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Former Shady Records rapper Obie Trice recently named his favorite Detroit emcee and discussed just how much talent comes from Motor City.
Excluding himself and longtime friend Eminem, Obie said his fave Detroit rapper is Patience.
“I’m definitely someone who is a pioneer of Detroit music on the hip-hop tip. I’ll put it like that. We have a lot of talent out there. We have Big Sean, Black Milk, Elzhi, Slum Village, Royce Da 5’9 and D-12. There’s definitely a stamp on the Obie Trice name as someone who represented Detroit to the fullest,” he said in an interview. “I guess my favorite Detroit rapper would have to be Patience from the NoSpeakerz camp. He’s an up-and-coming emcee out there. He’s pretty dope. I listen to his music.” (Global Grind)
Last fall, Detroit’s Big Sean talked about putting on for his city.
“When I got the key to the city when I got back to Detroit, [it was best moment in my career],” Sean explained. “When I [looked at] the expression on my grandma’s face — she wanted me to go to school and I didn’t go and to just see her so happy and proud and to see my mom so proud and be able to support them, that was the best…It’s tight that I could be a vessel for my city, as a Detroit player and just carry that legacy. I’m just excited to be here. I’ll be as exhausted as I’ve ever been, but you’ll never here me complain. I’ll tell you I’m tired, but I’ll never be like, ‘I don’t wanna do this’…I’ll always do what I can do until I can’t do it. Flat out.” (Tim Westwood TV)
In June, Sean talked to SOHH about his Finally Famous debut album representing Detroit.
“H*ll yeah, I represent Detroit in everything I do,” Sean told SOHH when asked if he is ready to carry the torch for his city. “That’s my city, they show me love. Detroit is a city where you have to earn your love. I earned their love and they show me love back. Everything I do is for my city. Detroit has the most soul in the world and I feel like it’s my shot to show it to the whole world and show a different perspective than Eminem shows. But shout-out to Em, shout-out to Kid Rock and Royce Da 5’9, Trick Trick, Slum Village, Street Lord.” (SOHH)
Sean also said if fans listen closely, they can notice the multiple Detroit rap influences in his music.
“H*ll yeah I was influenced by Detroit rappers,” Sean added. “I feel like you can hear the lyricism from Eminem, Royce Da 5’9 in my music. I try to keep some soul in my music as well. You can hear the J. Dilla, Slum Village. I feel like every Detroit artist you can hear a little bit of them in me.” (SOHH)