Lost Files- II: DII

Well, well, well my loves the blog game has been crazy the last year! But one thing is for sure I HAVE to share this masterpiece of work! DII is a sick spitter from Florida that captured my heart during a freestyle on a dope Monday night at Austin’s cafe. Now, we all know that once I hear bars it’s a must for me to investigate and I’m so happy I did! Infatuated with his charisma and bars on stage it was a super sigh of relief that DII could back up his talent on his most recent drop II. After spinning it once I could off top say that this man carries the full artist package.

A gift that this project offers without issue is that it has an original sound. Effortlessly DII offers different vibes on each jawn. Some joints make you reflect, others make you smile, and some (dare I say)  make you feel like a champion in this life. With tidbits of his personal soul tied into his tracks DII is down to earth in the listener’s ear. Every bar he spits encompasses an emotion and he makes sure you connect with what’s really being said. That’s a rarity in today’s hiphopian times when it’s always a guessing game of what the Donald Duck someone is actually sharing in their music. However, II is clear in direction and the song before flows smoothly into the one after it. I’m thankful and you will be too.

I know you all are dying to know about the production right? My babies it’s some ill work! What’s super dope is how well DII’s delivery matches his instrumentals. Each song is harmonious with his style and he perfectly keeps pace with the music. The confidence and soul only a true MC can exude is found with no problem from DII. Back to these beats though. . .the sound honestly would be hard to find somewhere else. With a couple giving a reminiscence of the 90′s and a splash of modern hiphop with old embraced you can only think one thing: THIS IS TRUE HIPHOP. Don’t sleep loves! Listen. Download. Share like you have some sense. If mama didn’t raise you right then redeem your poor life choices by starting with this. It won’t fail you.

 

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Failure’s Not An Option: (Detroit) Che

Confidence. Such a small word but in these days and times many don’t have a clue what it means. So many spitters carry an air of arrogance with so little under their belt that it makes it hard most times to want to give them a try. Women, especially, these days mold themselves according to what men in the game feel they should be. To find someone who’s honed in on what they want and truthful about their accomplishments it a dime a dozen. How awesome that there’s one I’ve been put on that is indeed that 10cents and more. There’s an incredible rapper who looked up to Bow Wow at the age of seven but is influenced by the stylings of Kendrick Lamar. She refuses to be defined by her anatomy and rather be judged by what comes out her mouth when a mics in her hand. No matter what she stays positive and feels that her time is coming which extends a patience in her that many don’t exercise. She is the epiphany of dreams into visions that turn into reality. Most of all she holds that confidence we crave. The kind that says ,”Yes, I am one of the best but how wonderful it is to grow.” Let me introduce you to Detroit Che. She’s pretty awesome. . . .

There might be a little confusion when it comes to Detroit Che’s name. You’re probably curious why there’s parentheses around it. Well, that’s because there’s more than one way to write this dope spitter’s name. “My stage name, Che, was originated from my original name. When I was younger, my family always called me “Che Che,” so when I got older it just stuck with me. Although people have a hard time pronouncing it, I think it’s a easy name to remember. Some people even throw “Detroit” in front of it and I’m fine with that also.” So no matter how you decide to call her Che it’s okay, as long as it’s done with respect. And that’s something she’s earned. It’s not every day that someone can rap for the likes of Kendrick Lamar. And Che has had that very chance and was even co-signed by him on multiple cameras.  In meeting him she got something special that most K.Dot fans would die for: validation. “Kendrick was just here for the Yeezus tour and my friends and I were front row, and he pointed to me while he was performing. So I felt pretty recognized and accomplished after he did that.” Pretty incredible when the person you admire most musically is the same one to stamp your talent. She’s also had the pleasure of spitting for J.Cole, Juicy J, and Big Sean. Yet she gets better. You can’t expect anything less than super dope from a person who’s goal in life is to make all her goals come to past.

With Che being an optimistic person it’s no wonder that beautiful opportunities come her way. Failure to her is not even a possibility. Instead of looking at an half empty glass it’s full to her all the time no matter what the ounces may be. This even includes her project  TIT that is her favorite one done. Che loved that the tape captured her at the time and was lyrically gorgeous as well as deep but other issues made a least favorite in the same book. “However, it’s my least favorite project because I feel like it was rushed. A lot of crap was going on with the engineers as far as not sending stuff on time, so when it got close to the due date for the tape to drop, stuff wasn’t ready. But I wanted the people to hear me out so bad that I dropped an incomplete tape.” An admirable thing Che has decided to do is to update and re-release TIT to her fans so that they get the  full experience she wanted them to have. How much does she love what she does? She gave up basketball including scholarships to pursue this art. Even though she’s not bragging on the decision it’s one that helped propel her into the life she’s living. At this rate it’s a great one to live.

There’s no telling what Che has cooking. No, seriously, she’s not telling what she has coming musically. Super sad face. “I can’t really speak on any of my upcoming project(s), but I can tell you that the best DJ in the city is hosting it. I also have a big announcement releasing on the 23rd. It’ll answer this question without me spilling the beans, haha.” Darn Che! With her track record of success it can safely be assumed that whatever she’s stirring in the pot will come out amazing. Just as her music she is undefined. Not looking to be labeled because she’s a woman or who she chooses to indulge in makes her limitless personally, but her viewing music as well, music, makes her limitless altogether. Che believes that we should make a “emotion” genre because in truth that’s what music is. It’s not black or white music, it’s what you feel and what connects to your soul. If you think that’s beautiful you’ll find her thoughts on why she’s motivated even more intriguing.

“People with disabilities keeps me motivated. Every time I want to fix my lips and complain, I always think about the little kids with cancer. Those kids have the biggest hearts known to man. Whenever I am in fear, I think about them. The patients who are aware of their circumstances still finds a way to smile, and that’s what makes me smile. Life keeps me motivated also. My friend Renisha McBride was recently shot and killed. Life is so precious and we have to cherish every moment. People say I’m too technical about things, but when I wake up I feel blessed. Waking up is the first blessing of the day, so who am I to not be motivated by something that someone is no longer here to experience? “

Well said. Beautifully spirited and wonderfully talented it’s a service to yourself to keep an eye out. Don’t sleep on her. You could learn a thing or two (and maybe three).

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Raining A Threat: Drizzle

It’s been a long time since we’ve had women with that hard edge. It seems like after MC Lyte ran her race women went the Trina route. I, personally, crave that strong sound and love to see a woman who can rock the mic but gives the fellas a run for their money. I know many of you think that spitters like that no longer exist. I hear it all the time that they’re dead. “No one raps or looks like that anymore.” Or how about, “If it’s not super sexy or raunchy it won’t get viewed.” Hmmm. . .I now have proof that that is no longer the case my loves. There’s one dope rapper that comes with the bars. Her music is filled with passion but her hooks will knock you out. The first time I ever heard a joint from her I was impressed. She embodies the original idea of what a female MC is to be with a modern twist. So who is it? Who’s the femcee that has her debut project dropping in the spring? The one who is utterly focused and hungry? Who has a group of talented folks around that and pushes her to keep going? Her name is Drizzle, but make no mistake. She’ll not only rain on your parade but she’ll cause a couple storms when she musically comes through. Let’s indulge, shall we. . .

With such an interesting name one has to wonder how it came about. It’s not everyday that the word “drizzle” is used. Surprisingly it isn’t that complicated how it was created.

Well it’s not that awesome of a story (laughs) but I got the name back in ’05 when I was a freshman at DSA (Detroit School of Arts). I was apart of the step team and we were practicing outside for the talent show and it started to snow, like a snow and rain mix. And i kept saying “No! it’s not snowing its “drizzling, it’s drizzling” and for some reason everyone thought it was hilarious the way I was saying it so that just became my name.”

Yet, even with a simple start there’s nothing plain about this talented spitter. Not placing herself in the expected title of “female rapper” Drizzle has made it a point to be great at her craft. As many other women she doesn’t care to be looked at from the angle of her gender but rather her skills on the mic. With the confidence of believing that her talent can outdo anyone in the game next to her she easily shakes off the idea that she can be compared to other women who drop bars. “I don’t make the same type of music as most female artists. I really want people to hear my lyrics and gain a different outlook on what a “female rapper” is.”  This kind of goal is the type that make this Michigan native more original and innovative which reflects constantly in her music. Being versatile in her topics Drizzle can often please a host of different people. This has allowed her to push the idea that women can only compete with each other in the fire and birthed the truth that truly they can keep up and even surpass anyone as long as the talent is there.

An admirable quality about Drizzle is her drive. She’s hungry, period. For all my perfectionists out there she’s a match made in heaven for you. Drizzle is constantly making herself a better MC and a better person with the start of every new day given to her.  Even with her music she often goes back to hear her progress. Drizzle was inspired by Da Brat to even jump in the game since she was little. Although that’s a rare name to hear it’s a breath of fresh air outside the typical names thrown. Her biggest motivation, however, are her friends.  “And my friends influence me the most personally. We all have talents we want to be recognized, so seeing them, influences me to do what I do.” It’s clearly appropriate to say birds of a feather flock together and the direction Drizzle is going shows that all of them must be fly. Having a passion for the music started with the classic composition book story but the gem of it shined her 9th grade year when  Drizzle recorded her first jawn Detroit Money Maker with producer TGIFLamez. Don’t think that there isn’t more to her than that. A taste for poetry can found in Drizzle as well. Fellas take notes because this talented miss is indeed single!

Drizzle is getting ready to drop some work on the world quite soon. There’s a track she’s especially geeked to release called Stay True. This will be the single to her coming project “EST. 1991.” Though not a lot has been said about what the exact theme is it can a sure thing that it’s going to blow a couple minds. “[EST.1991 has] Got some great productions and features on it. It’s definitely a classic for the books!” Sounds hella exciting right? I know! Drizzle’s music is more than just an outlet and her life. She strives to be one of the greatest to ever be in the industry and has “establishing a multi-billion dollar franchise” on her bucket list. A tall order to some, a crazy dream to others, but mos def a plan waiting to happen in Drizzle’s eyes. With the wind under wings and the will to be nothing for successful you can bet you’ll hear her name. And if you pretend like you don’t best believe you’ll hear someone else thunder it out. Get those ponchos ready, it’s about to Drizzle when she reigns.

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Bars To Bricks: Madd Illz

In this hiphop game there are many who begin with a humble hunger but once success starts to become more familiar and less of a stranger they morph into some cocky sons of a gun. They become unapproachable and often forget that there’s so much more to hiphop than the mic. I’m glad to say that there is one artist out the few who is the pure opposite. With major achievements under his belt he would have every right to brag or even feel A-List when around those aspiring to even get a taste of where he’s been. He’s traveled around the country and had the pleasure to be in the midst of hiphopian greats such as Mos Def and Kendrick Lamar. So who is this artist that took bars and annihilated opposing spitters since junior high making him the man by his freshman year of high school? Who has the smarts and discovered the true way to be relevant when the mic one day gets taken out of a retiring hand? Or went from being front row at Rock the Bells to rocking his own stage there the very next year? Who is this man who has revived battle rap and still believes in supporting people with dreams? The incredible being is Madd Illlz. In a face-to-face interview filled with humor, real talk, and touches of inspiration he shared pieces of himself. Get ready to put them together. Shall we begin? Let us. . .

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In person Madd Illz is very down to earth. This wouldn’t be a typical description for a man of his status in the game. A person can easily step up to him in awe and instead of treating them like they have a disease he speaks, takes pictures, and might even chop it up. This is rare behavior. When you consider that he’s the founder and CEO of the first and most popular rap battle league with over 100+ million views it makes it even more surreal. Yet, if you look into his past this wouldn’t be surprising at all. Beginning his roots from his older cousin who indulged in rap Illz would put his ear to the door and listen to the music but the true hook that grabbed him was battling.

       “There was a time in my life I was getting picked on. People would crack on each other and tear each other down. I remember trying to rhyme in a cypher and people were just immediately shutting me down. And I came back the next day with battle raps. . .and immediately I knew I was good at battling.”

After shredding his opponent a respect came from his peers that he was vocal force to be reckoned with. Thus began a part of his life that would take him to places he never saw coming. But one question arises as it rightly should. Where did he get the name? Carrying both slang terms ‘madd’ and ‘ill’ deems him to be amazingly great when he opens his mouth to drop bars. He was christened with his dope name from a guy hearing him spit. With the simple words, “Yo, you’re mad ill! We should call you Madd Illz.” came what he would go by, not once changing it to something else. To make it a bigger win his name can be seen as more universal in what he does. Considering himself to be an artist and not just an emcee one could say that perhaps he’s not just sick with the mic but indeed “madd ill” in all things he does. Looking at his record that seems to the case.

 

With so many accolades it would be easy to assume that Illz would never mention any type of malfunction in his career. Weighing his massive battle wins, being successful with his rap battle league Grind Time Now, having faithful viewers, even more faithful fans, plus having one in a lifetime opportunities it would seem that any type of loss would seem like an unimportant scratch on his champion belt of life. On the contrary. Though GTN might be his biggest triumph it has also been his biggest failure. As any genius idea the league was created out of a great place and grew unexpectedly. “It was a dream come true. It’s that story where it’s just like we were putting stuff out and all of a sudden it blew up.” With positive responses from the hiphop community success quickly found Illz, his co-founder, and other counterpart. Both also happened to be his best friend. As they continued on this unknown path and refreshed a part of hiphop that had been dying they soon found themselves disagreeing on the vision of what GTN was to be. “I guess how young I was mentally when setting up Grind Time I didn’t look at it from a business aspect. I looked at it as this is culture and these are my best friends. I went into business with my best friends and it started turning horrible.”  Eventually a split happened and Madd Illz kept Grind Time Now rolling despite losing his closest friends. The issues that came with it were tough enough, but for him he sacrificed a lot more than just camaraderie. Being married and having a baby girl on the way he had different responsibilities but putting the league first cost him his family in the process. With broken pieces splayed in front him Madd Illz made a choice to overcome the obstacles. Enriched with life lessons one can see his wisdom in his business handling and the results of those hard times are testified in his current achievements. Way to make a comeback, right?

 

Madd Illz is seen as a serious off-the-dome threat but one thing many people would never guess is that he’s a gamer. One of his favorite ways to knock off tension is through that and of course writing. As most of us out there he enjoys killing off people in Grand Theft Auto but he also likes to go back to his soothing therapy of the traditional pad and pen. You may not find a journal full of deep dark secrets but as a creative mind he lets the ink bleed however he feels in times of stress. Being a battler he has taken it upon himself to go beyond the mic and started to learn the actual business. From knowing how to throw shows to being on stage he has strived to learn it all. With having an inspiration in Tech N9ne, who has a well ran label and solid music career, Illz never wants to settle out with being know for just his mic skills and offer more than the typical. There is, however, something more intriguing about him on a personal note that most couldn’t hypothesize if they tried. “I tend to fall in love with things too quickly. That can lead me to being hurt but it can also lead to learning a lot quicker from those things.” Don’t get it twisted, Madd Illz is no pansy but as any strong person a sensitive side must thrive somewhere for the balance. If you pinpoint the softest part of his heart it would indefinitely be his daughter. Naming her as his biggest motivation you could feel his love for her when he speaks. In a society where men are known for abandoning their own Illz takes the responsibility of “another person depending on you” serious and finds her to be the reason he grinds as hard as he does. That deserves applause. In addition, he lives his life unbolted and without problem expresses how he currently feels. With nothing to hide Madd Illz doesn’t live as a mystery man but instead has open arms for people to know who he is. Quite impressive.

 

Not identifying with just one scene or sound of hiphop has allowed Madd Illz to transcend the expected bounds. As some artists may want their people to know about love or to be themselves he has a message of revelation and unity. Illz wants the hiphop community to realize that despite the competitive quality that has always been around and forever will there’s a much bigger picture being missed. “I just want people to know that these systems are there. And they’re there to put us against each other.” Some might view this as a “Matrix message” but that’s not quite the idea. Instead of people coming together Madd Illz has noticed, especially in the battle league, that when a group is successful and another one is as well one would be influenced by another source to pit themselves against their budding brother instead of feeding off them in a positive way. In such a hustled arena giving a hand expands everyone but tearing down hurts everybody. Illz makes this problem a part of his mission and can often be seen helping and giving opportunities to others as well as finding a way to bring differing people together so everyone can ultimately succeed. Only a great can put the world on his shoulders, but it takes an amazing person to get everyone to share the load. Let us be grateful he is the latter because in that is peace and within peace is a better future. Salute him.

 

Get to know MADD ILLZ:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/maddillz

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YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/maddillz

 

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Steady Vibe: Mike Melinoe

How can I begin. . .I feel like so many people sleep on Mike Melinoe it’s absolutely ridiculous! I don’t always take interests in an artist’s growth but Melinoe is one that I always get curious in seeing how far he’s coming along. He embodies classic hiphop in the way he attacks his music and with a touch of modernism he is truly the present in everything he drops. I absolutely love his newest drop Steady Vibe for many solid reasons. For one, the production work Stereo Symphony did is PHENOMENAL! I legit almost shed a tear it’s that sick yo! Mike Melinoe drops some real bars on this joint for real and dare I say he actually gives a steady vibe the whole time. From delivery to feels it’s all there and you’d be foolish not to give it a spin. Click the link. Listen. Download. And listen multiple times. Share it like you have some sense. You don’t want to keep sleeping!

 

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Garlic Butter: A-Minus ft. Guilty Simpson

It’s no secret that A-Minus is a music killer. Every time he drops a track it has a dope vibe and bars to match. His newest jawn Garlic Butter is no different. With such a delicious title it has to be ill, right? (Am I the only one noticing food trends in his song names tho. .) With a sick production done by 5ynot it was a shoo-in to be a winner and the moment A-Minus started dropping those bars it sealed the deal. With a smooth delivery and a hint of cockiness it’s a joint that any hiphop head wouldn’t mind jammin too. But one thing that was a nice add in was Guilty Simpson featuring. Giving a laid back feel in his verse mos def blended well with the rest of the track. No doubt this was a dope job well done the way it all came together. So go ahead, make that spaghetti, and get that bread ready. Garlic butter is ready to leave a great taste in your mouth!

 

 

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A Project Doing It’s Own Thang: International Rob B’s Flourish

There’s so much music out right now that copies off one another. Our course to most of the hiphop community wants music that talks about big booty broads or says throwing cash is all we need. Then there’s the ones of us who know music is meant to be oh so much more than that! Here is a project to begin your year that, well, gives you more than the average. With creative thought processes seen and some ill bars to match I’m sure it will be something you rock with. Dig in. . .

This isn’t my first time posting about Florida artist International Rob B and probably won’t be my last. Why is that? Simply because this man gives some dope music for the hiphopian ear. Rob B is a smooth criminal at it’s finest musically. He does more than just drop lines over a beat, but instead woos his instrumentals and spits game to it with his lyrics. Sounds sexy don’t it? Oh, it can be! His newest LP Flourish is a prime example of how this guy gets down. With everything from an R&B feel to turn up tracks he gives you a little taste of something to play everyday of the week. With there being 8 jawns on this project you can rock a song a day plus that extra drop of loving when you need it.Whether you’re trying to reminisce a summer love or throw stacks after work International Rob B has you covered on all sides.

One solid thing for sure on this LP are the instrumentals. You can go from taking a bath to twerking (okay, maybe not that) but getting hype from the variety given on the production end. Make no mistakes about it though, the bars do and will go in. Rob B gives vivid pictures in the way he paints his songs. Delivery is always full of the perfect energy and it’s almost impossible to not feel what he’s expressing. Infusing charm plus wit gives an impressive earful from his mouth to your soul. Rob B brings himself into each track and you often feel like he’s offering a piece of his life view. If out the norm is what you seek this would be it. International Rob B doesn’t fit the modern day mold but indeed can please a modern day listener with Flourish. So stop playing and hit that button. Don’t miss out on this. Your soul is waiting to be rocked, don’t sleep.

 

International Rob B: FLOURISH

International Rob B: FLOURISH

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