Much respect to Jon Connor. He’s about to put my hometown (Flint, MI) on the map bigger than anyone else whose done it. MC Breed was the dude (R.I.P.) and Dayton Family was the truth (shouts to Bootleg and B.Smokes) but Jon Connor is getting more buzz outside of the city in a year than some of these artists have in their entire career.
Also, while I’m shouting out everyone and their cousin, MUCH respect to Big John Steak & Onion on Dort Highway (made it’s debut music video appearance lol). If you ever get a chance to hit Flint town or Lansing, MI, make sure you drop in and pick up a “super steak and cheese”. That’s food touched by the hand of God…
When most people bring up the city of Flint in hip-hop, it’s pretty much guaranteed the first thing you’ll hear come from their mouth is “MC Breed”. Outside of that, not too many people know much about the city’s hip-hop scene. Back in the day I remember going to the local record joints and picking up all kinds of music by local dudes and remembering how different their sound was from anyone else in the U.S. let alone Detroit. I remember going to my favorite tape spots (thats cassette tapes for all you young’ns) Nick’s Records and Tapes and Boomin’ Records (my buddy D can probably recall I few others I can’t remember at the moment) and seeing albums upon albums of local talent. We’d just flip through countless tapes deciding which ones we wanted to stick in our pockets and which ones we would actually pay for. It was shocking how many of these artists there were who never got exposure on a national level which is mostly why we started the HoodHype show.
Any time I get a chance to listen to some old Flint hip-hop joints, I think about rolling down I-69 at dusk, chillin’ with a few old coworkers over on DuPont St. (what up Antwan and Charles!?) and driving up and down the streets with nasty ass Buick City in the background churning out smoke and kicking out cars you rarely saw in the city that actually produced them. Long nights of ball with friends (my boy D and our other friends would school the shit outta me religiously) and the summer. Rollin’ up and down James P. Cole Ave when the “Cruise” was lit up in my 84′ Cutlass Supreme (Brougham bitches). Cars with dayton and LA wires and neon lights were the hot shit of the moment. Summer nights like that people would park and pop their trunks on the side of the road and just chill. Everyone would crowd around who was bumpin’ the hottest shit at the moment…. damn I miss being a kid…..
So, today I was poking around in my collection and came across a few albums from one of my favorite groups out of Flint, Michigan, Top Authority which inspired me to put this together. So if you have a few minutes, check out some local talent you may have never heard out of the city of FL-I-N-T after the cut. And make sure you drop by their sites and show em some love.