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A golden-era favorite who continues to deliver impressive new music, New York legend and Diggin in the Crates representative OC is back with another outstanding collabo album (following his recent project Oasis with AG). This time around, he hooks up with Apollo Brown, a Michigan-based producer who's been bubbling up over the last few years, signed to Mello Music, and working with acts like Big Pooh, Oddisee, Boog Brown, Black Milk, and MED, among others. His classically minded beat style perfectly complements OC's bold and wordy flow, overflowing with chunky beats and soulful, midtempo samples. Devoid of guest appearances, Trophies is a near-perfect example of the recently resurgent one-rapper/one-producer formula. It's also proof positive that OC hasn't lost a step, more than 20 years after his debut. Whether you're an old-school D.I.T.C. fan or just down with quality storytelling and dope, loop-driven tracks, this comes highly recommended. Check out "The Formula," "Options," "The Pursuit," and "Caught Up."

Customer Reviews

Real Hip Hop

I hope that real hip hop heads support this album not only for the great production by Apollo and the lyrical ability of O.C., but more importantly do it for the culture. Hip Hop is not all about Nicki Minaj, Lil Wayne, and the commercial stuff you here on the radio. Hip hop is not dead and if you listen to this CD you will understand why!!!


The tracks on this represent our culture to the fullest!

Hip hop madman

Just downloaded and listened to this album based on the reviews. I have to stress that all the positive reviews for this album are dead on. I'm 41 and have been listening to hip hop since its inception. This album is how I remember good hip hop music to be. This is my style. This is good music. The beats and rhymes take me back to a better time in hip hop history. Some of these beats are down right beautiful. I mean they put you in the grove. The rhymes are top notch. I recommend this album to anyone who wants to listen to real hip hop. This is the way an album should be rhymed produced and enjoyed. Peace.


Born: June 20, 1980 in Grand Rapids, MI

Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Hailing from the West Michigan town of Grand Rapids, Apollo Brown is a hip-hop producer working out of Detroit. In the tradition of left-field beatmakers like the great J Dilla and Madlib, Brown is a man of many influences, with a sound that owes as much to the yacht rock of Seals & Crofts as it does to classic R&B, pulling from all corners of the music world to craft beats that are as interesting musically as they are rhythmically. While Brown started making beats as a bedroom producer in 1996,...
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