Music Review: Apollo Brown-Grandeur

He has built his name in the Hip Hop underground scene and earned respect as a top producer. With his signature hard-hitting beats anchored on the Golden Era of Hip Hop Apollo Brown comes with ‘Grandeur‘an album featuring an all star MC line-up. 

List of artists include: Masta Ace and Wordsworth, MOP, Barrel Brothers (Skyzoo & Torae), Blacastan, Chino Xl, Dynasty, Rapper Big Pooh , Eternia, Evidence, Finale, Freddie Gibbs; Maffew Ragazino, OC, Oddisee, Planet Asia, Rass Kass, rasheed Chappell, Red Pill, Reks, Saga, Sean Price, TY Farris, Verbal Kent, Vinnie Paz, Westside Gunn and Your Old Droog.

The 19-track album reveals Apollo Brown’s excellent beat-making techniques; he has fused various samples in his typical dirty-rugged styles with the crackling sound of a vinyl record running through the album. ‘Grandeur’ shows the producers growth and it was great for him to feature the best in Hip Hop on his project.

The album is one of the best and most powerful Hip Hop projects of 2015; Brown’s project appeals to all in a different way, the tracks speak of the good times, the controversial money issues, relationships and the Hip Hop culture. Rass Kass gets on that funny and random stuff on ‘Enemies With Benefits’ while Masta Ace gets Wordsworth on ‘Money’ talking of the hustle to get more and never have enough. Eternia drops some heavy poetry on ‘Eachother’ in one of the most soul gripping delivery. Sean Price comes in on ‘Yesman Shit’ P and Reks go hard with his heavy bars and funny rhymes. Chino Xl excels with his punchlines on Brass Kass saying how Brown’s beat got him waking up from his coffin. Saga and Ty Farris pour out their souls in ‘The Hard Way’ talking about their personal struggles and the tough life we go through, the trials and tribulations all in all we should count our blessings.

Apollo Brown’s project transcends generations and class, the 63min album, has compelling lyrics, unmatched and funky beats that will have you nodding throughout the hour-long record.

Brown’s seventh solo project was released under Mello Music Group label.

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