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Last week, United States of Mind’s artist “Progress Report”, took some time to make an interview with us. In the first part the interview is about Detroit’s musical influence to their music, spots to dig and recommendable places to go eating in Detroit.
Part two available here: Interview with Progress Report.
first thing coming to my mind while listening to the Progress Report, where are these guys from? I listened to the “Wake Up” a solid sample-based Track. It reminds me a little of Jurassic 5, but that how we understand life, we try to compare.
You are from Detroit, a real hard turf for a musician with a great hip-hop heritage. We here at Rap and Blues are interested, tell us a little bit of your upcoming, which were the most influencing Artists for you?
Well my father was a rock musician at the time so I grew up with music all around. Everything inspires me so it’s hard to pin point Hip Hop wise I’d have to say Kid and Play, KRS-1, Rakim, The Roots, and Pharcyde off top.
Everything else wise I’d go Jimmy Ruffin (who is like an Uncle to me in real life), Sam Cooke, Chuck Berry, Bob Marley, and the Motown sound in general.
My personal musical savior is Gil Scott Heron and on a now level I think K-Os is killing it out there.
As far as hometown influences, i would say the early Motown Records artists such as The Temptations, Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, The Supremes, 4 Tops, etc. had a huge affect on me but i was also greatly influenced by J Dilla and his entire catalog along with the many local artists i work and do shows with.
Are you still diggin´in da crates?
Yes, i am still a die hard record collector and probably will be for the rest of my life.
I leave the crate digging to the professionals like Eddie. I have records but more for listening and chilling out and it is far from respectable. It is an expensive habit and I can’t go cheating on my other vices just yet.
What is your favourite spot to dig in Detroit?
I can’t say that i have a favorite spot to dig at in Detroit because there’s just so many quality record shops around here. I will say that some of my most frequent stops tend to be at Street Corner Music, Melodies & Memories, The Record Collector, Flip Side, and Peoples Records.
I’m always learning from my friends so my favorite spot to dig used to be my boy Kyle’s spot so shouts to him.
Where can i eat the best food in Detroit, i heard that the polish food is ridicoulus good in Detroit?
The polish food is really good here but i think the Coney Island restaurants are really what Detroit is known for.
There are so many dope spots around here. Southwest Detroit is killin’ it on the Mexican Cuisine tip. I’m vegetatian so there’s this café called Inn Season in Royal Oak that’s a personal fave. Many cities are not touching our Thai food game so shouts to Bangkok Café in Ferndale. (All suburbs of Detroit).
Red Wings or Pistons?
We do carry the “Hockeytown” label but i gotta go with the Pistons.
I gotta go with Eddie on that one. I’m a bad boy for life. No Puff Daddy. Lol. From the back to back championships and yes I was at Hart Plaza for the parade celebrating as a young one. Then you go to the 2k ring as the only true team that was left in the NBA. That’s kind of how I view our music. We ain’t claimin superstar status but that don’t mean we ain’t coming at that ring.
Interview by Aviator. Read the rest of the interview here, where Progress Report is talking about sports, fashion, the currentsituation about life in Detroit and others!