Mello Music Group ever “So Good”

D. Huston – “So Good (feat. Kenn Starr)” mp3

Check this sweet hip-hop track by D. Huston feat. Kenn Starr. Mello Music Group maintains a high standard, releasing innovative, intelligent tracks that are as street-legit as they are entertaining. Tight, unhurried flows, over a smart, minimal tapestry of samples and turntablism. So good.

D. Huston
“So Good (feat. Kenn Starr)” (mp3)
from “So Good (12″)”
(Mello Music Group)

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Apollo Brown – “Real Detroit (feat. The Left)” (mp3)

Apollo Brown – “Real Detroit (feat. The Left)” (play)

In the former site of one of the world’s greatest ever industrial booms – The American auto industry – You will currently find one of the most desolate urban landscapes in the western hemisphere. As it happens, Detroit has also long been a MAJOR music hotbed, giving us gr8s from blues giant John Lee Hooker, to Motown Records, to the car factory noise inspired Stooges, all of whom left immeasurable marks on popular music worldwide. It is therefor NO surprise that some of the hip-hop coming from the motor city today would also be significant. Taking us around the streets he knows, here is Apollo Brown assisted by The Left, representing the NEW sound of Detroit.

Apollo Brown
“Real Detroit (feat. The Left)” (mp3)
from “The Reset”
(Mello Music Group)

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DON’T COUNT DETROIT OUT

Apollo Brown – “Real Detroit (feat. The Left)” mp3

In the former site of one of the world’s greatest ever industrial booms – The American auto industry – You will currently find one of the most desolate urban landscapes in the western hemisphere. As it happens, Detroit has also long been a MAJOR music hotbed, giving us gr8s from blues giant John Lee Hooker, to Motown Records, to the car factory noise inspired Stooges, all of whom left immeasurable marks on popular music worldwide. It is therefor NO surprise that some of the hip-hop coming from the motor city today would also be significant. Taking us around the streets he knows, here is  Apollo Brown assisted by The Left, representing the NEW sound of Detroit.

Apollo Brown
“Real Detroit (feat. The Left)” (mp3)
from “The Reset”
(Mello Music Group)

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Apollo Brown presses The Reset on Hip-Hop

Apollo Brown – “Streets Won’t Let Me Chill (feat. Diamond District)” mp3

From his time as a “bedroom producer” to being signed as a Mello Music Group producer, yacht rock aficionado Apollo Brown has a novel take on the sound of hip-hop. On the hard hitting street fable, “Streets Won’t Let Me Chill,” he is joined by Diamond District who drops some heavy turns of phrase about urban reality, race, and determination. From “The Reset” – one of four full lengths set for release in 2010 on MMG from this emerging artist and his crew – this single is a hard, luminous gem, forged in the streets of Detroit. If you like your hip-hop safe and fluffy, or full of tired gangsta clichés, skip this, cos it is intelligent, innovative, and completely real.

Apollo Brown
“Streets Won’t Let Me Chill (feat. Diamond District)” (mp3)
from “The Reset”
(Mello Music Group)

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yU’s new “Before Taxes” CD is more than “Fine”

yU – “Fine” mp3

I’m diggin’ this trippy little hip-pop ditty on an overcast Saturday here in Oaksterdam. Puttin’ up the tracks from Washington D.C., the artist known as yU has a new full length called “Before Taxes” that is more proof if u needed it that hip-hop is alive and well. Mello Music Group is one of the labels that keeps poppin’ out the goods and this record is right at home in their roster of forward thinking artists. “Fine” an exceedingly contemporary sound-collage version of an old school 2 minute radio song. Defiant, hopeful, courageous and creative. And those are good things.

yU
“Fine” (mp3)
from “Before Taxes”
(Mello Music Group)

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Oddisee’s Odyssey to make Hip-Hop cool again

Oddisee – “Hip Hop’s Cool Again”

Oddisee makes a bold statement indeed on “Hip Hop’s Cool Again” but he backs it up! This is a highly personal statement, but one that anyone with a little imagination can relate to. Boasting is nothing new to hip-hop, but it is so often dreary and empty, some fool yelling I’m the sh!t, mine’s bigger, blah blah. But when it’s done right, boasts can be righteous, entertaining, life affirming and fun. Such is the case here. This is great track and I’m picking up the CD.

Oddisee
“Hip Hop’s Cool Again” (mp3)
from “Mental Liberation”
(Mello Music Group)

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