Release Date: Jun 19, 2012
Record label: Traffic Entertainment Group
Genre(s): Rap, Underground Rap, Midwest Rap
A resident DJ of Detroit’s St. Andrews Hall for more than a decade, House Shoes has spent close to 20 years developing a fan base of established underground artists. From the guest list of Let It Go this is obvious. The track list reads like a who’s who of underground veterans: Guilty Simpson, Roc Marciano, Chali 2na, Black Milk, and The Alchemist.
Detroit producer honours underground hip hop on debut LP. Marcus J. Moore 2012 J Dilla’s Welcome 2 Detroit (2001) encased the Motor City’s gritty hip hop ethos into one coherent set. It both solidified Dilla’s stature as the city’s top producer and served as a moving blueprint for Detroit’s underground rap scene.
If 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.