It’s gotta be the shoes

The ex-Detroit DJ boosted everyone from J Dilla to Danny Brown. Can he finally champion himself?

By Jonathan Cunningham

PUBLISHED: JUNE 20, 2012

Cars are zooming past a gray, stucco apartment building tucked away on a residential street in Los Angeles’ Koreatown neighborhood. Up two flights of stairs, posted inside of a one-bedroom unit, a former Detroiter and a current Angeleno, House Shoes, is sitting on the floor doing what he loves to do most in this world — playing with his 3-year-old son, James. Sporting an oversized T-shirt, dark jeans and a well-traveled pair of size 10 Adidas, House Shoes relinquishes his cool factor and does whatever silly thing it takes until a baby-toothed smile emerges on his offspring’s face.

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