7even:Thirty calls upon the power of Gensu Dean to handle production duties on his new aptly titled album The Problem. He’s here for the deniro and to lay some bodies out on “$ Stacks & Body Bags”. Dean provides a bass heavy, industry backdrop for a journey into the mind of a maniac hell bent on painting the town red with the blood of whack emcees. July 8th is the date, you will need to mark that day down on your calendar. Nothing will be the same once The Problem drops.
L’Orange’s album Orchid Days is infused with prohibition era samples and colorful melodies. The album is mostly instrumental with a couple well thought out vocal appearances. Homeboy Sandman drops vocals which enhance the scene. With a fresh fedora, low lights, thick cigarette smoke, and Homeboy on the mic at your local speakeasy.
Detroit producer, Apollo Brown releases a short 3 track instrumental EP today in anticipation of the full length project Thirty Eight, which drops on April 29th via Mello Music Group. The Cigarette Burns EP, features 3 tracks from the project which Apollo describes as taking place somewhere between the heroin laced 70s and the crack filled 80s landscapes. It is also free to download, so you have zero excuses for not grabbing this. I can’t think of a better way to describe it. I’m looking forward to this drop as you should probably be doing too. His reworking of the Gensu Dean x Planet Asia project titled Stitched Up was great.
L’Orange and Mello Music Group have teamed up to bring to us The Orchid Days. A project which makes use of prohibition style samples to tell the story of a man in love or as L’Orange describes it, “A man fell in love. Then the world was destroyed by an ever-growing nothing in the sky.” The album could very easily be the soundtrack a movie made based on the Fallout III video game. My gamers know what I’m talking about, Nuka-Cola for everyone. Bolstering contributions from the likes of Homeboy Sandman, Blu, Jeremiah Jae, and others this conceptual album is a must have.
Mello Music Group released the new Verbal Kent album Sound Of The Weapon today. Khrysis handled the production on the project, save a remix of the title track done by 9th Wonder. Check it out below. Cop the album you won’t be disappointed. Mello Music Group is putting out some really good stuff.
In Long Beach, CA there exists a collective of skaters called Hammer City who hail from the 14th Street area. Not a notoriously “nice” area, drugs litter alleys and gangs control the streets. In the middle of all this madness, Hammer City carved out a place for themselves at Michael K. Green Skate Park. Named after the founder of Hammer City who was killed in 2005, while he wasn’t the intended target of the slaying, his death served as a vivid reminder of the dangerous neighborhood they live in. Still the crew forges on. In the video for Oddisee’s “Caprice Down” from Something Beautiful Like The Truth, the groups takes us on a ride through the breath taking Long Beach streets. The video was directed by Jeremy Ian Thomas, known previously as Surreal, an underground emcee who released a couple projects before deciding to attend Film School in Los Angeles.
Producer L’Orange has just agreed to a deal with Mello Music Group. The deal is described below…
After selling out the first three pressings of his vinyl in under 30 days, old soul producer L’Orange has signed a 3 album production deal with MMG for 2014 & 2015. Slated to create a combination of projects from instrumental, to jazz singers, to alternative edged collaborations with emcees, L’Orange is looking to bring his distinct sound to Mello’s audience, while continuing to push the boundaries of his musical explorations.
I am excited to hear all three of these projects. Let’s get cracking guys……
Now that is done with enjoy some L’Orange production aided by Mr Lif and John Robinson. This piece of sonic goodness can be found on Mello Music Groups Mandala Vol. 1, Polysonic Flows.
In the rap industry, getting signed to a label used to mean something. Now it only means……well it doesn’t mean anything usually since Rap labels are dying left and right (See Bad Boy Records). That being said, when a rapper such as Rapper Big Pooh (Little Brother) gets signed to a label like Mello Music Group, the real MMG, it’s best to take notice. MMG has been doing some brilliant things in the world of Hip-Hop and putting out some very solid efforts from incredibly talents artists. Adding Pooh to the label is strong move which should pay off for both parties in a very short amount of time. Rapper Big Pooh, is known for a tireless work ethic and this is something I believe most MMG artists all share in common with the North Carolina emcee. I’m looking forward to him working with Gensu Dean, 7even:Thirty, Oddisee, and…well the entire camp really. He’s collaborated with several of them through out his career and the results have been received well. Below check out his effort with Duke Westlake and Stik Figa from Mandela Vol. 2: Today’s Mathematics. Word is that this summer we can expect a project between Pooh and Nottz that will be made available for free dollars and zero cents. Then an official MMG album will follow that with assistance from the Mello Music camp. Congratulations to everyone involved, looking forward to hearing some great music in the future.