Music has forever been changed by the presence of Detroit based producer/emcee James Dewitt Yancey, better known as Jay Dee or J Dilla.
As we continue to shed light on members of the Twin Cities aesthetics community, we bring you Milwaukee to Minnesota transplant O-D.
Born out of the Pete Rock/J Dilla school of thought, the beat maker has paid dues producing music for Ghana’s M.anifest and Blitz the Ambassador, The Chalice and the collaborative album with K.Raydio, “One Drop.” I recently sat down with O-D to talk about his music and family roots.
Many of us have an all or nothing mindset when it comes to success.
[caption id="attachment_22829" align="alignleft"]Photo by Jason Larkin[/caption]In December Freez went from being another working MC (rapper) to a trending topic on Twitter and thrust into the national spotlight.
While canvassing to get a bill passed to give sick days to all Minnesotans with a job he reported that an off duty police officer told him he wasn’t welcome “in her neighborhood,” followed him and threatened that he would be shot. In the middle of a national conversation on police accountability this story struck a nerve locally. Little did anyone know that the man in the middle of this fiasco was one of Twin Cities hip-hop’s most respected artists and was directly connected to thousands of people listening through social media.
With confidence I can stand behind the statement that Minnesota has some of the best hip-hop artists in the world.