Apollo Brown gives fans an intimate look at what goes on in the box when he lays down his highly sought-after beats. He takes the audience through a step-by-step lesson on excellence showing how he puts together a beat starting with the sampling and building all the way up to a polished beat. He starts off with a soulful throwback hook for a sample and blends with a basic but raw drum beats that blend fluidly into another hit for the always-busy producer.
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 is nice yo. The homie Takstar and myself were checking out his Skilled Trade beat tape from 2007 this weekend, ish is straight fiyah. Something big is going on in the D right now, between Crown Nation, Danny Brown, and Apollo Brown, look out, but that city is on a comeback trail, sans Dilla. Thankfully a bunch of their outstanding artists are marketed through an agency I deal with, so I got the hook up on that Detroit shit, the “real” Detroit at that.
Go ahead and cop the new Apollo Brown album, The Reset, coppable right here. As if you needed more of a reason, here’s one more track to wet that appetite. [below]