O.C. & Apollo Brown – “Trophies” Album
The first time I heard about Apollo Brown was in 2011 with the release of his”Clouds” album. I was absolutely blown away! Hot Damn! Thoroughly enjoyed the album from start to end, hence my sheer excitement about Trophies. This time he teams up with emcee, O.C.- this is one emcee and one producer making a hip hop record in it’s purest form. A perfect marriage between Detroit and New York City.
“Trophies” is 16 tracks of mass appeal set in motion by two different eras of hip hop’s elite. Detroit producer Apollo Brown lays the foundation, and the legendary OC constructs the vocals. Arguably, their best album respectively, “Trophies” is straight to the point hip hop; no frills, no preservatives, not even a single feature. Just OC at his finest and Apollo once again commanding no disappointments. Today’s society is fascinated with “Trophies”. Not just a shiny cup or figurine atop a wooden platform, but the superficial earnings as a result of one’s recognition. Prestigious awards, fancy cars, nice jewelry, and beautiful women, are all coveted “Trophies” of the present day. They seem to be the preferred end result of our hard work. Everyone NEEDS to be recognized for whatever their achievement may be, in order to feel that he/she made a mark in this world. And in order for our recognition to be proper, we NEED an award, or a material object to help reassure us that we did something. But why?” – Album Write Up, Bandcamp
Once again you’ve got to appreciate and respect the consistency of this album, but I would not have expected anything less. This is what radio’s been missing!
“Listen to the album. Enjoy the music. Consider the real Trophies.”