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Detroit’s Dej Loaf begins rap stardom with fashion and fame

Dej Loaf will be an opening artist for Erykah Badu at the Fox Theater in Detroit, Dec. 27, a big break for a young artist looking to make fans in her hometown. In October, The Village Voice of New York City called her raps, a “defiant new female voice,” and she’s quickly become a fashion icon wearing a full-length white mink coat on television. ...

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Eminem single ‘Detroit vs. Everybody’ falls short for local business

The song is currently charting around the world on account of Eminem’s global fame. He is one of few artists in the world whose individual songs can generate more revenue in a year than an average small business. But, missing from the Detroit anthem was a Detroit producer — a squandered opportunity of big revenue for the local arts. ...

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Detroit drummer, producer Brandon Williams releases new album

Famed drummer releases debut album By Phreddy Wischusen The Michigan Citizen REVIEW “XII,” the debut album by Detroit super-producer and percussionist Brandon Williams, is as fresh-sounding as it is romantic. The west side Detroit native, who has shared stages with and/or produced scores of musical legends including Musiq Soulchild, The Isley Brothers, Janet Jackson, Anita Baker and The Last Poets, is ready ...

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The People’s Ball and Summit in Detroit uplifts elders, community leadership

The ticketed event, presented by The Rebirth Experience, will be held in Detroit, November 15, 8 p.m.-Midnight, at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, with guest host M1 of dead prez. There will be live performances by Mama Sol and Mollywop, and a special “Love for the People” awards ceremony. Guests are encouraged to “dress to impress in your RBG (red, black and green) best.” The Peop ...

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Detroit Artist-activist Will See’s integrity merges the soul and the swagger

Will See, known in his community as Will Copeland, works with students in Detroit at the East Michigan Environmental Action Council. In the past several years while writing as a poet, he began seeing more Detroit youth engage others through hip hop in public programs like Detroit Future Youth and Young Educators Alliance, inspiring his own return to rap. He now performs regularly at community events in Detr ...

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