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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

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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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