Real Hip-Hop returns to Toledo.Written by lilD | | firstname.lastname@example.org
People hate rappers. They smoke weed, drink liquor, fornicate and have diva-like tendencies. They’re hard to work with, lazy and spend an unimaginable amount of time recording mediocre songs.
That’s what you thought, huh?
Luckily, DJ Avalanche saw the potential in the artists in the area. He put together the Midwest Closed Sessions, where a hybrid of Midwest artists, radio and television personalities and DJs come together, close the door, let the music play, and collaborate on six songs.
A room full of rappers? That’s definitely a recipe for disaster. Many would be frightened, turned off by
the potential aroma of cannibis and half-dressed hoochie mamas. But the entire time I was there, I couldn’t find any of that.
Artists from as far as Pittsburgh — and as close as local radio station Hot 97.3 — entered Monster Mouth Studios for the purpose of networking and putting together what would eventually become a mixtape.
Conspiracy, from Pittsburgh, loved the Closed Sessions. A true hustler, he came to Toledo solely for the event, and left the same night, around 1 a.m.
Bigg Eddie Bauer, personality for Hot 97-3, “dropped a hot 16” on a song. He said he loved the entire creative process with a “good energy.” He’s been rapping for 19 years, and releases music on his own time. When you can convince a semi-retired rapper to come bless the booth, the event must be pretty serious.
With recent shootings and random acts of violence plaguing the city, Closed Sessions was definitely an amazing idea for the Hip-Hop community. DJ Avalanche opened the doors of his recording studio to shoot a documentary that captures the true essence of what it means to be an emcee. The arrogance, negativity and bad attitudes are gone. And when an artist puts his or her arrogance aside for the sake of creativity, the sound that comes out is reminiscent of witnessing a child’s birth: an indescribable feeling of pure bliss.
Floww, a Toledo artist, was elated to be in the same studio with artists who are usually separated by race, region or style.
“We’re all trying to get to the same place; there should have been more people here,” he said.
Everyone wants to be at the top, so why not support the artist who’s ahead of the pack? He encourages everyone to “be more of a helping hand than a hater.”
It takes a lot of confidence to admit someone in the same field as you is better. That accounts for a great deal of the hatred spewed from the artists in the city. Putting together an environment of artists who simply want to make good music is quite the accomplishment.
DJ Avalanche is a native Sandusky producer who moved to Toledo to expand upon the music scene here. After seeing a video similar to the documentary he’s putting together, he wanted the people to really see behind the scenes of the music-making process.
“The DJs are the backbone of everything. People hear a song and don’t realize what the producer was thinking when he put it together, or how the DJ would mix it with,” DJ Avalanche said. Instead of only focusing on the artist in the booth bringing his or her lyrics to life, this documentary will shine a light on the perfectionists who spend countless hours mixing sound levels, adding sound effects and presenting a product that is worthy of millions of listeners.
A follow-up to this documentary will depend on the success of the sales upon its release. For the sake of Hip-Hop, and its reputation in Toledo, do yourself a favor and do something out of the ordinary: support musicians before you see them on television.