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Apollo Brown & Skyzoo

A Couple Dollars

Mello Music Group
What a startling, ravishing soundscape Brown has thrown down here. The bass kinda sticks and hums like a constant buzz but it's laced over with a gorgeous serpentine string part more Hugo Largo than the usual trap-synthstring stabs, the beat flickering through the low-end in a way you haven't heard since prime Arthur Russell, little slivers of guitar and flute creeping into the swell. Skyzoo's typically engaging and it's wonderful to hear Joell Ortiz spitting a few sharp bars as well. The album's called 'Easy Truth' and it's wonderful, including a gratifyingly rugged cameo from Griselda Gang's mighty Westside Gunn that's almost worth the price of admission in itself. Great hip-hop is still being made in America. Don't let the media tell you otherwise.