Detroit’s favorite daughter, Dej Loaf has had a tremendous 2017 with her smash “No Fear.” But as strong as she is as a solo artist, there’s been quite a few moments where her dynamic voice and irresistible charisma has stole the show on other projects.
Before Dej Loaf leads Go Show 9 at the Fine Line on October 5, here are our five favorite Dej Loaf collaborations you may have missed.
Mike WiLL Made-It featuring Dej Loaf and Yung Joey – “Possible” (2014)
While most had their first taste of Dej Loaf on 2014’s breakout hit “Try Me,” shortly before it blew up she appeared on producer Mike WiLL Made-It’s 2014 compilation album Ransom on a track overshadowed due to being placed between a Future/Young Thug jam and a Migos banger. Revisiting “Possible,” it’s ahead of its time.
E-40 featuring Dej Loaf and Luigi the Singer – “Baddest in the Building” (2014)
Few co-signs are as valuable as E-40’s seal of approval. 40 Water brought Dej Loaf on “Baddest in the Building” and spit his top shelf game for Dej to keep up and excel alongside.
The Game featuring Dej Loaf and Sha Sha – “Step Up” (2015)
For The Game’s sequel to his landmark debut album, he went in full-fledged Game-mode, name-dropping with street swagger. What you may not realize is the most memorable part of the track was all Dej Loaf, closing it with the repeated threat, effectively killing the track with one sentence.
Trae the Truth featuring Dej Loaf – “Realigion” (2015)
Gruff Houston cornerstone Trae the Truth has a gift for both the gravely quite tongue raps and the disarming smooth melodies. His bringing Texas that much closer to Michigan by inviting Dej Loaf on to his track “Realigion” added a very cool new dimension to his soundscape.
Jacquees featuring Birdman and Dej Loaf – “007” (2016)
Dej Loaf had a very busy 2016, and among her many collabs, you may have missed the sleeper jam “007.” From some of the best adlibs of her career, to a fun foreboding production, the Jacquees and Birdman-anchored “007” is a unique look at part of Dej’s personality we otherwise don’t witness too often.