Today’s installment of #MusicMondays features the owner of the area’s go-to sneaker boutique showing his skills on the mic, a New Orleans native that temporarily rested his head in Detroit before becoming one of the most anticipated emcees in the industry, and an eclectic pair of Los Angeles musicians. For more, read below.
The Oh S#!t Project
Many know Roland Coit as the co-owner of go-to Royal Oak sneaker boutique Burn Rubber, but as a DJ, roadie and rapper for lauded Pontiac emcee (and cousin) One Be Lo’s Subterraneous Records crew, his history in music is longstanding. After releasing a slew of previously unreleased material as a free download, Ro Spit starts with a clean slate on The Oh S#!t Project. He spews confident, witty rhymes about designer clothes (“Levi Denim (Peep How I Kill ‘Em)”), individuality (“I Do Me”), and hometown pride (“Renaissance State of Mind” featuring Monica Blaire). Add contributions from Michigan’s rapping and production staples—Kanye West signee Big Sean, lauded battle emcee MarvWon, and Red Bull Beat Battle champion 14KT, to name a few—and Ro has one of the most enjoyable projects in the state this year.
The project is available as a free download here.
Jay Electronica’s status as a hip-hop urban legend is nearly unparalleled. His talent has garnered passionate cosigns from industry elite like Diddy and Mos Def. But delayed project releases, an elusive solo catalog, and stories of missed opportunities to record with Alchemist and The Roots question his work ethic. Producer Just Blaze has leaked a couple gems he’s made with the N’Awlins native/former Detroiter, and “Exhibit C” may be the song that converts unbelievers. Over a thunderous soundbed, Jay spits poignant, detailed rhymes about being homeless, reaching enlightment, and old fashioned braggadocio (“I got a lot of family, you got a lot of fans. That’s why the people got my back like the Verizon man”). The song – along with a clean version and an instrumental – is available for purchase on iTunes (click here), but you can preview the track here.
“Crawl All Over”
In an industry where artists seem to be crossing musical genres just to widen their fan base (Jay-Z, anyone?), J*Davey has built and retained their fan base by doing things the right way: organically. The Los Angeles duo of songstress Jack Davey and instrumentalist Brook L’Deau were exposed to the likes of new-wave, jazz, pop rock and other genres since their musical inception. So instead of making music that desperately reaches to those areas, they seem to naturally adopt a wide palette of sounds. The two-in-one release of their EPs Land of the Lost/Beauty in Distortion has tided fans over for a year, and to prepare listeners for the Christmas day street date of their EP Boudoir Synema, J*Davey recently leaked a song called “Crawl All Over.” In this new offering, Davey’s varied vocals and L’Deau’s synthy, spacey backdrop create one of slinkiest, most seductive songs of the year.
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