Once cities of great industry and promise, Detroit and Buffalo have fallen on hard times for the past few decades, known for frigid temperatures and violent crime. What these cities have become has without doubt influenced the Hip Hop that has been produced. Artists like Eminem, Westside Gunn, Royce da 5’9″, and Conway The Machine has produced raw and unapologetic music to mirror their native cities.
As well as the aforementioned artists … no two artists exemplify their cities more than legendary Detroit producer Apollo Brown and Buffalo’s maverick emcee Che’ Noir. The two artists came together to create a sound as natural as calm after the storm.
The soulful, head-nodding production of Apollo Brown has been a staple called on by some of the greatest to ever do it. From Ghostface Killah, Danny Brown, Freddie Gibbs, and Chance the Rapper, Brown’s signature style has become an iconic staple of the culture.
Meanwhile, Che’ Noir has stepped onto the scene as smoothly as any double dutch veteran. Having already worked alongside Benny The Butcher, Kool G Rap, and Fred The Godson, she has emerged as one of the most extraordinary New York talents heard in years.
These two are prepping As God Intended, a new release filled with music that drifts up and down city streets and offers a glimpse behind closed doors, telling the stories of gunshots, missing fathers, and playing the system.
The duo project will feature Skyzoo, Blakk Soul, Planet Asia, Ty Farris, and Black Thought. Coming July 10th on Mello Music Group, it is exactly “As God Intended.”
Today the duo drop the first single, Hustle Don’t Give featuring Black Thought, which you can listen to above.