Everybody’s back in Detroit for the “Detroit vs. Everybody” video as Royce, Sean, Danny Brown, and Em all spit their verses in various grimy areas of the city, with a consistent use of the rapper hands throughout, might I add. Dej Loaf spits the hook from the most glamorous of the settings, a rooftop overlooking the city in the sunshine. I thought it would be especially powerful if all the emcees were in the background for just the last version of the hook. It could have driven home the unity theme of the record even more, but I’m sure logistics played a part in a group scene not happening.
There was a group scene at the end as Trick-Trick spits the outro with a lot of the hungry up and comers behind him. Lovin’ the R.I.P. Proof shirt here, I got that one myself. You’re talkin’ to the guy who started the R.I.P. Proof Facebook group back when that was a thing.
Still a fan of this song when I hear it, which I oddly kept coming back to when Jalen Rose kept referencing it during the Pistons winning streak after waiving Josh Smith. Ha!
Damn near everyone from the D is on this one!
16 minutes of tight rhymes from some names you know and names you don’t. Given the strength of this production, I’m game for all of it as Trick Trick and Dej Loaf put down their own verses and the rest of the list features: Guilty Simpson, Black Milk, Sino, Marv Won, Payroll, Hydro, Big Gov, Boldy James, Kid Vishis, Big Herk, Icewear Vezzo, Detroit Che, Calicoe, and Diezel. Eminem just released it himself.
No Obie though? He had to put out his own remix? *shrugs*
Pretty self explanatory. Detroit stand up!
Eminem, Royce Da 5’9″, Big Sean, Danny Brown, Dej Loaf & Trick Trick all rep for their city over a lethal production that brings me back to Eminem’s golden era of hard tracks in the mid 2000s. Statik Selektah is responsible for said production and captured that era well.
Naturally too, all the emcees come with a vengeance and hip hop should applaud. Even though it clocks in at over 6 minutes, I was hoping for a Trick Trick verse. And I can’t help but think that if Proof were still alive, he’d destroy this beat too.
Final thought: I hope “Detroit vs. Everybody” inspires more mega-city collabs and my hometown bias is froveling at that (also self explanatory) possibility.
Eminem, Royce Da 5’9″, Big Sean, Danny Brown, Dej Loaf & Trick Trick “Detroit vs. Everybody” (CDQ)
ICYMI: The Shady Cypher (Eminem, Slaughterhouse, Yelawolf)
Detroit connect. Trick Trick gets Bad Meets Evil for his new single. Care to guess the subject?