Apollo Brown, Skyzoo & Joell Ortiz Spare More Than a Couple Dollars’ Worth of Inspiration (Audio)

On September 30, Skyzoo and Apollo Brown will be releasing a collaborative album, The Easy Truth. The Brooklyn, New York MC and Detroit, Michigan-based producer dropped its debut single earlier this month in the form of “One In the Same,” which features Patty Crash, whose name will be familiar to Roots Heads. The Easy Truth is far from the duo’s inaugural collaboration, as the two have worked together as recently as last year, when Apollo Brown produced “Things I Should’ve Told My Friends” for Skyzoo’s Music For My Friends. Nevertheless, the forthcoming LP is inspiring plenty of anticipation and promises to cover themes ranging from police brutality to the daily aspirations of a New York City man.

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With just a month until the album’s arrival via Mello Music Group, Apollo Brown and Skyzoo drop off its second single, this time featuring some additional support from Slaugherhouse’s Joell Ortiz. The aforementioned aspirations take center stage on “A Couple Dollars,” which Skyzoo discussed with Complex. Calling the song “a personal favorite of mine,” he explains that it serves as a history lesson on aspirations and motivations. “This record is about how those things come about, and how they started in the first place, dating back 400+ years ago. This song stands as another testament to who, what, when, where and why as far as how it is in my neighborhood.”

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That sentiment is echoed by Ortiz, who says “Always feels good to tell the story of my past and how it was growing up in my projects in Brooklyn. Reminds me where I came from. You need that reminder every now and then to keep you focused and sharp.”

Heads who pre-order The Easy Truth to receive a bonus single in the form of “The Vibes.”