As we celebrate Black History Month and the anniversary of the assassination of Malcolm X, I thought it would be fitting that we revisit Mickey Factz and his project Detroit Red. The song in itself is praise worthy, simply off the fact that he was able to ambitiously tell the story of Malcolm X in the form of a hip hop song. The visual for Detroit Red however tells an even bigger story.
When I first saw the trailer for Detroit Red, I was super impressed with the level of commitment that Mickey took on to create this video. From him perming and dyeing his hair to hiring professional actors to portray the roles of those in the early biography of Malcolm X, Mickey showed a level of true artistry that definitely should not go unnoticed. It was refreshing to see an artist like Factz that is underground but has had a taste of the mainstream, produce such a quality piece of work such as Detroit Red.
Detroit Red is a track featured on 740 Park Avenue, a mixtape released by Mickey Factz after a brief hiatus from the music industry. Since its release in the Summer of 2014, Mickey has continued to release music that has been well received from fans and critics alike.