Friday, January 25, 2008
The Rhythm Kitchen Flyer
This probably won't be very interesting unless your are familiar with or fascinated with the '90s Detroit hip-hop scene (isn't everyone?). The Rhythm Kitchen was the original epicenter of the rap music club scene in the early '90s in Detroit. Founded by clothing designer, clothing company owner, The original Hip-Hop Shop creator and Detroit music scene impresario Maurice Malone in (I'm guessing) 1991, The Rhythm Kitchen was Malone's Detroit version of New York's legendary Soul Kitchen. This weekly function was held at a Chinese restaurant called Stanley's Mania Cafe in the New Center Area. They cleared out all of the tables, brought in a heavy sound system and continued selling take-out Chinese food along with 40's of Colt45. The Rhythm Kitchen was the real inspiration for using The Chin Tiki as a hip-hop club in 8 Mile.
This Rhythm Kitchen scene (which came before The Hip-Hop Shop, but was open concurrently with St. Andrew's Hall "3 Floors of Fun"/The Shelter) spawned the modern Detroit rap movement (Phat Kat, Black Milk, Guilty Simpson, etc.) as well as Eminem, Proof, D-12, Slum Village, etc. and earlier legends like Dope-A-Delic, 5th Chapter and my own Rhythm Cartel, of course (sorry to anyone I left out but this isn't meant to be exhaustive). More on the Detroit Hip-Hop scene to come here on Rosenblog...