Detroit's Most Wanted (DMW) surfaced during the early-'90s gangsta rap phenomenon and faded away in the mid- to late '90s once the hoopla simmered. Similar to the countless other niche market-orientated gangsta rap start-ups of the time, the group was essentially a Detroit-style NWA: The members rapped about violence, drugs, sex, and anything else with shock value over West Coast-style beats. DMW released a number of LPs throughout the '90s, averaging around one release every year. Bryant Records released the albums, going through a number of small distributors. Despite the group's productivity, DMW never attained much commercial success, and the little success the group had was confined to the Midwest, for the most part.