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Lists: 5 Oddball Facts About Detroit’s Biggest Rappers



Big Sean, Dej Loaf, Kash Doll, Team Eastside Peezy, Tee Grizzley

Everybody’s got a story. In Detroit, these stories are quirky and original to the point that you’ll be surprised at some of the things you can find. We looked at the stories of some of our biggest stars and discovered some information that’ll surprise you. From Kash Doll to Dej Loaf, the city is populated by some very interesting characters. Take a look at some oddball facts about some of our biggest artists.


Kash Doll’s $40,000 Night

Kash Doll’s very open about her pre-rap career: she was an exotic dancer at Spinx Showgirls in Detroit, MI. She made a ton of money dancing in a not so typical fashion – she rapped more than actually danced. In an interview with The Fader, she revealed that her sets usually consisted of her walking back and forth on stage, reciting songs instead of focusing on moving her body. Her famous $26,000 night that she openly discusses was on one of these nights. In addition to that money though, she made more off the stage. The $26,000 figure that she talks about came from floor money only. At the door and the bar is where she racked up over $13,000 more. She said that the money was so high from the ground that it came up to her shin.


Big Sean’s First Ode to Detroit Was Produced By A Superstar Producer Before His Time

One of Detroit’s biggest artists who constantly brings light to his city is Big Sean. Over the course of his lengthy career, he’s crafted numerous odes to the city by providing realistic depictions of life there. In 2010, on his Finally Famous Vol. 3 mixtape, he released the largely under-the-radar “Hometown,” produced by Eliseo of Treal and, surprisingly, Metro Boomin – at the time, only 16 years old. Who would have guessed that Boomin would go on to become one of the biggest producers of this generation


Tee Grizzley Read Robert Kiyosaki’s Rich Dad Poor Dad

Due to some crimes that Tee Grizzley’s not afraid to discuss in interviews, the 23-year-old rapper served a jail sentence that gave him time to get his head in a number of books. One of them was Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki, Founder of Rich Dad company and real estate investor. The book serves as an entry point to financial understanding and gives detailed information on how to develop a millionaire mindset. It’s a recommended read by a number of self-improvement blogs and millionaires who cite the book as what gave them the start they need.


Eastside Peezy Isn’t A Fan of Plastic Surgery on Women

Nowadays, going under the plastic surgeon’s knife is something that people don’t hesitate to do. It’s become so commonplace in society that bodies modified by surgery have become the standard that natural bodies are judged again. Women often go under the knife to get their breasts or butts enhanced, usually sucking fat out of an area to enhance them. Implants also go in either area. Peezy, of Team Eastside, is a unique individual: he doesn’t like fake butts and never will. While he’s admitted to dealing with them in the past, he doesn’t prefer them.


Dej Loaf Was A Janitor At A Chrysler Car Plant

In 2014, Dej Loaf’s “Try Me” dominated air waves with its silky smoothness, Carribean influence, and bouncy vocals that made it a smash hit. The song catapulted her into stardom, landing her a deal with Columbia Records. Just a few months before the song took off, she worked as a janitor at a Chrysler plant in Detroit’s suburbs. She hated the job, but she kept it because it paid for studio time to record music. Eventually, she quit because, in the end, it just wasn’t worth it.


4 Songs Besides “First Day Out” That Prove Tee Grizzley Is Here To Stay



Tee Grizzley

“First Day Out” was a global smash that 4 Sho helped break to mainstream America. Everyone from Lebron James to Jay Z shows their love for the track one way or another, and the song continues to rule over radio airwaves. It established Tee Grizzley as a powerhouse lyricist and excellent song crafter. Though he’s released his debut project My Moment and collaborated with Meek Mill for the spectacular “Beef,” some people still aren’t convinced that he’s here to stay. Maybe it’s because he isn’t a cartoonish rap personality that only gets spins because of his outlandish style. It could also be because lyricism scares people, so he’s delegated to people believing he’s a one-trick pony.

That’s far from the case.

The thing is, people won’t listen to words alone. But then, they won’t give things a chance without a stamp of approval either. For that reason, we’ve put together a brief list of tracks to check out if you want to hear the best of what Tee Grizzley has to offer. Check these out and further your Tee Grizzley knowledge today. You will surely become a fan, if you aren’t already.

From The D To The A (feat. Lil Yachty)

This collaborative track with Lil Yachty is perhaps one of Grizzley’s best releases to date. A heavy piano presence in the background plays off of the pounding bass, giving both Grizzley and Yachty something to really spit to. The duo trade verses with Grizzley bringing the viciousness while Yachty brings his usual brand of bravado and claptrap elevated to eleven.

Standout lyrics:

He came with you, so if he steal it fall on you, we on your ass
Have your mans call his mans, make sure they ain’t movin’ fast

Real Niggas

Have you ever heard Grizzley harmonizing? Chances are, you haven’t checked this out. Grizzley switches it up here, bringing something new and showing his blossoming versatility. He lets you know the truth: if you’re real, you don’t have to say it. And that’s the truth, too many artists nowadays proudly proclaim their authenticity every other line. Grizzley prefers to sit back, play it cool, and let his resume speak for itself. That’s the right way to go.

Standout lyrics:

Fuck Curry I’ma rock with the Pistons
Fuck Peyton I’ma rock with the Lions


The movie Detroit, which came out earlier this year, recounts a racially charged incident involving black men and cops at the Algiers Motel in 1967. Grizzley decided to capture the raw authenticity and emotion around the incident and created a career standout track called “Teetroit.” The song is in a similar vein to “First Day Out” in speed and cadence, but that doesn’t stop it from climbing to new heights. It’s a lyrical masterpiece, heavy with fear and the confrontation of society’s injustices.

Standout lyrics:

I grew up on Joy Road it’s a lotta villains
How we gon’ put them choppers down, these people tryna kill us
Cause they puttin’ up prisons, stadium for the Pistons
Only thing niggas ain’t puttin’ up is the pistols

Straight To It (feat. Band Gang)

It should be common knowledge by now that anytime Grizzley hops on a fast-paced beat, it’s murder for the production. This latest case, “Straight To It,” is no exception. Grizzley hops on the track and kills it, easily, as expected. It features guest verses from Band Gang members Paid Will and Masoe who each hold their own with Grizzley, as hard as that may be. This track may have been from 2016, but it shows just how high the bar that Grizzley set himself was before the release of “First Day Out.”

Standout lyrics:

Jump out the whip get his mans, rip them niggas flesh
Free the real, keep the rest, choppa eat the vest

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Lists: 5 Texas Rappers You Need To Know



5 Texas Rappers You Need To Know

Texas is a world unto itself – it’s birthed a subset of rap culture that’s elements have come to be defining elements of hip hop itself. With legends like Pimp C, Bun B, Slim Thug, and Trae Tha Truth hailing from the Lone Star State there’s no doubt: something special flows in the Texas water. There’s an endless number of talented new artists coming out of the state, looking to enter the rap stratosphere and put on for the state in similar ways that their forebears have done. Coming up after the break are five artists who have been putting in the work and will no doubt become mainstream successes in the near future.

Diego Money (Dallas, TX)

Diego’s been traversing the underground rap circuit for years. His work with MexikoDro and Stoopidxool has given him a cult following on Soundcloud where he’s revered as an original. As a matter of fact, Playboi Carti’s style is rumored to be inspired by Diego, to which he says that it is indeed. His easy-going rap style paired with his outrageous fashion sense make him a sure-fire success in 2017.

Notable songs:

Maxo Kream (Houston, TX)

Perhaps Maxo’s style is a direct homage to Biggie’s cool, yet intimidating aesthetic. Maxo can spit with the best of them and can switch his flows at a moment’s notice. He has a loyal fanbase who even went as far as rescuing some of his family members during Hurricane Irma. The sky’s the limit for Maxo and we can’t wait to see what’s in store for him next.

Notable songs:

LE$ (Houston, TX)

There’s no other way to put it: LE$ is the embodiment of classic Houston culture. His smooth, chop-heavy music sounds great while rolling up, sipping pink, or drifting in your car, very slowly. He’s been putting in work for years, dropping one solid tape after another. He’s poised for his big break sooner than later. But the thing about him is that he keeps it so cool that it could never come and he’ll still be satisfied.

Notable songs:

Asian Doll (Dallas, TX)

Besides being drop-dead gorgeous, Asian Doll is a killer on the microphone. She keeps it all the way real and her growing base of fans love it. With her Kill-Bill inspired style and persona, it’s only a matter of time before she becomes your go-to female rap presence.

Notable songs:

Tay K (Born in Long Beach, CA, raised in TX)

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We’ve all heard “The Race.” We’ve all seen the charges that he’s currently being tried on. Yet his star power continues to grow, immensely. If he gets out, he’ll be one of the biggest new faces in the rap world. His small body of work is nothing short of great. He packs a ton of lyrical prowess and panache into each song that he releases and he’s become one of our favorites. 

Notable songs:


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Best of Instagram: Dej Loaf



Best of Instagram: Dej Loaf

There’s something special about Dej Loaf – she’s immensely talented, bitingly original, and extremely attractive. She can rap her ass off wearing a Kangol bucket hat, ripped jeans, and sneakers or turn heads on the red carpet in a Vera Wang dress and matching heels. Versatility is the name of the game. She may not release as much music as fans would like due to her busy schedule, but she keeps the world watching on Instagram where she posts herself doing just about anything. Her 5.2 million followers can attest to the fact that she’s a thrill to watch.

With over 90 posts, sifting through them to find the best could be a daunting task. To save you the trouble, we decided to go through them and pick out the ones that you need to see. Take a seat, grab some popcorn and tune into the Best of Instagram: Dej Loaf. 

Mary J. Loaf

Dej channels her inner Mary J here and does it better than the original. If looking at this picture gave you an urge to go listen to “Real Love,” do yourself a favor and turn on “No Fear” instead.

New York Fashion Week Loaf

Smile DeJa it's Fashion Week! #NYFW

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Remember the days when she had the shorter hair cut? She looks great with the longer-do. Her jacket’s open enough at the top to have us guessing as to what lies underneath.

Nineteen Eighty Loaf

Is it the filter or the crazy assortment of colors that invokes a nostalgic feeling upon viewing this picture? Could it be the crouch or the confidence that make this photo not just one of Dej Loaf’s best, but one of Hip Hop’s best images of 2017? We’ll let you decide.

Just Loafing Around

Dejember 2.

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Untethered, unbothered, and unwavering – Dej Loaf in the flesh. She’s even barefoot for people who have a slight foot fetish. It’s a shame this only received Instagram attention – she should have used this for actor headshots.

Enter The Loaftrix

♈️ season means It's my season ✨ #WatchThisShit

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Look, we know that black is Loaf’s color. Her shirt and shades make her look at home in any of the movies in the Matrix Trilogy. What do you think she’s looking at?

Loaf Me Home

It looks like Dej turned up nicely for her birthday. Her sexy ensemble looks even better compared to the serious look plastered on her face.

Loafness Casual

Get uncomfortable!

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She wore a suit. She has on a tie. That means she isn’t playing any games. She also looks stunning in it, further making her case for being one of the most beautiful women to come out of Detroit.

Missy Loaf

This picture is clearly in homage to Missy Elliot’s “The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly).” With near identical outfits and hairstyles, the two artists resemble each other to a certain extent. The image is tastefully done and she looks amazing doing it.

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