Let It Go

> > Jun 19 2012

HouseShoes - Let It Go
By Del F. CowieIf J. Dilla has been Detroit hip-hop's most influential recent figure, then DJ HouseShoes is the stern, no-frills custodian of that legacy, known to regulate violators and opportunists circling the music James Yancey created. After all, HouseShoes the DJ was instrumental in helping Dilla spread his name and music in the early days of his career. Though HouseShoes (née Michael Buchanan) moved from Detroit to L.A. a few years ago, on the evidence of Let It Go, he still reps the Motor City – hard. HouseShoes takes various aspects of Dilla's sound as a starting point, so sloppy, hard-hitting drums, serviceable rap braggadocio and gritty, soul-speckled beats are de rigueur. Highlights include Big Tone's undeniable "Time" and the minimalist malevolence of the self-explanatory "Dirt," featuring Oh No, the Alchemist and Roc Marciano. However, the respect he gets from luminaries like Mayer Hawthorne and Royce the 5'9 underlines the high regard in which he is held. That's probably why Detroit hip-hop's fastest rising artist, Danny Brown, refuses to phone it in, owning the standout "Sweet" from the first moment the mic catches wind of his high-pitched voice. Waajeed (an original member of J. Dilla's group, Slum Village, who went on to be the driving force behind Platinum Pied Pipers) sums up matters best on one of the many interludes sprinkled throughout. While he says, "I'll be honest ,I don't really like HouseShoes," in a tone that belies neither irony or seriousness, his assertion that HouseShoes is "mad passionate, especially about Detroit music" is unequivocally confirmed by Let It Go.
Hip-Hop RSS
Mailing List
Google Bookmarks
Be the first to comment
Keep me logged in
Prove You Are Not a Robot
To remove this step go back and login.


Most Popular Stories

  1. The Black Dahlia Murder - 'Grind 'Em All' (EP stream)MUSIC / VIDEO: The Black Dahlia Murder 'Grind 'Em All' (EP stream)
  2. Jian Ghomeshi Charged with Four Counts of Sexual AssaultNEWS: Jian Ghomeshi Charged with Four Counts of Sexual Assault
  3. Creed's Scott Stapp Declares Himself Broke, Homeless and NEWS: Creed's Scott Stapp Declares Himself Broke, Homeless and "Under Attack" in Facebook Video Plea

Latest Issue: Nov 14 Issue