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Ras Kass Talks Blasphemy LP, Working with Apollo Brown and Longevity in Rap

The idea of having one producer and one MC handle their respective duties on a project is not a new concept in Hip Hop. Quite frankly, that was the blueprint before the album-by-committee became the more accepted norm. This one-on-one formula has been making its way back into the culture with some efforts coming off forced, or contrived, and others finding the participants’ strengths melding into a cohesive offering, giving fans a project worthy of anticipation. Apollo Brown and Ras Kass’ latest effort falls into the latter category: a project that packs edgy beats with rewind-worthy rhymes. It’s what you’d expect from two artists that continue to build their careers on consistency, forgoing the trappings of commerce and dedicating themselves to the culture. This achievement becomes even more noteworthy because they don’t self-congratulate and provide excessive commentary about the struggle; they just get in and get busy throughout their new album Blasphemy. Aside from the headliners holding it down, the guest artists are well-placed and provide just the right compliment to the thematic feel of each record. In other words, Apollo and Ras supply the listener with a well-crafted album that harkens back to the Golden Era while remaining firmly rooted in the present. Ras Kass took the time to shed some light on his recording process and how he and Apollo crafted this latest project on Mello Music Group. You sound so at ease with this latest project. Explain how this comfort factor was developed working with Apollo Brown. ... Read More »

Apollo Brown & Ras Kass: Giraffe Pussy (Feat. Royce Da 5’9”, Xzibit, Bishop Lamont)

The duo of producer Apollo Brown and westcoast emcee Ras Kass are joined by the Royce The 5’9”, Xzibit and Bishop Lamont. The new single, with the illustrious title “Giraffe Pussy”, brings together the distinguished MCs to showcase their abilities over sixteen bars a piece. The new album, Blasphemy, comes out October 28th on Mello Music Group. Pre-Order Blasphemy here. Blasphemy by Apollo Brown & Ras Kass Read More »

Ras Kass & Apollo Brown: H20 (feat. Pharoahe Monch and Rakaa Iriscience)

So the news was dropped on us a couple weeks back that Ras Kass and Apollo Brown were collaborating to release an album together called “Blasphemy”. Today they drop the first single from the project which is called “H20”. This joint features Pharoahe Monch and Rakaa from Dilated Peoples making this track a heavy-hitting one. While I do wish Rakaa had a verse on this the track just goes and all three mesh together perfectly. The standard and bar for Blasphemy has been set keep it locked here to see where these two go. Read More »

Ugly Heroes: Good Things Die (feat. Murs)

After Ugly Heroes’ 2013 highly respected self titled LP, Apollo Brown, Verbal Kent and Red Pill are back again with a new EP. The new EP features five new songs and 5 bonus track b-sides, including a new feature from Living Legend Murs. Grab the full EP here. Read More »

Apollo Brown & Ras Kass Announce Blasphemy Collaboration Album

Mello Music Group just unveiled some huge news in the wee hours of the morning as Apollo Brown will be teaming up with veteran West Coast emcee Ras Kass for a collaboration album titled Blasphemy. This continues Apollo’s trend of emcee/producer collaborations as he’s done in the past with the likes of Guilty Simpson, O.C. & Boog Brown. It will surely be interesting to see how Ras Kass’ intense rhymes and vicious flow mesh with Apollo’s soulful beats. Blasphemy, which is scheduled to drop October 28th, can be pre-ordered now on iTunes and Mello Music Group’s store. And make sure you check out the full tracklist below as an impressive lineup of guests will be appearing on the project too. Tracklist: 01. Next Caller 02. How To Kill God 03. H2O (feat. Pharoahe Monch & Rakaa Iriscience) 04. Please Don’t Let Me 05. Strawberry 06. Giraffe Pussy (feat. Royce The 5’9″, Xzibit & Bishop Lamont) 07. Roses (feat. 4Rax) 08. Deliver Us From Evil 09. Too Much of a Good Thing (feat. Larina) 10. Animal Sacrifice 11. Humble Pi 12. 48 Laws Pt. 1 13. Francine 14. Drink Irish (feat. Slaine, Sick Jacken & Sean Price) 15. Bon Voyage Read More »

Apollo Brown: Lonely And Cold (feat. Roc Marciano) [Music Video]

This beat… Apollo Brown releases the first official visual from his latest album, Thirty Eight, once again linking up with New York mercenary Roc Marciano for “Lonely And Cold.” Purchase his album here. Read More »

Apollo Brown Plays Rhythm Roulette With Mass Appeal

Step 1: Find A Record Store Step 2: Blindfold Producer Step 3: Pick 3 Random Records Step 4: Make A Beat By Sampling On this episode of Rhythm Roulette, Mass Appeal travels up to Detroit to meet up with the King of ’97 Cool Edit chopping Apollo Brown. After meeting up at The Record Graveyard, Apollo threw on the ceremonial blindfold and dug out Marlon McClains “Changes” from 1981, a record from The Futures, and a gospel record courtesy of Sister Lucille Pope. Using his tried and true formula of Cool Edit, Apollo began cutting and pasting until the heat came out his dated, semi-busted monitors. Read More »

Ugly Heroes: Naysayers & Playmakers [prod by Apollo Brown]

After Ugly Heroes’ 2013 classic self titled LP, Apollo Brown, Verbal Kent and Red Pill are back again with a new EP coming out August 19th. The new EP features five new songs (including a Murs feature) and 4 bonus track b-sides. Ugly Heroes will also being touring Europe for a few weeks this August, starting with the legendary Hip-Hop Kemp Festival before hitting London and a number of other spots (all the dates will soon be up on the MMG Event Calendar). The new EP will first be available digitally with a vinyl edition to follow late in the year. Original artwork by illustrator Paul Grelet. Read More »

Apollo Brown: NYC Cellophane Cypher (feat Quelle Chris, Ras Kass & Has-Lo) [Video] x Shotguns In Hell (feat Roc Marciano)

Apollo Brown recently linked up with some of his teammates while in NYC. They decided to capture a moment cyphering at the park. Lead off spita Quelle Chris gets things going to Apollo’s beat “Cellophane” from his new album Thirty Eight. Also on deck in this cypher are Cav, the legendary Ras Kass, Has-Lo, and Diamond District/1978ers. On top of the new video cypher, Apollo Brown & Roc Marciano decided to loose the free download of their bonus track “Shotguns In Hell” that was originally only available of the special edition 5″ vinyl that came with the Thirty Eight CD. Enjoy the video above and the track below. Thirty Eight by Apollo Brown Read More »

Apollo Brown Talks .38, “Grey” Sound and Revolving Not Evolving as a Producer

These days, it’s quite common for artists to flood their listeners with an obscene amount of music. From G.O.O.D Fridays to monthly mixtapes, the Internet age has lead to artists constantly releasing music to appease the click-happy, ADD generation of listeners, often at the cost of quality. So, some might be skeptical to hear that Detroit producer Apollo Brown is releasing another project, having released close to ten albums in the past four years. But Apollo Brown seems to have mastered the quantity versus quality balance equation. He has some how managed to maximize both sides of the scale and consistently release high quality work at an unparalleled rate. His latest offering, .38, is no exception. The instrumental album is a dark, gritty and almost disturbing project that is perfectly sewn together. I caught up with Apollo to discuss why he calls his music “grey,” daytime prostitution and the possibility of another album from The Left. Mazin: First of all congratulations on your album! Apollo Brown: I appreciate it. Mazin: It’s really an amazing listen. What was your vision going into this project? AB: I mean, you know, let me start of by saying three years ago I put out an album called Clouds. A lot of my fans know what Clouds is. It’s an instrumental album. Clouds is one of those albums where I gave you a backdrop for reflection. And it was something that had a theme to it. It was something that you put on when you ... Read More »

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