Apollo Brown & Locksmith – “No Question” [EP Stream]

West Coast Berkeley grad, battle rapper and musician Locksmith has hammered out a reputation as one of Hiphop’s most enlightened no punch pulling emcees. From his early appearances on MTV’s Freestyle Championship to his frequent Shade 45 appearances, Locksmith always brings cutting lyricism that not only questions the status quo but offers deep truths for reflection. Meanwhile Detroit’s Apollo Brown has built his illustrious career on emotive production that draws the best out of already legendary mic kings. From his work with Ras Kass and OC, Skyzoo to Ghostface Killah, Apollo repeatedly creates eyes shut, head nodding, and soul stirring perfection for our greatest storytellers to lay their truth bare.

So when Richmond & Detroit came together in the studio the answer was No Question– a new project that finds Locksmith ruminating on everything from advice to his younger self to his continued drive to rise without following in anyone’s footsteps.

“The music speaks for itself, No Question. It’s just good hip hop, period.” Apollo Brown stated.  “Every track came alive when Lock got in the booth and he literally spit with no paper, no cell phone, no etch-a-sketch…just pure memory. And I’ve been a fan of this man’s mind for a minute! His thought process is crazy, and I finally got the chance to put it to music.”

“It was so refreshing to have such an incredible producer to provide the landscape for my perspective” Locksmith emphasized.  “”The lyrics literally wrote themselves once I heard the tracks.”

Apollo Brown & Locksmith No Question Fan Link: http://smarturl.it/6kmkqp

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Lil KEKE – “My Duffle” featuring DJ Chose [Video]

Lil Keke Tha Don is back with a vengeance and his loyal fans are so ready. Friday saw  the XXL premier of the Houston legend and original SUC member’s first visual from his forthcoming project, “SLFMADE II.” Ke is joined by the talented DJ Chose in this summer banger. The Michael Artis-directed video captures the two back on the block with the hood behind them as they tell their truths about their come-ups despite challenges and hardships. Video captures cameo appearances of Z-Ro, Slim Thug & ESG amongst other musical Houstonians of note.

“SLFMADE II” drops on 7/13, officially Lil Keke Day by Proclamation in the City of Houston. It is an honor that is well deserved, both for Don Ke’s 20 plus years in music as well as his humanitarian contributions, for which he received a Lifetime Achievement Award from none other than then-President, Barack Obama in 2016.

“SlfMade II is some of my best work to date,” Keke adds. “It features a mixture of great production and talented artists. There are different collaborations from all generations of rap, which gives it a great balance.” the legend told XXL of this latest body of work.

Featuring cameos from Big K.R.I.T., Bun B, Mike D, Z-Ro, DJ Chose, Bam Rogers, Slim, Jack Freeman, DJ XO, Propain and Cal Wayne, “SLFMADE II” contains a well-rounded offering of the best his city has to offer.