Since reinventing Fresh is the Word as a website, a lot of my initial posts are to introduce my readers to the things I like to support the most and this event was a great way to tell you about Street Corner Music.
Named after the Detroit area record store House Shoes used to work at back in the 90s, Street Corner Music is a way for him to showcase producers as their own stand alone form of art rather than just a cog in the music creation machine. House Shoes launched the label releasing a 10-part series titled The Gift with each volume highlighting an instrumental collection from a different producer (names featured include Tuamie, Denmark Vessey, DertBeats, and more).
Throughout the years, Street Corner Music has elevated the names of many producers like Illingsworth, Sndtrak, Stro Elliot, Nameless, and many more. With limited cassette and vinyl pressings of each release, along with his own voice championing each release, the music of Street Corner Music is not solely a product sold, but given value as a piece of artwork.
After 10 years, House Shoes would celebrate the vast catalog of Street Corner Music at the Paramita record store/wine bar in Detroit over Memorial Day weekend. Street Corner artists such as Chanes, Illingsworth, and Cream of Beats played beat sets and House Shoes played tons of music he released on the label and his own productions.
It was like a family reunion. Just look at the photos below. Robert Glasper came over after his show in Detroit earlier that night. Detroit Hip-Hop legends like Big Tone, Black Milk, Quelle Chris, Monica Blaire, Loe Louis, and Nick Speed were just hanging out. It was such a great vibe and an example of when Detroit Hip-Hop is at its best.