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TALKING MUSIC WITH LIONS GUARD ROB SIMS – KLAMB21@GMAIL.COM

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Given the opportunity to have any living artist perform on his birthday, the Lions imposing and gargantuan guard Rob Sims chooses one of Detroit’s own.

 “The Dramatics, oh yea,” Sims said. “And I Panicked if I had to choose one song,” from “Dramatically Yours”.

The Dramatics are a soul-music-vocal-group, formed in Detroit, in 1962. They are best known for their 1970s hit songs In the Rain and Whatcha See is Whatcha Get, both of which were #1 R&B and Top 10 Pop hits.

Rob Banks and The Dramatics were heavily influenced by Melvin Franklin and The Temptations.

Growing up, Sims favorite musician was rapper, entrepreneur and actor, James Todd Smith, better known as: “LL Cool J,” Sims told Sportz Detroit Magazine.

He is best known for romantic ballads such as I Need Love, Around the Way Girl and Hey Lover in addition to pioneering hip-hop titles I Can’t Live Without My Radio, I’m Bad and Mama Said Knock You Out.

LL has released thirteen studio albums and two greatest hits compilations, including 2008’s Exit 13, with Def Jam Recordings.

Detroit played host to a plethora of phenomenal shows in 2011, but when it was all said and done only one truly resonated with the Ohio State Buckeye.

“The Foreign Exchange at the Magic Stick, here in Detroit,” Sims said. “It was one of the best shows I’ve ever seen. Off the chain.”

The Foreign Exchange is an R&B/electronica/hip-hop duo consisting of American rapper/singer Phonte Coleman and Dutch producer Nicolay. The duo formed before the two had even met each other in person– hence the name.

By Kevin Alan Lamb

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