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Having just recently released his debut album, The Reset, on Mello Music Group, Apollo Brown delivers the new single, "Real Detroit" featuring The Left and Marv Won. The Left, which is Apollo's own hip-hop collective is composed of himself and fellow Detroit hometown emcee Journalist 103. With plans to release their own album, Gas Mask, later on this year, the duo set out with the purpose of creating a handful of songs dedicated to and inspired by their hometown. "When we were making the Gas Mask album, we wanted to have a couple songs just for Detroit and about Detroit," says Apollo. With that premise, "Real Detroit" speaks on the city as a hardened place to grow up, but also being a breeding ground responsible for producing some of the finest hip-hop around. From its violence-laden streets to the hustlers that run and rule those streets, Journalist 103 and Marv Won carry the listener from the safety of their home to the dangerous streets of Detroit. Accompanied with a haunting melody, it stays true that talent does spring from Detroit as Apollo Brown's beats completes the picture of "Real Detroit".
Apollo Brown's The Reset is now available via Mello Music Group.
Check out "Real Detroit" feat. The Left and Marv Won here:
iTunes: "Real Detroit" feat. The Left: http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/real-detroit-single/id367915173
iTunes: The Reset: http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/the-reset/id368331791
Born into a bi-racial family in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Apollo Brown's early influences skewed more toward the music of Journey and The Carpenters than the urban genres his peers often cite as inspiration. This is not to say that once hip-hop came into play, Apollo wasn’t all in. Just as easily as he can praise the virtues of yacht rock, the 29-year-old beatsmith can name personal heroes - Gang Starr, Wu-Tang, Mobb Deep, M.O.P., Nas, and Black Moon - from the early 90s period in which, for him, beats and rhymes became life. Apollo began making his own music in 1996 using Voyetra audio software, then upgraded to Cool Edit 2000 in becoming a self-described bedroom beat-maker for roughly the next eight years. It was the mid-2000s, and the upstart producer saw no future for his work - work he had dedicated his life to - in an industry where radio was setting a formulaic pattern for mainstream music. But he eventually began to miss the creativity in his craft and began producing once again, releasing the instrumental albums Skilled Trade (2007) and Make Do (2009). He went on in 2009 to win the Detroit Red Bull Big Tune Championships and competed in the national finals. Apollo then signed as a producer with the Mello Music Group in December of 2009. His debut album, The Reset, is available now via Mello Music Group.
About Mello Music Group:
Like Lao Tzu in hip-hop, Mello Music Group provides music for the soul, from the heart of American culture, opening the realm of the intelligent hip-hop experience through melodic evocations, beats that corroborate the truth, and voices that roar above the rising void and impose order on the terrible & triumphant moments of everyday life. This is the compelling sound of Mello Music Group. Industry newcomer Michael Tolle founded MMG in 2007 and is acting Director of Operations. MMG will be releasing projects from Oddisee, Georgia Anne Muldrow, Kenn Starr, Finale, Trek Life, Dudley Perkins, Sareem Poems, UPS, and YU in 2010. http://www.myspace.com/mellomusicgroup
"Real Detroit" feat. The Left and Marv Won:
"Hungry" feat. Rapper Big Pooh and Black Milk:
"Streets Won't Let Me Chill Remix" feat. Diamond District:
"Brainwash Remix" feat. yU, Grap Luva & Finale:
Apollo Brown - Skilled Trade:
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