Hip Hop Musician

Rolling Stone has just released a new list of five hot Michigan rap acts that fans need to know. What I love about this article is that Rolling Stone says Michigan is a hotbed for new hip-hop talent. It’s about time we get some national recognition. I mean, we’re the birthplace of Eminem and Big Sean, two of the most popular rappers of all time, and a slew of other big hip-hop names.

“The rap coming out of the Mitten State is among the most vital in the country,” Rolling Stone states in the article. I agree with this sentiment.

In addition to Eminem to Big Sean, more famous rappers out of Michigan, mainly Detroit, are Tee Grizzley, Xzibit and D12. Outside of hip-hop, the Motor City has also birthed artists such as Gladys Knight and the Pips, Marvin Gaye, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Bobby Darin and The Commodores.

I’m personally a big Eminem fan. When I got my start in rock radio, the station I was at even played Eminem, since he was so big in Michigan and crossed genres. “Lose Yourself” was one of the most requested songs on the radio station where I worked- even though it was a rock station. Then, years later, I saw “8 Mile,” which was such a great film. I think Eminem continues to make great music today. He has stayed relevant, which is difficult to do for 20-plus years in the music industry, especially in a genre as dynamic as hip-hop. He remains true to his original character but isn’t afraid to try new things, to boot, which always makes his projects interesting. Okay, enough about my love for all things Eminem. Read on for the five budding Michigan rap acts that Rolling Stone says you need to know, and find more information here.

  • GMO STAX

    Rolling Stone says this artist is for fans of Tee Grizzley, G Herbo, and adolescent Lil Wayne. Nice! They suggest listening to “By the Gun,” calling it a “tear-the-club-up-style hit.”

  • CHALMAINE THE GOD

    Rolling Stone says this artist is for fans of Megan Thee Stallion, Lil Kim, and contemplative Cardi B. They suggest listening to “Tap In,” a breezy two-step anthem about staying true.

  • RISKTAKER D-BOY

    According to Rolling Stone, this artist is for fans of Rick Ross, Beanie Siegel, and Benny the Butcher. They suggest listening to “Switches.”

  • KOOKEI

    This is for fans of Eminem, Draeko the Ruler, and “Whisper”-era Yin Yang Twins, according to Rolling Stone. They suggest listening to “Straight Jacket Flow.”

  • JAIFIVE

    Rolling Stone says this artist is for fans of Jeremih, Ty Dolla $ign, and Drake circa More Life. Listen to “Tell Me You Get It,” a “rose-petals-all-the-way-to-the-doorstep-approved slow burner.”