New MI Hip Hop: Quest M.C.O.D.Y. x Elzhi x Royce x Nae Smiles & Buff1

6 Aug

Got a long night ahead of me: gotta knock out this Big Sean feature for a Detroit newspaper (don’t ask who – you’ll see it once it’s out there). But first, gotta have some grade A, trademark Ketchums procrastination by way of Michigan Hip Hop.

What: Buff1 x ASide Worldwide x Present: There’s Only One Release Party
Who: Buff1, Athletic Mic League, NowOn, Invincible, Tree City, DJ Haircut, DJ Graffiti
Where: Blind Pig – 208 S. First St. – Ann Arbor, MI 48104
When: Sat. Aug. 9, 2008 – 9:30 PM
First 50 people get free gift bags
Oh yeah – and the tees are back.

Quest M.C.O.D.Y.’s “Fade Back (Remix)” featuring Royce Da 5’9″, Guilty Simpson and MarvWon. One of the better down-the-line joints I’ve heard in a while. From his newly-released album, The Light Project. Detroit stand up. [via MiHH]

Elzhi’s “Colors,” one of my favorite tracks from his album, The Preface, that hits stores this Tuesday, Aug. 12. Produced, like most of the rest of the album, by Black Milk. Can’t wait for the listening party at Burn Rubber this weekend. [via MiHH]

Nae Smiles feat. Buff1, “Favor For A Favor” – Shout out to the homie T-Shells of L.I.F.E. Music Entertainment for getting me this. If Buff’s got heaters like this and the Ski joint elsewhere, just imagine how crazy his album is! There’s Only One, Aug. 12. [via MiHH] Also, click here for my interview with Buff1; he said it’s the best he’s ever had.

Right before I clicked “Publish Post,” my man Shake at 2DopeBoyz sent me “Goin Nutz,” another leak from Royce’s upcoming Bar Exam II (Aug. 26). I’m geeked that he used the instrumental from Jay-Z’s Dynasty: Roc La Familia intro.

+Are Hip Hop organizations Really Effective? – Davey D posted a blog that recounted a discussion at this year’s National Hip Hop Political Convention in Las Vegas about the effectiveness of Hip Hop organizations. I’m glad they’re actually looking into how well they work, as opposed to others just praising any Hip Hop that isn’t blatantly misogynistic or violent as “conscious.” It’s time that we either make it a point to get actual results, or just accept that Hip Hop is meant to talk about on topics but not actually make changes.


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