DJ Dez and DJ Butter take turns rapping and reminiscing about the past over a table of photographs in their video for “Special Thanks To The Struggle.” Clips of Eminem, Elzhi and a mural dedicated to MC Breed are a few of the things intertwined into the visual story of their journey creating corporate-free Detroit hip-hop.
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DJ Dez and DJ Butter are veterans of Detroit hip-hop having worked with everyone from Proof to Danny Brown. Butter has released over 250 mixtapes and Dez was the DJ for Slum Village. Dez is unique for a hip-hop producer/DJ because he also has a credible background in dance music having released several highly regarded singles for Detroit house legend Moodymann’s KDJ label. His discography also includes R&B work with funk/soul/hip-hop generator Amp Fiddler and singer Monica Blaire. Together, Dez and Butter have recently released their 3-years in the making collaboration album, A Piece Of The Action. Kurupt, Kool G Rap, Guilty Simpson and Elzhi are a handful of the guests on the 14-song collection. In the following interview they discuss the origins of their current project, Detroit hip-hop and future plans.
“It’s something for the gangstaz and the hip-hoppers all in one”
When did you two decide to collaborate for A Piece Of The Action?
BUTTER: about three and half years ago. We started on the first song with Loe Louis. Loe was apart of a group called Laswunzout. They were one of the first groups out of Detroit to go to Cali to record with Davina. Soul Assasins and was on wax with a deal and all that. Dez and I sat back and tried to get a direction after that. Loe is a pioneer in Detroit, We knocked it out at Geno XO studio off 7 Mile.
What kinds of ideas did you have about the way you wanted it to sound and who you wanted on it?
BUTTER: We just wanted it to flow. The album has a few skits, and it’s something for the gangstaz and the hip-hoppers all in one. We just wanted some legends from the city on there as well as some of our favorites. People like BO$$ should be celebrated. She’s one of the first gangsta rap females to go platinum on Def Jam. That shouldn’t go unnoticed.
“Heavy Hittaz” is the latest single from the DJ Dez and DJ Butter album, A Piece Of The Action.
Detroit hip-hop veterans DJ Dez and DJ Butter just released their collaboration album, A Piece Of The Action in September. “Chess Never Checkers” features Kool G Rap and Guilty Simpson having a New York City and Detroit exchange over Dez and Butter’s cinematic beats.