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Sincerely, Detroit

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Concluding an astonishingly productive decade which brought collaborations with Ras Kass, Planet Asia, Joell Ortiz, and countless others, beatmaker Apollo Brown penned a love letter to his home city with the expansive, masterful Sincerely, Detroit. The album's guest list includes what seems like practically the entire Detroit rap scene, or at least everyone within Mello Music Group's orbit, including Guilty Simpson, Boog Brown, Crown Nation (Quelle Chris and Denmark Vessey), and Chris Orrick. As with Brown's previous top-billed albums like The Reset and Grandeur, the producer has such a focused artistic vision that it's just as cohesive as his collaborations with a single MC, and it never feels like a case of too many cooks in the kitchen. Simply put, he knows exactly the right people to work with, and how to channel their energies into deeply inspired, powerful work. Brown's productions are heavy on vintage soul -- several tracks begin with a slow, weepy sample seemingly grabbed from a scratchy old 45 or a late-night radio broadcast. He then flips them into meticulously crafted beats, with some edits approaching microhouse-level precision, yet it never sounds cluttered or random, and there's always plenty of room for the emcees to shine. The lyrics, as to be expected, are all informed by the struggles of daily life, touching on pressing issues such as denial of medical care and the city's ever-growing gentrification, as well as the rappers' personal concerns, related to mental health or loss of loved ones. Still, even as some of it gets intensely soul-searching, there's no shortage of confidence on display, and highlights like the mighty Slum Village's "All Day" and "What Up" (featuring 87, One Be Lo, and A Minus) are absolutely triumphant. The album is a testament to the strength of Detroit's hip-hop scene, as well as Apollo Brown's brilliance. ~ Paul Simpson

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Sincerely, Detroit

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1
Fate 00:01:15

Apollo Brown, Producer, MainArtist

(C) 2019 Mello Music Group (P) 2019 Mello Music Group

2
God Help Me 00:03:23

Apollo Brown, Producer, MainArtist - Black Milk, FeaturedArtist - DJ Los, FeaturedArtist - Ketchphraze, FeaturedArtist

(C) 2019 Mello Music Group (P) 2019 Mello Music Group

3
Commas & Apostrophes 00:03:17

Apollo Brown, Producer, MainArtist - Crown Nation, FeaturedArtist

(C) 2019 Mello Music Group (P) 2019 Mello Music Group

4
Longevity 00:04:06

Apollo Brown, Producer, MainArtist - Trick Trick, FeaturedArtist - Moe Dirdee, FeaturedArtist - Marv Won, FeaturedArtist - Dez Andrés, FeaturedArtist

(C) 2019 Mello Music Group (P) 2019 Mello Music Group

5
Thoughts in Mind 00:03:15

Apollo Brown, Producer, MainArtist - Magestik Legend, FeaturedArtist - Chris Orrick, FeaturedArtist

(C) 2019 Mello Music Group (P) 2019 Mello Music Group

6
Stopwatch 00:04:37

Elzhi, FeaturedArtist - Apollo Brown, Producer, MainArtist - Melanie Rutherford, FeaturedArtist - T. Calmese, FeaturedArtist - Quest Mcody, FeaturedArtist

(C) 2019 Mello Music Group (P) 2019 Mello Music Group

7
Never 00:03:24

Apollo Brown, Producer, MainArtist - Paradime, FeaturedArtist - Miz Korona, FeaturedArtist - DJ Amf, FeaturedArtist

(C) 2019 Mello Music Group (P) 2019 Mello Music Group

8
Lettin' Go 00:03:48

Apollo Brown, Producer, MainArtist - Finale, FeaturedArtist - Illa J, FeaturedArtist - Leaf Erikson, FeaturedArtist

(C) 2019 Mello Music Group (P) 2019 Mello Music Group

9
Dominance 00:04:28

Apollo Brown, Producer, MainArtist - Kid Vishis, FeaturedArtist - Vstylez, FeaturedArtist - DJ Los, FeaturedArtist - Aztek the Barfly, FeaturedArtist

(C) 2019 Mello Music Group (P) 2019 Mello Music Group

10
All Day 00:03:34

Apollo Brown, Producer, MainArtist - Slum Village, FeaturedArtist

(C) 2019 Mello Music Group (P) 2019 Mello Music Group

11
Oh Lord 00:04:30

Apollo Brown, Producer, MainArtist - Journalist 103, FeaturedArtist - Fatt Father, FeaturedArtist - Valid, FeaturedArtist

(C) 2019 Mello Music Group (P) 2019 Mello Music Group

12
Deception & Woes 00:04:43

Apollo Brown, Producer, MainArtist - Clear Soul Forces, FeaturedArtist

(C) 2019 Mello Music Group (P) 2019 Mello Music Group

13
Over Do It 00:03:23

Apollo Brown, Producer, MainArtist - Boldy James, FeaturedArtist - Bronze Nazareth, FeaturedArtist

(C) 2019 Mello Music Group (P) 2019 Mello Music Group

14
In the Water 00:03:50

Apollo Brown, Producer, MainArtist - Boog Brown, FeaturedArtist - Chavis Chandler, FeaturedArtist

(C) 2019 Mello Music Group (P) 2019 Mello Music Group

15
365 00:04:33

Apollo Brown, Producer, MainArtist - Nametag, FeaturedArtist - Ty Farris, FeaturedArtist - Ro Spit, FeaturedArtist

(C) 2019 Mello Music Group (P) 2019 Mello Music Group

16
The Backbone 00:03:24

Guilty Simpson, FeaturedArtist - Apollo Brown, Producer, MainArtist - Melanie Rutherford, FeaturedArtist - Fat Ray, FeaturedArtist

(C) 2019 Mello Music Group (P) 2019 Mello Music Group

17
Jacksons 00:04:37

Nick Speed, FeaturedArtist - Big Tone, FeaturedArtist - Apollo Brown, Producer, MainArtist - Seven The General, FeaturedArtist

(C) 2019 Mello Music Group (P) 2019 Mello Music Group

18
Can't Lose 00:03:24

Royce Da 5'9", FeaturedArtist - Apollo Brown, Producer, MainArtist - Phat Kat, FeaturedArtist - DJ Los, FeaturedArtist

(C) 2019 Mello Music Group (P) 2019 Mello Music Group

19
Break the Code 00:03:40

Apollo Brown, Producer, MainArtist - Supa Emcee, FeaturedArtist - Kuniva, FeaturedArtist - Alexis Allon, FeaturedArtist

(C) 2019 Mello Music Group (P) 2019 Mello Music Group

20
Skimmin' 00:03:24

Apollo Brown, Producer, MainArtist - Dopehead, FeaturedArtist - Nolan the Ninja, FeaturedArtist

(C) 2019 Mello Music Group (P) 2019 Mello Music Group

21
What Up 00:04:35

Apollo Brown, Producer, MainArtist - A-Minus, FeaturedArtist - One Be Lo, FeaturedArtist - 87, FeaturedArtist

(C) 2019 Mello Music Group (P) 2019 Mello Music Group

Album Description

Concluding an astonishingly productive decade which brought collaborations with Ras Kass, Planet Asia, Joell Ortiz, and countless others, beatmaker Apollo Brown penned a love letter to his home city with the expansive, masterful Sincerely, Detroit. The album's guest list includes what seems like practically the entire Detroit rap scene, or at least everyone within Mello Music Group's orbit, including Guilty Simpson, Boog Brown, Crown Nation (Quelle Chris and Denmark Vessey), and Chris Orrick. As with Brown's previous top-billed albums like The Reset and Grandeur, the producer has such a focused artistic vision that it's just as cohesive as his collaborations with a single MC, and it never feels like a case of too many cooks in the kitchen. Simply put, he knows exactly the right people to work with, and how to channel their energies into deeply inspired, powerful work. Brown's productions are heavy on vintage soul -- several tracks begin with a slow, weepy sample seemingly grabbed from a scratchy old 45 or a late-night radio broadcast. He then flips them into meticulously crafted beats, with some edits approaching microhouse-level precision, yet it never sounds cluttered or random, and there's always plenty of room for the emcees to shine. The lyrics, as to be expected, are all informed by the struggles of daily life, touching on pressing issues such as denial of medical care and the city's ever-growing gentrification, as well as the rappers' personal concerns, related to mental health or loss of loved ones. Still, even as some of it gets intensely soul-searching, there's no shortage of confidence on display, and highlights like the mighty Slum Village's "All Day" and "What Up" (featuring 87, One Be Lo, and A Minus) are absolutely triumphant. The album is a testament to the strength of Detroit's hip-hop scene, as well as Apollo Brown's brilliance. ~ Paul Simpson

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