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Meet the artists behind Detroit Cinematic



It’s not everyday that two generations get to team up to create history. The emerging, yet accredited producer The ATG is bringing together some of Detroit’s elite for a Hip-Hop compilation album entitled, Detroit Cinematic Album.. The young producer The ATG is ready to carry the city on his back, highlighting some of the best talent. The artist is set to release the album in its full entirety soon. In the meantime, his team is releasing a slew of infectious singles (with visuals) to begin the pulse of anticipation. The project is executive produced by Detroit’s Joe Robinson and the first single Overdue, features Grammy-nominated Earlly Mac (worked with Big Sean, Saweetie, Beyonce, etc.) and the rising IMBUNLEE.

Check out our latest interview here below!

The ATG: When putting out this collaboration project – in honor of our city – how did you determine which artists to personally select. Can you give readers some insight on this process? Joe Robinson is listed as an exec producer – what role did he play?

My goal with this project was to work with upcoming talent from the city, and Joe Robinson made that goal a reality. He scouted for talent from the city, and he also lent his hand in the curation of the project.

The ATG: What do you think is special about Detroit’s music scene? How would you compare our artists and sound in contrast to other places you’ve visited?

To me there are two things unique about Detroit. One would be the fact that it is the birthplace of a lot of musical movements: whether that be Motown, techno, or even Detroit street rap. Another would be the crystal clear diction that many artists from Detroit have, it’s definitely an overlooked factor that helped give birth to superstars.

Earlly Mac: Have you worked with imbunlee before? Was he an artist you hand selected? 

Bun is in my inner circle so we’ve worked together frequently. 

Earlly Mac: You’ve had success behind the scenes, Do you prefer being in the limelight or songwriting?

I prefer both lol

Earlly Mac + The ATG: How did the creativity flow in the studio? Can you both briefly describe the creative process behind Detroit Cinematic?

The interesting part about “Overdue” is the fact that we actually started off with a different instrumental, but I then actually created a different instrumental to really highlight Earlly Mac’s flow and timbre. Interestingly enough, I actually used a similar process throughout the album. I wanted to ensure that the instrumentals complimented the vocals.

What’s the official release date for Detroit Cinematic and can fans expect a visual for ‘Overdue’? 

Official release date for the album is Friday, December 30th & the “Overdue” music video drops Friday, Dec 16th.

All talent: (ATG, Earlly, ImBunLee) – Who are some Detroit artists/producers you grew up being influenced by? (The ATG) 

Growing up, I was definitely influenced by the storytelling, aggression, humor, and the skill of Eminem. Nowadays, I’ve also found inspiration from Detroit icons such as J Dilla, Berry Gordy, and even Madonna. (Earlly Mac) My fav Detroit producers are Dilla, Young Rj, IcePic, Helluva. (imbunlee) I grew up influenced by artists like Blade, Stretch Money, Juan and Eminem. I’ll say Blade & Em influenced me the most. 

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KVTheWriter & Mai Lee Drops New Track, “Figure Out The Rest”



Before she headlines Festival of Nations at Tower Grove Park next month and delivers the re-release of her debut LP ‘FRIENDZ,’ Mai Lee joins KVTheWriter on the official remix to her Reggie Son assisted track “Figure Out The Rest.” The STL posse cut finds the trio trading soulful verses about the 314 and all it’s allure over melodic guitar strums.

“I enjoyed sharing my artistry with KVtheWriter and Reggie Son. It was my first time working with them and I loved the experience. The song’s production is unique and allows each artist to stand out on the song. I felt like I gave St. Louis a bit of sexy sauce with my vocals,” say’s Lee speaking on the collaboration exclusively in a press statement.

A medley of the people and places she represents, Mai Lee transcends the boundaries of music and fashion. Growing up in Missouri, the seasoned singer has always had music on her mind and in her heart. Attending performing arts schools during her youth, she uses those experiences to create a unique genre blending sound. Known for her intoxicating and soulful vocals, Mai Lee has shared the stage with artists such as Megan Thee Stallion, 2 Chainz, Fetty Wap, Estelle, and Busta Rhymes, performing in front of an audience of 20K+ people.

While you may hear some familiar influences in her sound, Mai Lee notes her parents as her biggest inspirations for her music career. Fleeing from Vietnam in 1978 during the Vietnam War, Lee’s parents migrated through multiple refugee camps over the years before calling St. Louis their home. They opened up the first Vietnamese and Chinese Restaurant, Mai Lee Restaurant, a local staple in the city. The restaurant was built from absolutely nothing and ended up becoming the blueprint. Watching them work hard towards their dreams gave her the hustle and grit to pursue her dreams.

Stream KVTheWriter‘s “Figure Out The Rest (Remix)” on your DSP of choice after the jump and watch the Vietnamese R&B/Pop vocalist live performance visual for “Von” | HERE.

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Bando Shines On New Single “Chain On”



HTX’s artist to watch Bando connects with in-house producer Thizaezbeat for his latest release “Chain On.”

Perfect for getting dressed, pre-gaming, driving to your destination or the main event, the statement making track can turn any situation into an experience to remember. Serving as his second drop of 2024 following “Sack” with label mate 4, “Chain On” is yet another example of what fans can expect from his upcoming EP, Bando Tape.

Barely legal but wise beyond his years, Rodney Jones BKA Bando is a teenage Hip-Hop artist hailing from Houston’s Fourth Ward. Though he only began seriously pursuing music in 2022, he’s already secured a record deal with Danuel House Jr.’s music collective 4DHouse Ent in partnership with Steve Stoute’s United Masters. Even with a limited catalogue, including 4 collaboration “Sack” which has already gained over 100K+ streams, the rising star is already proving that the faith his label head and community have in him won’t go in vain.

“This song is an anthem for all my motion having playa partnas who can get the attention of any woman just by stepping in the room,” say’s the rising Rap act when describing the record in a press statement to Medium Creative Agency. Stream “Chain On” via your DSP of choice below.

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Keem Shaka Q&A “5 Star” Single, His Highly-Anticipated Debut Album + More




In the heart of Hip-Hop, New York City, a rising talent named Keem Shaka is generating significant buzz for himself. His new single “5 Star” is one of the main factors and  is certainly one of the Summer’s anthems. Since its release, it has amassed over 300k plays on Spotify, along with the visual doing nearly the same with 250k views on YouTube.

Aside from his Tri-State roots, Keem’s musical path is also influenced by a diverse range of experiences from both the South and the West Coast. This mix of backgrounds results in a unique sound and visual style that mesmerizes his listeners. His music is characterized by gritty lyrics, a raspy vocal delivery, and a confident swagger reflective of his City.

Check out our exclusive interview with the “5 Star” talent below.

Q: The official video is doing well too — over a quarter million views on YouTube. Tell us about the visual and how it was at the shoot.

Keem: “The visual captures the record perfectly. And you know I had to have “5 Star” females in it. It was a fun shoot, I love how it all turned out!”

Q: You’ve released a slew of successful singles but fans are now eager for your debut album? Can we expect it anytime soon?

Keem: “When the time is right for sure.. but as of right now, I’m focused on “5 Star.” It has a lot of life left, especially for the rest of the Summer. What I can say though is that, my album is DONE. It’s crazy and I can’t wait for everyone to hear it. But everything is timing. It’ll be worth the wait.”

Q: “5 Star” is your biggest record to date — how do you plan to follow-up and close out the rest of the year?

Keem: “Definitely going to keep pushing “5 Star” .. but I recently did drop two quick freestyles for my fans. “Not Like Us” and “Worth It.” I do have a few more surprises in the tuck so stay tapped in. Trust me.. we’re just getting started!”

Be sure to follow Keem Shaka on Instagram for all news and updates.

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