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Apollo Brown & Joell Ortiz – Mona Lisa

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Detroit producer Apollo Brown has made a name for himself as one of Hip-Hop’s most legendary new producers while maintaining a golden era sound. His production credits are a who’s who of Hip-hop greats from Danny Brown to Ghostface Killah, Ras Kass to Westside Gunn. Even Chance the Rapper used a pair of Apollo beats on his debut mixtapes. Known for bringing the best out of musicians, Apollo has a knack for making timeless classics.

Brooklyn’s Joell Ortiz started on none other than Dr. Dre’s Aftermath label and built a huge buzz in the industry. He’s worked with legends like Just Blaze among others. He then signed to Shady Records as ¼ of the supergroup Slaughterhouse. He’s worked with Hip-Hop titans Eminem, Busta Rhymes, Jadakiss, Akon, and Big Daddy Kane.

Now the pair of Hip-hop luminaries have their first collaborative album on Mello Music Group. It’s nothing short of a masterpiece: Mona Lisa.

Source: MelloMusicGroup.com

Purchase: https://www.mellomusicgroup.com/products/apollo-brown-joell-ortiz-mona-lisa-cd

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Clear Soul Forces – “Hit Me Now” + “Still” Album Release.

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From “Breath of the Wild” references to homage to Eminem on the cuts of the first couple tracks from “StillClear Soul Forces instantly pull you in as one of Detroit’s finest lyrical entourages. The squad is back with their first full-length project since 2015 and disappointment is not on the tracklist as the eleven record effort displays effortless flows including the recent “They Shootin” & “Hit Me Now” which has been blessed with visual treatment above. Enjoy the sounds of smooth similies & metaphors doused across a group of emcees that truly capture a powerful sound stamping itself into your eardrums. “Still” is available everywhere today!

Stream/Purchase: http://smarturl.it/CSF-Still

Nearly four years and a number of solo projects later, Detroit’s Clear Soul Forces are back with their most impressive release to date. Still is what happens when four proven artists continue to hone their craft and find their collective flow. At 11 tracks deep, this album eschews trends and instead provides timeless, straight-up dope Hip-Hop.
Speaking on why Still sounds so organic and cohesively produced, group member Noveliss says, “Everyone’s growth has made the creative process easier.” He adds that CSF may have been a team before, but each member had to prove himself individually. “Now, we and the world know what’s up, and it’s all about bouncing off each other and being a unit on every song.”

That sense of true teamwork and partnership is heard and felt on each track, from the neck-snapping opening track “Blaow (feat. DJ Odilon)” through to album closer “Don’t Stop” that serves up a wild burner-to-banger beat-switch. Other instant highlights include “Hit Me Now,” which Noveless says features “all of the random things that describe CSF,” and L.A.Z.’s favorite track “They Shootin’,” which is also the album’s lead single.

Those tracks, and the majority of the album, were produced by rapper-producer Ilajide, who complements his CSF brothers with beats primed for verses bursting with clever bravado, video game references, and head-spinning wordplay. Still is golden era Boom bap for the modern age, and it’s delivered through a lens that’s wholly unique to CSF. It’s also one of integrity, because there’s no fluff or superficial window dressing here—simply some of the best hip-hop you’ll hear this year.

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Savior Monroe – “Lost Innocence Awakening”

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Lyrical powerhouse Savior Monroe treats us a special journey through his music with his new album "Lost Innocence Awakening".

Lyrical powerhouse Savior Monroe treats us a special journey through his music with his new album “Lost Innocence Awakening“. In his own words “This is the journey of Savior Monroe and how he awakens the God within, allowing him to add power to his words and negate the Apocalypse with music.” describes the general direction of this latest effort. That direction is well aimed & as you travel the fifteen track audible trip your enlightened by poignant storytelling, lyrical abilities, & Savior’s knack for tying together records in a meaningful way. I will have my full review of this project right here at DetroitRap.com in the coming weeks but until then I strongly success waking up to “Lost Innocence Awakening” and taking a journey with one of Detroit’s all-star talents Savior Monroe.

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Boogie – Everythings For Sale [Short Film] + Album

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In a prelude to his debut album which released today on Shady Records / Interscope "Everythings For Sale" comes the short film of that very same title.

In a prelude to his debut album which released today on Shady Records / Interscope “Everythings For Sale” comes the short film of that very same title. Boogie has been building a buzz for some time leading into this first major release and now that it’s here I’ve been seeing an overwhelming amount of great feedback. Myself, I’m a few listens through and truly have enjoyed the structure of the album, not too many rappers can transcend lyricism amongst their own singing in the way Boogie does. It’s albums like these that put me in fan mode, I can see this one burning up my digital airwaves for months to come. Enjoy the short creatively provocative short film above & soak in the experience that is “Everythings For Sale“.

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