Local legends: Eminem, Royce da 5'9", D12, Slum Village, J Dilla, Insane Clown Posse, Elzhi, Black Milk, Guilty Simpson, Obie Trice, MC Breed, Esham, etc.
Hot right now: Big Sean, Danny Brown
Up-and-coming talent: Boldy James, Doughboyz Cashout, Ro Spit
Check out live shows at: The Fillmore Detroit, The Majestic/Magic Stick, Saint Andrews Hall/The Shelter
Best rap parties/festivals: Hot 107.5 Summer Jamz, Gathering of the Juggalos
Tune into: FM 98 WJLB; Hot 107.5
Buoyed by the legacy of Motown, Detroit has been a hugely important center for music American music for years. And, though it's suffered dramatic economic decline in recent decades, much of that legacy continues to be felt, from the presence of historic venues like The Fillmore to a long list of record stores like Street Corner Records, where legendary producer J Dilla used to browse for vinyl. Essentially put on the map and kept in the limelight by Eminem, the city has long had a prolific, lyrical underground in the form of artists like Slum Village, Elzhi, and Black Milk. But its recent return to the mainstream is owed to Big Sean. It's also been home to some of the weirder ripple effects of rap in the forms of Kid Rock and Insane Clown Posse. And with some of the most hyped talent in rap right now with Danny Brown, Boldy James and Doughboyz Cashout all hailing from the city, it seems likely to remain on rap fans' radar despite its shrinking population.