By JC Poppe Special to Published Oct 11, 2011 at 12:17 PM

When one of the most noteworthy hip-hop producers in Wisconsin hooks up with a Milwaukee rapper that exploded onto the scene with a simplistic club hit, you might expect the collaboration to yield another banger for the clubs.

However, this isn't the case when Madison's DJ Pain 1 and Milwaukee's Ray Nitti team up for Nitti's latest, a track called "Feel Like I Made It."

The beat is far more laid back and soulful than a club anthem, and Nitti's lyrics gloss over his level of notoriety that he's tried to maintain since the release of "Bow."

Whether or not Ray Nitti will ever be able to capture lightning in a bottle a second time is yet to be seen, but teaming up with DJ Pain 1 can't – and won't – hurt his chase.

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Born in Milwaukee and raised in the Milwaukee suburb of Brown Deer, Concordia University Wisconsin alumnus Poppe has spent the majority of his life in or around the city and county of Milwaukee.

As an advocate of Milwaukee's hip-hop community Poppe began popular local music blog Milwaukee UP in March 2010. Check out the archived entries here.

Though heavy on the hip-hop, Poppe writes about other genres of music and occasionally about food, culture or sports, and is always ready to show his pride in Milwaukee and Wisconsin.