In case you’ve been snoozing, Ann Arbor emcee Vital, along with his Athletic Mic League rap crew, has been, over the past couple of years, igniting veritable bonfires in hip-hop scenes around the country. After inking with Barak Records and releasing the group’s third album, Jungle Gym Jungle, last summer, AML’s nationwide popularity isn’t just limited to fan letters from whale-tailed girls and sweaty, status-addicted boys. It’s true. Dig this: PBS reached out to the League to lend their hip-hop vocab to a PBS special on linguistics called “Do You Speak American?” In it, Vital is seen attempting to explain to a woefully out-of-touch show host the merits of being sick, ill, nasty and raw. But enough about flu season; here are Vital’s 5 monomanias of the week, all relating to the city of trees.
5. Crip walking frat boys — only in Ann Arbor.
4. I’d rather eat raw pork chops smothered in chitlin’ gravy than go to the Blind Pig.
3. We’re just trying to get in on that new craze ... what’s that called again? Oh, yeah, techno.
2. “Dude ... you’re part of that one group right? The Mic League, you guys fuckin’ ROCK!”
1. Nervous club owners scared to attract the “Ypsi crowd.”
We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Detroit Metro Times. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Detroit Metro Times, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Detroit Metro Times works for you, and your support is essential.
Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of Detroit and beyond.
Unlike many newspapers, ours is free – and we'd like to keep it that way, because we believe, now more than ever, everyone deserves access to accurate, independent coverage of their community.
Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep Detroit's true free press free.