It is with great sadness and deep regret we confirm that Micah Bowman (“M. Dot/Dotoz”) has perished from the earth at just 34 years of age. Micah was a great friend to many and was incredible artist. He was loved by his close friends, grandmother, mother, sisters and his nephew Perry by whom he is survived.
Bowman was a standout athlete. In his youth he was widely regarded as one of the regions top basketball players. Johnny Floyd was quoted as saying: “Micah is the best basketball player I’ve ever been on the court with and I’ve been on the court with them all.” During high school Bowman spent much time running pick-up games with his friends, including many epic match-ups against Whitney Davis, (Pioneer HS/Ohio University standout) who was 1 grade Bowman’s junior. “He was an all around great guy.” Said Davis.
During his early 20’s Bowman recorded a solo album produced by Grammy Award winning Michael “Mikey Millions” Larson (i am OTHER) and Drew Money, formally known as PRO-V (of “Hello Brooklyn” fame). The album was recorded in South Beach and featured contributions from the Heat Makerz, David Banner, The Alchemist and DipSet. It was received as an instant classic.
Bowman encountered and collaborated with many of his prominent contemporaries. He opened shows for D12 when Proof was alive, Obie Trice, DJ Quik, and Mobb Deep before the passing of Prodigy HNIC. Bowman has 100’s of recordings both released and unreleased. His 2010 Mixtape, “The Ganz 1.0” was extremely well received and is regarded as a hip hop classic.
Lyrically Bowman was an inspiration. An entire city of Ann Arbor rappers would have killed for Bowman’s ability to think outside the box metaphorically, or of course – his voice. Bowman’s voice was classic. Jadakiss and Beanie Sigel were some of his favorite MC’s and his voice was as cutting and as true as theirs in this author’s opinion. Micah was often enamored with artists of cut short legacy such as: Roc Ducati, Stack Bundlez and one of his last favorite “new” rappers, Chinx Drugz.
Bowman inspired not just musicians but people. His fans were fanatical. They didn’t just love his music they idolized him. He made people’s entire careers – just by being their friend.
Rest In Peace Micah. You will be deeply missed, but your music and legacy will live on forever.