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Leaders of the New School spotlights Detroit rap underground

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There's no shortage of rappers in Detroit, and a growing list that goes further and deeper than, say, Eminem.

But Sheefy McFly wants to give fans a chance "to see history before it happens."

That's the idea behind Leaders of the New School, a showcase McFly (real name Tashif Turner) debuts this weekend at the Shelter in Detroit. He'll be performing along with fellow MCs Rack Killz, Richy Marciano and Chavis Chandler and their respective crews, offering a taste of what's going on in Detroit's hip-ho underground.

"It's about upcoming and on-the-horizon, new stars in Detroit," explains McFly, 22. "I want people to just come and be there and see us for the talent that's there. It's like a friendly competition, but at the same time we're helping each other up. Seeing somebody else do something great will make you want to do greater."

The Leaders concept is an outgrowth of a showcase McFly hosted for 28 consecutive months at Bob's Classic Kicks shoe store. He brought the curtain down on that in January and says now he wants to "stray away from monthlys" and instead host "a more extensive showcase," with more sponsorship and amenities.

"If we get a good response, we'll think about doing more," McFly says. "I just hope everybody brings their A games to this show to show everybody who's on stage as well as the crowd that we can really take the city over, take the world over -- one showcase at a time, really."

Leaders of the New School with Sheefy McFly, Crack Killz, Richy Marciano and Chavis Chandler takes place Friday, April 27, at the Shelter, 431 E. Congress St., Detroit. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10. Call (313) 961-8137 or visit www.livenation.com.

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