Summer Music Playlist Featuring Local Detroit Artists

hen you look back on this summer, you may not remember all the moments. But with these Detroit artists on your playlist, you'll definitely remember the music.

Singer and dancer Jai Fears

The music industry can be tough, but Jai Fears has already conquered a lot in life. After losing her grandmother, brother and stepfather, Jai was diagnosed with a rare, unnamed skin disease. But this girl is far from being down and out.

"God doesn't put you through something you can't handle or bear," says Jai, and it's that pluckiness that has made the singer and dancer so appealing. With a few up-tempo singles under her belt-we recommend "Mickeyish" and "Fight Club"-Jai says she is readying a new EP this summer that will delve deeper into the themes of overcoming adversity.

"I just want to encourage everybody to not focus on their current situations and not feed into negativity," she says. Until the EP release, Jai can be seen as a backup dancer on singer Charlie Wilson's tour, coming on June 13 to the DTE Energy Music Theatre in Clarkston.

Rapper Danny Brown

Although Danny Brown's newly released theme song for Eddie Huang's sitcom Fresh Off the Boat is only about a minute long, it was just enough to make true "Bruisers" (Brown's loyal following of fans) crave more.

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Here's hoping music from his new EP, due to trickle in some time this summer, is just as good. Meanwhile, discover Brown's old stuff from his 2013 release Old-fair warning, the album is younger and more modern than it looks.

 

Rap duo Passalacqua

Passalacqua's short film music video The Baptism-released last summer from their EP Church and featuring fire, gas masks and tactical teams-was an odd foresight into the reoccurring theme of chaos that would soon plague pockets of America.

Maybe the rap duo's latest chilled-down, kick-back EP Banglatown will spread cooler summer vibes with standout Detroit-centric songs "Banglatown" and "Food Justice."

Rapper Earlly Mac

Born to musically inclined parents, Earlly Mac seems destined to earn a lasting name in the music biz.

By the tender age of 14, Mac was already learning to master music production. "I was interested in how beats were made," he says. And then in high school, he met Sean Anderson (Big Sean), and the two formed the Finally Famous crew-including both rappers plus SayItAintTone and producer KeY Wane. "Finally Famous is more like a brotherhood type of thing," Mac says. "It's more personal."

Earlier this year, Mac released God Knows-the first volume of a three-part project, which includes the hit single "Do It Again" with Big Sean. And this summer will see Mac release Cousin Trap, his take on the trap music genre-and later Godly, the second volume of his trilogy that he says will focus on "female energy."

"It's something sincere," he says, discussing Godly. "I'm on this whole feminine energy phase right now. I'm going for my more medley, more female-friendly records." As Mac explains, it's crucial for any artist to embrace the energy of both sexes to remain forward thinking in music. "Because without it, we are stagnant; we are dead."

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