Detroit producer Apollo Brown has made a name for himself as one of Hip-Hop’s most legendary new producers; while maintaining a golden era sound. His production credits are a who’s who of Hip-hop greats from Danny Brown, Skyzoo to Ghostface Killah, Ras Kass to Westside Gunn. Even Chance the Rapper used a pair of Apollo beats on his debut mixtapes. Known for bringing the best out of musicians, Apollo has a knack for making timeless classics.
Brooklyn’s Joell Ortiz started on none other than Dr. Dre’s Aftermath label and built a huge buzz in the industry. He’s worked with legends like Just Blaze among others. He then signed to Shady Records as ¼ of the supergroup Slaughterhouse. He’s worked with Hip-Hop titans Eminem, Busta Rhymes, Jadakiss, Akon, and Big Daddy Kane.
Now the pair of Hip-hop luminaries have their first collaborative album on Mello Music Group—and it’s nothing short of a masterpiece: Mona Lisa.
A few days ago the duo released the third and final single, “Reflection,” from Mona Lisa before it’s released on 10-26-18. On the eve of his first post Slaughterhouse release, Joell took time to reflect on the state of the music industry and touched on the Slaughterhouse split “took a sec to accept that next time I’m on the road, won’t be no Crook, won’t be no Royce, won’t be no Joe.”
While Joell may no longer be able to count on seeing his Slaughterhouse brethren with him on the road, today he reconvenes with ¾ of The House for the “Timberlan’d Up” remix featuring Royce Da 5’9” and KXNG Crooked.
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