Kahn Santori Davison
Every day is somebody’s birthday. Isn’t that a nice thought in a sea of shitty thoughts? Well, for this hip-hop-infused evening presented by Open Eye Detroit
, rap mainstay Leaf Erikson
will celebrate his latest orbit around the sun with a special set including L.A.Z. of Clear Soul Forces
, Deon Jamar
, BHill, and Walter Glasshouse, who performs as AudioLogical
. Erikson, who has been an active member of Detroit’s hip-hop scene for more than 20 years, released A Canvas of Hope
earlier this year.
The record is the first in a series of projects dedicated to the resilience of his hometown, including commentary on the city’s rapid gentrification. “Sex, lies, and videotapes and handshakes/ all became a factor in the downtown landscape/ Not before property value fell to a low/ to recoup time to build they escrow/ They let the building collect dust, an eyesore/ Strategize, so they didn't have to pay more/ taxes on the backend while we became casualties/ in deals orchestrated by the Ilitch family,” he muses 0n “Foreclosure.”
But, like so much of Erikson’s work, it starts with hope.
Doors open at 9 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 16, at the High Dive; 11474 Joseph Campau St., Hamtramck; 313-334-5517; thehighdivedetroit.com. No cover.
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