Apollo Brown’s Album Features Royce, Elzhi, Slum Village & More. Listen Here (Audio)
Apollo Brown continues to be one of the most trusted and most consistent producers in Hip-Hop. The Michigan native, based in Detroit, has made heralded albums alongside Joell Ortiz, O.C., Ras Kass, Planet Asia, and others. Additionally, the Mello Music Group mainstay has been the backbone in groups such as The Ugly Heroes and The Left.
Every few years, the prolific producer adds to his solo catalog. He began the decade with The Reset, a pivotal album that marked a triumphant comeback from reportedly very nearly quitting music during challenging times. As a midpoint in the decade, Brown delivered Grandeur, another solo album with hand-picked guests. Now, as the decade nears its close, Apollo offers Sincerely, Detroit.
This collection of songs celebrates the Hip-Hop community that Apollo joined when he relocated from Grand Rapids amidst a burgeoning music career. The Mello LP involves a who’s who of Motown Rap, including Royce 5’9, Elzhi, Slum Village, Black Milk, One Be Lo, Phat Kat, Illa J, Kuniva, Guilty Simpson, Trick Trick, Clear Soul Forces, and others. Apollo also involves The Left’s Journalist 103, The Ugly Heroes’ Chris Orrick (fka Red Pill), and label-mate Nolan The Ninja.
Highlights include “Can’t Lose,” featuring Royce, Phat Kat, and some scratches from DJ Los. Ronnie Cash kicks things off with a cocky display, before Nickel follows with menacing wordplay. “Oh Lord” featuring Fatt Father, Journalist, and Valid sees a conversation with God transform to a verse. Without touching the mic, Apollo seemingly uses his sources to speak on each song.
While the guest-list shines a light on Detroit’s vast and diverse talent, the songs themselves are individual concepts. Just as he’s done on so many albums, Apollo’s chops and record collection lets the tracks conjure emotions that the MCs share. The notion and execution of “Detroit Vs. Everybody” never sounded so soulful.
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