Detroit

First Look Friday: BabyTron Will Rap Over Anything

For March's First Look Friday, we spoke to Michigan rapper BabyTron about his new music, his upbringings before rap, and… Read More

March 11, 2022

How J Dilla’s Relationship with the Strip Club Chocolate City Inspired His Creative Process

Those who knew J Dilla best understood how his love for strip clubs — especially Detroit's now-shuttered Chocolate City —… Read More

February 7, 2022

Big Meech Gets Reduced Prison Sentence In Detroit Drug Case

Demetrius "Big Meech" Flenory will now likely be released in 2028. Demetrius "Big Meech" Flenory has had a few years… Read More

June 15, 2021

It Only Took Babyface Ray 10 Years to Become Detroit’s Hottest Rapper

We spoke with Detroit rapper Babyface Ray about working with Future, Michigan's place in contemporary hip-hop, and more. The days… Read More

February 20, 2021

How J Dilla Found His Singing Voice on “Think Twice”

Read an early excerpt of the oral history of the classic J Dilla debut, Welcome 2 Detroit, written by John… Read More

January 15, 2021

Dilla’s Delights Donut Shop Is Closing Permanently

"We're not done but we're still trying to build back up," owner Herman Hayes said during an Instagram Live. Dilla's… Read More

January 13, 2021

Black Detroit Voters Sue Trump Campaign Over Attempts To Overturn Michigan’s Election Results

The Donald Trump campaign team continues to push for the votes to be rescinded. On Friday, the NAACP Legal Defense… Read More

November 23, 2020

A Special J Dilla ‘Welcome 2 Detroit’ 20th Anniversary Box Set is Dropping

J Dilla debuted Welcome 2 Detroit in 2001. Celebrate that album with a special 12 disc vinyl box set. Next year… Read More

November 2, 2020

“I Love My Donuts From Dilla’s”: Watch Conan O’Brien’s Voting PSA For Michiganders

Now we all want to know who introduced Conan to the late J Dilla. Conan O'Brien has released a series… Read More

October 13, 2020

Big Sean Reflects on Mental Health Struggles on “Deep Reverence” Ft. Nipsey Hussle

On the track, Big Sean digs into his morals, his obligations to provide for his family, and his battles with… Read More

August 25, 2020

Sada Baby & His “Dance Moves” Represent a New Detroit Sound

We spent some time with rising Detroit rapper Sada Baby, who talked about getting acceptance in his hometown, the death… Read More

March 18, 2020

All It Took Was The Coronavirus For Detroit To Restore Water To Its Residents’ Homes

"About damn time," a former head of Detroit's health department said in regards to the news on Twitter. The City… Read More

March 10, 2020

How Royce da 5’9″ Made the “Anti-Everything” Album with ‘The Allegory’

We spoke to Royce Da 5’9” about the production on his new album, his working relationship with Eminem, the Detroit… Read More

February 21, 2020

Detroit Man Sues Bank For Race Discrimination After Trying To Cash Check From Previous Race Discrimination Lawsuit

The man attempted to cash his settlement check at a Detroit bank, only to be accused of trying to cash… Read More

January 23, 2020

Helluva is the Producer Bringing Detroit Street Rap to the Forefront [Interview]

We spoke to Helluva about the history of Detroit street rap, the making of "First Day Out," and more. When… Read More

December 2, 2019

“Grow the Fuck Up!” Watch Danny Brown Berate a Heckler For Yelling at Opening Act

Danny Brown recently paused a performance to call out a heckler who momentarily interrupted his opening act, Ashnikko's performance. Danny… Read More

October 21, 2019