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.
Peep the leak below and be sure to cop the album!!
The Black Opera have been busy as of late, in addition to a number of live shows including opening for Ghostface Killah and Adrian Younge in Michigan,TBO has been back in the studio working on a new EP for Mello Music Group to hold fans over until the next full length for the group. In the meantime, they decided to enlist Oddisee for a remix of their popular track “Queen Of Hearts featuring Mayer Hawthorne”. The track debuted this morning on HipHopDX and is now out in the wild! Sit back and let this one roll over you. Peep below:
“Back in 2011 Baltimore emcee Substantial was facing the possibility of cancer. He ended up having preventive surgery and while laid up, decided to start working on a tribute album to Jill Scott, one of his biggest influences. It was his was of staying busy while healing, and at the same time to give people their roses while they could still smell them. The result is a free project Substantial calls “Jackin’ Jill” – a tribute project from built by “Jackin” music from various Jill Scott releases. This collection of reworks and remixes of her work blended by DJ Jav form a cohesive pseudo collaboration focused on life, love & music.
Today, as Substantial heads back into the doctor’s for a follow up examine 2 years later, we are unveiling the cover art (drawn by Substantial himself) from the 17 track project. Additionally, we’re giving listeners a taste of what’s to come with the track “Golden Lady” – a reworking of the amazing Stevie Wonder track from “Innervisions” that Substantial uses to play off the track Golden from Jill Scott’s Beautifully Human album (the last song Kool Herc played at Substantial’s wedding). Substantial adds to this Marcus D produced tribute track the gorgeous vocals of Steph The Sappic Songstress. Be sure to listen to Marcus D on piano throughout as well. The result is a richly layered, beautiful new track from one of Baltimore’s most thoughtful and talented artists, Substantial.” -Mello Music Group
“March 19th, Quelle Chris will be proud to present a new project “Niggas Is Men” that he put together with the help of some lyrically gifted friends: Cavalier (who holds down 9 tracks in remarkable fashion), Tanya Morgan, Fresh Daily, Denmark Vessey, DJ GroWeyez, and more. The dusty, sharp cornered 13 track project is a mere prelude to Quelle’s upcoming Mello Music Group debut proper, but is none-the-less a head-nodding, intoxicating journey through reincarnation, long tokes, the poisoned food supply, addiction cycles, and even hot & crusty hoes. Quelle is ready to remind you “Niggas Is Men”.” -Mello Music Group
Peep the song & the video trailer for the project below: