The Friday night cyphers hosted by DJBJ give local Detroit emcees a voice and a chance for the public to listen as they pour their passion into the mic. Rolling out had the pleasure of visiting 107.5, with a room filled with 10 driven emcees and stepping into the 3525 world of DJBJ, Mr. Pay Attention.
What was your motivation to start the cyphers? How long do you plan for them to go on?
I’m looking for hits, unquestionable hits. I know a hit when I hear it, so I’m taking my platform and using it to reach out to those who want to be heard. The cyphers — I want them to go as long as they can.
What is your goal right now as far as taking Detroit music to the next level?
My goal right now is to find artists with great music and a story to tell. Doing the cyphers has created sort of a brotherhood between all the artists and I. We’ve built not only a relationship, but a family to make the dream work. Some even risk personal circumstances to be here and that says a lot.
What are some upcoming projects you have on the way that no one knows about?
I’m launching a big project on Thanksgiving or Christmas depending on how everything works out. I will be the first DJ in Detroit to have done this so I’m pretty excited. Be on the lookout for it.