One interesting thing about Destination Cloud 9 is that Willy J Peso is from Detroit. The mixtape definitely has several Southern-style jams on it, from booty shake to riding music. There’s even a few pop and radio ready records.
It made me wonder: in 2012, does it even matter where an artist is from? I think about another Detroit favorite of mine, Scolla (R&B Scolla > Emcee Scolla btw) and can’t really say that his music reminds me of Detroit.
So, if Detroit hip hop actually does have a "sound", what is it? Even more, look at A$AP Rocky, who wears fronts, stay with references to Master Percy, and releases music that feels more Southern than NYC. It’s been hypothesized that A$AP Rocky is even make drinking 40 ounces cool again,
which basically started off as a West Coast thing, and then spread to other coasts, since it was popularized through the help of N.W.A.’s 1988 track "8 Ball", off their debut album Straight Outta Compton.
So with A$AP, there you have another new and young artist whose music plus style does not sound like their home area, and based on that I guess it really doesn’t matter where you’re from in 2012, it’s more about great music people love.
Anyway beyond all the deep thinking, Cloud 9 is pretty jamming. It came out on Sunday and I’ve been listening to it all week. The project includes features with Travis Porter, Scolla, Huey Mack, Devin Miles and more. Check it out below.
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