City Slang: Ten Detroit albums best heard high

September 25, 2013
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City Slang: Ten Detroit albums best heard high

We do have the Chronicle issue out this week, after all. It’s not a stretch to suggest that music and marijuana have been inextricably linked since, well, music and marijuana. From the jazz haunts and bordellos of early 1900’s New Orleans, through the Grateful Dead and its legions of ‘Dead-Heads’, and Cypress Hill’s complete...
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All Over The World: Dilla Month Begins Now

February 1, 2012
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Today is February 1st and for thousands of hip-hop fans around the globe, it means the all too short month of celebrating James “J Dilla” Yancey’s life has commenced. The late groundbreaking Detroit producer who touched the lives of countless music fans worldwide would have been 38-years-old this month (Feb 7) if he hadn’t...
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T3 and Young RJ — “Dirty Mit”

October 18, 2011
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T3 and Young RJ — “Dirty Mit”

It’s been awhile since Slum Village alum T3 attempted to make a serious move in the national hip-hop arena. Ever since his former bandmate Elzhi left Slum Village and let it be known to the world why he felt so betrayed, T3 smartly decided to distance himself from the hip-hop public in general. Without...
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Remembering J Dilla on His Birthday

February 7, 2011
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Remembering J Dilla on His Birthday

Happy Birthday J Dilla. Today is February 7th, and for those that have that date permanently etched in their brains like myself, that means it’s J Dilla’s birthday. The legendary Detroit producer and emcee would have been 37 years young today. It’s hard to believe it’s already been five years since he passed away...
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Throwback Tuesdays: Intimate Slum Village Footage with J. Dilla

January 25, 2011
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Any fans of J. Dilla and the classic Slum Village trio of Baatin, T3, and Dilla will appreciate this recently unearthed clip. It’s been making the internet rounds for the past few days only but probably dates back to 2000 or 2001. I’ll let you know if I get more info, but for now,...
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A Great Day in Detroit (hip hop)?

September 10, 2010
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A Great Day in Detroit (hip hop)?

If you happened to be at the African World Festival at Hart Plaza on August 22 you might’ve caught Merciless Ameer reconnecting with the ever-beautiful Nikki D. You might’ve seen Supa Emcee trading cell phone numbers with Money Wells and a passerby asking Awesome Dre for his autograph. See, the scene was a mix...
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