rhymes. An attentive ear will benefit from his lyrical mathematics. Go is a victorious army taking over with its powerful words, rhythm and flow.
Real Hip Hop will probably catch your ear too. Let $treydog freestyle with ease and then bless the mic on an electric guitar background. Real Hip Hop is about mastering and matching words with ease and a great dose of cleverness. $treydog is definitely not your average emcee: let him put the game on a higher, intellectual and metaphysical level. Let him show you the art of rhyming for the sole beauty of it.
Love Me Not is introduced by softer vocals. The listener will guess easily the dramatic background of the song. $treydog will pour out his broken heart.
Lov2mc is a remix of the Go song. Feel the mathematical beauty of $treydog’s lyrical bullets. He spits with an amazing precision, never missing his target, ready to enflame hip hop lovers heart.
Discover the wordsmith who will make you proud to be a hip hop fanatic here.
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Hopefully coming soon…

A review of DJ King David of Detroit’s skilled Mountain Climbaz, Detroit Streets Volume 1…stay tuned:)
Unfortunately, the mixtape I downloaded was of poor sound quality, so I won’t be abele to review what I announced previously…anyway, i will keep you updated on other projects..

Detroit hip hop's identity crisis (Metro Times article)

Read the original article here.
You might do The C-Note Lounge. Detroit, east side, Van Dyke. Monday. Open-mic night. Local MC Uncle Ill is right. Most of the rhyme slingers here are essentially hardcore or gangsta. You’ll hear a fair share of ghetto soliloquies tonight. Call it as you see it, but in another part of town, the vibe is different.
Hamtramck — more like the hole in the Detroit doughnut. Motor Lounge. Tuesday. The vibe is more “underground,” meaning the MCs here emphasize lyrics more than posturing. Less sensationalism, more dexterity. You need metaphors and simile at this spot. And you might want to be a little battle-tested. You could also do Lush on Wednesday or catch a St. Andrew’s basement showcase on Friday. Each place feels different, and that’s a good thing. Kinda. The tough part is that, after experiencing all of these joints, you may find yourself struggling with an age-old issue.
Wanna know the one thing that connoisseurs of Detroit hip hop have struggled to do for years? No, not to get the music industry to show real interest in our beloved city’s talent pool (good guess, though). Rappers, DJs and dancers have spent years trying to simply describe Detroit hip-hop culture. What’s our personality like in this town? That’s a fair question, right? If you see red or blue, a gang sign or two, you know you’re in Los Angeles. Catch a Southern twang, and a “crunk” in the slang? Mmm, Atlanta. Some cat wearing Timberlands in 80-degree heat call you “son”? That’s New York City, all day long. Stereotypes, true. But as far as hip hop is concerned, cities build their reputation on these kinds of images. They live in the music, in the videos. They also help artists to create distinguishable styles.
Detroit’s lack of a clear identity in hip hop may actually be explainable. Brother Moushetti Muhammed, manager of local artist Budda Bless, has been working to pull together local rhyme crews like Street Lordz and East Side Chedda Boyz. He notes that sense of individualism that exists among Detroit MCs.
“One thing I can say is that Detroit hip-hop culture has such an independent mentality, and it’s crying to be heard,” he says. “What really sets us apart is that everybody in Detroit has such an individualistic mentality. That’s a good thing, and it’s a bad thing.” Muhammed and Ill share similar views, in recognizing alliances that have formed among Detroit artists lately. Sometimes, the alliances exist in moral support, but for hip hop, that can be enough. The most important result of these alliances is the sense of personality that emerges. Check similarities in the styles among the Eminem-D12-Royce da 5’9”-Obie Trice set. It may not be overt, but it’s detectable. Or note the similarities in the guerilla marketing techniques of the Chedda Boyz, Rock Bottom Records or Street Lordz. Among the most distinguishable of these trends may be the production style of Jay Dee, formerly of Slum Village.
Ladies are involved in the movement as well. Miz Korona, who performed at this year’s Hamtramck Blowout, is one of the most respected lyricists in the city. Likewise, Njeri Earth is attempting to do for Detroit what Lauryn Hill did for the state of New Jersey. Thus, through alliances, Detroit becomes identifiable. Hey, it worked for Chicago.
Now, here’s where we twist. Don’t shoot the messenger for attempting to cover too much ground, but there cannot be a discussion on Detroit hip hop without talking about race and class. That Eminem and Kid Rock hail from within — or within the vicinity — of one of America’s most chocolate cities is beyond the comprehension of many. But the fact that they have both reached back to put on cats like D12 and Paradime is pure Detroit union spirit. And that does not go unnoticed.
So how do you summarize Detroit hip hop’s personality? It’s the sum of its parts. It’s independent, yet built on coalitions, grounded in struggle, the streets and politics. It walks a tightrope between war and peace. In the end, it’s the D, and it ain’t meant to be easy. It’s like datch’all.
Khary Kimani Turner writes rhythms for Metro Times. E-mail letters@metrotimes.com.

Pentagon'ron: raw beats from Kansas City, Missouri

Pentagon’ron is a dynamic group composed of Rawbeatzz,Skrillagettaz,Kutty M.A.C.,Street Co. who share their unconditional love for hardcore hip hop sounds with some raw beats.
Anotha day, anotha dolla, anotha beat are the words that introduce Down In Tha Town, an incisive track that is rich of a conqueror spirit. With their gritty voice and their witty spirit, Pentagon’ron is taking over in no time. Brilliantly repping KC with pride, the artists’ hustling spirit will overflood the place in no time.
Paper Route is enhanced with claps, keyboard sounds, violin and flute notes, a good flow delivery and a true OG spirit. Listen to the money makers and learn from them how they do it.
Watcha Chevy Like is built on symphonic violin sounds and rhythmic claps. The song is a good demonstration of the different artists individual vocal and lyrical talents.
Let our experts in fast money making show you their rapping skills.
Listen to the Kansas City paperboys here.
Copyright2007 by Isabelle Esling
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Black Liquid: appreciate some swinging sounds straight out of Virginia

With their dark minded style, their incisive and researched lyrics, their rhythmic instrumentals, Black Liquid brings a new, fresh dimension into the various world of hip hop. Watch Out For the Devil is based oin a subtle sense of rhythm, a sharp political analysis of contemporary America, a true vision of the hood and its racial problems. The bass musical background is intelligently mixed up with some strident vocals. Welcome to a world that seems to be lead by the power of the evil and its demons.
The song definitely offers an insightful analysis of a sick society.
Still is also introduced by a dark bass and drum sounds. With a confident and rapid flow delivery, Black Liquid will force respect among their audience. Both artists rhyming ability is a remarkable duo work that won’t leave the listeners indifferent.
RIP is built on drums and violin notes. The slow start of the song is a reminder of teh ghetto’s allday reality. Day after day, people are losing their brother and peers. Let the wordsmiths allow you to penetrate into a merciless universe in which each vowel plays its specific role.
7:30 will bring you into a very dynamic mood. The song describes the start of the day with its rush. Hurry, hurry and follow Black Liquid in their rhythmic journey full of dynamite.
Keyboard and drum sounds will reinforce the energetic song.
Discover the original artists here.
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