Milwaukee is a Midwestern gem, a city known best by the people who endure the temperamental weather. They know that this city is full of musical talent and entertainment that has been brewing, creating a buzz all its own.
If you would ask a hip-hop lover if local artists have a distinct sound many would say yes, and it is true. What I have discovered is that Milwaukee has a sound that is extremely unique to this region, and to the Midwest. Heavy beats full of base, drum samples, and studio genius are the major elements that come to mind. While the majority of the artists are community super stars other regions are starting to take notice.
Milwaukee is suspended in the middle of the Great Lakes region, with Detroit to our East and Chicago to our south, Minneapolis to our west. Those are the cities that have countless emerging artists that have made it beyond their city limits and now Milwaukee's got next.
Sounds penetrating the airwaves and lyrics from emcees that make you want to get up and move. One popular Milwaukee artist that has seen success outside of this market while representing the "414" is Ray Nitti. His music has an appeal that is liked by the southern regions and has a general mass appeal. Though not born and raised in Milwaukee, St. Thomas Virgin Islands, being his first home, Nitti possesses a certain quality that has everyone dancing to "BOW."
Nitti's is the kind of sound that radio programmers are looking for, and for the most part Milwaukee has mastered it. There are reasons for this mastery, while Milwaukee is more known for its beer than its music, artists and music lovers alike have always relied on other cities to produce those hits. In terms of hip-hop music, if you listen to the Milwaukee sound, it will give you a little bit of each region. The bass lines and 808's, a sound that was perfected in the south, soul beat samples, that comes from cities like Detroit and Chicago, lyrics about making money can be attributed to…Read more...