Renaissance Soul Podcast – The Time and Time Again Episode (w/ T. Calmese – Detroit Hip Hop Artist, The Black Opera)

Renaissance Soul Podcast - The Time and Time Again Episode (w/ Detroit Hip Hop Artist and The Black Opera's T. Calmese)(Photo Credit: Doug Coombe)

Renaissance Soul was originally a Detroit hip-hop website started in 2001 by your host Kelly “K-Fresh” Frazier that first centered around the discography of legendary producer Jay Dee aka J. Dilla before it branched out to all Detroit hip-hop and music. In many cases, Renaissance Soul was the first place you heard many Detroit music artists that you love today. With it’s revival as a podcast, each episode will focus on specific topics (an album, an era, a legacy, etc) from Detroit music of all genres from the past and present from a historical perspective.

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For this episode, we are joined by Detroit hip-hop artist T. Calmese, member of the creative counter-culture collective The Black Opera, and his debut album Time and Time Again. Formerly known as Illite of the Subterraneous Crew (OneBeLo et al), Detroit native emcee T. Calmese has released several solo mixtapes, as well as collaborative albums with fellow Michigan emcees Octane (currently known as Ro Spit) and Vaughan T (of Athletic Mic League).

After taking an extended break from making music, the feeling never fully left T. Calmese and a few years ago, he started to pick up the pen again in a journey that would lead us to Time and Time Again. Along with a track-by-track breakdown, Calmese shares with us why he took a break from writing, the joy of just being a fan of hip-hop, and what lead him back to making music that would result in finally making a proper debut solo album.

Stream / Purchase Time and Time Again: smarturl.it/T.CalmeseEveryday

Follow T. Calmese:
Web: theblackopera.com
Facebook: facebook.com/TCalmese-173487686010515
Instagram: instagram.com/t_calmese
Twitter: twitter.com/T_Calmese

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About the Author

Kelly "K-Fresh" Frazier
Kelly "K-Fresh" Frazier has been an online advocate for Detroit hip-hop, electronic, and rock music for over a decade now. As a tastemaker in the Detroit scene, he writes about the city's music and culture through various forms of social media along with publications both here in Detroit and internationally. Outside of writing, he is a well-respected DJ within the city who has played numerous gigs in many of Detroit's most legendary venues