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Audio: DJ Soko – Stand Up (prod. by Apollo Brown) f. Hassaan Mackey & Guilty Simpson

by Eric on May 10, 2012

Simply put…real talk…this new one from DJ Soko, “Stand Up” which features production from the always steady Apollo Brown and furious lyricism from one of the most slept-on emcees EVER, Hassaan Mackey and Guilty Simpson, is undoubtedly my favorite track to drop in 2012. This jawn stayed on repeat for 23(!) consecutive listens while at the gym yesterday. Isn’t it amazing what a simple M.O.P. vocal slice can do to “amp up” any track!?

DJ Soko and Apollo Brown, two thirds of acclaimed group The Left, command you to “Stand Up.” For this brazen order, Soko enlists Brown on the boards and the incomparable mic skills of Guilty Simpson and Hassaan Mackey.

The 4th installment in Mello Music Group’s monthly 7” series finds Apollo finessing a triumphant horn loop that would make Pete Rock proud, while Soko adds personality to the beat via a scratch chorus made up of declaratives from past classics by Pharoahe Monch and M.O.P.. Motor City rhyme animal Guilty Simpson stomps into the track, providing a sixteen bar reminder why he’s one of the fiercest on the mic today. Low Budget’s Hassaan Mackey takes the baton from Guilt, inviting you to take his lines “like a razor to the throat.” Two raw MC’s going for theirs over an equally unprocessed beat; there is little gloss present here, this is meat-and-potatoes rap for hungry heads.

Another brick in the foundation of the growing Mello Music Group legacy, “Stand Up” showcases the expert handle on the fundamentals of hip-hop that the MMG squad holds.


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