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Apollo Brown And Planet Asia Keep It Timeless

Gimmicks come and go; throughout the timeline of Hip Hop, we’ve seen plenty of names go from artist of the…

Gimmicks come and go; throughout the timeline of Hip Hop, we’ve seen plenty of names go from artist of the month to obscurity. It’s rare to meet artists like Planet Asia who have been consistently—and comfortably—living as an (active) underground recording artist for over 20 years.

His latest project, a collaborative LP with Detroit producer Apollo Brown entitled Anchovies, is a testament to the phrase keeping it real.

The two liken their collective brand of Hip Hop to the consistency of a clothing brand like Ralph Lauren, which has far outlived urban competitors over the years. From the raw rhymes to the persistent layer of vinyl pops and hiss, they’ve managed to give fans the ride they were looking for without switching any lanes—albeit perhaps, a little more minimalist than expected. “I wouldn’t change anything about this project,” Apollo told AAHH proudly, “it came out perfect.”

Though they had worked together in the past, on Apollo’s sixth studio album and Apollo’s collaborative project with Guilty Simpson, Dice Game, the two never found time to connect on the full-length LP that fans have long desired. “[The fans] were knocking down my door asking for it,” Planet Asia notes with a laugh.

Part of the challenge was just logistics, admits Apollo. They needed to pin down the when and where; “I don’t do email albums” Apollo says. “[recording together] is the one thing that we have left in the digital age … to get to see each other’s reactions and create together.”

Apollo flew Asia out to Detroit, and the duo spent six days recording material. “Apollo made it easy,” says Asia, “all I had to do was rap. He had all the beats laid out and sequenced for me.”

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“I had a specific sound I wanted for this album,” Apollo notes. “I just needed the right MC. I don’t work with artists that I need to babysit.” It’s this level of trust in both their abilities that seems to guide the two vets, who have a long track record of one producer/MC collaborative work.

They both insist that their music doesn’t need to subscribe to the current trends that seem to be dominating the consciousness of younger listeners. “They call what we do niche, but back in the day, they called it mainstream … that’s just where the corporations were at that point,” says Asia. “All that shit on the radio now, that shit will last for like a year,” adds Apollo. “You can play any of our records twenty years from now because they’re timeless.”

“Bubble gum always loses its flavor,” Asia explains, “this is real … stick to your ribs music.” Apollo Brown quickly adds “there aren’t any gimmicks, here.”

With a tour in the works, Apollo Brown and Planet Asia are focusing all their pushing the project, which is available everywhere, now.

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Orlando, Florida, rapper Pressure Dommer is currently in the studio putting the finishing touches on his upcoming EP, 8. Set to be his biggest release to date since signing on with No Convo Entertainment — headed by acclaimed record producer Fye Jones — and to wet our appetites, has dropped off a new single and video, Dopeman.

Directed by Brill Adium, the shadowy visual is a cinematic experience, with Pressure on the late night grind; the at times frantic camera motion plays up the almost paranoia-ridden state of being experienced by a trafficker in the trap amid a sea of potential downfalls. The big record is a brilliant look into the crystal ball of what to expect going forward.

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He also tells us that signing with No Convo rests among his most significant achievements. “It’s an opportunity for me to do what I love and be supported by a company that believes in me,” he says.

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Check out the visual, below. 

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After months of anticipation, Detroit’s breakout star Tee Grizzley has released his much-hyped debut album, properly-titled, Activated.

Since coming on the scene in 2017, he’s been building up to this moment with songs like the platinum hit single, “First Day Out” and critically acclaimed debut mixtape, My Moment. Tee Grizzley tells his story of trials, tribulations, and triumph growing up in the Motor City. The 24-year-old seizes his moment with his signature street mentality and aggressive attitude.

Activated features all-star cast of guest appearances including Jeezy, Chris Brown, Lil Pump, Lil Yachty, YFN Lucci, and many more. Tee Grizzley’s debut album features 18 brand new songs, including hit singles, “2 Vaults”, “Jettski Grizzley”, and “Colors”. Activated is available everywhere exclusively through 300 Entertainment.

Courtesy of Spotify, Stream Tee Grizzley’s debut album, Activated below.

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Playboi Carti’s “Die Lit” Has Arrived

ASAP Rocky-protege Playboi Carti had a huge 2017 thanks to his debut single, “Magnolia” and self-titled debut album. Continuing the…

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Toronto-rapper Minty Burns has been around for a while now; in fact, if you live in or have been to Toronto, you’ve likely seen his stickers — or his tag on a white cube van. In 2014 he made waves, collaborating with the likes of Zoey Dollaz, Lil Duke, and Big Lean. With his ever-growing, loyal fan base in tow, he’s been rolling [pun intended] out his latest effort The Dispensary, which shares the name of his niche cannabis clothing line. To top it off, he’s making a move to LA to embed himself in the west coast stoner culture.

Fresh on the heels of Coachella and the release of his “Green Man” visual, featuring legendary dancehall artist Louie Rankin — of Belly fame — he sat with AAHH for a quick Q&A. Check it out, below.

 
How did you get into the game?
 
I started out freestyling with my friends in high school which led to me doing battle rap for a few years. I won some big battles in Toronto and then started putting out music independently.
 
Who were some of your influences coming up?
 
I use to listen to a lot of Big Pun, Tupac, and Eminem.  Rappers like Fabolous and Jadakiss also inspired my style a lot. Before rap, I listened to a bit of rock too.
 
I hear you’re headed to LA; what are your plans out there?
 

I can’t wait to get back to the lab and work with producers I met while working out there. I also plan on shooting a bunch of new videos and stopping by some radio stations. Check out my last interview and freestyle on dash radio.
 
Let’s chat about your latest video; how did you connect with Louie Rankin?
 
Louie is an OG, and he’s always in Toronto. We got to link up one day, and I played him the song. He started spazzing so when I thought of the concept I knew he would be dope to kick it off.
 
Is there a project in the works?
 
My mixtape is coming out this summer. It got a lot of different sounds and collabs on there. I’m super excited for my fans to hear what I have been cooking up in the past year.
 
Tell me more about The Dispensary.
 
The tape features Zoey Dollaz, Lil Duke, Big Lean, 808 Mafia, Arrabmuzuk and more. I also have a clothing line called the Dispensary which im pushing alongside the tape. Look out for an official release date and release parties in a city near you.
 
Canada is about to legalize weed: thoughts?
 
I think it’s about goddamn time. The movement has been stable for ten plus years now, and I’m happy to see people not having to face charges and worry about going to jail for weed. Hopefully, the government here in Canada can figure out a good system to distribute it and still offer good quality at a reasonable price to the consumer.
 
Any last words?
 
Follow my social @MintyBurns and subscribe to my youtube channel @planetminty. My Official video for Green Man video is out now! Go check that out and burn one. Much Love!
 

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