The origins of Ugly Heroes stems from Apollo Brown wanting to do a heavy blue collar album that paints a real picture of life out there. Not a gangsta record. Not a hipster record. A record that paints life as it is today for a lot of the working poor. And as much as we all want to act like we aren’t the working poor – truth is, most of us are living check to check with moments of glory intersparsed with notices from electric companies that the disconnect is pending. Emcees Red Pill (Detroit) and Verbal Kent (Chicago) lay some of the rawest slice of life narratives in the game today over 15 tracks produced by Apollo Brown. Think soul drenched beats with moody horns and heavy drums. …
Ugly Heroes, the group consisting of producer Apollo Brown and rappers Red Pill and Verbal Kent, have joined forces to release their self-titled album on May 28th via Mello Music Group. Fresh from remixing the latest Ghostface Killah & Adrian Younge “Twelve Reasons To Die” album entitled “The Brown Tape,” Apollo Brown has now focused his energy developing Verbal Kent and Red Pill for the upcoming album release, creating an album that is a must-have for any hip hop fan.
Today, enjoy the first album leak from the album for the song “Graves.”
Apollo Brown, Verbal Kent, and Red Pill recently sat down with UHF Cable Access Channel 43 for an interview about their new self-titled group album “UGLY HEROES” that drops 5/28/13. Hear what the record is about and check the album previews!
An Ugly Hero is considered a myth. Growing up, the heroes we saw in cartoons and movies were perfectly chiseled, intelligent, and had senses none of us possess. An UGLY HERO is the everyday blue collar individual that makes the world go ’round. These are the heroes that work hard all day, everyday to help ensure that the lives around them are taken care of, and do it all without recognition. They wear themselves into the ground and sacrifice vanity for family.
Motor City brothers Apollo Brown and Guilty Simpson have wasted no time pounding the pavement for “Dice Game.” In the past few weeks Apollo has toured Australia and New Zealand while Guilty did a lean and mean west coast run that spanned Los Angeles to Seattle before hitting the NBC/Universal lot to be on Carson Daly’s show.
Today, while our road dogs get a breather, they release the all new, non-album, bonus track “Parkour” to announce the release of their new limited edition wax (ivory vinyl w/ bonus 45 featuring two non-album cuts). This first bonus is named after the military training parkour where practitioners need to burst through an obstacle course using the terrain to gain advantage. In similar fashion, Guilty takes the terrain laid out by Apollo …
Carhartts, boots, bleak weather, and a cold “Nasty” banger featuring Planet Asia.
Apollo Brown chops a fiery gospel organ into an incendiary track that pulses with life. Guilty wastes no time turning into a microphone bully, showing just why he considers himself as nasty as black licorice. Cocky, brazen and above all ill, Apollo and Guilty are deadly enough as a duo but on this track they enlist their Left Coast brethren, Planet Asia, for a few bars of that west side grime. Fresno’s finest catches Guilty’s lob and slam-dunks his verse.
Now that Dice Game has rolled out it’s looking like snake eyes for the lames and a cool seven for our Motor City champs.