Look out NYC, Philly and even Toledo – a traveling side show of death-defying rappers is coming your way and its doing it Detroit style. That means, of course, only one thing: it’s “BETTER MADE”.

The “BETTER MADE” tour sends Passalacqua, one of the key groups in the Detroit hip-hop scene, out of the road for the very first time. After several years of great shows & building a fan base in Detroit, the team of “Mister” and “The Blaksmith” will be infecting folks south and east of the Motor City with their laidback style and a touch of humor.

Although funny, at times – such as rapping in spacemen helmets, Passalacqua hits some hard topics on their albums. For example, “Ms. Washington (Bridge Card Hustle)” on “Zebehazy Summer” features a smooth flow and tasty beat with a female vocal chorus on the topic of welfare fraud and trying to make it day-to-day. Other tracks like “Sunset City” (check out the video below) offer odes to the Motor City. Because, you’ll learn quickly, these cats are steeped in Detroit and wear it proudly.

Among the tour guests are the Anonymous, who I wrote about before, who will head out to play shows with Passalacqua in Philadelphia and Brooklyn.

While Passalacqua is out bringing some new Detroit sounds to the you – they are offering a fresh take on their most recent release, last fall’s “Zebehazy Summer”. This special remix album features many respected local producers like Eddie Logix twisting the nobs and breathing new life into the beats & ideas.

Oh, and that remix record – it’s a free download on the band’s site come Friday June 22nd. So, there is no excuse  for you not to be studied up to see Passalacqua when they come through your town over the next two weeks.


Come sample some Detroit “BETTER MADE” flavor near you:

6/21 — Detroit, MI (Northern Lights Lounge)

6/22 — Toledo, OH (Ottawa Tavern)

6/23 — Nashville, TN (Exit/In)

6/24 — Knoxville, TN (Relix Theatre)

6/25 — Raleigh, NC (The Pour House)

6/27 — Richmond, VA (Balliceaux)

6/28 — Brooklyn, NY (Spike Hill)

6/29 — Philadelphia, PA (Level Room)

6/30 — Brooklyn, NY (Fifth Estate)

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