A stunning soulful cut here from Raheem DeVaughn and Apollo Brown, as they announce their forthcoming album, Lovesick. It looks set to be a significant step away from the usual Detroit grittiness that Apollo Brown has become synonymous with, but as soon as DeVaughn’s vocals soar into life on When A Man, the collaboration feels like it should have happened a lifetime ago. The full album is due for release on 4 June via Mello Music Group.
As reported a few weeks ago, Mello Music Group have put together a compilation featuring a whole bunch of new material from their increasingly dope roster and some equally compelling guests. The album kicks off with a track from Quelle Chris and Alchemist, which should give you some idea of the levels at work here, if you’re not already familiar with Mello’s insanely consistent back catalogue. As we progress we’re treated to new joints from The Lasso and Zackey Force Funk, Cambatta and Apollo Brown, Homeboy Sandman and Eric Lau, as well as three new tracks from Oddisee, including the previously featured No Trouble. You can explore the full array of musical brilliance below and then go check the usual spots for all your streaming/download needs.Continue reading “Mello Music Group: Bushido (Stream)”
It’s getting to the stage now where Mello Music Group are announcing and releasing albums faster than I can keep up with. And they all sound promising too. Take one of the forthcoming projects they have lined up, featuring a collaboration between Detroit legend, Apollo Brown, and Buffalo queen, Che’ Noir, which kicked off with a Black Thought assisted lead single. The album is further boosted by features from Skyzoo, Planet Asia, Ty Farris and Blakk Soul, who all seem like good partners for Che’s unflinching lyricism. You can hear Hustle Don’t Give for yourself below and pre-orders for the album are also available. The release date is set for 10 July. Continue reading “Apollo Brown & Che’ Noir ft. Black Thought: Hustle Don’t Give”
Not sure how this one slipped me by, but Mello Music Group have added another artist to their ever-burgeoning roster. Cambatta is a New York-based rapper, who has a voice that will echo in your mind long after the verses end. Described by Mello as “like tripping on DMT, Mushrooms, and LSD at the same time all while witnessing the 80s crack epidemic unfold around you”, this is heavy-hitting social commentary in lyrical form. Nightmare is his first single with the label and will be featured on their forthcoming compilation, which is due for release later in the year. There is a also a Cambatta album en route too, but more news on that when I have it. Nightmare is available to stream and download on the usual platforms.
Check out the latest gem to be taken from Apollo Brown’s recent Detroit-focused opus, this time featuring local rap quartet, Clear Soul Forces. Sincerely, Detroit is out now on Mello Music Group.
The mammoth new album from Ugly Hero and production don, Apollo Brown, is finally here. For Sincerely, Detroit, Brown has set his sights on the abundance of talent held within the city he calls home. It’s a recipe for success in my eyes, given the amount of artists housed within the city limits and the scope of the styles and flows they encompass between them. From Phat Kat, Royce and Trick Trick to Chris Orrick, Slum Village and Crown Nation, it feels like a pretty definitive tribute to the Detroit scene and Brown’s production is strong enough to make every track land just right. Downloads of Sincerely, Detroit are available via Bandcamp and you can also listen to it in full below.
As we near the release of Apollo Brown’s latest project – a Detroit focused album featuring some of the city’s finest artists – the produced has shared the next single from the album. The Backbone features Detroit rap heavyweights, Guilty Simpson and Fat Ray, as well as further vocal support from Michigan native, Melanie Rutherford. Sincerely, Detroit is at midnight on Mello Music Group.
There’s a new album incoming, from the always on point, Apollo Brown. The Detroit Producer is drawing on the multitude of talent contained within his city’s walls, as he drafts over 50 artists into the project. There are contributions from the likes of Slum Village, Chris Orrick, Illa J, Guilty Simpson and Boog Brown. The first single emerged this week and features Black Milk, Ketchphraze and DJ Los. You can stream the track, God Help Me, below and pre-orders are available over on Bandcamp. Sincerely, Detroit is due for release on 29 October via Mello Music Group. Continue reading “Apollo Brown ft. Black Milk, Ketchphraze & DJ Los: God Help Me”
Was hyped to see this drop into my timeline last night. Apollo Brown is the first producer to be involved with a new series of releases in conjunction with Sydney-based label, Low Key Source. Across the Globe is going to see well-known producers collaborate with MCs and other vocalists from all over the world, including this gem featuring VVV’s finest. There is also a track featuring Jehst and Tyler Daley, which sounds like it will be worth our attention. You can stream Time’s Different below and pre-orders for the EP are available now. Continue reading “Apollo Brown ft. Juga-Naut, Vandal Savage & Cappo: Time’s Different”
More gritty minimalist rap from the new Apollo Brown & Planet Asia album. Anchovies is definitely one for rap aficionados and is probably going to end up in my favorite albums of the year, in a year which has produced gem after gem. It is available now on Mello Music Group.