From earlier this year
Mike Green - Dope Head Muzik Vol. 1
I got put up on this 2008 mixtape a couple days ago via Danny Brown’s twitter feed. Danny Brown, for those who don’t know, is the dopest MC out of Detroit right now whose skills have garnered him love from both hood dudes and hipsters. He’s also the guy that brought to my attention the Green Ova crew. So when he says some shit is good I tend to take his word for it.
Mike Green aka Mike Luke aka Dopehead is a Detroit MC who was in the group Rese’vor Dogs along with Danny Brown and Chips Dinero. Anyone who listens to this mixtape will immediately make the Danny Brown comparisons. Stylistically similar, they both use their variable voices to fit the track’s beat and their subject matter. They also both inject their violent gangster raps and boasts about banging broads with plenty of humor. Basically, if you like Danny Brown (and who doesn’t right now) your going to dig Mike Green (or Mike Luke or Dopehead, I honestly don’t know what his main go-by is).
One thing surprised me is that this tape came out in 2008, which by today’s rap standards is forever ago, but doesn’t seem dated at all. Green’s style is just as adaptable as Brown’s and his humor smartly doesn’t rely on time-sensitive references.
According to Danny Brown, Mike Green also produced the beats on Dope Head Muzik as well. (I would assume with the exception of one track which shouts out Detroit’s Nick Speed for the beat). And despite a slightly low sound quality, the beats all bang and make me excited to hear what’s in store for Dopehead’s next release, which both Green and Danny Brown claim is coming out this year.
So basically check out this tape here if you want more dope Detroit rap.
Mike Green aka Mike Luke aka Dopehead is on twitter @REALDOPEHEAD