DJ Butter

Kill the DJ

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Though practically unknown outside Detroit (and to a certain extent even within Detroit), DJ Butter nonetheless impressively showcases a wealth of local underground talent on Kill the DJ, a mix album that has much more to offer than a prized Eminem contribution. Other Detroit rappers such as D-12, Royce da 5'9," Bizarre, Paradime, and Wesley Valentine contribute this mixtape-style album, and Butter incorporates a number of skits as well. The overall effect is quite chaotic, as shock rap seems to be the order of the day. One of the exceptions is Slum Village's "Players (Classic)," a diamond in the rough here and an excellent illustration of why that group garnered so much attention when they first broke. Mix albums like Kill the DJ are few and far between, partly because Detroit underground rap is about as underground as underground rap gets and also because this mix predates Eminem's full-fledged breakthrough with 8 Mile.

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