Detroit producer Apollo Brown has made a name for himself as one of hip-hop’s most legendary new producers. His production credits are a who’s who of hip-hop greats from Danny Brown and Skyzoo to Ghostface Killah and Westside Gunn. Even Chance the Rapper used a pair of Apollo beats on his debut mixtapes.
Brooklyn’s Joell Ortiz started on Dr. Dre’s Aftermath label and built a huge buzz in the industry. He worked with legends like Just Blaze among others and 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 these two 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, which will drop on October 26.
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.
Apollo Brown & Joell Ortiz Mona Lisa will be released on 10-26-18 courtesy of Mello Music Group. You can pre-order and favorite now: http://smarturl.it/MonaLisaMMG
Tracklisting & Credits for Apollo Brown & Joell Ortiz’ Mona Lisa:
- ‘My Block’
- ‘Cocaine Fingerprints’
- ‘Grace of God’ feat. DJ Los
- ‘That Place’