The origins of Ugly Heores stems from Apollo Brown wanting to do a heavy blue collar album that paints a real picture of life out there. Not a gangsta record. Not a hipster record. A record that paints life as it is today for a lot of the working poor. And as much as we all want to act like we aren’t the working poor – truth is, most of us are living check to check with moments of glory intersparsed with notices from electric companies that the disconnect is pending. Emcees Red Pill (Detroit) and Verbal Kent (Chicago) lay some of the rawest slice of life narratives in the game today over 15 tracks produced by Apollo Brown. Think soul drenched beats with moody horns and heavy drums. We all listen to these rags to riches stories most people sell us, but this is that rags and still hoping story. The album is Ugly Heroes.
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“California vet Trek Life is ready and set for his upcoming album with producer Duke Westlake to hit the scene, but before we get into the new album, MMG thought we ought to share “Wouldn’t Change Nothing” with the people. WCN is the complete 14 track album remixes of the Oddisee produced “Everything Changed Nothing” featuring new versions produced by Apollo Brown, Audible Doctor, Has-Lo, Slimkat78, Oddisee, and Duke Westlake himself. Get the free download of the entire “Wouldn’t Change Nothing” project and then get ready for more news on the new upcoming Trek Life album due out in April!” -Mello Music Group
“The Black Opera have quickly proven to be beacons of light in the game, emerging at a time when the landscape is fragmented. Their EnterMission. project presented them as faceless champions for change and forward-motion. Now partnering with Mello Music Group, they are releasing the physical manifestation of EnterMission. on Disc today.
They’ve enlists now label-mate Apollo Brown to put his midas touch on “All Over Disguise”, a cut from EnterMission. originally produced by Astronote. Apollo chops a string sample beautifully to craft a reflective slow burner takes the vibe of the original audio demonstration to a more contemplative place. TBO’s introspection is augmented with powerful lines like, “analogue to digital, man is lost and miserable / seeking more (moor) in general, Othello” – a clever Shakespearian nod to the Moorish General Othello on-top of a track that knocks.
The anonymous creative collective is currently perfecting their next musical installment, Libretto: of King Legend, due out this fall, but the CD version of EnterMission. drops today with the vinyl on the way!”
“Boog Brown is getting ready for a big 2012: she just dropped her full length remix project The Brown Study Remixes; has a free birthday party planned at 529 in Atlanta on February 9th w/ yU performing live; has her first vinyl 7″ about to drop January 17th; is releasing her debut album with Apollo – Brown Study – on special edition vinyl in March; and is about to record a new project with famed West Coast fOnkateer Georgia Anne Muldrow that will be out this fall on Mello Music Group. To ring in the year though, Boog is giving away an all new track she & Apollo Brown put together titled “Detroit.”"
“Hassaan Mackey, fresh off his A3C appearance in Atlanta is preparing for a few more shows, while his Daily Bread partner Apollo Brown is back in the lab fresh off his European tour with The Left. Still the two have kept their nose to the grindstone and continue campaigning for their incredibly dope album Daily Bread. The latest material to come out of the camp is a remix from Dallas, Texas based producer Gensu Dean (who produced for Crooked Letterz, Lord Jamar, Ol Dirty Bastard, Roc Marciano) of the track The Note. ”
“Apollo Brown is about to hit the road to tour Europe with The Left and Oddisee, but before he leaves Apollo linked back up with his Daily Bread cohort Hassaan Mackey. Together they’ve created a new non-album bonus cut to hold us over until Apollo is back stateside to put in more work with Hassaan. The new track is titled Night Time.”