“There are times in life when, instead of complaining, you do something about your complaints.” —Rita Dove
Grammy Nominated Producer
Owner of Filthy Americans
The Electrifying Filthy Rockwell, GRAMMY-nominated, Gold and Multi-Platinum producer from Detroit, Michigan launched a streetwear shop and music, art venue on Nov. 18 called The Filthy American’s Arts
& Cultural Preservation Center, located in Northwest Detroit.
At a very young age, Filthy heard on the Electrifying Mojo Radio Show, “Numbers” by Kraftwerk and
discovered his interest in music. He then began exploring through his mother’s record collection listening.
to artists like George Clinton, Sun-ra, Prince, Stevie Wonder and Anita Baker, which helped mold the
ASCAP award-winning artist that he is today. He fills multiple roles, including songwriter, arranger,
composer, music executive, artists and repertoire man, businessman and entrepreneur. He has worked.
with such recognizable names as STL Juan, ICP, George Clinton, Big Sean, Kanye West, 2-Chains,
Pusha-T, Esham, Joe Budden, Slaughterhouse and many more.
Filthy’s passion for music, specifically vinyl, stemmed from a George Michael’s vinyl record called “One.
More Try.” Filthy’s mother loved the album so much that she played it almost every day. And on some
days, he volunteered to play it for her when they sat on the porch at her best friend’s house in her dying.
days. Today, Filthy continuously builds his personal vinyl record collection.
Filthy’s love and passion for the sound and independent culture of vinyl led to the creation of his vinyl.
boutique label “Dope Boys from Outer Space.” Filthy’s first vinyl project, "Filthy America,” taps into
Detroit’s soul and techno artistry to create a unique and current musical experience. Filthy created this.
new musical genre of “audio art,” designed to infuse audio tracks coupled with visuals seamlessly.
interwoven to tell a story. The album focuses heavily on the instrumental, with sound bites and vocal.
snippets strategically chosen and placed on each track to craft a narrative, to maximize effect and to
evoke a thoughtful and emotional experience. The album is a part of a three-part series: “Filthy America/
Dreaming in Color the Beautiful Nightmare “The Fall of America” (Dope Boys from Outer Space) and
“The Rise of America (Attack of the Clones).”
Filthy’s love of music and history motivated him to create an attraction that bridges the gap between hip-
hop and techno music through means such as streetwear, vinyl, accessories, live music and art events.
that will serve as a haven for local Detroit-area artists, musicians and DJ’s. Ideally, a singular experience
that is equal parts historical and futuristic. The Cultural Center, formerly the first Lincoln car assembly
plant, is located in the heart of the Holden Block Redevelopment and Lincoln Street Art District. The
Center will play a major role in Detroit’s new 24-hour economy.
The Cultural Center will also play a pivotal role in Filthy’s community outreach. Filthy established his own
nonprofit organization “Filthy Cares” to support the Detroit community he loves so much. The organization
hosts a series of events, including the group’s signature Adopt-A-Block holiday event. Adopt-A-Block
surprises hundreds of children in a Detroit neighborhood each holiday with gifts and treats.