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Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Mello Music Group X3

Since I saw the Mello Music Group logo for the first time, which I believe was on the Diamond District LP "In The Ruff", it has grown into one of the absolute best underground labels there is today. Not only do they have a very impressive roster of highly skilled hip-hop cats, they release ill shit around the clock and I don't know any other label that gives away so much for free; from full-lenght albums to singles, EPs and mixtapes. And it's all quality too! Today they continue their promotional run for three of their most recent projects with one single from each of those albums.

First out is what is said to be the final single off Apollo Brown's and Hassaan Mackey's just released "Daily Bread". Their album stands as one of my favorite releases of the year so far and this particular track, "Something" is a great representation of the sound find on this project. You can pick up "Daily Bread" on CD and wax via UGHH right away, the CD is shipping while the vinyl lovers will have to wait til' August 16 - it's worth the while though.

The next single comes from Trek Life's remix project, "Wouldn't Change Nothing", which features producers like Oddisee, Apollo Brown, Has-Lo, J. Bizness and SlimKat78. I've only heard the latter through his featured production on Diamond District's debut album but since his contribution actually was an album highlight, I'm eager to hear more from him. Here Slimkat78 remixes Trek's "Jump Out There" and while it ain't as crazy as the DD track I mentioned ("Off The Last Night"), it's definitely worth hearing. "Wouldn't Change Nothing" is available on CD @ UGHH.

And last, but definitely not least, is another single from Has-Lo's crticially acclaimed debut album "In Case I Don't Make It", another severely ill 2011 release. Even more impressive is that it's 100% self-produced, and it's hard to pick out whether he's a better emcee or producer. The track just released as single is "Storm Clouds". You can order the Cd @ UGHH, I have no clue if it's a vinyl release out there yet though?


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