Detroit’s Ghettotech: Booty Music for the Masses

When your subgenre’s flagship song is “Ass N Titties” it’s tough to get philosophical. It’s time to party. Ghettotech grew out of Detroit’s legendary techno scene as pure party jams. Get the RPMs up, get the booty poppin’. With DJ Assault joined as DJ Godfather as the headlining party people, the subgenre enjoyed a fun decade run starting in the mid-90s. This oral history includes some great images and graphics from the time.

Ghettotech: An Oral History; The definitive story of Detroit’s dirty little genre, 5.24.17

The Motor Lounge: Detroit’s Techno Oasis

The Motor Lounge didn’t last a decade, but its run as a premier techno club is well worth chronicling. All of Detroit’s techno royalty played the club numerous times, and quality outside talent eventually joined the fun. The principals reflect on the highs and lows of the frantic run.

Nightclubbing: An Oral History of Detroit’s Motor, 6.30.15

The Intense Authenticity of the Rap Battles in “8 Mile”

8 Mile was a bit of a surprise hit in 2002 and maybe more so because the filmmakers focused on the grimy underbelly of much-maligned Detroit. What showed through was talent, intense ambitious talent–all taken from the thriving local rap scene.

Losing Yourself All Over Again, 4.16.14