Viva Detroit!

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EsQuire almost single-handedly makes reparations for the sins inflicted by other white Detroit rappers like Eminem, Kid Rock, and Insane Clown Posse -- owing more to Rushmore's Max Fischer than any of his Motown antecedents, Q's witty lyrics, nasal raps, and terribly clever production boast a style and flair sadly lacking from the homophobic white-trash bullsh*t clogging the marketplace. Viva Detroit!, a four-song EP supposedly available only to guests of a May 2002 show at the Buddah Lounge in Southfield, MI, deserves far wider exposure -- with a genial goofiness harking back to the glory days of De La Soul and Biz Markie, cuts like "The Boy Who Invented Rap" and "Party in Detroit" are deliriously fun, complete with MC5 samples and big, funky beats. Some video content of those go-go dancers would have been a nice addition, but hey, nobody's perfect.