Though Detroit is synonymous with automobiles, music is actually the city’s greatest export. Motown to Madonna, Aretha to Eminem, the Motor City has cranked out just as many musicians as it has muscle cars. For Hip Hop, St. Andrews Music Hall has served as an assembly line for the city, rolling through a long list if of acts ranging from Lauryn Hill to The Roots.
"St. Andrews is the venue all the Hip Hop heads went to on Fridays for music," says Bizarre. "There were other clubs around it, but it stood out like a sore thumb. The people who went there used to look so different. People used to laugh at you for going there."
But now, St. Andrews has a reputation as one of Detroit’s mainstays for live music in general. BIzarre is on a mission to undergo a similar transformation, making the title of his third solo album Friday Night At St. Andrews, that more meaningful.
Since his introduction to the mainstream national audience as a member of D-12, BIzarre’s shirtless, shower cap performances and psychotically humorous rhymes certainly made him standout in a six man rap group. But at the same time, his antics began to typecast him.
"I want people to start viewing me in a different way," says Bizarre, who drives the point home on the lead single "Believer," a track about his former label home pushing him and D-12 to continue making comical music, even after the death of founding member Proof. "At this point in my career I’m sick of the silly stuff. I don’t want to be looked at as a Weird Al Yankovich." Groomed in Detroit’s underground rap scene before achieving world wide success and platinum album sales, Bizarre introduced himself to the world with his 1998 independent effort Attack of the Weirdos. The album was one of the earlier Detroit Hip Hop albums showcasing the city’s diverse talent, featuring production for then unknown beatsmiths Mr. Porter and Jay Dee (J Dilla). On Friday Night At St. Andrews, Bizzare is recreating the spirit of that album with the focus of a veteran artist who has traveled the world and learned the industry.