milo: so the flies don’t come
Release Date: September 25, 2015
Produced by Kenny Segal
The album I’ve been playing on repeat the past few weeks is Milo’s so the flies don’t come. Kenny Segal’s production is on point and melds beautifully with milo’s mic presence, which is the strongest it’s been. The instrumentals have an experimental synthetic smooth jazz feel that fits milo’s style perfectly. Milo has some of the most layered and abstracted lyrics in hip hop and this project seems to be his most personally revealing approach, showing the listeners a clearer picture of his concerns and perspectives.
Here’s the song that was released a few weeks before the album called Zen Scientist, with Myka 9 harmonizing on the chorus:
Zen Scientist feat. Myka 9
Each track opens a new window to milo’s psyche and follows a style that bounces in and out of genuine and sarcastic while displaying a mastery of figurative language in exceptional rhyme format.
As a big fan of wordplay, there is a section of the song below “an encyclopedia” that is incredibly satisfying to hear, and even more so to memorize (1:42 – 1:57):
Milo last seen with a poor sport, with more ass, got a passport to import more for the war stash, short leash, long lash, Long Beach, with Bombast, I palm palm trees in my thought path. This is a mason jar containing a last laugh. (Followed my a menacing laugh in the background)
Features for this project include Hemlock Ernst, Myka 9, Open Mike Eagle, and Elucid. Below is a beautiful track featuring Elucid titled “going no place”:
One of my favorite tracks of the project is “song about a raygunn (an ode to Driver)”, which is a heartfelt tribute to his friend and mentor Busdriver, which can be seen in the last post from The Mic is the Message “The Latest Playlist: September 2015”, track 3.
For a more in depth review of the album, I recommend checking out the video below with Anthony Fantano of theneedledrop.com. I feel he really nailed it as usual.
Over the past 5 years Apollo Brown has been consistently showing us why he is one of the dopest beat makers out today. Currently signed under Mello Music Group, the Detroit-based producer is playing a significant role in the current sound of underground hip hop. His catalog is extensive with 7 solo albums and 11 albums collaborating with emcees including The Left, Boog Brown, Hassaan Mackey, UllNevaNo, O.C., Guilty Simpson, Verbal Kent & Red Pill, Planet Asia, Ras Kass & Rapper Big Pooh.
“Never In a Million Years” from his 2011 solo album Clouds Instrumentals:
Trophies (2012) w/ O.C. – “Signs”:
Apollo Brown discusses hip hop in Detroit / Dice Game (2012) w/ Guilty Simpson – “I Can Do No Wrong”:
Ugly Heroes (Verbal Kent, Red Pill, Apollo Brown) (2013) – “God’s Day Off”:
Thirty Eight (2014) – “Cleo’s Apartment”:
Blasphemy (2014) w/ Ras Kass – “H20”:
Brown’s next album “Grandeur” is scheduled for release Sept. 25, 2015 and is a 19 track feature album. Here’s one of the pre-released tracks featuring Your Old Droog “Not That Guy”: