Ever since making magic with legendary mix-tape pioneer DJ Butter, solo artist Valid has the Detroit hip-hop community buzzing.
Bar for bar, Valid displayed his hip-hop love on “The Mixtape Reform Package,” released in summer of 2010. With a heart full of genuine passion for the art and the community, Valid set to work sharpening his mic skills upon the mix-tape’s release. As a new artist, he scored the impossible by getting airplay on Detroit’s No. 1 station for hip-hop and R&B, FM 98 WJLB. He also graced an ad with Coast2Coast Mixtapes in XXL Magazine. Featuring another Detroit legend in SupaEmcee of the legendary Detroit icon Big Proof’s Iron Fist Records, the video for the project’s most popular track, “Competitor,” hit instant classic status when the worldwide Vladtv.com gave it airtime.
Titan Records, Inc., supported that first release which also featured some of the Motor City’s heaviest hitters including 5ELA, The Stereo Boyz and Miz Korona, whose skills were featured in the Oscar-winning major motion picture, “8 Mile.”
Valid’s grit and determination have earned him respect as one of the most promising up-and-coming names across the city. With his talent, work ethic, and desire to grow musically, artists in the city know there’s no limit to his success.
Helping to ring in a new era, Valid313.com launched at midnight Jan. 1, 2012. The site then and now highlights not only the latest on Valid, but also many other artists on the scene.
On Jan. 20, 2012, Valid released his second project “The Maria EP,” featuring the Detroit-banger “Think of Me,” which included Detroit all-stars 7 The General, SupaEmcee and Mr. Cliffnote. Valid earned the alias of “Mr. Everywhere” or “Mr. E” after the release led to appearances on many local college and major radio stations, slots on many local hip-hop shows, features on other artists’ projects, and requests for out-of-state performances.
Amid all the action, “Mr. E” got a call from local producer Topp, who requested a feature for an upcoming album, “View From The Top.” The album had Topp’s beats laced with exclusive verses from Royce Da 5’9″, Joe Budden, Kuniva and Bizarre of D12, Moe Dirdee and many more of Detroit’s elite. After Valid and SupaEmcee did their thing on Topp’s album, the producer reached out again about a joint project, “The US-12 Experience.”
Featuring Topp on the beats and Valid as the voice, the eight-track album was released Aug. 31, 2012, as a free digital download. Mixing the pair’s different styles, fans got a fresh new feel and sound, especially with the favorite-banger, “All In All,” featuring four of the biggest names in Detroit music, Fat Ray, Stretch Money, Moe Dirdee and Marv Won! With radio play all over the state, “All In All,” snagged a No. 1 spot on 89.3FM’s Top Twenty Hot List.
Valid recently aligned with John “DJ JMAC” McIntyre, one of the freshest-sounding, up-and-coming producers in the Detroit hip-hop community, forming the epic-collective, “Beyond Physics.” DJ JMAC made a name for himself in several beat battles, before beating 31 producers for the win in last year’s DetroitRap.com Summer Games contest. The first-place snag earned JMAC instant notoriety as a go-to man for top-echelon beats.
Valid and JMAC released their debut EP, “Valid & JMAC are Beyond Physics,” in November 2013. The “Name Your Own Price” download was well-received and once again showcased Valid’s rising skills. Three visuals were also released with the Beyond Physics project, including a video for the track “Lonely,” which many say is Valid’s best yet.
Fans finally celebrated a full-length, debut album by rising hip-hop star Valid with his Spring 2015 release of “Reach High” on Titan Records. Videos from the hot singles “Validation,” “New Nasty,” and “EZ2C,” helped build buzz for the new project, landing Valid a few notable road shows this summer and some great write-ups. Metro Times gave the album a full review, calling it “vital music” while applauding “The Big Valbowski’s” rising level of lyricism. Features on the album include production from the platinum award-winning Nick Speed, cuts from the Grammy-winning DJ Head, and a guest feature from hip-hop legend Keith Murray, to name a just a few of the talented artists who helped make this album possible. As always, stay tuned as Valid keeps reaching beyond the stars.
Stay connected with Valid and his projects here at Valid313.com.