Mic Phelps, a.k.a, Miles Stewart, was born and raised in Pontiac, Mich., and has been releasing albums for almost 10 years. His lyricism is distinguished by contemplative takes on society and everyday life, delivered in a frenetic and emotional flow.
Local music fans might also remember him as part of the four emcee rap supergroup Cold Men Young. He’s been keeping busy lately with his work with the Motown Mic spoken word art programming and leading the soul-jazz fusion band, The Plug, providing piano and vocals to lead a full ensemble. He’ll be releasing even more new music in July, with an album called “Chief,” a collaboration three years in the making with emcee Ilajide of Clear Soul Forces. Phelps’ piano track “Dreaming About Arrows I Can’t Smell” plays under WDET’s interview, but you can find a brand new single from his new album streaming here.
Mic Phelps will be performing with his band, The Plug, this Sunday at the Motown Museum.
WDET’s Jeff Milo spoke with the local poet and musician about his lifelong inspirations, as well as his new album “The Great Adventures of Money Mic.”
Click the player above to hear Jeff Milo interview Mic Phelps.
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