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Posts tagged Detroit
Welcome to Inć University

On Back to Cool, Willie Mac Jr. tutors listeners in the art of maintaining individual thought on the way to achieving life’s complex goals, skillfully satisfying the desire we all have to remain unique while showing the benefits of leadership and collaboration. Luckily, class isn’t quite full yet, so grab a seat and learn something.

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WHATSUITSHER Radio (feat. Leah Hill & Jamilah Jackson) | WSH Radio (Ep. 15)

Originally recorded July 23, Kindred Media's Leah Hill & The Nomadic Blogger Jamilah Jackson join project curator Larry J. Sanders for a takeover of WSH Radio. The three discuss this year's National Association of Black Journalists Convention & Career Fair in Detroit (5:45), the continued planning of the Kindred Music & Culture Festival (12:25), our favorite Detroit childhood memories (25:00), launching Kindred Media (29:00), social media and other burgeoning forms of millennial journalism (40:40), and stray World Cup thoughts (47:50).

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Marcel Smith + Markus Montague | WSH Radio (Ep. 13)

Recorded July 9, project curator Larry J. Sanders welcomes multi-hyphenate Marcel Smith and professional basketball player Markus Montague to explore the Essential Colors personality assessment model (3:55), Marcel’s evolution as a basketball coach (12:25), the changes in travel basketball (15:15), this year’s NBA rookie class (18:00), Steph Curry’s standing all-time (25:35), and Detroit’s continuing renaissance (29:00).

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The Third Annual WSH (Not Very) Highly Scientific Ranking of the Year's Best Songs, Day One

Everything’s a vibe nowadays, but “Dance Willie” is ridiculously infectious. Listen to his first few records — which I personally like — and you can hear the growth in his flow and his lyrics. “Why should I listen? / We moved downtown before the Pistons” is such a glorious stunt, my Lord. That line has been stuck in my head for months. Forgive the convenient comparison, but it’s analogous to GoldLink's “Crew” in so many ways: “Dance Willie” is the manifesto of a mid-20s black man loyal to his city and his friends, and he’s determined to make something of himself while remaining true to his roots. And he’s doing it legally. And the music’s good!

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Finally Famous: The Essay

You hear Big Sean rap “hit after hit / check the batting average” on “Moves,” track six on his forthcoming I Decided., and you’re forced to recognize that, no, those aren't alternative facts. He’s on an incredible winning streak. TWENTY88, his joint project with his buddy Jhené Aiko, very nearly made my 2016 list of favorite albums, and “Bounce Back” is one of the five best things he’s ever done, hands down. It’s so much fun watching him right now; he’s in a zone, more confident than he’s ever been, and definitely aware that all he can do is be the best version of himself. I do believe Sean was always cognizant of the lack of respect he’d be given in comparison with his contemporaries, but it’s clear now that he doesn’t care. He beat the odds: he’s made it to his fourth album while a ton of his peers have been one-and-done, if they even get that far.

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Dear, Chauncey

I cannot remember the first time I'd heard about you, but I know it was while I was super young. I'd never heard a name like yours, and I thought it was so dope. Chauncey Billups. I rooted for you to be good because you have one of the greatest names ever. I was a simple kid.

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