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My Motown is Revolutionary!

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As a native Detroiter, the Motown sound was one of the first things I absorbed from Detroit. My mother is another born and raised Detroit resident, who graduated Central High School in the 1960s. The Motown sound of the mid 1960s the soundtrack to her youth. So it was common for her to play Motown records as she cleaned the house, and I played with my toys during my adolescent years.

The Temptations stood out to me as a child. The mix of the five part harmony and pitch in Eddie Kendricks’ voice caught my ear, and the song “Papa was a Rolling Stone” had a texture, tone, and pace that felt different than anything I had ever heard.

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Fast forward to my teenage years, I began to collect music for instrument, rhythm, and harmony samples to use in my own hip-hop. In my pursuit of sound the production of Norman Whitfield stood out as the most engaging, charismatic, and creative collection of Motown music. Whitfield’s vision of layering vocals, horns, and leading music through a rhythm section was dynamic, and is unparalleled to this day. So in 1999, 2000, and 2001, as I walked lock step with popular and local rap acts like the Almighty Dreadnaughtz, DMX, Rock Bottom, and Jay-Z, my inherited 1989 Buick Century played just as much Undisputed Truth, Temptations (with Dennis Edwards), and Eddie Kendricks.

Norman Whitfield’s presence at Motown challenged the intentions of Berry Gordy, who sought to create an uncomplicated sound for America’s youth. Whitfield pushed forward to infuse the psychedelic vibe and revolutionary grit that was becoming more and more recognized by young America. As Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. led protests, demonstrations, and rallies, masses of college & high school students joined him. These students loved to dance to Smokey Robinson & the Miracles, but with acts like Sly and the Family Stone entering the national scope, a need to shift the Motown sound was recognized. Norman Whitfield led the transition of the Motown sound with Marvin Gaye. The look of choreographed singers in matching suits transitioned to afros, dashikis, and medallions. This transformation, which made Berry Gordy apprehensive, was most prevalent in Marvin Gaye’s masterpiece What’s Going On.

As a child when my Mother played What’s Going On, I was too young to follow the social commentary in the music, but now, having grown up and made music of my own, “What’s Happening Brother”, “Inner City Blues”, and “Mercy, Mercy, Me” are quintessential examples of having a presence of mind to resonate with all people. Motown is Revolutionary.

So, in recognition of the Motown sound I love the most, I honor this tradition Sunday, April 3, 2016 at 6PM at Tony V’s Tavern, 5756 Cass Ave Detroit, MI. I will be joined by Joe “Pep” Harris, lead singer for The Undisputed Truth. The Undisputed Truth made the 1971 #1 single “Smiling Faces”, produced by Norman Whitfield. I will be blending my brand of Hip-hop with the Soul of the city to perform Motown Message: A Revolution in Song.

The Detroit Gatsby Winter Party

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Detroit Gatsby Winter Party @ the Charles Fisher 2016 was Saturday March 5. Alison Chevalier shares about the vision of the Gatsby experience in Detroit. Take this rare trip into the life of the 1920’s and Charles T Fisher. The Charles Fisher mansion is located in Detroit’s historic Boston-Edison district.

Techonomy Detroit 2015

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Special Edition of Detroit is Different, Techonomy Detroit 2015! Techonomy is a conference that took place Tuesday September 15, 2015 in Detroit covering the economic and social impact of technology on the World, America, and Detroit. The conference focuses on how the development of technology can help shift the ideas, spark initiatives, and change realities. 2012 was the first year the conference took place in Detroit, since then much has gotten DIFFERENT.

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Thomas Ermacora of Clear-Village, David Kirkpatrick of Techonomy, and Jess Kutch of CoWorker


A technology industry has blossomed throughout Detroit similar to Silicon Valley and San Francisco in the early 1990’s. Technology start-up businesses using the internet as a means to facilitate, deliver, and process products/services are being founded in Detroit daily. This year’s conference welcomed dynamic guest speakers that have earned millions of dollars leading technology firms. More interesting the attendants to the conference were made up of a majority of entrepreneurs with businesses technology driven.



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James Marsh of Odette School of Business, Natalia Petraszczuk, and Eric Thomas of Saga Marketing


In 2014 I covered the conference for Detroit is Different in collaboration with the Michigan Citizen Newspaper (love ya’ Catherine!). This year I welcomed two of my favorite thinkers on systems, people, and policy to help gather an understanding of how technology can help provide opportunity for the many families that have made Detroit their new home, and those who have been here for generations.

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Andrew Yang of Venture for America and Karoli Hindricks of Jobbatical



Homemade Music Jazz & Hip-hop: If Detroit were Heaven Album Release Concert

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By Morgan Coby

“Detroit is a place for most, to me it’s a verb. I Detroit with my music.”—Khary WAE Frazier.

The Hip-hop artist and community advocate has lived in, worked in, performed for and in honor of Detroit for over 16 years. Saturday June 27, 2015 9PM-12AM at the Jam Handy, Khary WAE Frazier will be presenting Homemade Music: The If Detroit Were Heaven Album Release Concert. Since 2011, the vision of “Detroit Heaven” was created in the shadows of the negative, tragic, and painful imagery. The tasteless depictions of Detroit, Hip-hop, and young Black men inspired Frazier to make the album “If Detroit Were Heaven.”

Frazier is a hip-hop artist carrying a mantle of the creativity & vision of his passed friends & mentors: Civil Right’s Attorney Chokwe Lumumba, Focus :HOPE founder Eleanor Josaitis, Judge Claudia Morcom, and the Songstress Ortheia Barnes, while balancing the lessons of Detroit-based rap from passed icons MC Breed, Proof, J Dilla and Blade Icewood who all served as cultural & personal inspirations for Frazier.

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Alex White & Khary WAE Frazier rehearsing for the June 27 performance. Photo’s by Zenobia Jeffries above photo by Mark Mastropietro

The If Detroit Were Heaven album release performance will highlight several songs from the album. Drummer Alex White (currently touring with Jazz legend James Carter) is the composer for this musical potluck of Jazz, Hip-hop, Soul, and Latin sound. The album captures the eclectic mix of energy, passion, and emotions Detroiters express about neighborhoods, people, places, and events that have impacted the city. Frazier’s lyrics take listeners on journeys through his days at Northwestern HS, to the beauty of a family embracing a neighborhood, and the tragedy of racial misunderstanding that has restrained Detroit historically.

The concert takes place at the Jam Handy multipurpose artistic space run by new Detroiter Simeon Heyer. Located blocks away from Motown Record’s Hitsville USA, the Jam Handy sits at 2900 E. Grand BLVD Detroit MI, 48202. The reconditioned production studio serves as a connected vision that speaks to finding the ‘Heaven’ in Detroit.

Collaborating for this event are: Slow’s Bar B Q to Go, Spectacles Boutique, Our/Detroit Vodka, and Urban Organic. All four entities are adding to the rich culture anchoring the vision of Frazier’s website There, you will find people and places that make the culture of Detroit universally distinct. For tickets, more information, and to hear the music, please visit

2014 & Beyond (Next Update February 2015)

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I was born December 23, 1982 (Thanks Ma!), and last year was one of the best of my life. The Detroit is Different website and podcast inspired me. Creatively, entrepreneurially, and socially Detroit is Different has helped me find a purpose. Your support in building Detroit is Different has encouraged me to plan more, dream bigger, be confident in the success I have, and the success I seek. Thank you so much.

In February Detroit is Different will launch for 2015!

In 2014 I built and developed bonds with a host of many dynamic people. I’ll be reaching out to many of you to personally thank and share my 2015 plans. I’m open, ready, and prepared to collaborate with all who seek to incubate creativity.

Artistically 2015 will be the better! I will release my third studio album “If Detroit were Heaven” in the Spring. This is my best work as a hip-hop artist. The ‘If Detroit were Heaven’ album will encompass a 5 year marketing plan. The marketing plan will include music, lectures, photography, and video. My partnership with DJ Handsome Sam and Jason Laser will carry on with the now quarterly Jazz and Hip-hop Mind Fusion Concert Series at the Jam Handy.

In business I welcome all services, products, and entities looking for new ways to communicate to people about your business to work with my marketing firm, Creative Differences. In 2014 I launched my marketing firm Creative Differences. Thus far I’ve been humbled to work with a host of clients. Thus I am eager to deliver a standard of service that sparks the imagination of all business people.

2015 Event Calendar … the Music … the Talk … the Experience

(all dates are subject to change)

Wednesday February 11, 2015 @ U of M Ann Arbor If Detroit were Heaven Presentation
Friday February 13, 2015 @ WSU Detroit is Different What If?

Saturday March 28, 2015 @ Jam Handy Mind Fusion Jazz & Hip-hop Concert Series 

Saturday April 25, 2015 @ Detroit is Different Podcast

Saturday May 23, 2015 @ Detroit is Different Podcast

Saturday June 20, 2015 @ Jam Handy Mind Fusion Jazz & Hip-hop Concert Series:
‘If Detroit were Heaven’ Official Album Release

Saturday July 25, 2015 @ Detroit is Different Podcast

Sunday August 9 – Sunday August 16 Cleveland OH, Pittsburgh PA, and New York NY ‘If Detroit were Heaven’ Album Release

Friday September 11 – Sunday September 13 2015 Chicago IL
‘If Detroit were Heaven’ Album Release

Saturday September 26, 2015 @ Jam Handy Mind Fusion Jazz & Hip-hop Concert Series

Saturday October 24, 2015 @ Detroit is Different Podcast

Thursday November 26, 2015 @ Jam Handy Mind Fusion Jazz & Hip-hop Concert Series

Saturday December 19 – Wednesday December 23 Los Angeles CA & Oakland CA
‘If Detroit were Heaven’ Album Release

Thursday December 31, 2015 @ CHWMAAH Black Free Lance Conference

Thursday December 31, 2015 @ CHWMAAH Kuumba (Creativity) Kwanzaa Celebration


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Detroit is full of talented and skillful artists. As a rapper I’ve been blessed to work with and meet many. The collection of artists I most love, and am inspired by, are the musicians. I think all too often Detroit artists feel taken unappreciated here. So as an artist and fan I’m glad to embrace, support, and appreciate the talent before me when I can.

For over a decade as a hip-hop artist and band leader I’ve performed with some of the best performers across the world. Witnessing the artistry of nationally recognized artists like Danny Brown, Derrick May, and Big Sean create has been humbling. Though these acts provide only a glimpse into the dynamic and eclectic world of Detroit music that I’ve fell in love with.

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Thanksgiving Night I’m performing live at the Jam Handy in Detroit’s New Center District (2900 E Grand BLVD Detroit MI @ 8PM), I’d like for you to join me. This performance is an event I’m producing with Handsome Sam (Sam Spurill). It’s a featured event for the ‘Mind Fusion Series.’ This show will fuse Jazz and Hip-hop live performance.

“The idea is to have people come out and join us for great music live after spending a day with your family,” Handsome Sam.

The Jazz band is Alex White and the Family. Led by Alex White on drums, the band will feature Michael Jellick on Piano, Ben Rolstan on Bass, and Rafael Statin on Saxophone. The Mind Fusion series is a mix of hip-hop and other music genres Sam and I will feature quarterly. This Fall for Thanksgiving we’re mixing great Jazz players and Hip-hop.

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Wednesday November 19, 2014 Urban Organic & Soulasis Music Group Present: XII the Brandon Williams Album Release Event

At the Detroit Public Library Main Branch 5201 Woodward Detroit MI, Free Event 6PM -9PM Performance at 7PM *I’m going to perform with Brandon and the Band too, JOIN US!


Friday November 21, 2014 Nadir’s Electric Lounge

At the Next Wave Media Lab 950 Stephenson Highway Troy MI, Free Event 7PM Doors & 8PM Show Performing along with Nadir will be Steffanie Christi’an and Michael Turner Live Funk, Rock & Soul

Saturday November 22, 2014 7 O’Clock Saturday Stories with Sharon McPhail

At Motor City Art Center 4468 Third Street Detroit MI 48201, Free Event at 7PM, Join me as I interview Sharon McPhail and discuss her experience, ideas, and visions about Detroit

43 in 67 Campaign

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Over the past three years I’ve been inactive as a hip-hop performer. Launching the Detroit is Different website has welcomed back a lot of my support. I’m thankful for the hundreds of opportunities I’ve had to perform, speak, and host events throughout Metro-Detroit since 2002. Humbled by what I have accomplished, and eager to accomplish more, I’m ready to touch audiences again.

Summer of 2014 I’m leading an event based marketing campaign. The campaign is ’43 in 67’ – it’s an artistic venture in which I will perform, host, interview, and/or speak at a series of 43 presentations in 67 days. The title of the campaign is inspired by the Detroit uprisings of 1943 and 1967.

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The ’43 in 67’ campaign will start Wednesday, July 23, and close Saturday, September 27.The campaign starts with a video interview I will produce and distribute through youtube. The closing event will be my theatrical-style Detroit narrative ‘If Detroit were Heaven.’ This will be held at 5eLement Hip-hop Art Gallery in the First Unitarian-Universalist Church of Detroit located at 4605 Cass Ave. in Detroit’s Wayne State University district.  The gallery is an alternative multidisciplinary arts organization that presents and supports contemporary artists and their work.

My goal is to appear at a diverse collective of events to reach an expansive, intergenerational audience. Strategically, I will develop a social media campaign gathering email addresses, Facebook friendships, and Instagram connections, and Twitter connections. This social media campaign will share a collective of pictures and messages telling the story of the ’43 in 67’ campaign, including its historical framing.

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I’ve selected three songs to perform throughout the ’43 in 67’ campaign:

  1. “If Detroit were Heaven,” an imaginative take on the people, places, and things that I feel would create the setting for Detroit if it were Heaven. This song makes reference to many of Detroit’s strong Black Power political and social figures prominent throughout the 1970s to 1990s.
  2. “It’s So Fresh,” is about my relationship with my maternal grandmother, women of my family, and older cousins. The song is told from my childhood perspective.
  3. “This is it What!” is about a hip-hop, word play-based song regarding my beliefs on metaphysical philosophy.

Events: If Detroit were Heaven

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If Detroit were Heaven has changed my life. For years I’ve always felt like my mind was over populated and scattered. “If Detroit were Heaven” has given a focus for my hip-hop art that I’ve always thirsted for. “If Detroit were Heaven” is an album, project, and presentation. Thursday June 5, 2014 at 6pm I will be presenting “If Detroit were Heaven” at 5eLement Hip-hop Art Gallery at 4605 Cass Ave Detroit MI 48201 in the Unitarian Church (enter through the Red Door). Cinetopia International Film Festival is producing the presentation through the Michigan Theater and the Detroit Film Theater.

The ‘If Detroit were Heaven’ presentation is a lyrical analysis of my Detroit story. I use four of my songs to provide my interconnected story of my relationships with my father Greg Frazier CPA, Attorney Milton Henry, my grandmother Mary Lee Brown, and co-founder of Focus: HOPE Eleanor Josaitis. The songs featured are an untitled unreleased record about my view of Detroit today, ‘It’s So Fresh’ which covers my relationship with my family, ‘Snowflakes Shine’ is about Eleanor Josaitis, and finally ‘If Detroit were Heaven’ which is my historical perspective of Detroit. These songs are featured on my upcoming album ‘If Detroit were Heaven,’ to produced by Ian Sherman.

Me, my Dad Greg Frazier CPA and big sister Dara Harper, Attorney Milton Henry and my grandmother Mary Lee Brown, & Focus :HOPE co-founder Mary Lee Brown
Me, my Dad Greg Frazier CPA and big sister Dara Harper, Attorney Milton Henry and my grandmother Mary Lee Brown, & Focus :HOPE co-founder Mary Lee Brown

For me ‘If Detroit were Heaven’ was about making songs and taking them places where I haven’t gone before with my music before. Writing the album alone inspired me to commit to balance each song. I challenged myself to write songs that are conversational, uniquely styled in pace/ tempo, music driven, and have my own sense of wit.

This project fulfills intrinsic goals for a collaborative team that made “If Detroit were Heaven.” Eric Campbell, Mark Mastropietro, Ian Sherman and I have all committed to bringing the vision of ‘If Detroit were Heaven’ to life. This mix of music blends with images, interviews, graphic design and quotes to make an eclectic film. The film is photomentary. A collection of photography by Mark Mastropietro combine with archives of the Michigan Citizen Newspaper. Ian Sherman collaborates as the music producer and engineer for the work. Eric Campbell is the producer of the score and interviews for the project. This makes ‘If Detroit were Heaven’ an artistic expression!

Here is the trailer for ‘If Detroit were Heaven’



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