If Detroit were Heaven has changed my life. For years I’ve always felt like my mind was over populated and scattered. “If Detroit were Heaven” has given a focus for my hip-hop art that I’ve always thirsted for. “If Detroit were Heaven” is an album, project, and presentation. Thursday June 5, 2014 at 6pm I will be presenting “If Detroit were Heaven” at 5eLement Hip-hop Art Gallery at 4605 Cass Ave Detroit MI 48201 in the Unitarian Church (enter through the Red Door). Cinetopia International Film Festival is producing the presentation through the Michigan Theater and the Detroit Film Theater.
The ‘If Detroit were Heaven’ presentation is a lyrical analysis of my Detroit story. I use four of my songs to provide my interconnected story of my relationships with my father Greg Frazier CPA, Attorney Milton Henry, my grandmother Mary Lee Brown, and co-founder of Focus: HOPE Eleanor Josaitis. The songs featured are an untitled unreleased record about my view of Detroit today, ‘It’s So Fresh’ which covers my relationship with my family, ‘Snowflakes Shine’ is about Eleanor Josaitis, and finally ‘If Detroit were Heaven’ which is my historical perspective of Detroit. These songs are featured on my upcoming album ‘If Detroit were Heaven,’ to produced by Ian Sherman.
For me ‘If Detroit were Heaven’ was about making songs and taking them places where I haven’t gone before with my music before. Writing the album alone inspired me to commit to balance each song. I challenged myself to write songs that are conversational, uniquely styled in pace/ tempo, music driven, and have my own sense of wit.
This project fulfills intrinsic goals for a collaborative team that made “If Detroit were Heaven.” Eric Campbell, Mark Mastropietro, Ian Sherman and I have all committed to bringing the vision of ‘If Detroit were Heaven’ to life. This mix of music blends with images, interviews, graphic design and quotes to make an eclectic film. The film is photomentary. A collection of photography by Mark Mastropietro combine with archives of the Michigan Citizen Newspaper. Ian Sherman collaborates as the music producer and engineer for the work. Eric Campbell is the producer of the score and interviews for the project. This makes ‘If Detroit were Heaven’ an artistic expression!
Here is the trailer for ‘If Detroit were Heaven’