D12's Bizarre Talks About "Friday Nights At St. Andrews," Drake

Exclusive: The D12 emcee's new album is dedicated to Friday nights that Detroit remembers, as well as Drake, according to Eminem.

This May 18th, Bizarre from D12 will be dropping his latest album, Friday Nights At St. Andrews. Released on the Michigan emcee's latest label, AVJ, the project's title recalls a memorable Hip Hop experience from the days of the Detroit underground. "I think my favorite memory is just living to see the city of Detroit, [known for its] violence and crazy stuff going on, and just to walk into St. Andrews on a Friday night and let all your problems go, and just vibe out," the emcee told HipHopDX late last week. "We had it set up to where there wasn't no fights, wasn't no violence - we all knew each other. It was a peaceful Hip Hop vibe."

Located near the city's Financial District, the venue was a key stage for many of Detroit's would-be stars, including Slum Village, Royce Da 5'9", D12 and a particular Toronto emcee that used to travel three hours to attend, Drake. Bizarre said he learned of this through Detroit's biggest star, Eminem. "Drake used to come to St. Andrews, back in the day, on Friday nights. He was really good friends with Elzhi from Slum Village. I just found that out through [Eminem]. Marshall just told me that when I was in the studio with him." Drake has referred back to Slum Village, Elzhi's group, on his popular So Far Gone song "Fear" .

Channeling back to those times, Bizarre says that his May album reflects his memories of the weekend evenings at the venue. "Music is about emotion. It gives you a chance to escape what's goin' on around the real world. It's a big part of that, to get into the studio and lay [Friday Night At St. Andrews] down, and out everything else behind."

Friday Nights At St. Andrews has one track in particular that speaks to many aspiring emcees' (and people in general), who attend function in hopes of discovery: "Believer" featuring Tech N9ne and Nate Walka. Bizarre explained, "You rarely hear people nowadays say, 'This is what I want to do,' and stick to it. They change their major, they change their jobs, they change where they're going in life. With me, I'm just of them dudes, who from the beginning to the end, knew that music - rapping was what I wanted to do. A lot of people didn't believe in me. I had to go through the struggles, trials and tribulations. I'm just lettin' all the kids know, you could be a rapper or a doctor, or whatever you want to be. Just believe, and don't give up. That's what the song is about."

As Bizarre remains a huge independent Rap success, it was through listening to his peers that made him seek Strange Music's co-founder. "What made want me want to get Tech [N9ne] on the song was, he had a song [on K.O.D. called 'Leave Me Alone' ] that I liked a lot, that was getting a lot of [play] out here. When I heard that song, I said, 'Oh snap. It sounds like he goin' through a lot of emotions a lot of heartache in his life, and I can just hear the pain,' in his single. He was perfect for the song."

Bizarre connects with many of his peers. Royce, Redman, Nipsey Hussle and King Gordy appear on St. Andrews, but DX asked Bizarre about his friendship with Miami's Rick Ross. "It came through a mutual friend, Doe, from Chicago. He's been down with Triple C's and Gunplay and them for a long time. [Coughs] That's how I met Rick [Ross], through that avenue of the big homie Doe," said Bizarre, who at one time, was believed to have signed Doe. "I'm just out and about everywhere, man. I'm here and there, in New York, [Philadelphia], everywhere. There's not a lot of people who say they don't know me or can't get a line on me. People were saying the same thing about [Hannicap Circus], how I did a song with dead prez. We're so much different from each other, but I just plug with everybody. I'm a good dude."

As with Eminem, Proof and Mr. Porter, Bizarre says that he listens to a lot of Rap music, staying aware of new trends and talented artists. "I definitely keep my ear to the streets with what's going on, and what up-and-coming artists [are making noise]. My thing is, I'm at the point at my career where there's always gonna be the Drake's and cats like that's doing they thing. I like listening to cats that people ain't really never heard of, or that really have an underground fan-base, so I can watch them blossom from the beginning to end." As a product of this, Bizarre enlisted another DXnext artist (besides Hussle), Yelawolf, who just confirmed signing to Interscope Records, for Friday Nights At St. Andrews.

Stay tuned next week as Bizarre touches on more from his album, and his dealings with Canibus regarding a misconstrued song.

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  • J-byrd

    ahhh this explains why Em fucks wit Drake now! I get it! It sucks but whatever,he's a grown man makin his own decisions,and its workin for Em.... As far as Bizarre bein pals wit Ricky....u know thats a diff. story,I gonna bitch bout it kuz Bizarre is his own self and they aint actin like best buds! I just dont like the officer

  • Mark Seven

    About Drake know Elzhi, they got a song together with either Phonte or Pooh from Little Brother. Sorry I forget which one and I can't really find the song 'cuz I don't remember the title. But either way, good look for Drake seein how he has roots in Detroit hip hop. Hmmm...

  • A4L

    Waiting for this one. Hope i'll get it in Germany and D12 will drop some new stuff.


    This nigga rollin with fuckin Officer Ricky, I always knew this nigga was a faggot. Hey Bizzare you garbage ass no talent rapper, Officer Ricky dissed your fuckin Boss, the only reason a nigga has any money, your whole fuckin livelyhoood held by this man you came up with who brought you into the game, and you friends with that fuck nigga, No wonder your bitch ass aint live in detroit no more.

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  • Ceazar

    Ok Oprah heres how its goning 2 go anybody that was in that magazine, that wants 2 tlk 2 me has 2 go thru u, I want 2 know wht do u want 2 do as far career wise political or phil, cuz im going 2 either increase ur earnings or decrease them have all of them start me a educational fund lets start at 50 mil donations each except the following bill,num1,and walmart.

  • Blou

    Bizarre is funny.. He might just be the worst rapper ever, but he surrounds himself with some of the most talented people in the game. Dude's working with everyone from Kno (CunninLynguists) to Eminem to Red to Yeller - I'd bet my left nut that Bizarre even realizes himself how fucking wack he is, haha.

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  • YungRich

    Never pegged Drake as an Elzhi fan but it's nice that dude likes the talented dudes. Was starting to think he was completely mainstream.

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  • da police

    drake be on that real ish, he be in the streets all day every day. Drakes album gonna go multi platnium. He as dope as any rapper ive ever seen or heard , yaaaa heard

  • Drucifer1983

    Im not the worlds biggest Bizzare fan, but I'll give him the credit due, he has his own style which is alot more than I can say for most of these follow the bandwagon ass dudes out there

    • I_Am_Beast

      Esham been the shit since forever. Esham & Natas are some of the forefathers of this Horrorcore/Acid Rap shit. Esham is an influence and father to the style alot of the dudes from the D puttin down that Horrorcore shit, early D12 included. Esham's new shit supposed to be dropping the same day as Bizarre, Necro's new shit too. I'm amped for that shit.

    • Drucifer1983

      @HRCMS I been up on Esham for over a decade, Nice to see someone else on DX who acknowledges the man, But I dont think he sounds like Bizzare.........Esham's stuff has a more Serious Horror-core Tone whereas Bizz stuff is more comedic...... Its kinda like Esham is The Excorcist and Bizzare is a nightmare on Elm Street, there both in the horror section but there not similar at all........ But props for Being Up on E, Im bout to play the Dead Flowers CD now that you made me think about it, lol

    • HRCMS

      @ DRU, Although im not feeling his style, you got a point, but I think his style was somewhat influenced by another Detroit underground artist named Esham, if your not familiar with him check him out, he's been around since the late 80's

  • stretchdollaz

    Damn I never knew Drake was in the D like that, Oh well niggas a still rob his bitch ass if they catch him slippin.

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    • Buduiza

      If you´re talking about the 99 problems line, that´s not jay-z´s, he got it from ice-t

    • Buduiza

      If you´re talking about the 99 problems lyric, that´s not a jay-z´s lyrics, he got it from ice-T

  • AKBennett

    Elzhi has more talent than Drake in his pinky. FUCK YOUNG MONEY.

    • Fedayeen

      ^ Co-sign above statements. Aubrey just used Detroit as a doormat to get into the door, sucking up to all the industry heads there. Practically BOUGHT his way in...

    • fatboyrule

      Agreed! I hope the rest of Lil Wayne's teeth fall out.

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