Rising Detroit emcee Semi Six teams up with producer Ilajide (of Clear Soul Forces) for the lyrically rich project titled Park Orange EP.
The young rapper shows us from the get-go that he is not here for the BS or games. “I’m not cooning or clowning to bring attention and coverage on my music,” he says, adding that he’s tired of other people in the “industry” trying to get free work from him.
Semi raps with a confidence that’s buoyant and infectious, and you can feel it as soon as he hits the mic on opener “Too Code.” The track serves as an introduction for any newcomers to the emcee’s story, which includes years spent overseas in Kuala Lumpur, where he actually began his career.
The title of the EP gets its name from two Motor City streets (Asbury Park and Orangelawn). The tracklist is all Semi Six with only a handful of features from Nolan the Ninja, Ilajide and E Fav.
Beyond its lyrics, Semi is fond of “Dr. Funk” for its laid-back vibe that offers something different from the more uptempo joints on Park Orange like “Microphone Check” and “Da Latest.” “‘Dr. Funk’ is a nice getaway,” he explains. “I feel like Dr. Dre in the ‘Let Me Ride’ video cruising Compton in the ‘64 Impala.”