Apollo Brown is a Detroit hip hop producer. His most recent release is another critically acclaimed Detroit underground hip hop winner entirely produced by Apollo and group self titled "Ugly Heroes". Together Apollo Brown, Verbal Kent and Red Pill are Ugly Heroes. The album is preceded by "Dice Game" with Motor City compatriot Guilty Simpson, which was proceeded by "Trophies" with the legendary OC of D.I.T.C. Both albums ("Dice Game" and "Trophies"), were on Best of 2012 lists. Apollo's credo is simple: "Everything I make, I try to make it my favorite album of all time."
Apollo Brown & Ugly Heroes
Apollo Brown & Guilty Simpson
Lectures : Panels : Workshops
It was the mid-2000s, and the upstart producer saw no future for his work- work he had dedicated his life to -in an industry where radio was setting a formulaic pattern for mainstream music. But he eventually began to miss the creativity in his craft and began producing once again, releasing the instrumental albums Skilled Trade (2007) and Make Do (2009). Apollo was soon in high demand, collaborating with Detroiters Finale, MaGestiK LeGenD, Danny Brown, Paradime, and Kam Moye aka Supastition. He went on in 2009 to win the Detroit Red Bull Big Tune Championships and competed in the national finals. Apollo then signed as a producer with the Mello Music Group in December of 2009, just a week after signing, he was laid off from his job.
"Beautiful," was Apollo's reaction, as he viewed the layoff as a blessing and prepared for what he terms his "one-year plan." Things started off with The Reset, a series of reworked tracks in true remix tradition, with new music and arrangements for verses by Rapper Big Pooh of Little Brother, Black Milk, MED, Grap Luva, label-mates Kenn Starr, Oddisee and Diamond District, along with a host of others. Next up was Brown Study (Lp) with Boog Brown which features Miz Korona, Invincible, Kam Moye, and Kenn Starr. When the long-awaited Gas Mask LP (The Left) took the stage in late October 2010 Apollo cemented his place as one of the games best new producers. Then early in 2011 Apollo released his first MMG instrumental album, Clouds, and dominated best of lists at the end of the year. 2011 also saw the release of the album from Daily Bread with Rochester, New York MC Hassaan Mackey.
Apollo Brown, Verbal Kent, and Red Pill are UGLY HEROES. An Ugly Hero is considered a myth. Growing up, the heroes we saw in cartoons and movies were perfectly chiseled, intelligent, and had senses none of us possess. An UGLY HERO is the everyday blue collar individual that makes the world go 'round. These are the heroes that work hard all day, everyday to help ensure that the lives around them are taken care of, and do it all without recognition. They wear themselves into the ground and sacrifice vanity for family. May 28, 2013 release - Mello Music Group
Someone once said that life's a gamble. Kinda like shootin dice in an alley. The risk is high but the gain is higher, and when it's all said and done, you hold your breath and collect your dues. With lyrics that grip like a handful of ones, and beats that hit like ivory on cement, this album is just that, a Dice Game. November 13, 2012 release - Mello Music Group