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Oak27
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"2020s Mello Music Group Post"


  

          

Still one of the best indie hip hop labels going. I have alerts set for Bandcamp to let me know when new projects are dropping, but even then things still get by me due to the sheer volume of music dropping.

Inspired by the next Mello Music Group compilation album dropping April 2nd.
Bandcamp: https://mellomusicgroup360.bandcamp.com/album/bushido

First two singles dropped the last few weeks (both streamable at the link above)
Joell Ortiz, Namir Blade, Stalley & Solemn Brigham - Black Rock
Oddisee - No Trouble

L'Orange & Namir Blade - Imaginary Everything dropping May 7th. First single "Corner Store Scandal" is streaming on Bandcamp: https://lorange360.bandcamp.com/album/imaginary-everything

While we wait for those, anything MMG dropped in 2020 stand out?

  

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I will definitely check out that album
Mar 16th 2021
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RE: 2020s Mello Music Group Post
Mar 16th 2021
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RE: 2020s Mello Music Group Post
Mar 16th 2021
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Need to give that Elucid album another go
Mar 16th 2021
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I haven't gotten into their recent signings, but their 2020 was really g...
Mar 16th 2021
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Enjoying Bushido, but that one Homeboy Sandman bar?!?!?!
Apr 03rd 2021
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RE: Enjoying Bushido, but that one Homeboy Sandman bar?!?!?!
Apr 03rd 2021
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      RE: Enjoying Bushido, but that one Homeboy Sandman bar?!?!?!
Apr 03rd 2021
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           what a legit weirdo
Apr 06th 2021
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RJ Payne & Apollo Joint is flames..
Apr 06th 2021
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Bushido/Oddisee's No Trouble
Apr 13th 2021
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Skyzoo - All The Brilliant Things (June 11th)
Apr 13th 2021
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definitely excited for this one
Apr 14th 2021
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mista k5
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Tue Mar-16-21 10:52 AM

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1. "I will definitely check out that album"
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they have some pretty good artists on their roster.

shout out to their store too. i ordered two albums last november. i reached out for updates in january with no response. i opened a ticket with paypal and mello refunded me but still sent out the albums. they said they had sold out and were waiting on restocks. i got them a couple weeks ago. i do wish they had responded before i reached out to paypal. i would have just waited but its still cool that they sent out the records. it makes me more likely to reorder and i will be more patient next time if needed lol

  

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spidey
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Tue Mar-16-21 11:55 AM

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2. "RE: 2020s Mello Music Group Post"
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...great label, have supported them from virtually day one. That said, they are starting to slip quality wise. Don't think I have purchased anything from them since the INCREDIBLE Pete Rock/Skyzoo joint. They set a high bar with all those great Oddisee releases. More him, being more picky about their releases/artistic signings, and I'm sure they can bring it back...

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3. "RE: 2020s Mello Music Group Post"
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>That said, they are starting to slip quality wise. Don't
>think I have purchased anything from them since the INCREDIBLE
>Pete Rock/Skyzoo joint. They set a high bar with all those
>great Oddisee releases.

I mean... Retropolitan's only a year and a half old and their major releases since then include:

Quelle Chris - Innocent Country 2
Marlowe - Marlowe 2
Apollo Brown and Che Noir - As God Intended
Apollo Brown - Sincerely, Detroit
Homeboy Sandman - Dusty
L'Orange and Jeremiah Jae - Complicate Your Life with Violence
Joell Ortiz & KXNG Crooked - H.A.R.D.

(I'm sure I'm missing some)

Plus branching out into some new more r&b-ish terrain with:
Seba Kaapstad - Konke
Namir Blade - Aphelion's Traveling Circus

None of those are bad to my ears and a few are really good to great. I'd say that's a pretty good track record.

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stylez dainty
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Tue Mar-16-21 01:11 PM

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4. "Need to give that Elucid album another go"
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The beats seemed too much like generic electronic dub on first listen, but maybe it's just because I'm used to Elucid over stuff that's rougher around the edges.

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mrhood75
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Tue Mar-16-21 02:43 PM

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5. "I haven't gotten into their recent signings, but their 2020 was really g..."
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I really liked:

Marlowe 2
Innocent Country 2
As God Intended
Don't Feed the Monster
H.A.R.D.
Both Dueling Experts albums
Your Birthday's Cancelled
Milestones

That's a solid output for any year.

And I'm really looking forward to the new comp. and the new L'Orange and Namir Blade.

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Oak27
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Sat Apr-03-21 10:46 AM

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6. "Enjoying Bushido, but that one Homeboy Sandman bar?!?!?!"
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What in the FUCK???

  

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7. "RE: Enjoying Bushido, but that one Homeboy Sandman bar?!?!?!"
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Was that line something about baby dicks? I remember it in passing and thinking, "I might need to go process that later..." lol

-thebigfunk

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8. "RE: Enjoying Bushido, but that one Homeboy Sandman bar?!?!?!"
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"I'm only sucking baby dicks when they're circumcised"

  

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Stadiq
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10. "what a legit weirdo"
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I've tried and tried to get into this guy and he is just a fucking dweeb.

Not good at picking beats, not good at writing actual songs, couldn't compose a hook to save his life, etc.

Now he's adding terrible/gross shock raps to his style?


Big yikes.

  

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9. "RJ Payne & Apollo Joint is flames.. "
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Not really feeling the rest of these besides the Nottz Zero Fux Remix which is from 2019.. This LP needs some harder drums and less tippy toes beats


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11. "Bushido/Oddisee's No Trouble"
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I'm thinking they could have either left this one on the shelf or trimmed it by half -- there's some straight filler here and a few songs that might be cool the first time but feel more like novelties than anything (Turnt Garveyite -- I hope Murs and GAM work together again soon, though).

The number of tracks that stand on their own is ... on the smaller side.

Or maybe it just needs some resequencing -- or maybe some of these tracks just don't go well together.

BUT

Oddisee's No Trouble is *great* and both verses are top-notch, probably marking a few of my favorite verses so far this year. That second verse especially has a couple lines that just hit right.

The other Oddisee tracks and the Open Mike Eagle, Skyzoo, and Marlowe tracks are great, too. And I like Iron Steel Samurai (Quelle Chris/Alchemist) but it does feel a bit out of place here. (Again, sequencing.)

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Oak27
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12. "Skyzoo - All The Brilliant Things (June 11th)"
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https://mmg-skyzoo.bandcamp.com/album/all-the-brilliant-things

  

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mista k5
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13. "definitely excited for this one"
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he had mentioned about a year ago he was basically done with it. he even played a snippet of a song from it back then which sounded dope.

it seems this is one he feels he has put more into than his previous albums. pretty much all his previous albums have been dope too. his two EPs last year were among the best music released last year.

yep, im excited.

  

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