Validation Comes From Within: Meet Detroit Hip Hop Artist Valid

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By: Bre Nicole J Instagram: @bre_nicolej

What’s in a name? For the past  five years, Serbian Hip Hop artist, Valid,  has been working very hard on his artistry, gaining recognition in  Toronto, St. Louis,  Chicago,  Serbia, Africa and his hometown, Detroit.

The upcoming star has just released a new album called ” Reach High”, that introduces who the rapper  is with a song called “Validation”.  The song, produced by Fresh Kills and cut by Dj Los,  paints a picture of how any rapper can “touch mics, bust flows, but the real reward is that you touch souls”. He makes it clear that rap is bigger  than  the paper game and fame. What he wants listeners and fans to understand is how hip hop was and still is a movement that unites all people and paints a story illustrating a revolution, artistry, power, and creativity.  With lyrics  such as ” to me authenticity is a stamp of approval”, he needs no validation because Big Valid is his name.

While signed to Titan Records, Valid has gained the respect and notoriety of Dj Butter,  Producer Topp, DJ J Mac from Beyond Physics. Receiving radio air play at FM 98 WJLB, Detroit’s home for hip-hop and R&B, Valid has also been featured in an ad inside  XXL Magazine and on Vladtv.com for the song Competitor, that was a collaboration between him and SupaEmcee. The artist has worked with 7 The General, Mr. Cliffnote, Pierre Anthony, Keith Murray, and Ellie Sandiego.

Valid , who received the name Mr. E aka “Mr. Everywhere”, was even requested to do a feature on one of Topp’s, albums called, “View from the Top”, which featured Royce Da 5’9″, Joe Budden, Kuniva and Bizarre of D12.

In 2012, Topp produced a track and used Valid as an artist along with Fat Ray, Stretch Money, Moe Dirdee, and Marv Won , called All in All, that hit No. 1 on 89.3 FM Top Twenty Hot List.

Recently Valid stopped by to holla at Dj Sic Musiq  at WIDR 89.1 in Kalamazoo, Michigan,  to drop the new album. The two sat down and talked on Valid’s musical influences,  such as Common, Mos Def, Nas, Talib Kweli, Slum Village and Andre 3000 just to name a few— as well as the new project , some special remixes coming up with familiar voices from Detroit, where the artist is heading in the hip hop game and who the artist wants to work with in the near future.   Some of the artists named drop include Freddie Gibbs, Dwele, and Big Sean.

Valid lives by the code of being authentic, allowing his listeners to savour every word he says in his verses. Valid’s music is poised with conventional substance of his struggles in the hip hop world trying to pursue his dreams while having many doubt him. Currently his new single “New Nasty” , produced by Nick Speed (producer of G-Unit and produced for Musiq Soulchild, Talib Kweli, Phat Kat, and  many other artists), is expected to ring bells, as Valid promotes the new definition of a classy “ride or die” lady in the streets and freak in the sheets.

Valid and a Serbian Hip-Hop, OLR, just dropped a new single “Underground” that is now international. And wait there’s more, Valid along with legends Nolan the Ninja, Semi the Six, and Foul Mouth, dropped the song “Alpha”, that’s laced with cuts from DJ Munja, who has built a highly respectable legacy throughout the years in the European Hip-Hop scene.
His new summer smash radio hit New Nasty ( Murda Mitten Mix), is filled with features from Dusty McFly and Neisha Ne’Shae! It’s one favorite that you won’t get tired of!
As the eye can see Valid has surrounded himself with some prominent names in the hip-hop community and is embarking on more.  There’s much to come from this hip hop artist!
Check out some of his work below!
New Nasty (Murda Mitten Mix) Ft Dusty McFly and Neisha Ne’Shae
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Bre Nicole is a multimedia personality working in front and behind the scenes. She founded a blog site called insidethegirlsroom.com, the fall of 2014, while studying Family Life Education and Communications at Western Michigan University. During her senior year at WMU, she received a full ride scholarship at Specs Howard School of Media Arts for Broadcast Media. Bre Nicole has also interned with Oh So Radio as a blogger, hosted on a TV show called 7 Mile 2 Belle Isle Reloaded and was a production intern for the Blaine Fowler Morning Show at 96.3 WDVD (Cumulus Media Detroit). She is currently an on air radio personality for Power96.5 in Lansing,Michigan. Media is just the tip of the ice berg when it comes to Bre Nicole,this young,ambitious 24 year old has also interned as a suicide prevention specialist and has a nonprofit agency called Saving Our Sisters that focuses on breaking abusive family cycles and prevention of domestic violence and sexual assault in our communities, while providing workshops on emotional well being and healthy relationships.

LEGINDARY LEEMAN’S Exclusive On Hip Hop ,Life, Music, Consciousness, and Staying True To Self

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By Bre Nicole J Instagram: @bre_nicolej

It all started in the South Bronx of New York. Out of the 1970s, a new sound of funk  was developed with a faster beat and speech. Hip Hop and rap !

Although it still remains the same that the legends of hip hop will never die, there are many new faces in the game that pose a lethal threat.

One particular face, Legindary LeeMan,  a native from Southfield, Michigan explains just how the influence of old skool hip hop, funk, and soul has had  on his career in the music industry. Legindary LeeMan describes himself  not only  as an entertainer, but also as a scholar, philosopher, writer, pioneer and genius.

As an artist he makes it very clear that he is not a clone to  society’s perceptions on ‘new age’ music.

“Clones are people who try to act or be like other people. They are nobodies.  We all get inspired by people, but a clone believes in trends. What the hell is a trend?”, Leeman says.

“Clones have no mind of their own. With clones you just gotta kill them with being just who you are– yourself. If you respect it, you respect. If not, then you don’t.”

Legindary LeeMan creates his own paths in life with grace and humility, acknowledging God as his Higher Power. Having a raw style in fashion and taste in music, with his hair worn in a classic style fro, Leeman takes you back to the 80s funk, spiced up with spitting knowledge through his rap lyrics.

Legindary LeeMan shares,

“I respect my reflection in the mirror. I live in the moment of learning as much as possible”

So how did Legindary Leeman get his name?

High school friends gave him  the name LeeMan in reference to his last name and the Legindary piece stemmed from him always being a well known leader among his peers.

In his words “You become a Legind when you are not afraid to live. I don’t spell  legindary the regular way. I spell it with an I  because I am an innovator. I’m not afraid to evolve.”

Currently, the artist who is a graduate from Georgia State University and a proud member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity resides in Atlanta, Georgia and is endlessly working on his music.

“Atlanta saved my life. I never planned on being here. I went to Florida A & M  for  one year, but that didn’t work out. I got accepted to Georgia  State and graduated with a public speaking degree. Yes I have a degree ! College was  a great connection and I’ve always been an honor roll student . Atlanta has opened up my eyes with a lot of diversity and you never know what is going to happen. If you can go to college, experience it. Just know when you graduate you can’t get caught up with everything you are fed, but understand the more knowledge the better.” LeeMan says. ” I learned a lot about me and how to survive in a different way.”

He wants the youth to understand that the choice of going to college is theirs and no one else.

“You may be asking a lot of people about your education. And may be  you’re confused but the choice is yours. Make the choice for you. The financial point is a beast, but if you have the choice  to go and want to go for it. It teaches you a lot about yourself.”

With the Supreme Court’s recent ruling in making same sex marriages legal and gay rights being a trending topic over the past few weeks, certain views on homosexuality were discussed. Due to the high number of homosexuals that live in Atlanta, LeeMan acknowledges the fact that there are many men on the downlow in Atlanta and wants people to know:

“If you’re gay be gay. Don’t hide that. ”

He also states how being gay seems to be the “new trend” that LeeMan defines as clones.

“I’m scared for the new generation because I think they  may think gay is just something to be. Like it’s a trend. I have no problem with gay people though because  those that are, are out with it. ”

Leeman wants people to understand that he does not oppose anyone’s choice in being gay and that his music is for all people. A song called  ‘Stay Black’  interprets just what the artist is trying to convey on being your own person, while informing his listeners that people of color seem to be the most mocked race in America and around the world.

Despite the name of the song, ‘Stay Black’ gives power to people wanting to be nothing but their authentic selves in a world that is so stuck on facades and image. The definition of living life to the fullest in Legindary LeeMan’s mind is ‘staying true to thy own self’.

“Black people are the most mimicked race out there. Other races shouldn’t fear blacks and should instead just respect blacks”, says LeeMan. “Stay black is not to discriminate any race. It’s just explaining how everything is derived from the black race. We all come from the same place. It’s not in offense to any other race. Stay black is just staying true to who you are as a goddess or god. God lives within you.”

Legindary LeeMan illustrates his art using samples of his musical influences from the 70s to the  early 90s. There’s no question on whether or not music has evolved. And although rap and hip hop are used interchangeably at times, the two  genres have appeal to various ethnic groups , populating around the world in many countries.

What we now know as hip hop and rap groomed out of a time during the fall of  the auto industry, collapse of  the steel mills and exhaustion  and lack of resources of social services and public housing for blacks and hispanics in the 70s. It was a way for the people of impoverished communities to unite. Artists communicated on the issues of living in the inner-city, while turning their rage into joy and embarking on turning their art into capital.

LeeMan says, “Music told stories and painted pictures.  Music now is so different these days. I  came up listening to Snoop, Dj Quick, Twista, E-40 Sugar Free, UGK, J Dilla, Mos Def, Wu Tang, and Jay Z.  I’m influenced by a lot of music and have been listening to Al Green and George Clinton and The Parliament to receive more inspiration for my music. One of the first rap artist that my mom introduced me to was Geto Boyz. She inspired me with  countless forms of  music from Rick James to many other forms of classical soul and funk music. My dad is also a  big Blues man.”

Some of Leeman’s other musical influences include:

Sade, Marvin Gaye, Curtis Mayfield, Hall & Oates, Michael Jackson, Outkast, Prince, Aaliyah Nona G, Lolita Deville, Erykah Badu, Tony, Toni, Tone, Queen Latifah, Kanye West, The Roots, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Devin The Dude, Gucci Mane, Eminem, Streetlordz, EightBall & MJG, and NWA.

Legindary Leeman also expresses what new skool is missing compared to the old skool.

“It’s missing the funk! There’s no funk! It’s the groove behind the music and having your own flavor. Music is now oversaturated.”

Don’t get it twisted though, Leeman still has an ear for some new cats in the game ” The artists I  listen to now are Dom Kennedy, Nipsey,  Dej Loaf,Kendrick Lamar, J Cole, ASAP Rocky, Future Young Dolph, Cla$$ique, MasterPeace, and new upcoming artists on the Internet.”

LeeMan writes his music from the heart, allowing the audience to share in his journey of life experiences. From life in the suburbs surrounding Detroit to moving to Atlanta,  took flight on a spiritual journey. He talks on developing a conscious awareness and also getting his heart broke in his music.

“Being hurt in different situations and happy in other situations has given me a balance of knowing pain, but also experiencing a happy and good life. Life is a  journey. It’s about knowing that things just come naturally. To get the happiness you want, you gotta travel back to that kid inside of you and tap back into that happiness you once had.  It’s all in staying true. When I write it’s more than me talking. It’s the universe. It’s a power within me.”

A song called ‘Burn Out’ featuring vocalist Tayla D, touches on the sensitive side of being in love with a woman but not being equally yoked.

“The song  was a real story that happened in my life. It is indeed a beautiful masterpiece. If you’re life is just all smooth then you have no story. It’s a lot of females with weak souls. Women have to realize that just being beautiful isn’t everything. You gotta be cold with a strong soul. If you’re not evolving then you’re dying. And that’s smoother than a left titty.”

So ladies if you aren’t coming with a beautiful mind and soul, LeeMan ain’t lookin for you.

“That used to be my thing, thinking with my d*** all the time. If you think with your d*** all the time you will get f**** . It  happens sometimes though players f*** up.  It’s business before buns. Some n****** get controlled by the beast.  I really had to learn that you have to take care of the business first. If a woman really wants to build with you she will.  If you get the buns then you get the buns but put the bands before the buns. It’s like the movie ‘Boomerang’.”

LeeMan’s mission is to inspire others to be innovative, confident, and to reach their full potential in life. When a person decides to build on  their own character and brand themselves as who they are, not focusing on society’s ideologies, a person becomes more authentic. He urges people to follow their passions and do things that ‘small minded’  people say is impossible.

“People try to block or knock your passions. Now I understand how to maneuver when someone is trying to knock me down. Once you learn how to deal with negative energy, you realize that everything is in life is still good,” LeeMan says.

“With some passion and  creativity you can do whatever you want to do. These days most individuals want to be something that they see in society and not themselves. However once we find our inner personal Legind that’s when life begins—S/o to Southfield, the Zoo [Kalamazoo], and the Zeta Theta Ques and  Upsilon Gamma Ques.”

A song that had a classic ‘drop top ridin’ summer zeal was Cash and Carry.

“Cash and Carry was in reference to me paying homage growing up as a kid. Cash and carry is about not owing anybody anything. In life you shouldn’t be in debt to everybody. That’s death,” says the rapper. “I’ve dodged death so many times. Sometimes you just be so dumb. Then you say to yourself, did you just flirt with death. Major shout out to the Original Cash Out Boyz of my city.”

As we discussed some of the senseless killings and kidnappings that have been happening in Detroit, Legindary LeeMan dropped some knowledge and said “My message to Detroit is to expand your mindset. Don’t kill a nigga over some petty s***. I saw on the news recently that 27 people got killed  over the course of just one weekend.  For everyone that got killed that’s 27 momma’s crying.”

Dropping music and knowledge isn’t the only thing  Legindary is doing these days! The artist has his hands on acting as well and still pursuing his first love basketball. LeeMan played for the Georgia Gwizzlies in the ABA and is currently a free agent if any teams or coaches are looking for a good shooting or point guard.

As for his acting career he has been in a few extras and gaining many connections in the field.

LeeMan says,”I want to see more of  me evolving and building my brand. Not only me, but people that I’m around and my community. It’s all a  collective art and business. One stop shop,  sharing my love., It’s all passion and I’m focused on my art and the people around me. If you aren’t building anything, what’s the point.”

Legindary LeeMan also has a surprise for all the listeners waiting for an EP to drop! Just wait on it baby!

Check out Legindary LeeMan’s music on

https://soundcloud.com/legindaryleeman and http://legindaryleeman.bandcamp.com/

Social Media

IG: @legindaryleeman

Twitter: @LegindaryLEEMAN

FB: Legindary LeeMan

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A$AP FERG AND TOREY LANEZ TAKES MUSIC TO ANOTHER “LEVEL”

You know I couldn’t keep my social bees waiting for more music buzz any LONGER! So far you all have been with me on my musical journey to connect with various artists to witness their deep rooted passion for music and experience their growth as artists. It has been extremely rewarding to gravitate towards the authenticity of such humbleness, despite the continuous spotlight!

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On my mission to experience the height of fulfilling musical greatness, had to witness the height of the new level that A$AP Ferg and Torey Lanez wants us to endevour along their journey of the Level Up Tour! 

 

At Royal Oak Music Theatre A$AP FERG and Torey Lanez has showed us the higher level where they plan to take their music, and how much they appreciate their fans support! With the unexpected crowd surf,  Torey Lanez proved us all that we should expect him to not let up on building his way to the top! He even gave us a second of what real music is to him in a 90s R&B throwback session, which was one of my favorite parts of the show. Torey’s energy has clearly shown that he’s ready to prove to the world who he is through his own sound of cultured R&B. Something about those Toronto men!

The ‘I’m on a new level’ rapper A$AP Ferg, has managed to also make this statement a true one by releasing all inhibitions welcoming everyone to witness the rawness in representing himself, and also paid a tribute to the late A$AP Mob member, A$AP Yams. Ferg wholeheartedly performed his newest singles “Im on a new level” and “Line up the flex” featuring fellow tour mate Torey Lanez. Without a doubt you know they had the whole show LIT!! Here’s some clips to prove it!

Listen in! A$AP Ferg and Torey Lanez new single ‘Line up the flex‘ below!

DOPE DETROIT MUSIC: BACK AT IT AGAIN!

Back at it again with Dope Detroit Music!!

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Being the music junkie I am you know I had to step on the music scene again this weekend for another “Dope Detroit Music” show! The first show has set the bar, and now I’m curious to see who’s REALLY about that word play and stage presence! Aren’t you?

The highly anticipated 2nd dose of Dope Detroit Music showcase came back at it again with a serious line up with artists such as Fuzz, Mark Will, Trilla George, and Kulture to name the least. What I noticed all these artists have in common is their “Art of Hustle“, relentless freedom through expression of their lyrics, and TRUTH! The truth in music is what captures us. It’s something we all can relate to, and if you live and breathe music, you’ll recognize it right away. Nonetheless, this is what a showcase is all about and we look forward to hearing more of Dope.Detroit.Music!

Here are some recaps of this weekend’s show in Highland Park! Stay tuned for future updates!

Hip-Hop Speaks| EP.1|Season 3

Welcome to Season 3 of The Social B. Show! Hip-Hop is everywhere. It’s a feel of music with urgency that speaks to you. It’s blunt, not compromised, and for a lot of us it speaks to our livelihood. This week Sydney B. sat down with Dj Cali and up and coming artist D-NICE, Don-Don, and B. Lewie to discuss our hip-hop industry now and the how they plan to change it with their own music. Be sure to check out the full episode and let us know what you think. Always remember… B Honest. B Humble. B YOU!

Detroit’s Female Rappers On The Rise

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[Credit: Street Gangs]
By Sydney B.

Detroit is known for giving birth to electronic, also known as techno, music, and of course the Motown sound. The City’s music history is unlike any other found in any city around world. Unfortunately, its music can’t be labeled by a particular sound or genre, instead it is identified by the raw talent and innovation from within.

It’s home to many well-known mainstream artist such as Eminem, Big Sean, Madonna, Slum Village, Kid Rock, Danny Brown, Angel Haze, and many more. Many of these artist have helped raise and develop Detroit’s underground music scene and current sound.

Right behind these big name artist, comes many underground female artist who have made a name for them self in the business!

Outside of the raw talent that we hear from Male artist, the females have been preparing for domination. On that list of harbored female artist is Dej Loaf, Kash Doll, Detroit Che, and many more.

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[Credit: The Urban Buzz]
Dej Loaf recently charmed her way into a record deal with Columbia Records, and since then she’s taken the nation by storm. With her hit single “Try Me,” her overnight success came as a surprise to many. Loaf even earned herself a live televised interview on BET’s 106 & Park with Bow Wow, where she showed the world what Detroit fashion really looks like.

Does the name Mae Day sound familiar? In 2008 she debuted her album, Somethings Gotta Give, where she touched the hearts of many with her reflections on trying to succeed in the Motor City. The album features her hit single “BABwhy” which caught the attention of hip-hop legends MC Lyte and MC Serch. In 2009, Mae Day dropped her second album, Cherish The Day, and in 2012, she released an album she calls her “baby, heart and soul,” Love and War: All Ain’t Fair. Lately she’s had her full with more than just music as she paints her way around the town as a sketch artist.

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[Credit: Twicsy]
Kash Doll took a different approach, using her skills in entertainment to find her calling in rapping, acting, and modeling. The fashionable Doll formally introduced herself with the release of her G-mix to Tinashe’s “2 On.” She soon followed that with originals “From The Back” featuring Jwan, and “Old Freak,” featuring IceWear Vezzo. Among other well-known Detroit names, Kash Doll recently made her debut on a big screen in the Detroit Film, “2 Eleven.” Kash Doll is currently working on her newest project Kream, which is supposed to be fire so I’m excited to hear!

This next artist considers herself to be one of the most slept on female rappers. She recently won the Real Detroit Weekly’s 2014 “Best Female Hip-Hop Artist” award. Miz Korona made a name for herself through Detroit’s legendary Hip-Hop shop. You may remember her as Vanessa in the 2008 film, “8 Mile,” starring Eminem.  Korona is also a founding member of the D’s Women in Hip-Hop collective. Currently she’s working on her forthcoming project, the most slept on, Sealy Posturepedic. In 2015, expect to see Miz Korona in France filming a documentary on international hip-hop, and in April she will follow that with a 3-week tour in Norway.

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[Credit: Johnny Nunez | BET | Getty Images]
Detroit Che is another name that rings a bell in the D. Che nationally repped Detroit as she wowed audiences during her televised debut in BET’s 2014 Cypher. Che used her lyrics to speak on social justice as she referenced Mike Brown, Trayvon Martin, and Renisha McBride. After winning BET’s Sprite Hot 16, she and many big named artist like Mila J, Retro Tha Kid, and Luke James were featured in the networks 2014 Black College Tour. Be on the lookout for Che’s upcoming EP, Before The Storm.

Along with these females comes many more female rappers making their mark around the city. Slowly, but surely our city is making a come back one aspect at a time. We’ll keep up with these ladies and continue to bring you the latest.