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Apollo Brown – “The Answer”

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The Detroit producer gets gully for his latest instrumental single.

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100-Word Reviews: Mello Music Group’s ‘Mandala Vol. 1 & 2′

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Independent record label Mello Music Group released two collaborative EPs in January called <em>Mandala Vol. 1 & 2.</em> Here, we review the offerings in 200 words to let you know whether they're worthy of hogging space on your Spotify or iTunes library.

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14KT – Lincoln Lux (Test Drive EP)

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Michigan producer 14KT knows the vehicle is usually the ultimate test for how long any music with last with the listener.

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Substantial – “See Hear” Video

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Pardon the obvious pun, but there's plenty to see and hear in the black and white visuals for Substantial's "See Hear.

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Apollo Brown & Guilty Simpson – “Reputation”

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If you're weren't aware "Reputation" is everything to Detroiters, Guilty Simpson & Apollo Brown are here to smack you in the face with a reminder.

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Uptown XO Feat. AB The Pro – “Petey Greene” Video

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“F*ck the government, F*ck the motherfuckin’ government” is a bit more jarring to hear these days as the opening lines of a Hip-Hop song, than it was in say…the early '90s.

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Quelle Chris – Q-Mixes

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While I wouldn't go so far as to call Quelle Chris one the better artists people have never heard of, it wouldn't be a reach to say many haven't paid close attention to his work thus far.

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Uptown XO – “Occupy DC” Video

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Diamond District's Uptown XO drops the visuals for "Occupy DC," directed by Ralph Lorenzo from the clctv and crafted with the intent to ask viewers to imagine a place where knowledge is truly dangerous.

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Oddisee – Odd Renditions

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Rapper/producer <a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/tag/oddisee">Oddisee</a> has a new full-length album, People Hear What They See, due out June 12th, but that's not stopping the D.

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Oddisee – “Slow It Down”

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<a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/tag/oddisee">Oddisee</a> does a lot with a little, from <a href="http://youtu.be/q2gfhKm50JA">his modest studio setup</a> to his plain-spoken style of rapping.

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yU – “If U Down”

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On “If U Down,” the first single from the Diamond District member's sophomore album The Earn, <a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/tag/yu">yU</a> combats empty rhetoric with harsh truth about himself, his surroundings and his art form.

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yU – A Garbage Beat Tape

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<a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/tag/yu">yU’s</a> best known for his work on the microphone, whether he’s on the solo tip or doing his thing as one-third of <a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/tag/diamond-district">Diamond District</a>.

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Has-Lo – “Never Was Yours” (Produced By Kev Brown)

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<a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/tag/has-lo">Has-Lo’s</a> somber, composed, controlled.

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Has-Lo – Illegally Yours EP

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<a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/tag/has-lo">Has-Lo’s</a> already dropped In Case I Don’t Make It this year, and a “re-envisioning” of that album called Conversation B is set to drop November 15th.

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Oddisee – “Mattered Much”

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“Mattered Much,” off <a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/tag/oddisee">Oddisee’s</a> recent Rock Creek Park release, was originally buried deep on a hard drive, a track brought into this world without a destination.

Uptown XO

Uptown XO – “Tol’ U So” Video x Monumental II (Free Album)

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More polished than ever, and shining accordingly, <a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/tag/uptown-xo">Uptown XO</a> and his <a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/tag/diamond-district">Diamond District</a> family, Oddissee and yU, return with the video for the confident firecracker <a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/2011/08/new-music-diamond-district-feat-fat-trel-tol-u-so">“Tol' You So.”</a> Even without original collaborator Fat Trel, the crew brings more than enough energy to the visuals for the string-laden neck-snapper.

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Oddisee Feat. yU – “Still Doing It”

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Following a pretty kickass verse on <a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/2011/08/new-music-diamond-district-feat-fat-trel-tol-u-so">"Tol' U So,"</a> <a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/tag/oddisee">Oddisee's</a> back behind the boards for his new instrumental album, Rock Creek Park, and its first single, "Still Doing It.

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Oddisee – 101

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All praises due to Mello Music Group.

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Georgia Anne Muldrow & Declaime – SomeOthaShip

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Mello Music Group, who I affectionately refer to as "the other MMG," continues their free music Fridays by delivering funkateers Georgia Anne Muldrow & Declaime's SomeOthaShip album for free download all week.


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