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Introducing Dulcinea Detwah, a Brooklyn based emcee, originally from Detroit, Michigan, is releasing her first EP album entitled, “Cool Kid.”

Produced by Fernando “Royal” Singleton of the Bronx, NY, this hot, new album fuses old school Detroit club music with innovative Hip Hop beats. Dulcinea Detwah masterfully brings a New York City ambiance to the album. She is fun, gritty and fearless with her lyrical skills. Influential sounds of JJ Fade or Mc Lyte come to mind, Dulcinea Detwah will cool the fires between Nikki Minaj and Lil Kim. Dulcinea Detwah’s hot single, “Cool Kid” will definitely get listeners off their feet and shaking their a….. as she explores the adventurous sub groups within New York Cities popular street culture.

“Went to Ivy’s/ Got two degrees/ Eat a vegan diet and drink ice tea’s…..now cool kid.”

“Live in hipsterville/ where its real chill/ you say its gentrified/ I say take a pill/ I wear black hats/ Got black cats/ sporting white spats/ with suspender slacks/ My accents that of a rich brat/ Don’t talk smack/ Just chit-chat…..”

I was highly entertained by the Dulcinea Detwah experience at a Brooklyn performance on Dec 4th, 2010 at the Schermerhorn Theater. She rocked the crowd with a closing performance of “Cool Kid” and on top of that, the Brooklyn Colored Girls Dance Team (BCGDT) filled the stage and got everyone in attendance to move their heads back and forth, left to right, as we all sang, “Cool Kid. Cool Kid. Cool Kid.”

Dulcinea Detwah’s music brings the vogue scene, old school Hip Hop heads and Detroit booty music lovers all together with her new album,”Cool Kid.”
- Urban Crazes


Dulcinea /Dul-suh-nay-a/ Detwah is an emcee originally from Detroit.

Detwah always had a love for music, she played the clarinet and sang in the choir until she was 13 years old.
She moved to New York for dance, but found herself back in music. Dulcinea has been an emcee for two years now, but it had always been a dream of hers. Detwah wrote poetry since she was a young girl, after watching her older sisters sharing lyrics and formatted words. It gave her inspiration when it came to writing rhymes herself…She wanted to be like them.

“I’ve always wanted to be an MC but I was always too scared – especially after going into dancing professionally and becoming known as a modern dancer I figured I would look silly going into a music career.”

Detwah was born and raised in Detroit and says her EP “Cool Kid” is her ode to the city.

Her EP includes a self titled track.

Her music invades all genres, but "Cool Kid" has retro hip hop vibe. Check her out. http://www.dulcineadetwah.com/

What’s next for Dulcinea... She’ll be back in Detroit this November to perform songs from her EP as well as recording the video for “Cool Kid”.

By: Ashley Hutcherson
- Talk of Detroit


The first thing that'll endear you to Detroit-born, Brooklyn-based rapper Dulcinea Detwah is her name — a phonetic spelling of the original French pronunciation of her hometown. She might live in New York City now, but she representin'.
"Everybody who knows me, they know specifically where I'm from," she says. "Whenever somebody says that they are out of pocket, I say, 'I am from the east side of Detroit'. They are all like, 'Oh, yeah, we know, east side.'"
So if Detwah says she bleeds Detroit, and she does say that, what's not to believe, at least figuratively? In fact, the sometime photographer did her thesis for her Master of Arts degree about the arts community in Detroit. And she's really Cornelia McPherson; Dulcinea came from Don Quixote, one of her fave books.
So do her Brooklyn contemporaries get the gag in her stage name? "No, and I think that's cool," she says. "But people from Detroit get it."
See, the twentysomething Dulcinea Detwah is a different sort of rapper than most; there's a real sense of joy in her raps. She grins, for one thing. Not since Salt-n-Pepa has a female rapper looked and sounded like she was having such fun without basically flashing parts of her anatomy. That's not to say that her music is kids' stuff; she still swears like a spot-welder. But, and you'll have to hear her to know what this means, she does it with refinement. She's not abusing words and rhymes to spit crass diatribes. She is, what they call, a breath of fresh air.
So why did she bail on Detroit?
"I went to school in Ann Arbor first," Detwah says. "I went to the University of Michigan from 2000 to 2002, and I went there for dance, like Madonna. I grew up on the east side, right off of Mack and Buckingham. I then moved to New York for dance, also like Madonna. I lived in Philadelphia for two years, and now Brooklyn, which reminds me of Philly. I was looking for a place that gave me the homey feel of Detroit. Being in Detroit as long as I was, I remember knowing my neighbors and the people at the corner store. I didn't get that when I first moved out to New York because I lived in a neighborhood that was primarily Spanish-speaking. It didn't feel homey. When I moved to Philly, it gave me a good mix between homey and city. I moved to Brooklyn in 2008, again, it gives me a mix of the homey feel and the city. It's a lot more diverse too. When I left Detroit, I thought the world was black. Brooklyn is really diverse. You have all sorts of people here. Everybody is pretty much segregated, but you still can be on the train or work with a lot of different people. I don't know if I'd say cliché, but there's been a mass exodus from Manhattan to Brooklyn, because it was a cool place, affordable, but still close enough to Manhattan. Slowly but surely, it's starting to become like a Chelsea. It's the cool art place, but nobody can afford to live here anymore. A lot of Brooklyn has become like Manhattan."
So what led a dance-mad grad to began rapping? Careless abandon.
"I was in a three-bedroom apartment, living with other artists," she says. "I work as an arts administrator, so I have money to put into my emcee-ing. I decided to throw caution to the wind. It's like, this is crazy. I just need to do it."
That why Detwah can dig what she's doing; the woman works her ass off at a day gig, and raps for the love of music. Of course, she has aspirations of breaking into the mainstream, but don't hold that against her for a minute because, if she does hit it, she'll have hit it on her terms.
"I'd be lying if I said I wouldn't like to [break into the mainstream]," she says. "Most people that say that they're not secretly do because everybody wants some sort of notoriety and recognition. I totally do it for the love and, like I said, I'm pouring my money into this, and being mainstream isn't my priority, but I'd be lying if I said I didn't want it."
Detwah's giving away her "Cool Kid" EP free at Bandcamp, and you should download it because, well, the price is right, but it's also a phenomenal piece of work. Those Salt-n-Pepa references show up on the title track, and "Hot 32" is all old-school beats and flowing, melodic rhymes. Her best has the unwieldy title "This Track Makes Me Wanna Sing Like a British Rock Star," and its chorus is absolutely inescapable. Radio-ready pop elements are there, but there's a grit that, she says, comes from her hometown. "I hate it when people say Detroit is grimy, but a lot of my gritty sound is from Detroit," the rapper says. "When it's time to create, that's what has moved me the most. I miss the Detroit people. Wherever you go, if you run into a Detroit person, they are the most genuine people ever. They'll always talk about real shit that's going on. ..."
Detwah is still as much Detroit as the day she left town. She's earnest, witty, skilled and tough.
So what's next? Her full album should be out by the beginning of 2012, then she'll see "what happens about a tour. I'll be recording a video for "Cool Kid" before that. If I come to Detroit in November, it'll be the first time performing music in my hometown."

The "Cool Kid" EP is available now for free at Bandcamp. - Detroit Metrotimes


Discography

Honey Spread, LP (Collaboration with MayaNicol) - February 2012

Cool Kid, EP - April 2011

My So Called Life (A Bad Bitch Named Sunshine), feature with Sah Ril February 2011

If U Know What's Good, Single - October 2010

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Dulcinea Detwah is the personified action of living your passion. Although Detwah is currently based in Brooklyn, she was born and raised on the Eastside of Detroit! She was thrust into the world of music by way of dance, visual art and a degree in Arts Administration from Columbia University.

In 2009 Detwah consistently found herself, hiding and dodging from her long time friends of the schoolyard: Hip-Hop and Detroit Club Mix. When these two musical bullies became more and more inescapable, Detwah finally gave in and released “If You Know What’s Good “ at Brooklyn’s Littlefield, to an instantly enamored crowd. “If You Know What’s Good” the ladies anthem of Brooklyn is a remake of DJ Assault’s infamous, “Asses Jigglin.”

Named for Don Quixote’s legendary lady, Dulcinea describes her style of Hip-Hop as, “rhymes for folks with an Art-Nerd sensibility.”

Detwah released her debut album, Cool Kid in April 2011, which can be found on Itunes and all other major online retailers.

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