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1. Oddisee - That's Love

Oddisee - That's Love

from the upcoming album Oddisee "The Good Fight" (5/5) https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/the-good-fight/id969829649 In a landscape overrun with abstract indulgence and shallow trend-chasers, the Prince George’s County, Maryland artist Oddisee has created 'The Good Fight', a record that reminds you that it’s music before it’s hip-hop. Due May 5th on Mello Music Group, it’s for the fans and for himself. It finds the musical heavyweight balancing between craft, career, and successfully growing into the world around him. Stream the first single, "That's Love". Album Description: Oddisee makes music that rattles in your bone marrow. It’s imbued with love, honesty, and selflessness. It’s virtuosic in its musicality, direct in its language, and infinitely relatable. In a landscape overrun with abstract indulgence and shallowtrend-chasers, the Prince George’s County, Maryland artist has created “The Good Fight,” a record that reminds you that it’s music before it’s hip-hop. Released on Mello Music Group, it’s for the fans and for himself. It finds the musical heavyweight balancing between craft, career, and successfully growing into the world around him. For Oddisee, “The Good Fight” is about living fully as a musician without succumbing to the traps of hedonism, avarice, and materialism. It’s about not selling out and shilling for a paycheck, while still being aware that this is a business requiring compromise and collaboration. It’s music that yields an intangible feeling: the sacral sound of an organ whine, brass horns, or a cymbal crash. It’s not necessarily the syllables, but rather what they evoke. A song like “That’s Love” is more than a declaration; it’s a meditation on our capacity to love and the bonds binding us together. Ambition and greed war with our sense of propriety. “Contradiction’s Maze” offers a list of paradoxes we all face (“I want to tell the truth when it hurts/but when it comes to me, I want the blow softened.”) Oddisee’s production simmers in its own orchestral gumbo. You sense he’s really a jazzman in different form, inhabiting the spirit of Roy Ayers and other past greats. The Fader’s compared him to a musical MC Escher, calling hailing his “grandiose and symphonic sound” and “relevant relatable messages.” Pitchfork praised his “eclectic soulful boom-bap.” “The Good Fight” acknowledges the stacked odds, but refuses to submit. It’s both universal and personal. The child of a Sudanese immigrant highlights the rigors of his own upbringing: his pregnant mother working the register until she was about to burst, his pops’ shuttered diner that couldn’t survive Reaganomics—the one that Oddisee drives past every time he returns home, just to remind him how quickly the world can turn bad. It’s these minor details that add into something major. It’s testament to the indelible nature of art: when you can turn what you love into something that lasts.

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2. Oddisee - Own Appeal

Oddisee - Own Appeal

From the upcoming Oddisee mixtape "Tangible Dream" Mixtape available exclusively with "The Beauty In All" his new instrumental album everywhere October 1st. Produced by Oddisee Vocals by Oddisee

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3. Apollo Brown & Ras Kass - H20 (feat. Pharoahe Monch & Rakaa Iriscience)

Apollo Brown & Ras Kass - H20 (feat. Pharoahe Monch & Rakaa Iriscience)

http://www.vibe.com/article/premiere-apollo-brown-ras-kass produced by Apollo Brown vocals by Ras Kass featuring Pharaohe Monch & Rakaa Iriscience cuts by inDJnous mastered by Eric Morgeson @ Studio A mixed by Magnetic @ The Disc from Apollo Brown & Ras Kass "Blasphemy" Oct. 28th https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/blasphemy/id909822088 Limited Edition Splatter 2xLP http://www.mellomusicgroup.com/collections/pre-order/products/apollo-brown-ras-kass-blasphemy-ltd-splatter Mello Music Group, 2014.

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4. L'Orange - Need You Feat. Blu

L'Orange - Need You Feat. Blu

Need You is the first single from the upcoming album, "The Orchid Days" by L'Orange "A man fell in love. Then, the world was destroyed by an ever growing nothing in the sky." -L'Orange Produced by L'Orange Vocals by Blu Art by Matthew Andres Graphic Design by Sarah Mattmiller Executive Produced by Michael Tolle Copyright Mello Music Group 2014

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5. Apollo Brown - The Answer

Apollo Brown - The Answer

From the upcoming Apollo Brown album "Thirty Eight." Available Digitally, on CD w/ Bonus 5" Vinyl, and on 180 Gram Vinyl w/ Bonus 45 this MAY 6TH on Mello Music Group.

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6. Apollo Brown & Guilty Simpson - I Can Do No Wrong

Apollo Brown & Guilty Simpson - I Can Do No Wrong

From the album "Dice Game" About the album: 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. W ith lyrics that grip like a handful of ones, and beats that hit like ivory on cement, this album is just that, a Dice Game.

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8. L'Orange & Jeremiah Jae - All I Need (feat. Gift Of Gab)

L'Orange & Jeremiah Jae - All I Need (feat. Gift Of Gab)

produced by L'Orange vocals by Jeremiah Jae guest vocals by Gift of Gab The Night Took Us In Like Family https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/night-took-us-in-like-family/id962648340 About the album: Enter those bloody alleys blocked off with yellow tape and chalk outlines. Secret backrooms riddled with sly crooks and blunt smoke. Slink into the underworld, the seedy shadowland owned by Jeremiah Jae and L’Orange on their noir-hop opus, "The Night Took Us In Like Family." Consider it the alchemy of Madvillain and "The Maltese Falcon": a five-part fable of tangled crimes, narrow escapes, and raining lead. The door busts open with “A Conspicuous Man.” L’Orange’s carefully severed cinematic clips hold the frame steady. The Windy City-raised Jae muscles the narrative forward—the hitman creeping. Beats bend sinister with imagery aiming for the temples. Jae invokes dark clouds, crowns of thorns and LSD eyes. Bars written in dirt. Samples are disembodied and ethereal. It’s like a grand jury indictment doubling as a Greek chorus. A song title like “Ice Obsidian” says it all. This is frozen lava, black and white celluloid, the spoils won by sinners. Watch your back rap. Or maybe it’s the hip-hop version of the gangster flicks made before the Hays Code—raw and uncensored, deeply artful without pretension. Pitchfork once described Jae as: “a lot of people talk loud and say nothing; Jeremiah Jae finds strength in the inverse." On "The Night Took Us In Like Family," he inhabits both eulogizer and executioner. He triumphantly looms over the corpses and explains how this all came to be. L’Orange supplies concrete requiems of dusted soul: beats to crack safes, soundtracks to stealth assassinations. If gangsta rap remains one of the genre’s most well worn tropes, Jae and L’Orange take inspiration from the rarely tapped roots of the tradition. This isn’t riffing on Oliver Stone’s "Scarface" like popular cliché, but rather the original Al Capone exploitation flick from the early 30s. Jae conjures a villain who vaporizes. Run-the-Jewels-raw but still sophisticated. Cuban cigars stuffed with California chronic. The picture unfolds wide frame. Guest stars include New York poison dart-thrower, Homeboy Sandman and Blackalicious’ Gift of Gab. The chapters flesh out the story: The Conspicuous Man skulks into “God Complex,” “The Damning,” “Revenge and Escape.” Jae and L’ Orange build their world as a catacomb and find a way to escape just as the walls feel like they’re closing in. It fades out as “A Macabre Instrumental” plays. The funeral is closed casket. The memories aren’t easily disposed.

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9. Mr. Lif - World Renown (feat. Del The Funky Homosapien)

Mr. Lif - World Renown (feat. Del The Funky Homosapien)

Mr. Lif - "Don't Look Down" (new album) https://geo.itunes.apple.com/us/album/dont-look-down/id1082913881?app=itunes Produced by Pas Doo | Cuts by Mr. Sonny James | Art by Dan Lish Brought my portable lab over to Del's crib to capture this madness. Wore my engineering cap & wielded my poetic license simultaneously to harness the chemistry of what has now become a long friendship between Del & I. Our goal was to bring you the uncompromised raw. - Mr. Lif Lif Verse One Rhyme flurry Just enough to form snow flurry Storm wording The verse got clouds swirling Ground surging My army of troops You look minute While yall drop bombs We drop loops With the verbalized combat Uppercut Devastate em Yo Del, I can't resuscitate em DEL Verse 1.2 But remember we still have mouth to mouth Some lost their brain Fetch and get it now Connected through time, we're here to master matter Pigs use their party to try to capture data Cataclysmic wisdom is wizardry with lyrics Defeat the fictional It's minimal A figment Of imagination We see their status through the eyes of a raven I'm the master blaster My membership the switch They're rudely dismissed by my crew of terrorists Lif Verse 1.3 There are just two options for rockin' Y'all stop talking 2 is Lif hop out of coffin Coughing We flee the scene With leafy green My hands will go intangible we can't be seen My mummy man plan span Egypt I'm part Egret With no regrets Skies are my secrets It's an eclipse we kept in crypts For when we become Charybdis to sink ships Chorus Cuts by Mr. Sonny James You're hearing this and now you feel the sound Love the sound Spread it make it world renown (x2) DEL Verse Two Del- I think risk is just part of the deal Whenever I spark the real Particles build Field Goal Fuck my age I don't feel old I don't feel their flow Lif - They don't have the will to grow Del - I just chill and roll with the fist-a-cuffs Lifting up the bar that they're all taking pictures of Define and specialize in rhymes that are spit Gauck at it like a shiny whip you're dying to get Private estate flows of mine hard to debate Go far as to blame But charge it to the game LIF Verse 2.2 Your card denied Pardon as we part the sky The great beyond... Cruise it like the autobahn Ichiban The shit that Del and Lif be on You flipped it wrong...? It's tragic You could just be bombed Del - Pass the coordinates Lif - Teleport Del- Slaughter shit Lif - Physically orbited Lif & Del - Damage exorbitant! Lif - We morphing men into pygmies We crush cities Then rebuild em Del - Through eyes of the children Lif - Welcome to this plane named imagination Where everything you see is for the first time Del - Fascination Lif - True amazement The new engagement surreal is the realest We're peeling your flesh back to feel this We're designed with an iron mind You see the raw Then leave in awe Part men part meteor Chorus You're hearing this and now you feel the sound Love the sound Spread it make it world renown (x2)

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10. Oddisee - Like Really

Oddisee - Like Really

Oddisee has unveiled the second song from his forthcoming full-length album ‘The Iceberg,’ out February 24 on Mello Music Group. The song debuted today on Ebro’s Beats 1 radio show. “Like Really” is a cutting song, the prolific MC and producer reflecting a state of disbelief in the political climate. For the second verse Oddisee flips the meaning to address how some perceive of him as an artist. It’s set to deep soul with chilly trap inflections and is an important piece in the overall concept of ‘The Iceberg.’ “How you gonna make us great when we were never really that amazing / take it back what, I don’t find hanging black lives entertaining/ how do you police the streets of a neighborhood you do not engage in/ why a brother get three for a sack while your brother go free for a raping” Oddisee has announced a show in LA on February 3, where he will open the 2017 season of the First Friday’s series at the Natural History Museum. On January 27 he will host a a full rehearsal with his band Good Compny open to the public featuring his band Good Compny in his hometown of Washington, D.C., open to the public at St. Stephen's Church. A three-month international tour begins March 2 in Paris. TOUR DATES February 3 – Los Angeles, CA – Natural History Museum First Friday’s Feb 17 - Reykjavik, Iceland @ Sonar Festival March 2 – Paris, France – La Place March 3 – Lyon, France – Bizarre! March 4 – Nantes, France – Stereolux March 6 – Bristol, UK – The Lantern March 8 – Manchester, UK – Gorilla March 9 – Dublin, Ireland, The Sugar Bluc March 11 – London, UK – Islington Assembly Hall March 13 – Munich, Germany – Ampere March 14 – Erfurt, Germany – Franz Melhose March 15 – Berlin, Germany – Gretchen March 16 – Hamburg, Germany – Mojo Club March 17 – Cologne, Germany – Gloria March 18 – Stuttgart, Germany – Im Wizemann March 19 – Frankfurt, Germany – Zoom March 22 – Nijmegen, Netherlands – Doornroosje March 24 – Rotterdam, Netherlands – Bird March 25 – Amsterdam, Netherlands – Paradiso March 26 – Brussels, Belgium – Ancienne Belgique March 28 - Barcelona, Spain @ Apolo 2 March 30 - Milan, Italy - Biko Club March 31 - Cully, Switzerland @ Cully Jazz Festival April 1 - Zurich, Switzerland @ m4Music April 4 - Zagreb, Croatia TBA April 7 - Sofia, Bulgaria - Sofia Live Club April 8 - Bucharest, Romania - Arenele Romane April 10 – Vienna, Austria – Grelle Forelle April 11 – Warsaw, Poland – Stodola April 18 – Philadelphia, PA – Theater of Living Arts April 20 – Washington, D.C. – 9:30 Club April 21 – Raleigh, NC – King’s Barcade April 23 – Atlanta, GA – The Loft April 26 – Houston, TX – Fitzgerald’s April 27 – Dallas, TX – Dada Dallas April 28 – Austin, TX – Empire Control Room May 1 – Denver, CO – Bluebird Theater May 5 – San Diego, CA – Music Box May 7 – San Francisco, CA – The Regency May 9 – Eugene, OR – WoW Hall May 10 – Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theatre May 11 – Seattle, WA – Neumos May 12 – Vancouver, BC – Biltmore Cabaret May 13 – Spokane, WA – The Big Dipper May 14 – Boise, ID – Neurolux May 17 – Omaha, NE – Slowdown May 18 – Minneapolis, MN – 7th Street Entry May 19 – Milwaukee, WI – Shank Hall May 20 – Chicago, IL – Lincoln Hall May 21 – Indianapolis, IN – The HiFi May 25 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Smalls May 26 – Detroit, MI – Arab American National Museum May 27 – Toronto, ON – Lee’s Palace May 28 - Montreal, QC @ Newspeak May 30 – Boston, MA – Brighton Music Hall May 31 – New York, NY – Highline Ballroom

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11. L'Orange & Jeremiah Jae - Taken By The Night

L'Orange & Jeremiah Jae - Taken By The Night

from the upcoming album "The Night Took Us In Like Family" Pre-Order (4/21): https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/night-took-us-in-like-family/id962648340 Premeired @ Pigeons & Planes: http://pigeonsandplanes.com/2015/03/premiere-lorange-jeremiah-jae-taken-by-the-night/ About the Album: Enter those bloody alleys blocked off with yellow tape and chalk outlines. Secret backrooms riddled with sly crooks and blunt smoke. Slink into the underworld, the seedy shadowland owned by Jeremiah Jae and L’Orange on their noir-hop opus, "The Night Took Us In Like Family." Consider it the alchemy of Madvillain and "The Maltese Falcon": a five-part fable of tangled crimes, narrow escapes, and raining lead. The door busts open with “A Conspicuous Man.” L’Orange’s carefully severed cinematic clips hold the frame steady. The Windy City-raised Jae muscles the narrative forward—the hitman creeping. Beats bend sinister with imagery aiming for the temples. Jae invokes dark clouds, crowns of thorns and LSD eyes. Bars written in dirt. Samples are disembodied and ethereal. It’s like a grand jury indictment doubling as a Greek chorus. A song title like “Ice Obsidian” says it all. This is frozen lava, black and white celluloid, the spoils won by sinners. Watch your back rap. Or maybe it’s the hip-hop version of the gangster flicks made before the Hays Code—raw and uncensored, deeply artful without pretension. Pitchfork once described Jae as: “a lot of people talk loud and say nothing; Jeremiah Jae finds strength in the inverse." On "The Night Took Us In Like Family," he inhabits both eulogizer and executioner. He triumphantly looms over the corpses and explains how this all came to be. L’Orange supplies concrete requiems of dusted soul: beats to crack safes, soundtracks to stealth assassinations. If gangsta rap remains one of the genre’s most well worn tropes, Jae and L’Orange take inspiration from the rarely tapped roots of the tradition. This isn’t riffing on Oliver Stone’s "Scarface" like popular cliché, but rather the original Al Capone exploitation flick from the early 30s. Jae conjures a villain who vaporizes. Run-the-Jewels-raw but still sophisticated. Cuban cigars stuffed with California chronic. The picture unfolds wide frame. Guest stars include New York poison dart-thrower, Homeboy Sandman and Blackalicious’ Gift of Gab. The chapters flesh out the story: The Conspicuous Man skulks into “God Complex,” “The Damning,” “Revenge and Escape.” Jae and L’ Orange build their world as a catacomb and find a way to escape just as the walls feel like they’re closing in. It fades out as “A Macabre Instrumental” plays. The funeral is closed casket. The memories aren’t easily disposed.

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12. Apollo Brown - Triple Beams (feat. Westside Gunn & Planet Asia)

Apollo Brown - Triple Beams (feat. Westside Gunn & Planet Asia)

from the Apollo Brown album "Grandeur"

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13. Ugly Heroes (Apollo Brown, Verbal Kent, Red Pill) - Graves

Ugly Heroes (Apollo Brown, Verbal Kent, Red Pill) - Graves

from the Album Ugly Heroes (5/28) https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/ugly-heroes/id640931667

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14. Rapper Big Pooh - "Stop (feat. Steve Roxx / prod. Apollo Brown)"

Rapper Big Pooh -

From the upcoming project "Words Paint Pictures" (prod. Apollo Brown) out 3/24 on Mello Music Group https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/words-paint-pictures/id959134547

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15. Georgia Anne Muldrow - Akosua

Georgia Anne Muldrow - Akosua

From the limited edition 45 series produced by Georgia Anne Muldrow vocals by Georgia Anne Muldrow http://www.mellomusicgroup.com/products/georgia-anne-muldrow-7-series-8

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16. Open Mike Eagle - "Dark Comedy Late Show" (prod. Exile)

Open Mike Eagle -

It's been an incredible year for Open Mike Eagle, first he signed a multi-album deal with Mello Music Group, then he released the critically acclaimed album "Dark Comedy," and after months of touring North America, he is off for his first ever European Tour. Oh, and he has an incredible new podcast called "Secret Skin" that is on the Infinite Guests network of American Public Media. Here's an end of the year reminder of why he should be on you radar: Late Show, produced by Exile, starring Open Mike Eagle (side note, this will appear on the annual Mello Music Group compilation out in early 2015).

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17. Ugly Heroes - Naysayers & Playmakers

Ugly Heroes - Naysayers & Playmakers

produced by Apollo Brown vocals by Red Pill & Verbal Kent After Ugly Heroes' 2013 classic self titled LP, Apollo Brown, Verbal Kent and Red Pill are back again with a new EP coming out August 19th. The new EP features five new songs (including a Murs feature) and 4 bonus track b-sides. Ugly Heroes will also being touring Europe for a few weeks this August, starting with the legendary Hip-Hop Kemp Festival before hitting London and a number of other spots (all the dates will soon be up on the MMG Event Calendar). The new EP will first be available digitally with a vinyl edition to follow late in the year. Original artwork by illustrator Paul Grelet.

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18. The Black Opera - Beginning Of The End (starring Georgia Anne Muldrow)

The Black Opera - Beginning Of The End (starring Georgia Anne Muldrow)

produced by Tall Black Guy from The Black Opera's new album "The Great Year"

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