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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

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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:
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