T-BABY performs "IT'S SO COLD IN THE D" at The Pike Room

FRIDAY OCTOBER 10, 2008
doors at 8pm
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T-BABY with special guest MIGHTY JOE YOUNG

From the Detroit News

One of the hottest clips on the Net over the last week has been a music video titled "It's So Cold in the D" from a Detroit rapper by the name of T-Baby.

As of press time, the vid -- which looks like something you might accidentally run across late at night on public access television -- had racked up nearly 300,000 hits on YouTube. It has been featured on a number of prominent hip-hop Web sites and has become something of a Detroit anthem -- sadly, for all the wrong reasons.

"It's soooo cold in the D," she rap-sings in the chorus, "how the (bleep) do we 'spose to keep peace?"

The former Denby High School student, who cites Mary J. Blige as an influence, wrote the song for Mason Graham, her friend who was shot and killed at a Coney Island in 2006. She recorded the song last year at a studio on Eight Mile, and the video -- which also features several of Myles' friends, as well as her 10-year-old son -- was shot last October by local videographer Leo Williams. More than a dozen response videos have been uploaded to YouTube, including one that remixes the song with vocals from 2Pac and another where the song is played over footage of the deadly videotape from "The Ring."

The clip -- which up until about a week ago had garnered only 600 hits -- has even made its way around Detroit hip-hop circles. At last week's video shoot for Kid Rock's "Roll On" at the Motown Historical Museum, Detroit rappers Trick Trick and Paradime were joking amongst themselves about the clip.

Williams, who shot the video on a $300 budget, defends T-Baby and the video in an e-mail written to The Detroit News.

"The pain she felt drove her to do this," he writes. "It came from her soul, which is something a lot of (detractors) haven't got or haven't gotten in touch with lately." He calls the song a "poignant little ditty."

He may not be the only one. Despite the negative comments, there are signs the song is catching on.

When several hip-hop blogs wrote about the alleged assault against Chicago rapper Yung Berg at a Detroit nightclub last week, they used the phrase "it's so cold in the D" in their reports. And the song is undeniably catchy; listen to it once, and it's hard to get out of your head.

Myles says the song will be included on her album, "The Ride or Die Chick," which she plans to release by the end of the year. Since the video started gaining attention, she says she's been fielding phone calls from folks who say they'd like to manage her career.

As for the Internet rumors that T-Pain and Lil Wayne want to remix the song, at this point they appear to be just that: Internet rumors.

And the haters? She says to go ahead and keep hating.

"I really don't care what people say. They can say whatever they want to say," Myles says. "I'm gonna keep doing what I do. 'Cause I rap, and that's what I like to do."

 

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