Detroit MCs E-fave (Emile Manette), Ilajide (Kortez Marion), J-Roc
(Jarred Douglas), and L.A.Z.
(Jarrel Lowman) formed Clear Soul Forces in the wake of a spur-of-the-moment studio meeting with Motor City rap veteran Royce da 5'9"
. Through their Bandcamp page, CSF
issued a number of small-scale releases across 2010, 2011, and 2012, with some beats provided by the likes of Detroit's Jay Norm, Flint (Michigan) native Nameless, Glasgow's Hudson Mohawke
, and FLYamSam (aka Flying Lotus
, whose collaboration was originally heard as an instrumental on the Ghostly Swim compilation). In March 2012, Clear Soul Forces released the album Detroit Revolution(s). Featuring 11 productions from Ilajide -- the other four tracks were produced or co-produced by Nameless, KanKick
, and King Midas -- the set was made available as a pick-your-price Bandcamp download. The following month, the MCs were showcased in a 12-minute documentary put together by Red Bull Music Academy. ~ Andy Kellman, Rovi