Detroit rapper/singer/songwriter Persia Grai has been busy making waves in his own right. Opening for artists like Big Sean and getting airplay on Hot 107.5, his latest, “Calabasas,” exudes commendable honesty and vulnerability on a harmonious track produced by False Ego.
Touching on fear along the road to stardom, personal doubt and deaths in the family, the track comes to a hopeful conclusion: “The pendulums of pain & joy are truthfully what make life/Pain is no excuse to waste life..right?” Listen below.
The city of Detroit has become undoubtedly infamous for its deterioration and high murder rates, yet its Hip Hop scene has managed to flourish over the past few generations. Names like J Dilla, Eminem, Big Sean and now Dej Loaf have become synonymous with the area, but 19-year-old, Jupyter, is striving to join the list of aforementioned artists as a revered beatmaker.
Growing up a fan of the classic Funk record “Flashlight,” he was shocked when Parliament Funkadelic‘s Paul Hill revealed he was a fan of his work and immediately linked him with major names. Now working with Jamie Foxx, the Grammy award winning Alicia Keys has even recorded to one of his tracks. Influenced by everyone from Timbaland, Flying Lotus and Little Dragon, he has also had the opportunity to fly out to LA to meet with Nicki Minaj and Drake‘s manager.
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Listen to the new Eminem song “Detroit Vs. Everybody” featuring Royce Da 5’9,” Big Sean, Danny Brown, Trick Trick and newcomer Dej Loaf. The Statik Selektah produced track is from his new Shady XV album.