Hip hop fans, we’re calling your name! We’ve packed this week’s playlist with all types of hip-hop…and it’s sure to make you jump out of your seat and move! Of course, we’ve thrown in a few rock and pop bands, too, just in case hip-hop is not your thing!

Make sure your speakers are on and dive in!

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Passalacqua – “Eagles Fly”


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A blend of old school hip-hop, east coast rap, and the darker-Detroit alternative, Passalacqua is highly engaging and almost performance art – fans often say part of their allure is the fact that they’re not sure what will come next. Check out their website here!

The Rockets – “Oh Well”

The Rockets

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Prior to Mitch Ryder and The Detroit Wheels, there were The Rockets – an all-around traditional American rock band that got most recognition for their amazing rendition of Fleetwood Mac’s “Oh Well.” Listen live here!

Silent Lions – “Never Gonna See You Again”

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So, this band spends half of their time in Detroit – the other half in Toledo, but we thought we’d include them anyway. They describe their sound as “spooky-soul” and the real interesting part – the duo band only has a bassist – no guitar! Check out their Bandcamp to hear what they’re all about!

Wilson – “Passing On The Left”


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Wilson records all of their music the “old-fashioned way” on analog. They’re loud, they’re fun, and they’re real, party rock and roll at its best. Take a listen here!

Lettercamp – “Buy In”


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Lettercamp is electronic-pop-dance band with such energy and drive they demand attention. Their live shows are filled with lights, projections, silhouettes, and enough liveliness to really let you dance the night away – oh, and they’re on tour! Check them out here!

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Thornetta Davis – “Try To Remember”

Thornetta Davis

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Thornetta Davis is rhythm and blues singer, with a warm voice – she has lent her voice as backing vocals for Bob Seger and Kid Rock, and she’s opened for Gladys Knight and Etta James. She was also voted Outstanding Blues Artist in 2004 and 2006 at the Detroit Music Awards. Check out her website here!

DJ Godfather – “Boss of All Bosses”

DJ Godfather

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DJ Godfather considers his music “Ghettotech” which is Detroit club electronic music. It combines electronic, glitch, hip hop, and techno. He was ranked as the 15th best DJ in America by the readers of DJ Times in 2011. Check out his music here!

Invincible – “Sledgehammer!”


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She’s been compared to Eminem, she’s a strong presence in the Detroit community, working with the youth organization Living Arts Media Project, and she’s a rapper. True hip-hop, Invincible is considered “one of the best written artists in some time.” Check out the song “Sledgehammer!” here!

The Raconteurs – “Steady, As She Goes”

The Raconteurs

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The Raconteurs is one of the many projects Jack White has worked on. They started in 2005 and said they were just “a new band made up of old friends,” though after the chart-topping hit “Steady, As She Goes” (and the previously famous members Jack White, Patrick Keeler, Brendon Benson, and Jack Lawrence), the band was quickly deemed a “super-group.” Watch the video here!

Danny Brown – “I’m Out”

Danny Brown

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Danny Brown is the hip hop-rapper best known for his individuality. MTV described him as “one of rap’s most unique figures in recent memory.” Check out his website here!

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