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1 June, 2012@6:58 am

Apollo Brown and OC caught lightning with Trophies. The album gave the world an OC who had not lost a step and a modern producer who was earning a place in the continuum of classic hip-hop. In celebration of this success, Mello Music Group leaks “The Biggest Loser,” a bonus cut not on the album.

An elder statesman, OC flexes his pedigree on “The Biggest Loser.” OC glides over somber keys that are chopped well by Apollo Brown. The subject matter runs from line to line, but the feeling of sober determination is most salient. OC bobs and weaves with Apollo’s fiery vocal sample on the hook, reinforcing the motivational essence of the verses. The veteran has had a historic career and here he sounds confident without crossing into braggadocio, reflective without waning nostalgic, and powerful without being intimidating.

There are no promises in hip-hop, trends come and go and careers can vanish in the blink of an eye, but hard-earned classic artists, like OC and Apollo, will always have a place at the table.

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9 Responses to "Apollo Brown + O.C. – “The Biggest Loser”"
  • Skins says:

    Fantastic write-up Pizzo, you put my ungathered thoughts on the album into perfect words, and it isn’t even a review! For real though, and I’m almost ashamed to admit it, the unquestionable quality of the album took me by surprise. It’s fantastic and one of my favorite releases in a while. Omar Credle hasn’t lost a step (if anything he’s capitalized on the experiences of the game and life and stepped it up) and Apollo Brown has cemented himself as a producer I will ALWAYS give the benefit of a listen when I see his name in the credits. I really can’t recommend buying the LP enough to anyone that hasn’t peeped it yet.

    As for this track, I can see why it didn’t make the final cut, but it’s still very good and would have fit in to the album (I try to keep some element of contradiction in everything I say, kind of my style). The Pat Benatar sample is brave, and works. I really hope OC and Brown keep working together, as much as I like OC over his DITC brethren’s beats.

  • Model Citizen says:

    I’ve been bumpin’ “Trophies” pretty frequently, great album. They were right to leave this track off the record though. The lyrics are solid but I don’t think the beat is anything special. I’m gonna have to disagree with Dayz, the Pat Benatar sample doesn’t work for me. But yeah, if you don’t have “Trophies” yet you need to get that shit.

  • BrucePtheGod says:

    Great write up….I’ve been listening to this since it came out..actually, I got my copy a couple days early. So…where’s the review ?

  • P.B. says:

    Pete Rock already used this sample to bad effect.
    The beat is nice enough but the Pat Benatar hook ruins it for me. Kind of cheesy. I’m just not a fan of producers using well known songs as samples, unless its chopped and rearranged beyond recognition.
    Trophies is a dope album though and all the better for not having this track included on it to be honest.

  • Sam says:

    Dope. You really should review the album, lots of heads have been asking for it. The new Rex too.

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