Those familiar with Detroit hip-hop are undoubtedly familiar with producer, DJ, and champion of all things D, House Shoes. In addition to producing the early work of some of the city’s finest vocal talent (Proof, Elzhi, Danny Brown etc.), Shoes was mentored in beats by friend Jay Dee/J Dilla – with whom he dropped a couple of crucial indie releases in the mid/late-’90s. Some 15-years-plus in the game, Shoes’ own production expertise finally enjoys a proper showcase with his excellent full-length debut as a beatsmith, Let It Go (Tres). A week away from the long-anticipated, well-overdue project’s release, we felt it only right to ask this veritable walking/talking/spinning/beat-making/Newport-pulling encyclopedia of Motor City hip-hop history to share insights on some of his favorite sample flips…

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