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Apollo’s remix features a haunting piano line combined with minimal but gritty drum programming creating a completely different sound scape than the original Apollo Brown production.  Hassaan Mackey rips the mic with urban war stories, while Sean Born delivers some of the tracks most memorable lines “Atonement for the shit I got away with / I got a way with words, I just say shit /  Had my way with birds, chick-fil-a sh*t”.

NEW APOLLO BROWN REMIX:
Daily Bread (Hassaan Mackey & Apollo Brown) “The Trenches” feat. Sean Born

http://mellomusicgroup.bandcamp.com/track/the-trenches-feat-sean-born-apollo-brown-rmx

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Daily Bread (Hassaan Mackey & Apollo Brown) continues to release new music as they campaign for their self-titled album Daily Bread.  Today they’ve reached out to label mate and producer Oddisee (whose album Rock Creek Park officially comes out everywhere Sept 6th on CD) remix the standout track Elephants.
The Oddisee remix of Elephants  is being made available on a special edition bonus 45 record that FatBeats will release on 9/13 with the 2xLP vinyl edition of the new popular album Daily Bread.
The remix brings Oddisee‘s  distinct drum patterns and  Hassaan Mackey’s gruff flow at it’s best: “some down to earth shit the world aint ready for…verbs from the soul adding light to the mic.”
Enjoy the remix & feel free to share!
Free Download: Daily Bread “Elephants (Oddisee Remix)

http://mellomusicgroup.bandcamp.com/track/elephants-oddisee-remix

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Another heater from Detroit’s own  Apollo Brown, straight off his release, “Clouds.”  Also click the Vimeo link for the mini video.
“Clouds” Video: http://vimeo.com/20270291

The Song:

The fourth single off the recently released Mello Music Group compilation album, Helpless Dreamer, is all about recognizing where you come from. “Home Comes First” combines the talents of emcees Kenn Starr and Finale on the mic and Apollo Brown on production. With Starr and Finale both dropping albums on Mello Music Group in 2011, titled Square One and Odds & Ends respectively, and Apollo still hot off the success of his collaborations with The Left and Boog Brown, these three seem to have no trouble staying busy.

Apollo’s crackling, chopped-up horn instrumental provides a subtle enough beat for the two rappers to spit more introspective and serious rhymes. Starr’s lyrics focus on his native state of Virginia and current hometown of southern Maryland, and when he raps “I continue to carry the torch for the ones that I know are depending on me to see their dreams come,” it’s clear to see how much it means to him. Finale laments that “home is home / it’s the only thing I tend to think about if I’m gone” in reference to Detroit, and while he and his collaborator may hail from a different part of the country, it’s clear that the sentiments they share could not be more similar. “Home… comes first,” the hook repeats – something that we can all relate to.

The Mello Music Group compilation, Helpless Dreamer, is available now.

Download “Home Comes First” here:
http://media.audibletreats.com/MMG-Home_Comes_First_Ft_Kenn_Starr_Finale_Prod_Apollo_Brown.mp3

Hot on the heels of “From The Top,” the Oddisee/Stik Figa collaborative single off the recently released Helpless Dreamer compilation album, Mello Music Group has announced the titular track “Helpless Dreamer” as the latest single to show off their talented roster. This time with Apollo Brown, whose own group album from The Left is enjoying high acclaim, on production, affiliate emcees Roc Marciano, X.O. (of Diamond District) and Tranqill offer up verses to compliment the dramatic, horn-heavy beat.

The song acts as the confluence of gifted artists working together for the sake of working together. “That lineup is beautiful, why not collab with them?” Apollo explains of the partnership. He even goes so far as to call Roc Marciano’s Marcberg one of his “favorite albums of the year.” As far as the song’s inspiration, the title of the song says it all. “Sometimes, we want something for ourselves that might be unattainable today,” says the Detroit producer. “But if we work hard and dream hard, we’ll be able to get it tomorrow.” Judging from his contributions on this and his other tracks from Helpless Dreamer, Apollo Brown’s tomorrow is approaching fast.

The Mello Music Group compilation, Helpless Dreamer, is available now.

Listen to “Helpless Dreamer” (the song) here:
http://media.audibletreats.com/MMG-Helpless_Dreamer_Ft_Roc_Marciano_X.O._Tranquill_Prod_Apollo_Brown.mp3

Detroit's Finest

How We Live,” featuring Rochester rhymer Hassaan Mackey, is the latest single from Gas Mask, the already highly lauded debut album from Detroit hip-hop trio The Left, comprised of producer Apollo Brown, rapper Journalist103, and DJ Soko. The song is heavily influenced by The Left’s and also Hassaan Mackey’s surroundings. “I wanted us to make something that hit home,” says Apollo Brown. “Not just the city where we live, but every inner city where people are being affected by these same issues.”

Hassaan Mackey kicks things off with a depiction of his own environment Rochester, a city of New York often disregarded. “I’m a product of my environment/ Weed smoke and silencers/ Victims run from gunshots where projects sit,” rhymes Mackey, with stark, vivid imagery over top Apollo Brown’s soulful, wailing beat, before following with, “Reminiscing the view of skeletal frames/ Memories of life hang from what little remains.” Offering his own take on the ills of inner city life, giving listeners a glimpse into one of the most notoriously rough cities of the 2000’s, Journalist 103 takes to the chorus rapping, “Where we live at, kids they die from bullets that fly/ Where the code is eye for an eye, go ‘head and try.”

The Left’s Gas Mask is currently available via Mello Music Group. Apollo Brown and Hassaan Mackey will also be releasing their own album together in 2011, titled Daily Bread.

Download The Left’s “How We Live” here

As we near the end of 2010 most will be recounting the highs and lows of the past 12 months. Mello Music Group, however, is focused on what the New Year has in store, releasing a musical appetizer, the compilation album Helpless Dreamer, showcasing the label’s supreme and far reaching talent, while giving a preview of offerings for 2011. Features from Diamond District, Kenn Starr, Roc Marciano, Fresh Daily, Invincible, Buff1, XO, Magestik Legend, Tranqill, Stik Figa, Toine, and Finale are included on the 13-track compilation album, with production from Oddisee, Apollo Brown, Has Lo, Black Milk, SlimKat 78, and Just Wright.

The first single to drop, “From The Top,” sees Topeka, Kansas, native Stik Figa detail his hometown and state capital city, affectionately referred to in the song title as ‘Top’. For Oddisee, who co-produced the track with Dunc from DTMD, working with Stik allowed him to continue his own efforts of geographic diversification while affording him the opportunity to work with an ultra-talented emcee. “In the tradition of Diamond District, Trek Life, and Tranqill, Stik Figa is the next project in my attempt to push regional Hip Hop,” says the DC native. “‘From The Top’ really gives you a glimpse into a part of the country most of us are blind too. The song, itself, shows me Topeka, Kansas through the eyes of Stik Figa.”

The Mello Music Group compilation, Helpless Dreamer, is available now while Oddisee & Stik Figa’s From The Top EP will be available November 30, 2010.

Listen to Stik Figa and Oddisee’s “From The Top” Here (right click, save as)

Also check out Has-Lo’s “FuxWiDat” also featured on Helpless Dreamer

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Coming off the success of their debut album Gas Mask, Detroit trio The Left, made up of producer Apollo Brown, rapper Journalist 103, and DJ Soko, are treating fans with the release of a brand new EP — for free. Gas Leaks is comprised of unreleased material from Gas Mask, and while Gas Leaks was initially intended for release prior to the album, the group explains, “we wanted to bring a shock value for this album since it is was highly anticipated and Gas Leaks just puts more value and credibility to ‘Gas Mask‘”.
Gas Leaks kicks off with the drum- and horn-heavy “Scared” as Journalist 103 kicks things off with, “You will now bear witness to the Left-ist movement/ So if you know like I know, step aside for the improvement.” Apollo Brown continues to show off his own abilities, fusing soulful samples while DJ Soko compliments Apollo’s work behind the boards with seamless cuts on the tracks “One Day” and “My Green,” a track that starts off with sweet sounding melodies before quickly taking a turn to the gritty. So enjoy the Leaks, but don’t forget – you’ll need to grab your Mask for the best results.

Download Gas Leaks here: http://mellomusicgroup.bandcamp.com/album/gas-leaks-ep

Detroit trio The Left, comprised of producer Apollo Brown, rapper Journalist 103, and DJ Soko, are celebrating the release of their debut album, Gas Mask, today with “Reporting Live,” the first official release from the album featuring fellow Detroit wordsmith Guilty Simpson.

Apollo jumps things off with a soulful grittiness — the track seamlessly mixes Apollo’s vocal chops, horns, and heavy drums – and the instrumental serves as a perfect match for Journalist’s own gravelly vocals, as he rhymes, “Reporting live from the gritty blocks of Rock City/ Forgotten sound of Motown produced by many/ Rappers come a dime a dozen, but not many/ Can carry the status of legends, I hope that y’all hear me.” Guilty follows in step with his own verse (“Young killers take it in blood/ Dirt doers get wet up, then pigs come play in the mud”), and Detroit city imagery abounds as the two Rock City vets take you on a tour of their hometown.

The Left’s Gas Mask is available now via Mello Music Group.

Download The Left’s “Reporting Live” here:
http://media.audibletreats.com/The_Left-Reporting_Live_Ft_Guilty_Simpson.mp3

Detroit is home to many of the illest  emcees and producers on the planet, Dilla, Eminem, Black Milk, Elzhi, Proof: Add to the list Apollo Brown who took the stage in 2010 when he signed to Mello Music Group.  His new group The Left is made up of Apollo behind the boards, emcee Journalist 103 (featured on Proof of D12’s Broken) and DJ Soko on the cuts.  The Left‘s debut album Gas Mask has already begun garnering talk of underground album of the year.  To introduce the group, The Left has com

-posed a pre-album EP entitled Gas Leaks, which is now available on iTunes.
The sound is raw, grimy, and haunting.  Rugged boom bap filled with soul samples – the type of Detroit Hiphop that the streets have been clamoring for.  Scared is the first track off the Gas Leaks pre-album EP.  The track opens with a siren that builds until the drum kicks in: boom boom bap.  Horn stabs finish laying the instrumental foundation for Journalist 103 who jumps in with “You will now bear witness to the LEFTist movement / So if you know like I know step aside for the improvement.”  DJ Soko scratches that old real shit, “It’s on and poppin this year,” adding the perfect touch of tablelism to an already banging track.
“When I was making the beat, I wanted to make something that stabbed listeners in the ears.  The horns I heard on the sample did just that, so it was a must that I chop it up.  I wanted a suitable introduction to not just the Gas Mask album, but also The Left,” said Apollo Brown.
The Left’s new album Gas Mask produced by Apollo Brown is available October 26th via Mello Music Group
You can download the new single from The Left “Scared” Produced by Apollo Brown here:
Gas Leaks Pre-Album EP – Available Now @ iTunes:

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