In 1972 Berry Gordy moved Motown Records from Detroit to sunny Los Angeles.  The move temporarily dampened the dreams of many aspiring local music artists. As the 1970s came to a close, R&B and disco had been replaced with Hip-Hop (founded in New York) as the musical voice of the youth.  Young Detroiters began carving out their Hip-Hop presence by rapping in basements, record stores, and talent shows. They formed independently owned record labels, built their own studios, and released some of the best Hip-Hop music ever recorded.  D-CYPHERED celebrates Detroit musical artists who have impacted the Hip-Hop scene in Detroit and beyond.

 - Kahn Santori Davison

Publisher: Union Adworks  

Book Design: Brett Veach  

Head of Print Production: Sandy Curtis

Preface/Photographer: Jenny Risher  

Foreword: Grandmaster Caz  

Introduction: Nancy Barr  

Essay: Ironside Hex  

Cover Image: Royce da 5'9"  

Back Cover: Mr. Porter  

Published: 2017  

ISBN: 978-0-692-91134-1