“Detroit makes the world go round” as said by Phat Kat AKA Ronnie Euro. There are more musical connections to “The D” than one can name. On this weeks B47 Breaks, Nick Speed points out some notable facts concerning Dionne Warwicke’s, “Your Gonna Need Me” and the late great hip hop mayor Big Proof from D-12. Dilla and Proof were really close and I bet they had no clue how this record made them even closer.
I have no idea what Labor day is but it’s a great day to catchup on Bling47 videos. Just sayin.
“RayBanz” is the first single off the Stereo Boyz’ upcoming album “Carz, Clubz & Theaterz” (to be released early 2013). The song showcases Shoua Kue on the hook, the first female vocalist of the Stereo Boyz Crew, as well as cuts from Detroits legendary Dj Los and production by Nick Speed (Libido Sounds, G-Unit).
The Black Opera launched its first mission last year with Overture. The 7-track audio demonstration was the first glimpse of the secretive conglomerate of artists and musicians that act as counter-cultural operatives. Hidden in plain sight, Overture turned heads with production from 14KT, Apollo Brown, Rhettmatic, SlopFunkDust, J-Rell, and Nick Speed. Mello Music Group is providing the people with this introduction, Overture, free in an effort to recruit more people to the movement.
Burgeoning Detroit-based emcee Stretch Money presents his sophomore album 25 Miles Per Hour, through Hot Lava Records. Stretch, an artist defined by overcoming the odds of emerging from the trials and tribulations of the Motor City’s street life, expresses a myriad of themes and issues found throughout this LP. The production featured on 25MPH is composed entirely by G-Unit affiliate beatsmith Nick Speed, who has crafted songs for the likes of 50 Cent, Lloyd Banks, Talib Kweli, M.O.P. and Danny Brown, among others. The collaborative efforts of Stretch and Speed on 25MPH showcase the successful fusion of emcee and producer, which is made evident from the album’s introduction, all the way through the outro. 25 MPH is now available on iTunes.
In promotion of Stretch Money’s forthcoming LP, 25 Miles Per Hour, produced entirely by G-Unit affiliate beatsmith Nick Speed, the Detroit spitter let’s loose “Thoughts In My Ashtray.” This non-album cut, which barrow’s from Kool & The Gang’s “Summer Madness” (“Summertime”, DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince), gives a taste of things to come as Stretch and Speed get set for the April 24th release of 25 Miles Per Hour…stay tuned.
Before reinterpreting the music for a pretty well known classic hip hop album from NY, Will Sessions produced a series of wildly successful live shows for Guilty Simpson, Phat Kat, and Black Milk in their hometown of Detroit in 2009 and 2010. The band had performed dozens of times in previous years within multiple genres–namely funk, jazz, and afrobeat–but had never tackled hip hop until these shows. “Real Sessions” revisits those performances with 10 selected live recordings showcasing their full 8-piece band recrafting beats from Madlib, J Dilla, Black Milk, Mr. Porter, and Nick Speed; with DJ Dez providing his trademark cuts and scratches.