Sometimes I Tell Girls That I’m From Detroit to Make Myself Seem Interesting

Sometimes I Tell Girls That I’m From Detroit to Make Myself Seem Interesting

Sometimes I tell girls that I’m from Detroit to make myself seem interesting. I tell them about a version of paradise where black people wear ironic sweatshirts and where you can buy a three bedroom home for the price of an iPad. I cry crocodile tears over the declining auto industry, and brag that Detroit lost its middle class before it became fashionable. I compare Motown artists to the founding fathers, and the invention of the Roland 909 to the first printing press. I wrote, directed, and played the lead role in an unlicensed prequel to Beverly Hills Cop, taking place before Axel Foley went to California, which at least one critic as described as “unnerving”. I describe my life as being like 8-Mile without the rapping, and give a shout out to Belleville, Fourth Street, and Brush Park, three places I have never been.

Theo Parrish – Soul Control
Marvin Belton – Any Day Now
Omar S – Give It To Me
Andres – On My Own Skit
Moodymann – Shades of Jae
Detroit Swindle – Guess What
Rick Wade – De Luxe
Delano Smith – Survival
Amp Fiddler – Superficial (Moodymann Mix)
Aaron Carl – Down (Eastside Mix by the People Movers)
Mr. De – Whatulike
DJ Zap – I Can Make You
Disco D feat. Daphne– Booty Bar Anthem
Bumper – Detroit
Omar S & Shadow Ray – Oasis (Twenty Five)
Scott Ferguson – Theme Music (Part One)
J Dilla – Think Twice
Detroit Escalator Company – Gathering Memory
Norken – Southern Soul
Big Strick – Yllabian Dog Fight
Luke Hess – Small Electronic Break
Carl Craig – At Les
Levon Vincent – I Owe You Everything
Gil Scott Heron & Brian Jackson – We Almost Lost Detroit
Stacey Pullen – Passing

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BONUS OMAR S MIX

In anticipation for Alex “Omar” Smith’s appearance at Body on Friday, a shift in the New Forms festival whereby Vancouver dresses up as Detroit for the night, here’s a quick run through the Omar S back catalogue.
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      The Best of Omar S

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Big Strick – Old E 800 (Omar S Remix)
Omar S – I Love U Alex
Omar S – Give It to Me
Alex O Smith – Kosmos 1402
Omar S – Day
Alex Smith feat. Diviniti – Here With Me
Omar S – Tecky Alexander
Omar S – Set Me Out
Omar S – 100% House
Big Strick – Old E 800 (Omar S Remix)
Omar S – Child Run Away

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