Detroit's hip-hop scene has a storied history and a bright future, and Nametag has one foot in each place. His career origins include records alongside hometown legends like Slum Village, while his solo efforts have earned him a rep around the country as one of the city's brightest young voices. And after calling various areas of Detroit home, he's the perfect storyteller to narrate the city's ins and outs.
Nametag got involved in Detroit's hip-hop history early, and in a big way: his first placement was on Slum Village's compilation "Dirty District Vol. 1." From there, he continued to body other appearances on Motor City classics such as "Dirty District Vol. 2, and Black Milk's "Popular Demand" and "Caltroit." But while contributing to others' projects, Nametag continued to build his own footing with a collection of criticallyacclaimed mixtapes, EPs and a full length album, 'The Name Is Tag.' He eventually earned the respect of indie rap heavyweights and publications such as XXL, 2DopeBoyz, Detroit Free Press and more.
Nameless is from Flint, Michigan, but his gritty soul and relentless work ethic are reminiscent of the legendary hip-hop producers from Detroit. Since grabbing his hands on a friend's software and beat machine in 2002, he aspired to flip samples as craftily as idols such as J Dilla, Madlib, MF DOOM and others. He began plugging away on the lab, steadily creating sets of instrumental projects and using a knack for graphic design to craft head-turning album art. He eventually added "Feel It," a single from Detroit staple Marv Won's album 'Wayne Fontes Music.'
Since then, Nameless' ability to morph dusty soul records into headphone-blaring bangers has turned him into one of the most prolific, sought-after young producers in the state. He now has nearly a dozen solo instrumental and compilation albums, and his 'Flidelphia' LP with Ron Dance placed his production behind Dwele, Paradime and others. His upcoming line-up includes full-length records with Clear Soul Forces, DJ House Shoes, MarvWon & Vandalyzm, and more.
The two artists teamed up based on the similarity of their monikers, and quickly created "Blaow!" and "Raw Dirty Filth," the latter landing on DJ Premier's satellite radio station. With the rest of their collaborative debut, 'For Namesake,' 'Tag take his biggest step yet toward living up to his hometown's legacy. He uses his candid, clever rhymes to address a fickle music industry, shady women, the resilience of his family, and employ old-fashioned shit talking, while Nameless' melodic grit pays homage to Motown's past. With appearances by Motor City vets (Black Milk, Guilty Simpson, Miz Korona) and youngsters (Mahd, Jahshua Smith) alike, 'For Namesake' continues to cement Nametag as one of Detroit's rising talents.
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Name: Son (Posted: 5/12/2013 1:00:00 AM; Partial IP: .7.192.221) Location: Lansing Comment: this that michigan rap man what yall expect
Name: Free Tha Maniac (Posted: 5/5/2013 10:09:00 AM; Partial IP: 184.108.40.206) Location: dA bUrG, FL to ChiTown Comment: DOPE album!! These dudes are new to me and they brought their A game on this. This is what I want to hear in a album. Nameless did an outstanding job on the production and Nametag DESTROYS the beats into pieces. Everyone cop this album now
Name: VicTim (Posted: 5/1/2013 7:24:00 PM; Partial IP: .31.34.238) Location: allCity Comment: agreed, Brick never puts out bad or wack shit - not mind blowing but for the state of hip hop in 13? really solid plus I like the fact that they are still breaking acts... really cool! Nameless is def a Dilla desciple but in a good way - good solid release - support good artists and good labels!
Name: Child of the 90's (Posted: 4/29/2013 11:57:00 AM; Partial IP: .71.117.42) Location: North Carolina Comment: Nice!!!. this shit is on fire! best fuckin' album that i've ever heard. props to Nametag & Nameless.
Name: D-Train (Posted: 4/25/2013 3:09:00 PM; Partial IP: 20.135.198) Location: Vegas Comment: Nice album some beats are the same but overall the album has a nice flow to it.... I give it a 3.5... I was sleeping in Nametag as the MC though and his first album is a lil bit better and he showed more of his vocal skills.......
Name: Feelin this (Posted: 4/19/2013 3:15:00 AM; Partial IP: 225.184.69) Location: US Comment: Production is tight and this guy surprised me with his flow, its better then slaine, styles p and ghostfaces album which all 3 are buzzing now, this is a hidden gem
Name: ste (Posted: 4/15/2013 4:23:00 PM; Partial IP: 29.137.207) Location: uk Comment: Blaow and mayday are out of the stratosphere. so sick
Name: pulcra (Posted: 4/14/2013 10:10:00 AM; Partial IP: 34.175.204) Location: troy,mi Comment: this is really dope. beats are bangers. yo hookless has been on repeat . yo this is fire.
Name: TheRottenChild (Posted: 3/26/2013 1:58:00 PM; Partial IP: 85.148.209) Location: santaANA, CA Comment: REAL REALIZE REAL.
Name: ill catz (Posted: 3/20/2013 11:22:00 AM; Partial IP: .92.41.179) Location: philly Comment: average bars, he's ok I wouldn't buy this.
Name: VIcTim (Posted: 3/18/2013 3:16:00 PM; Partial IP: .118.52.25) Location: All City Comment: I've heard Nametag on the Black Milk projects but not much else so I'm very interested in this - Plus I support anything on Brick Records - they always put out top notch products so I will be checking this out for sure
Name: DJ Soko (Posted: 3/17/2013 8:43:00 PM; Partial IP: 55.114.186) Location: Detroit Comment: Definitely lookin forward to this one, spend that money
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