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What Will Happen To Detroit’s Hip-Hop Scene in 2018?



As a freelance music journalist, I often cover different areas and their respective musical cultures. The industry moves in waves, with a couple of artists popping off from a particular city with the rest of the city following soon after. It’s what’s been happening in Atlanta for the past couple of years, with the spotlight from Young Thug and Rich Homie Quan providing the springboard for a whole city of musicians to achieve national prominence. Over time, the city comes to be the center of everything, with new housing developments and gentrification making it the pinnacle of millennial existence. Everything starts with an inkling of snow but eventually turns into an avalanche of new artists and attention.

Detroit’s been bubbling for a long time now. Eminem and D12 are only two of the tremendous number of talented artists to come from The Motor City. Recently, Big Sean’s success was the first snowflake to fall on the city. His frequent rep of the D-Town made people take notice of the city, even more than the fading light initially allowed. Dej Loaf’s success also placed a spotlight on the city, providing another snowflake to fall.

Now, it seems as if the snowflakes have been falling for the last couple of years. Allstar JR, Kash Doll. Rocky Badd, and a number of other artists have been the talk of the town, with their music frequently going viral. Molly Brazy may have gone viral for reasons outside of music, but the focus was on the town. Eastside Peezy, Payroll Giovanni, Lil Blade, Jeno Cashh, and a score of others achieved brilliance through music alone; altering traditional trap rap in new, exciting ways.

With the flurry of snowflakes now falling steadily, another chapter in the world’s turning pages comes to a close. 2018 is nearly here. What will this mean for the growing lucrative scene in Detroit?

In one word: dominance.

America has begun to look to  Detroit for some of its favorite artists and emerging talent. “So Good,” by Big Sean and Kash Doll – a bridge between the established and the emerging that has been a gut punch for expectations – is much more than a song about sex. It’s an indicator of the sounds and soul of Detroit and the camaraderie that exists when two artists of high caliber hop on wax. It’s been called one of the year’s most catchy songs. There’s much more where that came from.

Snap Dogg’s never referred to himself as a rock star. He’s simply “The Problem Child of Detroit,” a moniker he bestowed upon himself. But the frantic nature of his music videos shows that he’s destined for stardom in a way that Lil Uzi Vert currently is, but Snap’s movements are more fluid and authentic.

Another aspect of the city’s growing movement is the unflinching honesty that artists use on wax. Eastside Peezy’s catalog – from this year alone – include some of the most honest records of his to date, touching on things that most rappers glamourize instead of speaking truthfully about. This truth shows the maturity that translates to more trusting listeners in the future.

As the days of 2017 come to an end, we have a new age on our hands. Detroit music is opening up in exciting ways and will continue to push the culture forward as the year begin’s a new. I introduce to the world, the Age of Detroit.


Rising Rap Star KP Skywalka Set To Release Highly Anticipated Sequel to ‘Granny’s House’ On May 10th



KP Skywalka, the most-played rapper from the D.C. area, is poised to captivate audiences once again with the release of his latest project, “Back to Granny’s,” set to drop on May 10th, 2024. Following the success of his previous project, “Granny’s House,” KP Skywalka is back with a sequel that promises to deliver the same soulful vibes and introspective lyricism that has made him a standout in the hip-hop scene.

Known for his distinctive blend of warm soul and ’90s and ‘70s R&B samples, KP Skywalka’s music resonates with audiences on a deeply emotional level. His doe-eyed rhymes weave tales of love, heartbreak, and self-discovery, inviting listeners into his world with a raw honesty that is both abrasive and sweet. With “Back to Granny’s,” KP continues to showcase his lyrical prowess, offering a unique blend of spiritual depth and street authenticity that sets him apart from his peers.

One of the highlights of “Back to Granny’s” is a feature from popular Detroit artist Peezy, adding an extra layer of depth and diversity to KP’s already impressive sound. Peezy’s contribution further elevates the project, promising fans an unforgettable listening experience from start to finish.

Drawing inspiration from his upbringing in the southeast neighborhoods of Washington, D.C., KP Skywalka pays homage to his roots while also infusing his music with elements of Jay-Z, young Wiz Khalifa, Boosie, and Pimp C. The result is a captivating fusion of D.C. influence and classic hip-hop swagger that showcases KP’s versatility as an artist.

As anticipation builds for the release of “Back to Granny’s House,” KP Skywalka stands as a beacon for those seeking lyrical depth and real-world resonance in their playlists. With cosigns from industry heavyweights like IDK, Veeze, and Offset, KP Skywalka is poised to make a lasting impact on the hip-hop landscape with his latest offering.

“Back to Granny’s” will be available on all major streaming platforms on May 10th, 2024. Don’t miss your chance to experience the next chapter in KP Skywalka’s musical journey.

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The New West Coast Festival: A Revelation in the West Coast Music Scene



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The pulsating rhythm of music, the vivid spectacle of lights, and the passionate energy of the crowd all converged at the Riverside Municipal Auditorium in Riverside, California at the highly anticipated music festival, The New West Coast Festival. Organized by New West Coast, this grand event showcased a remarkable lineup of notable DJs and artists who brought their unique styles and talents to the stage, leaving the audience craving for more.

The festival kicked off on a high note with the charismatic Riverside social media star, JFromRiv, taking on the role of host. With his contagious enthusiasm and entertaining banter, JFromRiv effortlessly connected with the audience, building an interactive and engaging atmosphere throughout the festival.

The festival’s impressive array of DJs set the stage ablaze with their sensational performances. DJ Trill, DJ V.I.P,, and Cypress Moreno brought their distinct musical styles, delivering sets that transcended boundaries and genres. Each DJ showcased their prowess, seamlessly blending catchy beats and contagious melodies that got the crowd moving and grooving to the rhythm.

The main stage was graced by a lineup of talented artists who left a lasting impression on the audience. Lambo4oe, John Mackk, R3 Da Chilliman, Lil Maru, EBK Young Joc, Memo The Mafioso, DB.Boutabag, Fenix Flexin, Bluebucks Clan, Bravo The Bagchaser, and many more, took the festival to greater heights with their energetic performances and undeniable stage presence. Their magnetic charisma and lyrical prowess captivated the audience, creating an electrifying atmosphere that resonated throughout the venue.

However, it was the festival’s headliner, Los Angeles superstar 03 Greedo, who truly stole the show. With his unique blend of raw talent and captivating storytelling, the audience was held captive by his charismatic presence. 03 Greedo’s performance was nothing short of exceptional, demonstrating why he has become a force to be reckoned with in the music industry.

Behind the scenes, the festival’s detailed planning and organizational efforts were evident. The team behind the event worked tirelessly to ensure that every aspect of the festival was meticulously executed, from the lighting and sound arrangements to the overall ambiance of the venue. Festival Representative Selena Reyes affirmed the team’s dedication and expressed confidence in the future of the festival, stating that this year’s event was merely a glimpse of what they are capable of achieving.

The New West Coast Festival also owes its success to the support of its sponsors. Urban Water, Heavenly Farms, and Cough Syrup by Desto Dubb played a significant role in bringing the festival to life. Their contributions, both financial and otherwise, were integral to creating an unforgettable experience for the participants.

In conclusion, The New West Coast Festival was a remarkable showcase of talent, commitment, and passion for music. From the energetic performances of the DJs to the captivating acts of the artists and the meticulous planning behind the scenes, every element of the festival came together harmoniously, creating a truly remarkable experience. As the West Coast’s music scene continues to evolve and thrive, The New West Coast Festival has undoubtedly emerged as a beacon of creativity and innovation, leaving a lasting impact on all those fortunate enough to have been part of this extraordinary event.

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New Jersey’s TMG Has What It Takes



TMG is a Rising Artist From Paterson New Jersey. He found his talent for making music on accident and went with it ever since. His sound is a mixture of Hip Hop, R&B, and pop music. The people who influenced him the most in music are Tupac, LL Cool J, Notorious B.I.G, Drake just to name a few.

“I started on this journey in 2017 just having fun with it. But I remembered my little brother who passed away telling me that he always wanted to be famous. So I do it for him and hopefully one day everyone will know both our stories. The journey that I’m on now is the next stage of my artistry, and that’s to climb to the top of the charts.” – TMG.

With a nice catalog and new music set to drop soon keep TMG on your radar.

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